Choco Rainforest, Ecuador

Set in the region of Quito, Ecuador, just 4,000 feet above sea level is the most enchanting rainforest (and sometimes cloud forest) of the world, The Mashpi Lodge in the Choco Rainforest. 

Upon arrival to the lodge, there was a hike set up to explore within 30 minutes of the rainforest that leads to a mid-size waterfall. It was advised to wear long pants and shirts because of the bugs and there were these intense rainboots for each guest in every size. Good thing they were black, I couldn't imagine trekking my own pair of boots across the globe. This greenery is so lush, it's pretty much greener than I've ever seen so far in my life. 

Upon arrival to the lodge, there was a hike set up to explore within 30 minutes of the rainforest that leads to a mid-size waterfall. It was advised to wear long pants and shirts because of the bugs and there were these intense rainboots for each guest in every size. Good thing they were black, I couldn't imagine trekking my own pair of boots across the globe. This greenery is so lush, it's pretty much greener than I've ever seen so far in my life. 

Here is an exciting night lecture by the Mashpi Lodge's resident biologist. In this photo, the biologist is lecturing about the many different species in the choco rainforest and the night vision cameras set up in the thousand mile vicinity of the lodge. At night is when the rainforest comes alive. The cameras help detect exactly who roams the forest. Look closely in this photo and it's the Puma, obviously. 

Here is an exciting night lecture by the Mashpi Lodge's resident biologist. In this photo, the biologist is lecturing about the many different species in the choco rainforest and the night vision cameras set up in the thousand mile vicinity of the lodge. At night is when the rainforest comes alive. The cameras help detect exactly who roams the forest. Look closely in this photo and it's the Puma, obviously. 

The first rule of the rainforest or Mashpi Lodge is to not touch anything. Ask before you touch. This is because a lot of the branches and tree bark include thorns and prickly textures that are poisonous when punctured in the human skin. For this reason, it is advisable to hold a walking stick while hiking along the built up pathways. While on a hike, I spotted a yellow and black caterpillar on a nearby leaf, but the guide told us not to touch it because it's hairy skin is poisonous to the human skin. Everything that's beautiful, is not always good for you. 

The first rule of the rainforest or Mashpi Lodge is to not touch anything. Ask before you touch. This is because a lot of the branches and tree bark include thorns and prickly textures that are poisonous when punctured in the human skin. For this reason, it is advisable to hold a walking stick while hiking along the built up pathways. While on a hike, I spotted a yellow and black caterpillar on a nearby leaf, but the guide told us not to touch it because it's hairy skin is poisonous to the human skin. Everything that's beautiful, is not always good for you. 

This lagoon is so irrisistible. It's small enough to go for a quick dip after the uphill hike that's a bit of a workout. 

This lagoon is so irrisistible. It's small enough to go for a quick dip after the uphill hike that's a bit of a workout. 

This is what a baby waterfall looks like. Its pure water should be the equivalent to a bath in a Korean day spa. 

This is what a baby waterfall looks like. Its pure water should be the equivalent to a bath in a Korean day spa. 

I've never felt so excited to get up at 6am for a bird watching session with my tour guide. Mornings are when the exotic birds of the Choco forest are at their peak energy.  Just on the observation deck of the lodge, I was able to see beautiful and color Tuscan birds and a few delicate hummingbirds buzzing around the porch while i sipped my coffee.

I've never felt so excited to get up at 6am for a bird watching session with my tour guide. Mornings are when the exotic birds of the Choco forest are at their peak energy.  Just on the observation deck of the lodge, I was able to see beautiful and color Tuscan birds and a few delicate hummingbirds buzzing around the porch while i sipped my coffee.

The Mashpi Lodge provides a few telescopes to see the different birds buzzing around the highest parts of the trees. Good thing we are 4,000 feet above sea level, we're already closer to God. Higher than the clouds, just greeting the tips of the trees.

The Mashpi Lodge provides a few telescopes to see the different birds buzzing around the highest parts of the trees. Good thing we are 4,000 feet above sea level, we're already closer to God. Higher than the clouds, just greeting the tips of the trees.

Have you ever heard of the forest medicine cabinent? This plant is called Mother's Tongue. It's potent enough to bring on a woman's infertility. The rainforest is full of sexual energy and vibrations, ingrained deep in its sounds are underlying communication channells. 

Have you ever heard of the forest medicine cabinent? This plant is called Mother's Tongue. It's potent enough to bring on a woman's infertility. The rainforest is full of sexual energy and vibrations, ingrained deep in its sounds are underlying communication channells. 

I entered my green period in Quito.    

I entered my green period in Quito.