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You Can Hang With the Monkeys at This Ecuadorian Reserve and Resort
Alyssa Brown
byAlyssa Brown

Deep in the rainforests of Ecuador sits a stunner of a luxury resort that doubles as a nature resort. It’s the kind of place where you feel completely immersed in the rainforests of the Andes and you can really explore the natural habitat without feeling like a tourist. With quick access to trails, tons of cute monkeys and absolutely gorgeous rooms, this spot is an easy add to the birthday bucket list.

Photography courtesy of Marianna Jamadi

The Getaway

Walls of windows perfectly frame the wild jungles just outside the resort walls. From the comfort of your cushy bed or big, luxurious bathtub, you’ll be gazing out to every shade of greenery and the mountains in the near distance. You might even spot a little bird family or lay eyes on tree-swinging monkeys – how better to ring in another circle around the sun!

On-Site Activities

If you fancy yourself a science nerd, join the research team for your birthday adventure and find out more about how these guys work hard to document and preserve the local habitat. You’ll also find viewing platforms and loads of books about the wildlife and the land surrounding Mashpi throughout the resort. And to top it off, you’ll be able to dine on the best of local and coastal ingredients throughout your stay.

Adventure Haven

For those who prefer to get out and explore on their birthday, you might spend the morning on the jungle swings followed by an afternoon hike to the waterfalls and sunset at the observation tower. You can hop on a sky bike through the rainforests or try to catch frogs in the local lagoon. And you absolutely have to make some time for observing the capuchin monkeys and hummingbirds. The only question is how long you’ll want to stay to celebrate this bucket list status b-day.

Were you meant swing in the treetops? Check out 2018's Craziest Treehouses in Treetops Around The World →


Marianna Jamadi
Marianna Jamadi
Marianna Jamadi
, California

I take photos to capture the feeling of a moment. Whether it’s a person, a place, or a thing, I am always trying to personify a noun. Photos frame a slice of time, a bite of emotion, a hungry heart. I've recently been awarded an Artist Initiative VSCO grant. - Website

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