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Outdoor, Flowers, Shrubs, and Trees Due to the lodge’s remote location, access to rare fauna and flora is immense, and the team at Mashpi is well equipped to guide travelers through the thick vegetation. Before stepping into the forest, it’s important to be aware of where you place your hands. Drooping branches of a plant may seem innocent, but if you were to grab particular plants when, say, bracing yourself for a fall, you’d end up with a palm full of splinters. Words of advice like these, shared by the lodge’s staff, are vital for journeying along the jungle floor without encountering trouble.  Photo 5 of 11 in Within Ecuador's Most Beloved Cloud Forest, A Luxury Lodge