Win a five-night trip to Ecuador for two

National Geographic Traveller (UK) has teamed up with Metropolitan Touring to offer memorable stays in two of Ecuador’s most striking hotels.

The exterior of Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador’s cloud forest.

The destination

A hideaway high in Ecuador’s cloud forest, Mashpi Lodge is a striking boutique hotel with floor-to-ceiling windows framing the surrounding wilderness. It’s been designed as a springboard for exploring the 7,100-acre Mashpi Reserve, a biodiversity hotspot where 16 new species — including orchids, frogs and wasps — have been discovered since the lodge opened in 2012. Activities range from guided night walks to wild swimming, while an eight-storey observation tower and cable car offer bird’s-eye views of the dense canopy below. On your way to Mashpi Lodge and back, stay in Quito’s Casa Gangotena boutique hotel and discover the capital. Located in the heart of the 16th-century Old Town, this mansion merges neo-classical architecture with art nouveau and contemporary touches.

The prize

Courtesy of Metropolitan Touring, a holding group for properties in mainland Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, the winner and a guest will enjoy a five-day trip to the country. The prize includes a three-night stay at Casa Gangotena on a room-only basis and a two-night stay at Mashpi Lodge on a full-board basis, including all guided activities and excursions, both based on two sharing a double room. Return flights from London to Quito and airport transfers up to the value of £1,500 per person, courtesy of Scott Dunn, plus transfers between the two properties, are also included. Blackout dates apply.

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Competition closes 30 September 2023 at 23:59 BST. The winner must be a UK resident and aged 18 or over.

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The Promoter 

The Promoter is APL Media Limited, Highgate Studios, 53-79 Highgate Road, London NW5 1TL. 

The Prize 
There is one prize consisting of a five-night trip to Ecuador for two people.

The prize includes:  three-night stay at Casa Gangotena on a room-only basis, based on two sharing a double room; a two-night stay at Mashpi Lodge on a full-board basis, including all guided activities and excursions, based on two sharing a double room; return shared transfers from Casa Gangotena; return flights from London to Quito, plus airport transfers from Quito International Airport to Casa Gangotena, up to the value of £1,500 per person, courtesy of Scott Dunn.

The prize excludes: travel insurance; the cost of any passports, visas, or travel documentation required for the prize winner to travel to Ecuador; airport transfers between the prize winner’s home and the departure airport; personal spending money; tips; or any food, drink or activities not mentioned in the prize description. Any additional taxes, costs and expenses incurred during the trip will be the responsibility of the prize winner.

The prize is valid for travel from 30 September 2023 to 1 August 2024. Blackout dates of 24 December 2023 – 1 January 2024 and 29 March – 2 April 2024 apply.

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