Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Fly Through Human Powered Sky Bike at Mashpi Lodge in Quito, Ecuador



Sky Bike is tucked away amongst the cloud forest in the protected 3,212-acre Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve, around 3 hours northwest of Quito, in Ecuador, is Mashpi Lodge and a classy and contemporary lodge. You can described as a “luxury cocoon in the clouds”, Mashpi Lodge is perched 900 meters above sea level surrounded by magnificence rainforest crisscrossed with waterfalls between dramatic, verdant hills, and a profusion of plant species, from ferns and bromeliads to hundreds of orchid species, visible through its floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The Lodge, built with the latest techniques in sustainable building, is designed to blend beautifully with its surroundings that are inhabited by a staggering 500 species of bird, hundreds of amphibian and reptilian species, and animals such as monkeys, peccaries and even puma.

The slow pace bike let take the peoples to much more than you’d have streaming by on a zip line or bouncing along on the suspension bridges common to most canopy walks. But then pedaling up the last bit of the parabola reminding the powering the craft after all.  The wonders of sky bike will delight the worldliest nature lover surrounded by a profusion of plant species, from ferns and bromeliads to hundreds of orchid species, several newly-discovered. A staggering more than five hundred species of bird including some 36 endemics are likely to inhabit the forest, fluttering through the canopy.

It is situated close to the lodge is a Sky Bike that permits visitors to explore the beauty of forest canopy from above and through. The sky bike is dangled from a 656-foot cable car and it is stretched between two points in the forest crossing a gorge above a river at an insane height of 196 feet. Sky bike has the capacity of two people and one of them uses the pedal the push the bike along at leisure. The Sky Bike at Mashpi Lodge is similar to the Sky Cycle a pedal-powered roller coaster located in Washuzan Highland Amusement Park in Okayama city in Japan. The Sky Bike also lets tourists to view the wildlife up close on their terms. Animals are often less afraid and appear more tame when humans appear in unexpected places, which Masphi guests have been doing on the Sky Bike since 2012.

The current bike is the result of five prototypes inspired by an article in Popular Mechanics. One of the special things about the Sky Bike is that you control the pace of your excursion and can zoom through the forest for an exciting ride or take a more leisurely approach and admire the sights. With an offering like the Sky Bike, it’s no uncertainty that the Mashpi Lodge is itself a distinctive place. National Geographic even considers the glass-walled getaway.