Dallas Escape Series: Ecuador’s Transforming Luxury Tourism | Wealth-X

How A Tycoon Is Transforming Luxury Tourism In South America | Wealth-X
Mashpi Lodge
A glass-and-chrome lodge of 22 suites, where guests pay a starting rate of US$1,300 per person per night

After acquiring the site, [Ecuadorian entrepreneur Roque] Sevilla was not exactly sure what to do with it. One weekend he decided to go camping – a trip that gave him the inspiration for his next “impossible project”.

“While we were camping during the night I had to go outside to get a drink. Of course, at night all the animals are feeding and I saw a huge snake slither past my foot. I was terrified, but thrilled. And then the idea came to me,” said Sevilla. “I thought, let’s build a bubble that is both comfortable and guarantees safety, but never hinders your feeling of being at one with the forest.”

How A Tycoon Is Transforming Luxury Tourism In South America | Wealth-X
Mashpi Lodge

Sevilla’s idea became the foundation for Mashpi Lodge, which has since become one of Ecuador’s most sought-after luxury eco reserves. With a small investment consortium Sevilla spent around US$12 million over four years building the glass-and-chrome lodge of 22 suites, where guests pay a starting rate of US$1,300 per person per night. This includes meals and jungle explorations led by expert guides.

How A Tycoon Is Transforming Luxury Tourism In South America | Wealth-X
Casa Gangotena

Quito’s reputation as a high end tourist destination has almost certainly been boosted as a result of his work. Five years ago Roque bought and renovated the neo-Classical 1920’s mansion Casa Gangotena, which overlooks Quito’s 18th Century Plaza San Francisco and the surrounding hills. With its 31 high-ceilinged bedrooms filled with locally handcrafted furniture, Casa Gangotena has become a landmark hotel for wealthy tourists. Sevilla’s stamp is subtle but present – the walls of Casa Gangotena are decorated with historic drawings of orchids, his favourite jungle flower, and luscious Ecuadorian chocolates that welcome you in your room – they’re from the local chocolatier he encourages guests to visit.

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