"Sky Bike" Offers an Incredible 196-Feet-High Tour of the Andean Cloud Forest

Doesn't this look incredible? At the Mashpi Lodge in Quito, Ecuador, you can explore the Andean Cloud Forest via their Sky Bike. It's a human-powered, two-seat bike that traverses the canopy of the lush rainforest. You'll need to be feeling brave, as the bike dangles from a 656-foot cable that's stretched between two points and reaches heights as high as 196 feet in the air.

One of the great things about the Sky Bike is that you control the pace of your expedition. You can zoom through the forest for an exhilarating ride or take a more leisurely approach and admire the sights. During your journey, you cross a river gorge and have the chance to see amazing wildlife – more than 400 different types of birds live in the forest.

With an offering like the Sky Bike, it's no doubt that the Mashpi Lodge is itself a special place. National Geographic even considers the glass-walled getaway as one of the Unique Lodges of the World. It's tucked away in the 3,200 acre, orchid-filled Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve. Magnificent waterfalls, beautiful hiking trails, and a stunning 85-foot observation deck are just some of the other features visitors can visit. It makes us want to pack our bags and take a trip!

Mashpi Lodge website
via [Inhabitat]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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