September 5, 2018

THE LUMINOUS TRAIL


Max.1006m
Min.959m
Incline5%
Time40 min.
Total50m
Time10 min.
Total677m
Time30 min.

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

This is a short and easy trail which we use mostly for night walks due to its richness in insects. It’s named after the luminous ‘fox fire’ fungus that occurs here. It’s a glow in the dark living experience!

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September 5, 2018

JUNGLE SWING TRAIL


Max.974m
Min.937m
Incline1%
Time1:45h
Total50m
Time5 min.
Total737m
Time45 min.

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

This delightful trail starts near the staff house, a short walk from the lodge. It offers an excellent understanding of the regeneration process that forests undergo following deforestation. The first part of the trail was used for pasture just 15 years ago, and now it’s a beautiful young forest, dominated by pioneer species of Miconia tree. The trail ends in lovely mature forest before returning along the main path.

On this trail we can put the story of Tarzan to the test. Vines are bridges connecting the forest canopy, and some are strong enough to hold the weight of a person. Halfway along this trail, we can take a swing on Mashpi’s very own Tarzan rope-vine – shouting like Tarzan optional!

This trail can be combined with the Dragonfly for the return journey.

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September 5, 2018

STRANGLER FIG TRAIL


Max.945m
Min.891m
Incline5%
Time2h
Total925m
Time30 min.
Total822m
Time45 min.

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

Trails throughout the Reserve cross various types of terrain, ranging from the earth and gravel of the main road, forest paths carpeted by leaves, wading through rivers, while some have been specially adapted to make walking easier and pleasant, using embedded recycled plastic crates to create steps and firm paths.

This trail is named after one of the most curious plants in the reserve, the strangler fig. This seed plant, dispersed by birds, lowers its roots from the canopy into the ground around the host tree, and then slowly grows around it until it effectively smothers it. This trail is dominated by palms over 40 m high called pambiles or iron palm (Iriartea deltoidea).

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September 5, 2018

MASHPI TORRENTEER LAGOON


ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

The Mashpi forest is transformed at night, with far more activity than during the day.

This lagoon lies a short walk along the road from the hotel, where a waterfall and river form a beautiful pond. This is the ideal habitat for various species of frogs – rain frogs, glass frogs and tree frogs – as well as other fascinating species we might encounter. In this lagoon, our scientific investigation team was able to discover a new species for science: the Mashpi Torrenteer. Its Latin name is Hyloscirtus mashpi, which means guardian of the river.

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September 4, 2018

CAPUCHIN MONKEY TRAIL


Max.1076m
Min.773m
Incline5%
Total2.035km
Time2:20 h (to the Laguna river) 1:30h (by vehicle to the trail)

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

This is the longest trail we have designed so far in the Reserve, covering more than 2 miles (3.5 km if the walk starts from the hotel) and connecting different attractions of the reserve.

On this trail we can observe spots where the Club-wing Manakin birds gather to perform their courtship dances. These locations are known as leks. This trail also leads to a fork down to the Healing Waterfall (1.3 km), and finally to the Laguna River. We return wading and walking upstream in the river to the Magnolia trail and from there back to the lodge (2 hours 1.5 km).

We can also walk upstream to Tower 4 and return on the Dragonfly.


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