September 5, 2018

HUMMINGBIRD GARDEN



Max.1281m
Min.951m
Incline6%
Time1:30h
Total5,3km
Time1:30h

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

The forests of Mashpi boast 32 hummingbird species identified to date, inhabiting different specific altitudes, with around 19 species alone observable by guests in this garden. In order to make it easier to see these amazing creatures, we placed several hummingbird feeders and fruit feeders, in front a shelter with seating providing the ideal setting. Here, apart from hummingbirds, we can also frequently spot fruit feeder species such as toucans, tanagers, squirrels, etc. The site is located at a natural viewpoint, which, on clear days, provides breath-taking views of the Reserve’s forested hills. This is a paradise for photographers, regardless of your level of experience, as well as a place to calmly connect with birds and nature.

Although this is a hard trail due to the distance, you can also reach the hummingbird garden by car in only 15 minutes.

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September 4, 2018

THE LIFE CENTER

A PLACE FOR LEARNING AND DISCOVERY

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A PLACE FOR LEARNING AND DISCOVERY

THE LIFE CENTER

Located west of the lodge, the Life Centre was conceived as a place for learning and discovery, but also as a place where our guests can disconnect while they admire the scenery from the comfort of a chaise longue on the handsome wooden deck – a great place to spot birds, and hear the roar of mantled howler monkeys, too!

Here we learn about the species of butterflies found in this region, observing the whole process of metamorphosis from eggs into beautiful butterflies. About 300 species of moths and butterflies have been identified to date in the Reserve, and our team has reproduced 50 of these to date. About a dozen can be seen in the centre itself. Most of the interpretation in the centre is provided by our guides or the employees from the local community involved in the project.

EXPLORATION DETAILS

  • Life Centre Trail
  • Howler Monkey Trail
Life Centre Trail
Max.941m
Min.872m
Incline9%
Time45 min.
Total703m
Time45 min.

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

To get to the Life Centre we take the Howler Monkey trail, located 1 km from the hotel. This trail runs through primary forest and is the perfect prelude to discovering the various interactions between species inhabiting the tropical rainforests. On the way back from the Life Centre we take the short Life Centre trail to the main road, and then back to the lodge. In total, we walk 3.5 km and take about 3 hours, including the visit to the Life Centre.

Howler Monkey Trail
Max.926m
Min.871m
Incline11%
Time20 min.
Total456m
Time20 min.

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

This trail runs mostly primary forest, where the dominant species is the copal tree (Dacryodes cupularis), with an average height of 40 m, prized for its wood. The trail get its name from the howler monkeys, a species that inhabit this forest fragment – it’s quite possible we’ll hear them as we walk the trail – and ends at the Life Centre.

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