News From the Life Centre

Nixon works in the Life Centre in Mashpi Lodge and is in charge of maintaining and finding host plants for butterflies. To find plants where butterflies deposit eggs, each one very specific to each species, Nixon goes out into the… Read More

Surprise on the Dragonfly!

Mashpi’s Dragonfly is an excellent way to witness the strangest and most magical moments in the reserve. The cable car allows you to see the forest from a completely different perspective. From up in the four-man gondola, new species of… Read More

Mama tarantula

I found this beautiful tarantula whilst walking along the path towards the Life Centre. Some little black dots following her were what caught my eye. It turns out that these dots were the offspring of the tarantula who would follow… Read More

We went to the disco!

The cock-of-the-rock is one of the most attractive, but rarest, birds to find in the Tropical Forests, in spite of its colourful appearance. This species meets up in specific courtship spots with the purpose of seducing the females that come… Read More

Joselito Ronquillo (Life Centre)

Today Joselito invited us to be part of his work in the Life Centre and in his collection of butterfly eggs. The eggs collected today are from the Parides arcas butterfly, and Joselito tells us that they will be hatched… Read More

Forest visions

If you ask me what it is about cloudforests that captivates me, I would have to say it’s their drama. Rainforests are flat. There’s very little sense of their scale, their enormity, unless you’re flying over them in a plane,… Read More

Forest Visions 2

Many of the farmers who have stayed and now embrace forest life in the Northwest could have just as easily emigrated like so many of their friends and neighbors have, seeking a brighter future in the big city. This would… Read More

Chasing waterfalls

Nowhere on Earth is the power of water more tangible than in Mashpi.  There’s the mist that rolls back over the forest in the morning to reveal the greenery below. There’s the rain, barely there at times, torrential as machine… Read More

Spiders in the Mist

Have you ever wondered how spiderwebs remain taut even when laden with dew? Por: Juan Carlos Narváez A couple of months ago, on a cloudy day, while we were on a hike with Marc (our Operations Manager), he saw some… Read More

Flying through the treetops

The treetops, which together form the forest’s roof or canopy, have always fascinated biologists, ecologists and all lovers of nature, and are so far the last frontier for exploration in tropical forests. Being able to access the treetops has been… Read More
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