A place for learning and discovery
The Life Center
Located west of the lodge, the Life Center 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 the covered wooden deck. This is a great place to spot birds and hear the roar of mantled howler monkeys, too!
Here we will get to learn about the species of butterflies found in this region, observing the whole process of metamorphosis from egg to beautiful butterfly. About 300 species of moths and butterflies have been identified to date in the Reserve, and our team has successfully managed to reproduce 50 of these to date. About a dozen can be seen at the Life Center itself. Most of the interpretation in the center is provided by our guides or our employees from the local community that actively involved in the project.
To get to the Life Center we take the Howler Monkey trail, which is located 1 kilometers/0.6 miles from the Lodge. This trail runs through primary forest and is the perfect prelude to discovering the various interactions that exist between species that inhabit the tropical rainforests. On the way back from the Life Center, we another trail back to the main road, and then head back to the lodge. In total, we walk 3.5 kilometers/2.1 miles. This entire excursion takes around 3 hours, including the visit to the Life Center.
The majority of this trail runs through primary forest, where the dominant plant species is the copal tree (Dacryodes cupularis), prized for its wood and with an average height of 40 meters/131 feet. The trail got its name from the howler monkeys, which is a species that inhabits this particular patch of forest and that we may even hear as we walk along the trail. The trail ends at the Life Center.