Enjoy an endless view of the cloud forest
The Observation Tower
One of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of Mashpi is from the observation tower. From here, we can appreciate a wonderful view of the canopy and the complex structure of the tropical forest. On clear days, we can even see the lodge itself, along with the Reserve’s boundaries and a mosaic of cloud and rainforest side-by-side. Farmlands and little villages can also be seen way off in the distance.
The tower is a metallic structure with winding steps. It stands at about eight stories (26 meters/85 feet) high and is ideal for all types of wildlife lovers. Species spotted from here include toucans, woodpeckers, barbets, tanagers and parrots, as well as birds of prey.
The observation tower is located right next to the Sky Bike and we oftentimes combine these two activities.
The combination of these activities – Sky Bike, Observation Tower and hike – lasts about 3 hours.
This trail leads from the Sky Bike landing station to the road. Along the way, we will walk along the river and come across a very special type of palm: Irearthea deltoidea, famous for being able to ‘walk’ towards the light in order to improve its chances of growth. You’ll find out how they manage to accomplish such an impressive feat on this trail!