The Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve
There are very few places left on earth where you can closely connect with nature. The Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve is one of those places. Set over 3000 feet above sea level, the Mashpi Reserve is home to a plethora of plant species, including hundreds of orchid species. Many of these are actually newly discovered. There are also approximately 500 species of birds, including about 36 endemic species. Other wildlife that inhabits the Mashpi is puma, peccaries and monkeys. This rainforest is full of life and is truly a treat to explore.
The Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve hosts a number of different ways to explore the rainforest. You might want to consider going on a canopy gondola adventure. This is a remarkable experience as it provides the opportunity to explore different areas of the reserve at a slower pace. The gondola cable system extends about 1¼ miles between two boarding stations. This is a very relaxing way to take in the beauty of the reserve.
If you want a more “down and dirty” rainforest adventure, you might want to take a nature trail tour. The two main trails at the reserve are the Howler Monkey and Cucharillo. Both of these trails link of to the canopy gondola system. Nature guides will lead the way, pointing out all of the flora and fauna around you. You will want to prepare yourself for one of these trails, as due to the landscape of the Mashpi they are very rarely flat. The nature trails are a great way to get an up close and personal experience with the rainforest.
While there is a ton to see during the day, the Mashpi transforms at night. Compared to the daytime, there is much more activity at night. There are night walks available for those who wish to explore the Mashpi at night and discover the nocturnal inhabitants of the forest. Be ready to encounter owls, tree frogs, rodents, mammals and even a fungus that glows in the dark.
For a taste of what the Mashpi is really like, check out this video. It will have you wanting to plan a trip as soon as possible!