A few weeks ago we visited Mashpi Lodge. This is probably the fanciest lodge in the country and definitely out of our price range. We were there as consultants as they are looking into building a field research station and we could help them with ideas. Also, Lisa is thinking of doing some work there in January. I don't have many pics of the lodge itself, their website is better anyways. Here are some pics of things we saw/did while there. We spent three nights there and were there with my buddy, Rudy Gelis, who is a guide and researcher as well. You can read more about Mashpi and their research ideas here. The forest is amazing and our host, Carlos Morochz, was great!
Sleeping lizard that Lisa found the first night on a night-hike while the kids and I slept. She was only going our 'for a bit' but didn't return until midnight.
Snail-eating snake. Probably this guy, a snail eater!
Glass frog, what Lisa was looking for.
Metamorph of a glass frog.
They also had a cable set up over a ravine and the car was powered by a bicycle. This was an amazing way to travel as the ride is smooth and slow and allows a great view.
Here we are on our way. Note, it's the cloud forest!
Camilo and Carlos waiting for our return.
And now it was Lisa and Camilo's turn.
Amalia pinching the sky bike.
And back to the landing pad. The ride is like 200m each way.
Rudy looking up a waterfall for nesting birds.
A toadhead viper! This guy was a little baby.
A crazy grasshopper. Wouldn't want to try and eat this guy!
Tamandua! Otherwise known as an anteater. Not a great shot as he was up a tree and the flash I had wasn't great. But we saw him!
Ocelot! This guy hung out around the lodge. In fact, one night he walked by our window and the kids freaked out. Camilo tried to pet it through the glass. Carlos thinks they were hand raised (not uncommon, especially if the mother had been poached) and then they were dumped at the lodge. They had been around a few months and were definitely not scared of people. They appeared healthy but were a bit scary nonetheless.
Lisa is a giant earthworm! These can get a lot bigger but this guy was still probably 2ft long.
Amalia was the one who found it in the butterfly garden.
They also had a feeder set up to attract some cool beasts. Mostly they just put bananas out and get stuff like this tyra.
and these toucans (actually aracari).
Camilo liked to play in the dirt...
and of course, lots of hummingbirds...