Research and conservation work to save the Utila Iguana. Interesting information to be had at the Research Center if you can get there while someone is around. You are able to see some of the iguanas that are in some status of being threatened or endangered (as they are endemic to the island). The folks working here might have some great local knowledge of the area if you are interested in exploring birds, reptiles, fish, ect. Local knowledge from friendly conservation minded folks!
Brilliant place to visit. It is a very friendly, knowledgable and interesting experience. Lovely trip whilst visiting Utila
I hate to give anyone a poor review, but this place only received higher than terrible because of the good work they're trying to do. A group of 8 of us showed up during the hours they were supposed to be staffed and no one was to be found. We waited around for half an hour before giving ourselves the nickle tour (not much to see by the way). We never saw anyone before we left to find a bathroom, as theirs is nailed shut, and something to eat.
I went to iguana station a morning during my stay in Utila and really enjoyed it. The volunteers answered all my questions about Iguanas and I really apreciated this little but very responsable center. A nice place to visit if you have a bit of free time in Utila, will only take you an hour and the walk up there is just magical with all the buterflies and the iguanas crossing your path!
Matt gave a tour of the station and it was interesting to see the local species of Iguana indigenous only to Utila.
This station was started to protect an endangered iguana that is found only on this island. This is very important and worthwhile project that should be well supported.
i went there on my way to the water tower, the guys who worked there were nice and the research that they r doing is quite impressive
With two boys, we had to stop at the Iguana Station. Volunteers gave us a tour and explained the research they were doing. Our 10 and 6 year olds loved seeing the iguanas in different stages of development, asked good questions, and our older son even bought himself a t-shirt he was so impressed.
The Iguana Station is an NGO dedicated to the continued survival of the endemic iguana species to Utila, lovingly referred to as the Swamper. At the Iguana station, where one can volunteer, you can see the rare Swamper being bred and taken care of; depending on the time of year, you may even see some hatchlings scurrying along their cages. A visitor has the opportunity to feed female swampers fresh crabs that are regularly caught by the volunteers, and visitors are also given a tour of the site, get an opportunity to see the oldest living Swamper around today, and get an educational tour of the life and times of the Swamper, his habitat, and also information on other reptiles and amphibians on the island.
We loved this place, over 3000 Iguanas that you can interact with and feed them, had no idea they were so friendly, they loved to have their tummies rubbed. Also big fish and a monkey who likes to steal your glasses, beware.