Elfin Forest/Red Trail

Habitats: Selectively logged primary lowland forest
Duration: Full day, return for dinner
Departure: 05:30
Journey time: 30 mins to the start of the Waterfall Trail, then an hour walk to the start of the Elfin Forest Trail
What to take: Binoculars, camera, sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, plenty of water, sturdy walking boots, a waterproof jacket.
Useful info: Transport to and from the trail is via air-conditioned minibus or pickup
Price: Included in the accommodation price

This is a fantastic trail ranging from 400 to 950 metres above sea level and passing through beautiful primary forest, stunted elfin forest and stunning scenery. The trail is long and very steep in places, but the variety and abundance of birds and the outside chance of finding Southern Woolly Spider Monkey make the effort very worthwhile.

A very early start and a full day are required to walk this trail. Transport to and from the trail and a packed lunch are included in the accommodation price, however, we strongly recommend hiring a guide. Make sure you take plenty of drinking water with you.

Target species:

Solitary Tinamou
Brown Tinamou
Dusky-legged Guan
Spot-winged Wood-Quail
Mantled Hawk
Black Hawk-Eagle
Barred Forest-Falcon
Plumbeous Pigeon
Maroon-bellied Parakeet
Blue-winged Parrotlet
Plain Parakeet
Golden-tailed Parrotlet
Pileated Parrot
Scaly-headed Parrot
Blue-bellied Parrot
Least Pygmy-Owl
Scale-throated Hermit
White-throated Hummingbird
Brazilian Ruby
Surucua Trogon
Black-throated Trogon
Rufous-capped Motmot
Channel-billed Toucan
Spot-billed Toucanet
Saffron Toucanet
Yellow-fronted Woodpecker
Yellow-eared Woodpecker
Yellow-throated Woodpecker
Yellow-browed Woodpecker
Green-barred Woodpecker
Spot-backed Antshrike
Giant Antshrike
White-bearded Anthshrike
Variable Antshrike
Spot-breasted Antvireo
Plain Antvireo
Salvadori’s Antwren
Ferruginous Antbird
Ochre-rumped Antbird
White-bibbed Antbird
Rufous Gnateater
Black-cheeked Gnateater
Variegated Antpitta
Spotted Bamboowren
Slaty Bristlefront
Rufous-capped Antthrush
Short-tailed Antthrush
Such’s Antthrush
Rufous-tailed Antthrush
Rufous-breasted Leaftosser
Plain-winged Woodcreeper
White-throated Woodcreeper
Planalto Woodcreeper
Lesser Woocreeper
Scaled Woodcreeper
Black-billed Scythebill
Rufous-capped Spinetail
Pallid Spinetail
White-browed Foliage-gleaner
Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner
Black-capped Foliage-gleaner
White-collared Foliage-gleaner
Pale-browed Treehunter
Ochre-faced Tody-Flycatcher
Rough-legged Tyrannulet
Grey-capped Tyrannulet
Oustalet’s Tyrannulet
Russet-winged Spadebill
Blue-billed Black-Tyrant
Bare-throated Bellbird
Pin-tailed Manakin
Blue Manakin
Greenish Schiffornis
Shrike-like Cotinga
Rufous-crowned Greenlet
Brown Tanager
Olive-green Tanager
Black-goggled Tanager
Azure-shouldered Tanager
Rufous-headed Tanager
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager
Half-collared Sparrow
Black-throated Grosbeak
Green-winged Saltator
Green-chinned Euphonia
Chestnut-bellied Euphonia
Blue-naped Chlorophonia

Top of the Elfin Forest Trail (© Rachel Walls)
One or two lekking male Shrike-like Cotingas are usually present on this trail during the austral summer (© Lee Dingain)
Least Pygmy-Owl (© Lee Dingain)
Ferruginous Antbird (© Leonardo Pimentel)