Forest/Brown Trail

Habitats: Replanted and naturally regenerating secondary forest, and forest streams
Post colour: Brown (every 50 m)
Start: Outside the conservation centre
Grade: Easy – trail narrow in places, some mud after rain.
Length: 2.5 km (linear – ends at post 1400 of Wetland Trail)
Time: 2.5-5 hours
Altitude: 35–50 m
What to take: Water, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and binoculars.
Access: Open February to December, 24 hours to lodge guests and dawn to dusk to day visitors.
Price: Free for lodge guests if self-guided (leaflets are available at the lodge and the start of the trail). A guide is available for an additional fee. There is an entry fee for day visitors.

In 2004 REGUA began replanting much of the land near the lodge with native trees. This trail passes through these areas, which are being colonised by a wealth of wildlife.

As the trees mature and the young forest here becomes more established, the open country bird species such as Grassland Sparrow and Yellowish Pipit have been replaced by forest dwelling species including Ruddy Quail-Dove, Maroon-bellied Parakeet and Rufous-capped Motmot, as well as species associated with scrub and open forest such as Blue Ground-Dove and Sooretama Slaty-Antshrike. The Near-threatened Black-legged Dacnis is now regularly found along this trail during the austral winter, and even the rare Shrike-like Cotinga is starting to show up here. This trail is also a reliable spot to find lekking male White-bearded Manakins.

Mammals found on this trail include Big-eared Opossum Didelphis aurita, Brown-throated Sloth Bradypus variegatus, Nine-banded Armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus, Capybara Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris, Red-rumped Agouti Dasyprocta leporina, Lowland Paca Agouti paca, and Puma Puma concolor.

We recommend a half day morning visit to this trail, with a suggested morning departure of 06:00. The trail is situated at a very low altitude and has a hot and humid climate. Dehydration and sun exposure are the biggest risks so please ensure you take plenty of drinking water with you along with a hat and sunscreen.

One of our canopy towers, the São José Tower, lies a short distance from this trail and is well worth visiting for the view across the Guapiaçu valley alone. The trail to the tower can produce bird species found in more mature forest interiors such as Southern Antpipit, Surucua Trogon, Scaled Antbird, and Grey-hooded Attila. Please allow at least an extra hour for visiting the tower, and more time if bird activity is high.

Target species:

Tataupa Tinamou
Uniform Crake
Blue Ground-Dove
Ruddy Quail-Dove
Maroon-bellied Parakeet
Squirrel Cuckoo
Tropical Screech-Owl
Tawny-browed Owl
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
Common Potoo
Reddish Hermit
White-chinned Sapphire
Rufous-capped Motmot
Rufous-tailed Jacamar
Channel-billed Toucan
Yellow-eared Woodpecker
Blond-crested Woodpecker
White-flanked Antwren
Unicoloured Antwren
Sooretama Slaty-Antshrike
Plain-winged Woodcreeper
White-bearded Manakin
Shrike-like Cotinga
Green-backed Becard
White-winged Becard
Crested Becard
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher
Southern Antpipit
Yellow-breasted Flycatcher
Eye-ringed Tody-Tyrant
Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet
Yellow Tyrannulet
Grey-hooded Attila
Short-crested Flycatcher
Euler’s Flycatcher
Moustached Wren
Long-billed Wren
Buff-throated Saltator
Brazilian Tanager
Black-goggled Tanager
Fawn-breasted Tanager
Black-legged Dacnis
Yellow-backed Tanager
Chestnut-vented Conebill
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager
Tropical Parula
Red-rumped Cacique
Orange-bellied Euphonia

The Forest Trail takes in areas reforested by REGUA from 2004 to 2009, as well as areas of naturally regenerating secondary forest and secluded forest streams (© Rachel Walls)
Black Hawk-Eagle may be seen from the canopy tower (© Nicholas Locke)
Blue-winged Parrotlet (© Lee Dingain)
Hooded Tanager prefer forest edge habitats and young secondary forest (© Alan Martin)