Waterfall/Green Trail

Habitats: Secondary lowland forest
Post colour: Green (every 50 m)
Start: Casa Pesquisa
Grade: Easy – flat, wide trail, some mud after rain.
Length: 2.5 km (linear)
Time: Full day, return for dinner
Altitude: 170 m – 1,300 m
What to take: Binoculars, camera, hat, insect repellent, plenty of water, sturdy walking boots, a waterproof jacket.
Access: Open February to December, 24 hours to lodge guests. This trail is not open to day visitors.
Price: Free if self-guided. A guide is available for an additional fee.

This scenic and fairly easy trail passes through well established secondary forest into selectively logged primary humid evergreen forest and a beautiful waterfall. After the waterfall the trail becomes very difficult and if you want to explore this stretch we strongly advise walking with one of our guides or rangers.

We recommend a whole day birding this trail with a suggested start of 06:30, and taking a packed lunch to eat at the waterfall. Beware the rocks around the waterfall are extremely slippery – please take care.

Transport to and from the trail (free to lodge guests) is via air-conditioned minibus or pickup and takes 30 mins each way (longer with birding stops for farmland birds). At the trailhead there are hummingbird feeders that attract a variety of hummingbirds including Saw-billed Hermit.

Target species:

White-necked Hawk
Black Hawk-Eagle
Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle
Barred Forest-Falcon
Maroon-bellied Parakeet
Plain Parakeet
Saw-billed Hermit
Rufous-breasted Hermit
Reddish Hermit
Black Jacobin
Violet-capped Woodnymph
Glittering-throated Emerald
Surucua Trogon
Black-throated Trogon
Rufous-capped Motmot
Buff-bellied Puffbird
Crescent-chested Puffbird
Channel-billed Toucan
Spot-billed Toucanet
White-barred Piculet
Yellow-eared Woodpecker
Yellow-throated Woodpecker
Blond-crested Woodpecker
Spot-backed Antshrike
Spot-breasted Antvireo
Plain Antvireo
Star-throated Antwren
White-flanked Antwren
Unicoloured Antwren
Streak-capped Antwren
Scaled Antbird
White-shouldered Fire-eye
White-bibbed Antbird
Black-cheeked Gnateater
Variegated Antpitta
Slaty Bristlefront
Rufous-capped Antthrush
Rufous-breasted Leaftosser
Plain-winged Woodcreeper
White-throated Woodcreeper
Planalto Woodcreeper
Lesser Woodcreeper
Ochre-breasted Foliage-gleaner
Black-capped Foliage-gleaner
Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner
White-eyed Foliage-gleaner
Pale-browed Treehunter
Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper
Plain Xenops
Streaked Xenops
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher
Grey-hooded Flycatcher
Sepia-capped Flycatcher
Southern Antpipit
Eared Pygmy-Tyrant
Eye-ringed Tody-Tyrant
White-throated Spadebill
Whiskered (Sulphur-rumped) Flycatcher
Greyish Mourner
Grey-hooded Attila
Bare-throated Bellbird
Pin-tailed Manakin
Blue Manakin
Shrike-like Cotinga
Chestnut-crowned Becard
Black-capped Becard
Crested Becard
White-necked Thrush
Olive-green Tanager
Black-goggled Tanager
Azure-shouldered Tanager
Golden-chevroned Tanager
Turquoise (White-bellied) Tanager
Green-headed Tanager
Red-necked Tanager
Brassy-breasted Tanager
Rufous-headed Tanager
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager
Yellow-green Grosbeak
Black-throated Grosbeak
Chestnut-bellied Euphonia
Blue-naped Chlorophonia

The Waterfall Trail (© Rachel Walls)
Male Spot-billed Toucanet (© Leonardo Pimentel)
The rare and endemic White-necked Hawk is frequently encountered on this trail (© Daniel Jorge)
Black-cheeked Gnateater (© Chris Townend)