At our Toucan Birding Ecolodge and Wildlife Reserve we have 23 hectares of rainforest with several trails. You can discover birds and other wildlife on your own or you can participate in a guided walk. Below you can find a more detailed description of what type of trails we have and also about the feeders and hides for photography.
Please be always very careful and do not forget that you are in a tropical rainforest and as there are beautiful birds, butterflies, mammals, plants, there are also some other wildlife, which are not so much welcome by most of the people. These can be snakes, spiders, ants and insects... So, please always wear long trousers, shirts, boots or even wellingtons if it is rainy, it is always better to be on the safe side and this way you can concentrate more on the beauty of our little paradise!!!:-)
We have several trails throughout the property. There are shorter and easier and larger and a bit more difficult or demanding ones as well. Depending on your capacity you will surely find your type of trails.
-The entrance road: it is the road where we drive in to the lodge. It splits from the local good dirtroad, at the beginning with some open areas then for about 300 meters through a dense forest, then we reach our gate and it continues another 50m down till the building. When you are here in the mornings you can go out walking on the road. Only the first bit from the building up to the gate is quite steep, but otherwise comfortable, wide. After the gate it slightly going up through the forest. This road gives a chance for tinamus, woodrails, antbirds, woodcreepers, woodpeckers, guans, toucans, parrots, parakeets, flycatchers, trushes and many more. There is also a chance to see some small mammals like coatis, agoutis, but even monkeys and sloth can be spotted.
-The forest edge trail: goes from the begining of the "vivero" trail on the side of the pool and when you enter into the forest soon you will see a small trail going on the left. After about 150-200m this will go almost out of the forest where you can look out on huge slopes. This is a good raptor watching point. Then the trail goes down steep. On this trail you will have a chance to look for antbirds, wrens, warblers, flycatchers, woodpeckers, woodcreepers.... and small mammals..
If you just go a bit on this trail, until the edge of the forest then you can also turn back and continue down on the manakin trail.
-The Bamboo stairs Trail: it is a short but not easy trail if you do not like steps or stairs. It starts from the side of the house, where the cars are parking going down till the "vivero", where you can find a small garden with nice flowery plants. You can go back on the same way up on the stairs or you can use the other easier, more leveled but bit longer trail, the "Vivero" Trail which goes back to the other side of the house near the "rancho" where the hammocks are close to the pool.
-The "Vivero" Trail. It starts at the end of the pool and slightly meandearing down through the forest till a meeting point with the bottom of the Bamboo Trail and the meadow with the "Vivero". So you can go down on the Vivero trail and going back to the lodge on the Bambo Stairs.
Both are short and wide, however the Bamboo Stairs are relatively steep, but you don't need to run on them, so just take your time and enjoy what you can see there.
What you can see on these 2 trails and around the vivero?:
at the begening of the vivero trail just to the right of it there is a split to the compost pit, it worth to check it every morning or before you go down on the trail, generally this area is good for butterflies, birds like guans, curassows, woodrails, then as you go down you get more into the woods, secondary forest, so you will have a chance for woodpeckers, woodcreepers, tinamu, antbirds, antshrikes, warblers, flycatchers, manakins, tanagers.... At the vivero itself it is more open, so this gives a chance to see raptors, parrots, parakeets, toucans, guans, oropendolas, tityras and many more.
The Manakin trail: From the "Vivero" trail you will walk something like couple of hundreds meters until you reach the next trail which is actually the continuation of this one. On the Manakin trail you will have the chance for Manakins, hence the name of course. Red-capped, Blue-crowned and White-ruffed is seasonally around. Even you can be lucky to see them lekking in this area. But other then manakins of course you have the chance for a lot more like Green and Red-legged Honeycreepers, Chestnut-sided and Golden-winged Warblers, Rufous Piha, Black-hooded Antshrike, Riverside Wren and many more. This trail is still easy and it is not so closed forest, there are bushes, palm trees, open areas, so easier to spot birds and when some trees have seeds or furits it can be really full with birds.:-)
The River Trail: from the Manakin trail you will get to the River trail. This one is a bit more demanding, it goes down on stairs crossing our little river and then up.... The forest here is secondary, but since it is denser and there is water as well, there can different species around. Further along this trail you can find different antbirds, trogons, motmots, doves, pigeons, tinamus, manakins, toucans, parrots, oropendola, cacique. The trail is longer and bit more demanding so need a bit more time to do it, but of course it is possible to turn back any time.:-)
Giant Ficus tree trail - from the River trail at a point you can go on the left and do another trail which goes a few hundred meters and reaches a Giant Ficus tree.
From there you come back a little bit on the trail and you will see another trail:
-Primary Forest trail- this makes a few hundred meters long but quite demanding circle, basically a detour loop, coming back to the Giant Ficus trail. The trail goes through partly secondary, partly primary forest with some more giant trees. Birding is not easy here, can be quite neckbraking experience and a challenge to see birds so high up in the dense canopy. On these trails you can also see a lot of birds, however it is never easy in the jungle, the best is to find a nice flock of birds or an antswarm and then you can spend hours to watch the birds coming on the ants and catching them.:-)
On the terrace we have several hummingbird feeders, which are attracting several species of hummers, like Rufous-tailed, Long-tailed Hermit, Little Hermit, Purple-crowned Fairy, White-necked Jacobin, Violet-crowned Woodnymph.
We also put out some platforms with fruits, so you can enjoy some other birds as well that come regularly to the feeders like:
tanagers: Blue-Gray, Scarlet-rumped, Golden-hooded, Green honeycreepers, Red-legged Honeycreepers, Toucans, Aracaris.
The Toucans are anyway always around, they like the Cecropia tree and the palm trees in front of the terrace and they regularly sit on them and when the palm trees have their fruits they feed on them. But they are not the only ones visiting the trees in front of the terrace. We also have 2 species of monkeys regularly having parties around: the Mantled Howler monkeys and the White-faced Capuchin monkeys as well. Coatis and squirrels like to steal the fruits, so birds have to be fast and careful.
From the terrace you also have a chance to watch raptors, most commonly Balck & Turkey Vultures, but sometimes even King Vulture is circling around. Road-side Hawk is really common, but Grey Hawk, Swallow-tailed Kite and Yellow-headed and Crested Caracara and more possible. We had even a Tiny Hawk, first ever for us just during the first 2 weeks here!
At the moment we have one fix-built photography hide which is like a little house and it is at the "vivero" we mentioned before. Here you have a chance being seated inside and see the wildlife coming to the little watery pond where we also put some food for birds and without being seen you can take photos or just enjoy the close up view of birds and maybe mammals as well.
We also have mobile hide, this is like a pop-up photography tent where you can sit in with a chair and enjoy birds around. This gives more flexibility, because we can take it where there is more action and you can sit in without being seen. However you need to know that you need patience for this and should not make too much movements..
ENJOY BIRDS, TREES, FLOWERS, BUTTERFLIES... DURING YOUR STAY WITH US!:-)
You can find more pictures in the galleries
Phone: Call May-October; Text all year
+36 30-645-9318 or +36 30-211-0006
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