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The lammergeier in Spain’s largest N. P.

Sierra de Cazorla, Segura y las Villas
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Duration

5 days / 4 nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

8 people

Languages

English, Espanol

Overview

SPAIN’S LARGEST NATURAL PARK, CAZORLA, SEGURA & LAS VILLAS offers some of the best wilderness landscapes in the whole Iberian Peninsula, and it is here we offer the opportunity to see the Lammergeier soaring freely amongst the high sierras of Andalusia. There are currently 25+ of the species living in the wild here, fruit of the reintroduction project – an iniciative whose origins lie in the disappearance of the species in the nineteen eighties as historical resident in the park. The disappearance of this emblematic bird galvanized feelings towards the need for a heightened awareness regarding conservation, resulting in the breeding centre and other such programmes.

From May to September we’ll be able to get close up to the birds, as we have access to the centre, with the added bonus of permitted photography for those who should wish.

Reaching an impressive altitude of over 6,800 feet, the natural park is home to a landscape of rocky peaks, sheer cliffs and gorges, magnificent waterfalls, and one of the largest reservoirs in Andalusia, El Tranco. In such dramatic and varied wilderness you might expect an abundance of nature, and such is the case.

125 species of birds, 36 species of mammals, 19 families of reptile, 10 varieties of amphibians, and 9 species of fish. The park possesses a remarkable variety of plants with 2,171 species, of which 35 are endemisms unique to the park. 130 species of butterfly underline the extraordinary wealth of nature to be found and enjoyed in one of the most biodiversified regions in all of Europe and birthplace of the legendary River Guadalquivir.

Information

 

Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas N P is the largest Natural Park in Spain and second in Europe. It is located at the East of the province.

Moving the clock forward to the 80’s, it was identified by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. The EU then recognized it as an area of Special protection for Birds. In 1986 the Spanish government declared it a Natural Park.

The geology of these sierras is formed by limestone, with dramatic landscapes of sheer cliffs, gorges, waterfalls and streams of crystal clear water. The most typical woodland is Pine forests, and the park boasts yet one more superlative as home to the largest expanse of forest in the whole Iberian Peninsula. In the park, there is a total of 2,170 separate species of plant of which 35 are endemism.

The park is also known for being the birthplace of the River Guadalquivir. Kind off paradoxically, way back in the 18th century, the sierras was declared a maritime province, serving as it did both military and civil construction. The timbers were used in the construction of naval vessels, and the old tobacco factory in Seville is a present day example which pays testimony to those times.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dates: 2019. June 3rd – 7th
  • Group Size: Min 3- Max 8 people
  • Price based on sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplement € 80 per person.
  • Optional service: Pick-up & drop-off at Malaga or Madrid Airport. Please, ask us about this option

Itinerary

Itenirary
Day 1
You’ll be met at the meeting point in the historical town of Cazorla. After check in our hotel, we’ll be ready to a route to Cerrada del Utrero Canyon, and Linarejos Waterfalls. Take a sip of the crystal-clear spring water which later goes on to unite with the Guadalquivir.

We’ll enjoy with the flight of the Griffon vultures, soaring just above us, and the fast flight of the Peregrine falcon. Other species that we could see are Crag martin, Dipper, Black red start, Raven, Red-billed Chough, Carrion crow, Crested tit, Rock bunting
Itenirary
Day 2
Up into the sierra to a superb vantage point known as El Chorro. We are met by spectacular views across the region combined with dramatic deep gorge terrain. We’ll then move on to El Nacimiento del Guadalquivir- birthplace of the legendary river and lifeblood of medieaval Spain.
Itenirary
Day 3
Off and up to one of the highest vantage points in the sierra, Rambla Seca. Our journey takes us through extensive pine forests and impressive limestone rock faces. We’ll visit Centro de cría Guadalentín, the Lammergeier Breeding Center, where the team of the project, will told us about the reintroduction of this magnificent bird of prey. Then, we move on to Puerto de las Palomas, a good place to observe numerous birds of prey amidst majestic scenery.
Itenirary
Day 4
After our breakfast, we’ll head onto the Sierra de Segura, in search of the Lammergeier. Most of them use to be in this area, Northeastern to the Natural Park. Full day birding and looking for these majestic raptors.
Day 5
An early start for our last day birding.

End of the tour in our meeting point in the town of Cazorla.

Included/Excluded

  • 4 Nights accommmodation with private facilities in charming rural Hotel
  • 4x4 transport during the tour
  • Use of quality optical equipment
  • All meals, being a pic-nic for lunch
  • Extra food/drink to normal meal times
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Transfer to/from airport
  • Item of personal nature
  • Tips/gratuites

FAQs

WILDLIFE OBSERVATION EQUIPMENT
Our guides are provided of high quality optical equipment (binoculars and telescopes). However, it is highly recommendable to bring your own set.
PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT
According to the targeted species, 300 to 600 mm lens are recommendable. Macro lens, photo filters for landscapes and tripods can be very useful, as well as replacement memory cards and batteries.

Our guides will get clients advice about different facts like local species, species behaviour or responsible wild fauna photography.
CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR
Although humid, winter conditions are not extremely cold (around 0ºC), reaching low values like – 6º C when a cold snap occurs. Warm and waterproof boots, warm clothing, gloves, winter cap, scarf and rain coat, in case of rainy conditions, are recommendable.

In spite of occasional heat waves and cold snaps, mild climate conditions are the predominant during spring and autumn. It is recommendable to wear warn clothes, rain coats and confortable waterproof footwear. Sun cream is also recommendable.

In summer, temperatures may overcome 40º C during the day while nights stay warn. Therefore, cool clothing, confortable shoes, long trouser, sunglasses, insect repellent and sun cream are the best option.

Please, don’t forget to avoid bright colours.
WILDFAUNA SIGHTINGS AND GOOD PRACTISES
In spite of exploring the best areas with the most skilled guides, none species sightings, including Lammergeier is guaranteed. Our company counts with a high percentage of success.

We are focused on wildlife conservation. So, please follow any time our guide’s advice and never put your personal interest before animal welfare.

AEFONA (Wildlife Photographers Assotiation) and Lynx, Wolf and Bear Ethic Code must be applied.
ACCOMODATION
Our aim is to offer you places with the best location and the best personalized service in order to make your stay pleasant. To this end, we work with the best housing services in the natural spaces we visit. For further information, please click this link:
TIMETABLE
To get the best wildlife observations, early morning is the desirable departure time.

However, departure time will be set once you find your accommodation and adapted to every season.

The length of the full-day journeys is 8 - 9 hours, adapting them to the weather conditions given by different seasons. Thus, the best option is to try to get and advantage of the best hours to spot fauna. It is recommendable to avoid central hours, which can be used to rest when days are very long from May to September.

In winter, full-day journeys from dawn until dusk will be the main option, including pic-nic on the way.
FOOD
We focus on local products and traditional recipes based on Mediterranean food, offered in the accommodation places we work with. Tell us if you have any food intolerance and we will report it.

Breakfast is served just before leaving in the morning. Meal may be pic-nic, if we stay outside, or in the hotel if weather conditions are not suitable (especially in late spring-summer-early autumn), going back to the countryside in the evening.

During journeys we take water. However, we recommend taking some extra water bottle by clients in case of major need.
LANGUAGE
Our guides are English skilled.
GUIDES
In order you give you the best our guides have a broad knowledge of the region highlighting nature and fauna. We are a team made up with people with different backgrounds based on biology, environmental sciences, photography, etc. Moreover, we count on gender equality.

For further information check our TEAM section.
VEHICLE
Vehicles are Four-Wheel Drive, confortable and fitted with air conditioning and heating.

In order to optimize car use we recommend 3 clients per vehicle.
DISTANCES
Cazorla is the largest Natural Park in Spain. We will travel long journeys throuhgt forest tracks in order to show you the most remarkable spotting places.

The accomodation will be in the natural park.

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