Rates per person sharing:
€ 1,400 / £ 1,190 / USD 1,550
Single suplement: € 175 / £ 150 / USD 195
Group size: Min. 4 - Max. 7 participants
* Pounds Sterling and US Dollars are given as an estimate based on 7th July 2016 exchange rates. All prices have to be paid in Euros to Spainbirds Nature Tours S.L.
GUIDE: Santi Villa
- Ground transport from Madrid airport in modern, fully seat-belted, air conditioned 9-seat vehicles
- 6 Nights accommodation with en suite bathroom (country inn or nice quality hotel)
- All meals inc breakfast, fantastic "tapas-raciones" lunches and evening meals + red wine in a moderate consumption
- Services of professional birding guide
- Basic travel insurance
- Bird checklist (revised edition 2016)
- All taxes
- Air fare (Easyjet, Ryanair and other companies operate daily flights to Madrid from several UK airports)
- Extra drinks and other items of a personal nature
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Spainbirds Nature Tours is a tour agent accredited by the Spanish Tourist Board with number CICMA 2517. This code allows us to operate under all international tourism regulations thus assuring all our clients the highest level of protection during their holidays.
17 - 23 April 2017
THIS TOUR CAN BE LINKED WITH MOROCCO: ATLAS AND DESERTS 8 - 16 APRIL
Day 1: Madrid airport - Calera y Chozas Plains - Torrejón El Rubio
Meet and welcome at Madrid airport and transfer to Extremadura. We will do our first birding on route in the Calera y Chozas plains looking for Great and Little Bustards with very good chances for Black-shouldered Kite and Black-bellied Sandgrouse. This is a nice spot for Great Spotted Cuckoo, Sardinian Warbler, Lesser Kestrel and White Stork as well, whereas in some seasonal ponds we might see Black-winged Stilt and some common species of ducks and other waders. Dinner and accommodation at Torrejón El Rubio.
Day 2: Torrejón El Rubio - Monfragüe Natural Park
Our first breakfast in Extremadura and then head to the probably the best place for watching raptors in the Western Palearctic. One never forgets that first time that visit to Monfragüe! We will see Griffon, Eurasian Black and Egyptian Vultures, Black Stork, Short-toed Eagle and with a bit of luck Eurasian Eagle Owl. Golden, Spanish Imperial and Bonelli's Eagle are all present. Along the banks of the rivers Tagus and Tiétar we will look for small passerines such as Subalpine, Western Orphean and Sardinian Warblers, European Serin and Hawfinch. In the cliffs of Monfragüe we should also see Black Redstart, Blue-Rock Thrush, Rock Bunting, Red-rumped Swallow, Crag Martin and maybe Red-billed Chough. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 3: Torrejón El Rubio – Villuercas Mountains *
Another good breakfast at Torrejón El Rubio! Driving through nice "dehesas" (wood -pasture areas with scattered Holm oaks) we will arrive at the region known as "Comarca de las Villuercas". We will explore rocky slopes trying to see Black Wheatear, Rock Bunting and Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush (more likely on the second tour). This is also a traditional place where Golden and Bonelli's Eagles still breed in good numbers , and we enjoy the close fly-bys of the abundant Griffon Vultures. In the lowlands Wood, Thekla and Crested Larks are present in good number while raptors are almost everywhere: Black and Red Kites are guaranteed! . Dinner and accommodation.
* If the weather is not good in the mountains we might alternatively visit the Jerte Valley
Day 4:Torrejón El Rubio – Cáceres Plains
This is usually one of the top days of the week providing some of the highlights of this tour. The Trujillo-Caceres plains lie between these two Medieval towns. The community of steppe birds and raptors here is just amazing... We will have here our best chances for some of the specialities of the steppe habitats such as Stone Curlew, Black-bellied and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Montagu's Harrier, Great and Little Bustards, Lesser Kestrel, Corn Buntings, Calandra Lark and Black-eared Wheatears. If time allows we will dedicate some time to exploring the Guadiloba reservoir trying for Eurasian Spoonbill, Little Ringed Plover and Collared Pratincole. Spanish Sparrow, Crested Lark and Fan-tailed Warbler are very common here. Dinner and accommodation at our rural hotel.
Day 5: Torrejón El Rubio – Trujillo – Arrocampo Reservoir or Belén Plains
Today we will spend part of the day exploring the historic city of Trujillo. We will enjoy walking around Palaces and Churches built mostly in times of the conquistadors (XV - XVI centuries!). Amongst all of them Pizarro, who conquered Peru, is the town symbol, including a fine bronze statue in the main and nicest square. One does not need to go far to see wildlife in Trujillo either, as in the old quarter itself it is possible to see hundreds of Common and Pallid Swifts, Lesser Kestrel and White Storks, which all nest up on the roofs of the buildings.
The surrounding fields around the tiny village of Belén are fantastic for finding Great and Little Bustards, Little Owl, Stone Curlew and Calandra Lark. On the other hand the Arrocampo reservoir is the only place in Extremadura where Squacco Heron, Little Bittern, Savi's Warbler, Purple Swamphen and Purple Heron all breed. A tiny population of Bearded Reedling has also recently been discovered.
Day 6: Torrejón El Rubio – Vegas Altas rice fields – Sierra Brava
Today we will visit the rice paddies and dry steppes south of Trujillo. Amongst the most interesting species present here are Great and Little Bustards, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Black-shouldered Kite, Little Bittern, Gull-billed Tern, Spanish Sparrow and two introduced species, Red Avadavat and Common Waxbill. This is one of the best sites in Extremadura to find waders, including Kentish Plover and Collared Pratincole. Back to Torrejón El Rubio for our last evening meal in Extremadura.
Day 7: Torrejón El Rubio – Madrid
Time for loading up our luggage and heading to the airport of Madrid in time for the flight back home after this unforgettable tour through the heart of Extremadura.