In this wolfwatching tour Spain we will explore during 5 days the rugged mountains of north-western Spain. We will be located in the isolated mountains of Sierra de La Culebra (Zamora province). For decades this isolation and severe depopulation have allowed wolves to survive when they were relentlessly pursued in Spain. Wolves are making a strong comeback in Spain despite that they are still legally hunted in most areas in North Spain.
We must be patient and be still from the lookout points to have chances to watch them and also other mammals as Wild Boar, Red and Roe Deer. This area is with no doubt the best for wolfwatching in West Europe. Almost guarantee views (8o-85%) of wild Iberian Wolves.
After 3 and a half hours driving, we will get to la Sierra de la Culebra where we will stop at the first view point before dusk to try to see any of the Iberian Wolves that roam the area. After that, we will drive to our rural hotel to have a traditional Spanish dinner with local wine.
We will spend 3-4 hours from the watch points at dawn and at dusk when wolves are more active. During the rest of the day we will be on search of otters in the nearby rivers and we will also visit the Villafáfila Lagoons to watch one of the greatest concentrations of Great Bustards in Europe, some days have been seen over 500!. Depending on the time of the year, we will also see large concentration of wintering Cranes, Greylags, wildfowl, waders and raptors such as kites, Hen and Montagu’s Harrier and Short-eared Owl. Other birdlife includes Rock Sparrows, Lesser Kestrel, White Storks, etc.
We strongly think that promoting ecotourism in Sierra de la Culebra will put in value the Iberian Wolves and therefore, it will make people see wolves with another eyes. If we succeed, they will not any more the evil creatures which have to be killed.
This tour is available from September-December and March-June. It involves easy walks and we will probably spend at least 50% of our time scanning, stationary, from accessible viewpoints. We will provide chairs to make it more comfortable. This itinerary can be combined with Picos de Europa in the Cantabrian mountains where we will look for Wildcat, Brown bear and alpine birds. Should you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Price of the wolfwatching tour Spain :
720 €/people (4 people)
870 €/people (3 people)
1 person/ 2 people, please ask for a budget
Single supplement: 150 €
What is included:
– Travel from Madrid airport in modern, fully seat belted, air conditioned vehicles
– 4 Nights accommodation in rural hotels
– All meals included, picnic for lunch and traditional Spanish evening meals
– Tour guided by a professional bird guide
– Basic travel insurance
What is not included:
– Air fare (Low cost companies operate daily flights to Spanish airports from several European airports)
– Drinks and other items of a personal nature
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