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4 Days Huesca Pyrenees Lammergeier Safari in Spain

Hotel Cinca, Escalona, 22363, Huesca, Spain

Birding Safari in Spain

Join Birding Trekking and Nature on a wonderful safari in the Spanish Pyrenees, focused on observing the lammergeier, as well as other bird species like griffon vulture, Egyptian vulture, short-toed eagle, peregrine falcon, hobby and alpine swift, golden eagle, water pipit, Northern wheatear, citril finch, black woodpecker, common bullfinch, and many others. The alpine marmot is among the mammals that live in the area and that you might see during the tour.

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Minimum group size: 4 persons
  • Maximum group size: 7 persons
  • Children policy: Children can participate starting from 14 years old
  • Starting point and ending point: Madrid
  • English, Spanish speaking guide

Highlights

  • Birding guide included
  • Visit Escuain Gorge, Valley of Chisagües, Valley of Pineta, and more
  • See the lammergeier, griffon vulture, Egyptian vulture, and many others
  • Transport in van for eight passengers, seven guests plus guide
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Basic travel insurance
  • Daily delicious meals
  • V.A.T. included

Styles


4 activity days in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 7
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Café
  • Fireplace
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

You will be accommodated at Hotel Cinca. Hotel Cinca is situated in the town of Escalona (610 meters), in Sobrarbe County, at the gates of Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park in the Huesca Pyrenees.

Family run, the establishment is named after the Cinca, a mighty river which rises in Monte Perdido and whose waters flow very close to the hotel, where guests can enjoy a magnificent swimming area.

The hotel offers 19 charming and comfortable rooms (some with a balcony), all with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and furnished so that the customers feel at home. The rooms are decorated in a mountain style, which highlights the wooden furniture and bright colors of the walls.

Services

To make your stay more pleasant, the hotel provides the following facilities:

  • Air conditioning in communal areas
  • Cafe serving meals, rations, and sandwiches
  • Cots for children (upon request)
  • Cozy lounge with a fireplace, TV area, library, board games, and Internet access point
  • Free private parking
  • Free Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel
  • Lift
  • Picnic service for excursions (upon request)
  • Reception with information on routes, excursions, and activities
  • Restaurant serving traditional home made food
  • Summer terrace

Program

You will depart from Plaza de Castilla in Madrid at 8:00 a.m. and return at about 10:00 p.m. at the corner of Plaza de Castilla with Calle de Mateo Inurria.

Target species

  • Lammergeier, Egyptian and griffon vultures, golden and short-toed eagles, European honey-buzzard, peregrine falcon, common kestrel, grey partridge, alpine swift, black woodpecker, crag martin, Eurasian wryneck, water, tree, and twuny, pipits, deeper, ring ouzel, wallcreeper, hedge and alpine accentors, black redstart, rock thrushes, Northern wheatear, crested and marsh tits, Eurasian treecreeper, red-backed shrike, red-billed and yellow-billed choughs, snowfinch, common bullfinch, common crossbill, citril finch, rock bunting, yellowhammer, among other species

Itinerary

Day 1: Madrid - Escuain - Escalona

You will arrive at your destination at noon and go up to the spectacular Escuain Gorge where it would not be surprising to be able to watch the desired lammergeier because in this area there are two breeding pairs. You will spend the afternoon at the viewpoints, awaiting its show-up and watching griffon vultures, Egyptian vultures, short-toed eagles, peregrine falcons, hobby and alpine swifts.

Day 2: Valley of Chisagües - Valley of Pineta

On this day you will visit the two valleys of unparalleled beauty. In the first valley, the population of alpine marmots that can be observed is of particular importance, and among birds there are the golden eagle, water pipit, Northern wheatear, and citril finch. In the second valley, you will focus on the search for the deeper, black woodpecker, and common bullfinch. Also, an added value of these two areas are the flowers and butterflies that can be observed and photographed.

Day 3: Hide scavengers - Plana Canal - The Inclusa Defile

In the morning, the participants who have registered will leave to have a day of hide in which they can photograph the Egyptian vulture, griffon vulture, black and red kites, crow, and, hopefully, the lammergeier. The rest of the participants will go up to the alpine floor in La Plana, making short stops to observe the common cuckoo, red-backed shrike, and common crossbill.

On the alpine floor, you can see the rock thrush, red-billed and yellow-billed choughs, snowfinch, ortolan bunting, and, with luck, the grey partridge. You can also see the alpine marmot and, during the whole route, birds of prey including the lammergeier. In the afternoon, those who have stayed in the hide will be picked up and they will go to the Defile of La Inclusa to continue seeing more birds of prey.

Day 4: La Valle - Madrid

On this day you will get up early to go up to La Valle to be able to watch a large number of lammergeiers of different ages in addition to other necrophagous birds. In the afternoon, you will return to Madrid.

Note: For other different dates do not hesitate to send an inquiry to Birding Trekking and Nature. Punctuality is very important. The maximum courtesy waiting period will be 15 minutes. Once this period has elapsed, the excursion will begin and participants who have not presented themselves will not be entitled to any refund.

Spaces are limited. You are recommended to make a reservation as soon as possible. Transportation will be in vans with a capacity of eight passengers (including the guide) and meets all the requirements for transport of passengers of the European Union.

Location

Hotel Cinca is located in the small town of Escalona, in the Huescan Aragonese Pyrenees, the main point of access to the Añisclo Valley, one of the four sectors that make up the National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido, along with Ordesa, Escuaín, and Pineta.

Distances

  • Aínsa, 10 kilometers
  • Bielsa, 24 kilometers
  • Francia, 36 kilometers
  • Piau-Engaly, 49 kilometers
  • Saint-Lary, 57 kilometers
  • Barbastro, 65 kilometers
  • Huesca, 115 kilometers
  • Tarbes, 126 kilometers
  • Zaragoza, 190 kilometers
  • Barcelona, 300 kilometers
  • Bilbao, 420 kilometers
  • Valencia, 476 kilometers
  • Madrid, 508 kilometers

Features

General

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Café
  • Fireplace
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

Food

During your stay, you will be provided with half board.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

On day three, in the morning, the participants who have registered for the Carrion hide (50 EUR per person) will leave to have a day of hide in which they can photograph the Egyptian vulture, griffon vulture, black and red kites, crow, and, hopefully, the lammergeier.

Also, the town of Escalona has a sports and recreation area with racquetball, tennis court, basketball court, and football pitch, as well as a supermarket for shopping.

What's included

  • Birding guide
  • Transport in van for eight passengers, seven guests plus guide
  • Basic travel insurance
  • V.A.T.
  • Half board
  • 3 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Carrion hide (50 EUR per person, limited seats)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from the East (Catalonia, Valencia, Murcia)

  • At Lleida, take the A-22 (Huesca, Lleida) to Barbastro, where you take the A-138 to Aínsa towards Bielsa and France

Driving directions from the North (Toulouse, Tarbes)

  • Pass through Arreau and Saint-Lary, through the tunnel of Bielsa-Aragnouet (Spain-France border), then follow the A-138 to Aínsa

Driving directions from the South (Madrid, Zaragoza, La Rioja, Huesca)

  • Take the A-22 (dual carriageway Huesca-Lleida), take the Barbastro exit, then take the A-138 to Aínsa towards Bielsa and France

Driving directions from the West

  • Take the N-260, past Jaca, Biescas, Broto, and Aínsa, then take the A-138 towards Bielsa and France

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD). Transfers from and to this airport are not provided.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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Availability

Arrival: Saturday July 20, 2019
Departure: Tuesday July 23, 2019

Special discount

Members of SEO/BirdLife are eligible for a special discount of 10 EUR per person.

Tour information

This tour requires a minimum of four participants.

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