Spotting Alpine Birds in the heart of Picos de Europa

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Some of the highest mountains in Northern Spain are located in Picos de Europa National park with peaks of more than 1500 m above sea level. The combination of meadows, low vegetation and barren rocks at such a high altitude makes it the perfect place to spot alpine birds, which is the goal of this tour.

The tour starts at the ‘Teleférico de Fuente Dé ‘, or Fuente Dé cable car. The cable car brings us in four minutes to a height of more than 1800 m above sea level, right into the habitat of the Picos’ alpine birds.

The most sought-after alpine species here in the Picos de Europa are Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria), Snowfinch (Montifringilla nivalis) and Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris). Our experienced birding guide knows their nesting and foraging places. Hence, there is a high chance to spot them during the relatively easy walk.

Other species that we may encounter are Yellow and Red-Billed chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus and Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus), Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Booted Eagle (Aquila pennata), ravens (Corvus corax) and Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta). The walk also leads through the habitat of the Cantabrian Chamois (Rupicapra pyrenaica parva).

A local licensed and experienced birding guide, fluent in both English and Spanish, leads this tour.

The tour starts at the Fuente Dé cable car. From here, we will walk a few kilometers at a slow pace and stop regularly to observe the alpine birds. The whole route is fully accessible for anyone with a basic physical condition.

This tour is available in May, June, September and possibly October (depending on the weather). The displayed tour dates are an indication; the exact dates depend on the availability of the guides.

The costs for this trip are €140,- per group, which may vary from 2-10 persons.

The trip cost includes:

  • Private, experienced and licensed guide
  • Use of binoculars and telescope

The trip cost excludes:

  • Transportation to and from the meeting point
  • Costs of the cable car (17 euros p.p. two-way)
  • Food and drinks

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How do I book this tour?

You can book this tour via the menu on the upper right side of the screen. Click ‘check availability’, select a tour date and fill in the number of adult travelers. Then click ‘book now’. A new screen opens which indicates the final price (including group discount if applicable). You can then pay the reservation costs (or deposit) for the tour via our online payment system ‘stripe’ or via Paypal express. You will receive a confirmation email. Please check your ‘junk’ or ‘spam’ email box since sometimes, our confirmation email ends up there. A few days before the tour, you will receive an email with the last information (where to meet, what to bring etc.). The rest of the costs will be paid in cash to the guide on the tour day itself.

How do I pay for this tour?

Payment for this tour is done in two parts: reservation costs (an online deposit of approx. 14% of the total trip price) and a payment in cash to the guide on the tour day itself. If after booking it turns out the guide is not available (anymore), you will receive the full online deposit back on your bank account within 5 working days and we will do our best to find an alternative date.

I am no longer able to participate in this tour. How do I cancel it?

The possibility to cancel a tour depends on the reasons and timing. For more information, please check ‘Cancellation Policy’ under the Terms and Conditions on this website.

I am not able to join this tour on the selected dates. Is there a possibility to select another date?

Yes! Contact us at info@intoasturias.com, tell us about your preferred dates and we will do our best to meet your preferences!

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Spotting Alpine Birds in the heart of Picos de Europa
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Trip Facts

  • Own transportation
  • 2-10 persons
  • 1800 m
  • 1-5 km
  • 8 hours
  • English (fluent), Spanish (fluent)
  • 9 am- 5 pm
  • May, June, September and October
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