Searching for Bearded Vultures in Picos de Europa

This guided tour will bring us to the Picos de Europa National Park where we will search for Bearded Vultures.

The Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus), also known as the lammergeier, can only since recently be observed in Asturias. It became extinct in Picos de Europa National Park in the early 20th century due to poisoning and hunting. Since then, this astonishing scavenger bird could only be observed in the Pyrenees.

In 2005, the Bearded Vulture Foundation (Fundación para la conservación del Quebrantahuesos, or FCQ) developed a project to reintroduce Bearded Vultures in Picos de Europa. As a result, the Bearded Vulture returned to these mountains. Part of the reintroduction efforts are the use of colored markings on their wings and radio tracking devices. These allow researchers to reconstruct the routes, feeding areas and the habits of each individual in great detail. Since 2010, young birds are released every year and adult vultures visit from the Pyrenees. Since a few years, pairs started to lay eggs in the Picos as well.

This tour starts in the Center for Biodiversity and Sustainable Development ‘Mountains of the Bearded Vulture’ in Benia de Onís. Here, a biologist of the FCQ provides a guided visit and shows us the most interesting aspects about the Bearded Vulture and the reintroduction project. After that, our specialized guide will lead us through the Picos de Europa National Park, trying to find the Bearded Vultures.

Other birds that we may encounter are: Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Short-Toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus), Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus), Red-Billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Yellow-Billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus) and many other alpine species.

Itinerary

Day 1

This tour starts in the Center for Biodiversity and Sustainable Development ‘Mountains of the Bearded Vulture’ in Benia de Onís. Here, a biologist of the FCQ provides a guided visit and shows us the most interesting aspects about the Bearded Vulture and the reintroduction project. After that, our specialized guide will lead us through the Picos de Europa National Park, trying to find the Bearded Vultures.

This tour is available all year round. Depending on the dates, we will go to Sierra del Cuera or the Covadonga lakes.

The costs for this trip are approx. €140,- per group, which may vary from 2-10 persons. The displayed tour dates are an indication; the exact dates depend on the availability of the guides. 

The trip costs includes:

  • Private, experienced and licensed guide
  • Guided visit to the Center for Biodiversity and Sustainable Development 'Mountains of the Bearded Vulture' in Benia de Onís
  • Use of binoculars and telescope

The trip costs excludes:

  • Transportation to and from the meeting point
  • Food and drinks

FAQs

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 to participate in this tour. How do I cancel it?

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

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Trip Facts

  • Own transportation
  • 2-10 persons
  • 8 hours
  • English (fluent), Spanish (fluent)
  • 9 am- 5 pm
  • All year round

intoAsturias aims to let people discover the beautiful and varied nature and culture of Asturias in northern Spain. We offer high-quality, personalized, private tours and customized itineraries for international visitors. We work together with local guides and accommodations. Come visit and let Asturias surprise you!

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intoAsturias aims to let people discover the beautiful and varied nature and culture of Asturias in northern Spain. We offer high-quality, personalized and private tours and customized itineraries for international visitors. We work together with local guides and accommodations. Come visit and let Asturias surprise you!