Searching for Bearded Vultures in Picos de Europa (8 hours)

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.

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 €125,- per group, which may vary from 2-10 persons.

The trip cost (€125,- per group of 2-10 persons) 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 cost (€125,- per group of 2-10 persons) excludes:

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

How do I book this tour?

You can book this tour by sending us an inquiry via the form below. Please indicate your preferred date(s) and number of people (2-10). We will get back to you about the possibilities and with further information about the tour, what to bring, where to meet and the payment procedure.

How do I pay for this tour?

Your tour is confirmed as soon as we receive the reservation costs (approx. 15% of the total price). You will pay the rest of the money in cash on the day of the tour itself.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Trip Facts

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