This privately guided tour will bring you to the Picos de Europa National Park where you will search for Bearded Vultures and other alpine species!
The Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus), also known as the lammergeier, is only recently 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 was only seen in the Pyrenees.
In 2005, the Bearded Vulture Foundation (FCQ) initiated 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. 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.
How will you be searching for bearded vultures in Picos de Europa?
Your English-speaking guide transports you in a private vehicle from Cangas de Onis and surroundings high into the mountains of Picos de Europa. Here, you search for Bearded Vultures. Also, you explore breathtaking mountainous landscapes, including the Covadonga lakes.
Depending on the season, birds that are around 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 other alpine species!
Next to observing these species, the private guide tells you everything about the shepherds’ work shaping the unique landscape and the art of making and curing Gamoneu cheese.
Interested to search for Bearded vultures in Picos de Europa with us?
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This tour starts in Cangas de Onís and surroundings. You can either drive to the meeting point yourself or arrange for the guide to be picked up. This excursion takes either four or eight hours. Your guide tells you everything about the curiosities of life of Bearded vultures, Golden eagles and Griffon vultures while you discover their habitat. The best time to do the activity is from April onwards as migratory species have already arrived.
The price of this private tour varies throughout the year, and depending on whether it is a half-day or full-day tour. When you go to the desired trip date in the booking form, you can select the duration, then the corresponding price is displayed.