Wilderness and Nature Tours in Andalucía
Iberian Lynx Land is a young Spanish nature tourism company grown out of driving enthusiasm and solid local knowledge. We are based in the province of Jaen in the north of Andalusia- the greenest of Spain’s provinces with a third of its territory designated as protected natural space, and rightfully regarded as the unsung hero of Spanish nature. A mixed blessing which allows a real wilderness experience in what is arguably the region with the greatest wealth of flora and fauna in the whole Iberian Peninsula, and by consequence, the whole of Europe.
Iberian Lynx Land team is formed by our highly skilled wildlife guides, led by Jose Luis Sanchez, the chief guide. The native of this part of Spain, Jose Luis’s knowledge of the area is unmatched. The coupling of a life-long enthusiasm for nature and extensive fieldwork as a government biologist throughout the region bring an acute perception and a keen eye to the natural environment of the area.
We offer birding day trips, wildlife tours, Iberian lynx tours, tailor-made wilderness and nature tours and tours for wildlife photographers too. For this, we provide good photography hides for raptors, Iberian lynx and other animals in some of the best natural areas. Jose Luis Ojeda is a well-known Spanish nature photographer and managing partner at Iberian Lynx Land. He will advise you on all of the things related to wildlife photography.
In short, a quality, life experience is what Iberian Lynx Land offers its customers. We carefully select an accommodation in the right places with the right ‘feel’ – charm, comfort, friendliness and regional home-cooking as standard. Together with great guiding, our aim is to offer truly memorable times in Europe’s best birding country- Spain.
José Luis Sánchez has a degree in Biology, a naturalist by vocation and an expert connoisseur of Andalusian Natural Areas, especially in the province of Jaén. Professionally dedicated to the conservation of threatened species, both in Andalucía and in Castilla – La Mancha. Some of the species he has worked with are Iberian Imperial Eagle, Golden Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Bustard, or Ortega Ganga. Since 2011, he has collaborated with a monitoring team to conserve the last bearded vultures of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, currently involved in promoting tourism development and nature conservation. He is responsible for the tours and routes.
José Luis Ojeda has a degree in Fine Arts and a nature photographer with more than 30 years of experience. It begins in the 80s, using photography as an instrument for the conservation of nature, being part of the environmental movement in the most critical stages. He has an extensive archive of wildlife photography, trying at all times to capture the most impressive scenes, landscapes, time-lapses and videos. Member of the AEFONA conservation committee he took part in the drafting of the latest Code of Ethics on nature photography. He has to his credit numerous prizes in nature photography contests, as well as a multitude of photographs published in different media related to nature, courses and workshops. He is responsible for the photography area of Iberian Lynx Land, working so that clients can obtain the best images.
Miguel Ángel Jiménez has a degree in Environmental Sciences. He has worked for years as a nature guide in the Doñana Natural Area and as a technician in projects for the conservation of ecosystems and endangered species, highlighting the Iberian Lynx. Currently, and as a guide for Iberian Lynx Land, he shares his extensive knowledge and experience with visitors in our natural spaces.
Tomás Cerón is a Biologist and nature photographer, an expert connoisseur of the National Park of the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura, and Las Villas. For more than ten years he has dedicated his time to different environmental education and conservation projects in this natural park, transmitting his passion for nature through photography. He has numerous and prestigious photography awards both nationally and internationally. He is an Iberian Lynx Land guide, both for observation and nature photography.
Miryam Pérez is a senior Technician in Forest Management and the Natural Environment. Naturalist committed to the environment and threatened fauna. SeoBirdLife accredited ornithological guide. Nature photographer with awards and mentions in numerous competitions. She is Responsible for customer service at the Visitor Center “Viñas de Peñallana”. Observation and photography guide of Iberian Lynx Land.
Iberian Lynx Land is included in the Tourism Registry of the Andalusian Government as an Active Tourism company AT/JA/00060.
Along with Responsible Nature Tourism, Iberian Lynx Land’s pivotal values include Education and Conservation activities and programmes, and we take an active role in improving the fundamental principles in striking the balance between intense agriculture activity, as is the case in Northern Andalusia, and the need for sustainable development and conservation.
On the other hand, a share of Iberian Lynx Land profits goes to the conservation of the Iberian Lynx. They work and collaborate with the landowners of the estates where this critically endangered feline lives, improving the habitat or increasing the populations of its main prey – rabbit, building rabbit warrens and releasing rabbits in areas with a low density of them.
And not only in Spain, but we are also actually developing a project to help through Nature Tours in the conservation of the Andean Condor in Ecuador.
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