Wilderness Tour in Southern Spain
This 11-day Spanish Wilderness tour to Jaen province, Northeastern Andalusia, a wonderful nature sanctuary for wildlife takes you throughout three Natural Parks: Cazorla, Segura & Las Villas N. P., Sierra Magina N. P. and Sierras de Andujar N. P. Highlights: Spanish Imperial Eagle, Iberian Lynx and Lammergeier.
You’ll be met in the town of Jaen. Transfer to our hotel, lying on the western edge of the sierra near the town of Cazorla and situating us perfectly for routes into the heart of CAZORLA, SEGURA & LAS VILLAS N. P. , the largest N. P. in Spain.
We'll spend three days enjoying the wilderness in this wonderful Natural Park. The Natural Park offers some of the wildest landscapes in the Iberian Peninsula. Reaching an impressive altitude of over 6,800 feet, it’s home to a landscape of rocky peaks, sheer cliffs and gorges, magnificent waterfalls, and one of the largest reservoirs in Andalusia, El Tranco. In such dramatic and varied wilderness you might expect an abundance of nature, and such is the case in one of the most biodiversified regions in all of Europe and birthplace of the legendary River Guadalquivir.
Transfer to sierra magina n. P. A gem in the heart of olive oil country and domain of the golden eagle. Birding en route.
We’ll spend two days touring throughout this colossus of a sierra – at 7,100 feet, the highest in the region. This is an area known for its outstanding nature, including an exceptional array of botany. There is a total of 1,290 separate species of plants in the park. Worthy of mention the great variety and number of orchids, as well as numerous insects, butterflies, reptiles and birds. This natural space is home to many species of raptors, including a good population of Bonelli’s eagle and the greatest density of Golden eagles in Europe. The rugged Sierra Magina combines landscapes of dramatic mountain peaks, where we can find the most emblematic mammal in the park, the Spanish ibex, and open highland meadows, plenty of wild plants and flowers in Springtime.
Transfer to Sierras de Andújar N. P. After our breakfast, we'll leave for SIERRAS DE ANDÚJAR N. P. Birding en route. Arrival late afternoon at our hotel. Once we have settled in, we might make our first visit (depending on our arrival time) to one of the several viewing areas in the hope of finding an Iberian lynx. Who knows, we might get lucky on our first attempt!, so we'll go in search of our target in some of the best areas in the park, where some other mammals are also often recorded such as Otter, Wild boar, Fallow deer and Red deer. These areas are also a great place to enjoy along with the local territorial Spanish Imperial eagles and other raptors like Griffon vulture and Black vulture.
Three more days we'll spend all our time - specially early morning and late afternoon - looking for this elusive feline and and other animals from the best watchpoints in the N. P. as well as in some of the private estates in this natural space.
Last chance to see "the cat". After an early breakfast, (depending on time availability for you) we'll drive back to the site along the River Jandula, with our focus always on getting Iberian Lynx. Our fifth day will provide us the last chance to find the lynx again, although hopefully by then we will have had good views of the Iberian lynx during the previous days. Then bags packed and back to the town of Jaen, where the tour ends.
wild boar, mouflon, otters, genet, wildcat, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Black Vulture, the shy Black stork, Iberian Lynx
What is included?
- 11 Nights accommodation with private facilities in quality Hotels
- 4x4 transport during the tour
- Use of quality optical equipment
- Access to exclusive private estates in Sierras de Andujar NP
- Guiding and interpretation in English
- All meals, being a picnic for lunch
What is not included?
- Travel & contents insurance
- Alcoholic drinks
- Extra food or drinks in the meal
- Transfer to/from airport
- Item of personal nature
Iberian lynx Land is an Ecotourism Registered Company. Along with RESPONSIBLE NATURE TOURISM, Iberian Lynx Land’s pivotal values include EDUCATION and CONSERVATION of Nature and Natural Resources. We are also an Environmental Consultant Company.
The tour descriptions and itineraries are meant only as a guide. We will select the list of sites to visit and will organise the schedule according to the season, the time of day, the weather conditions and other variations in the environment and fauna. We, therefore, reserve the right to amend the itineraries according to circumstances but will strive to maintain the advertised standard of the tour.
Whatever the time of the year, it is recommended the use of comfortable clothing. Bring a jacket and/or a fleece, as it could be cold early in the morning and evening. Walking shoes or hiking boots, rain jacket, hat and sunscreen.