lunes, 29 de diciembre de 2014

Málaga´s Wetlands




Discovering thes wet species fron Malaga.

Bird Wintering 1&2


On this route you can selegir between Mountain Trip or Trip of the Wetlands. In each you will find interesting very different species to each other but.


You can see this birds on Mountains´s Trips


You can see this birds on Wetlands´s Trips


Radical Summer Birdwatching




A travel finding the most interesting birds of the Málaga. You can discover more than 30 differents species first one for you!!!

Price per person: 150 € (4 people) 100 € (6 people)
The price includes:
- Offset from meeting point
- Typical dishes in typical place
- Travel Insurance
- Expert guide


We can not assure all the birds found in the list because they are birds in freedom, and they can vary their behavior. Still guarantee a minimum of 40 species of birds in total in one day.

Species:


Black Stork
Great Egret
Night Crowed Heron
Squacco Heron
White-headed Duck
Bonelli´s Eagle
Golden Eagle (A. c. homeyeri)
Short-toed Eagle
Egyptian vulture
Griffon vulture
Peregrine Falcon
Lesser Falcon
Montagu´s Harrier
Red-necked Nightjar
Pallid Swift
Apine Swift
Scops owl
Litle owl
European Bee-eter
Hoopoe
Thekla Lark
Shor-toed Lark
Calandra Lark
Twany pipit
Red-thrumped Swallow
Iberian Yellow Wagtail
Black-eared Wheatear
Black Wheatear
Common Rock thrush (Blue)
Rock thrush (Red)
Roufous bush-Robin
Orphean Warbler
Spectacled Warbler
Sardinian Warbler
Dartford warbler
Olivaceous warbler
Azure-winged Magpie
Rock Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow
Rock Bunting
 

Desfiladero de los Gaitanes



The Natural Park of Los Gaitanes Gorge has a unique natural environment, a place of extraordinary geomorphological interest and one of the most impressive places in the province of Malaga. It is open by the Guadalhorce River in Jurassic limestones and dolomites in the place known as El Chorro forming a canyon three kilometers, heights up to 300 meters and 10 meters narrower widths throat.

Responsible for the opening of this spectacular gorge is the Guadalhorce river, as if it were a knife, has been gradually cutting the stone of the Sierra de Huma. These rocks of different origin and age, have resulted in geological formations in caves and chasms. In total, there have been over 20 cavities of great geological and archaeological importance, like Ardales with important examples of rock art: over 1,000 artistic reasons, in its more than 1600 meters of galleries. Your visit should be arranged.

Its ecological value is considered of high importance. On its walls are developing a special animal and plant life example of adaptation to a vertical system. As a botanical refers, in this place there are endemic and communities as Aleppo pine, pine, oak, eucalyptus and juniper Corsican, with an undergrowth of rock rose, hawthorn, gorse and white steppe.

As for wildlife, it is worth noting the presence of birds of prey such as Bonelli's eagle, peregrine falcons and owls. In the higher areas inhabits the mountain goat, while the lowest, next to water, blackbird fly and swift. In the middle parts of the throat are hawk, kestrel hawk vulgar and other medium sized raptors. At the top nest large raptors such as golden eagles and vultures. Therefore the space has been declared a Special Protection Area for Birds.

Other faunal species in this protected area are wild cat, genet, dormouse or mongoose, which can be observed provided valuable from the suspension bridge, called "Caminito del Rey", which runs through the gorge 100 m. high.

Climbing, caving and water sports add to the important cultural localities that provide territory to natural: Antequera, Ardales and Alora.

Price per person: 150 € (4 people), 100 € (6 people)
The price includes:
- Offset from meeting point
- Typical dishes in typical place
- Travel Insurance
- Expert guide

Sierra de las Nieves




Whitish limestone formations rugged Sierras are contrasted with ridged mountains of reddish colors in the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, an area located east of the town of Ronda (Malaga).

Mountaineers have in this park date Torrecilla Peak, 1,919 meters, while caving enthusiasts prefer potholes and sinkholes as the LME to 1101 meters deep. Both surface and underground karst formations whimsical world caused by erosion and subsequent precipitation of limestones occur. At lower elevations, the peridotites stain red landscape. This is a much more waterproof than the limestone and a special composition that favors the emergence of interesting species of flora rocks. .

The name of the park reveals the presence of snow at its peaks, formerly held throughout the year. Locals stored in the snowfields and exploiting nights down by mules, distributed by towns and cities.

Another attraction of the mountain forests of firs are surviving inside. This Mediterranean fir is in the cold, damp shady; a botanical relic dating back to the Ice Age of the peninsula. Today only found in the mountains in the Sierra de Grazalema and Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja, with the population of Sierra de las Nieves larger. Some of these trees are around 500 years old, like the Escalereta, declared a Natural Monument. Height descending highlights oaks of the mountains of Istan and Monda or some carob and brown spots in Tolox and Parauta. A fun way to learn all this forest diversity is performing any of the biking routes like Monda-Istan.

The Natural park shelters among mammals to the wild, goat easy to observe in the highest levels. Other species of interest are roe deer and otter, present in its rivers. Among birds abound large prey such as the golden eagle and Bonelli and owls. We also own forest, as the hawk and the hawk.

This area was inhabited by many cultures, but certainly would be Muslims who would mark further the historical heritage of the area. Examples are the castles and walls that exist in Monda, El Burgo, Istan or Tolox. The Arab influence is also present in its cuisine with flour porridge with honey, almond cheese or soup of the seven branches. Another recommended visit in this area is the town of Ronda, famous for its pit and home of the square of the country's oldest bullring.

Price per person: 150 € (4 people) 100 € (6 people)
The price includes:
- Offset from meeting point
- Typical dishes in typical place
- Travel Insurance
- Expert guide

Torcal de Antequera



El Torcal Natural Park of Antequera contains one of the most impressive examples of karst landscape across Europe and owes its name, sinkholes or torques, some curious formations in circular depressions.

In El Torcal dominated by limestone rocks over 150 million years, formed by very sensitive to erosion marine sediments. The slow but continuous action of rain, snow and wind on this material have shaped this distinctive landscape. Its caves and potholes form an ideal environment for the practice of caving. Some, such as the Toro and Marinaleda I, harbor traces of human presence in the Torcal since prehistoric times.

Two routes invite you to wander through this city of stone. The path of the visitor center Torcal Alto, known as Parkway, is where karst forms are more spectacular. Here, the visitor should get carried along the Alley Dark Alley or Snuff, examples of the multitude of passages caused by the collapse of fractures of the ground. The rocks here are a collection of natural sculptures, some with familiar forms such as Bolt, Natural Monument, the Sombrerillo, the Chalice or Dado, among many others waiting to be defined by the imagination and fantasy of those who ride on.

This means of great beauty and inhospitable appearance also contains a rich and varied vegetation with some unique species. The landscape, oaks, oaks, maples rowan or intermingle with plants adapted to live in the cracks of the rocks. It's called rock vegetation and the Torcal Bajo, is the ideal place to meet.

Its fauna is rich in birds such as vultures and owls, plus mammals such as foxes and weasels. Alongside this area Torcal Bajo, the viewpoint of the windows overlooking the river valley Bells, offering beautiful views of the landscape and the town of Villanueva de la Concepción.

Near the Torcal, the city of Antequera is. When located in the geographical center of Andalusia, a major transfer of cultures has left its mark on it. The walls of the castle and its numerous towers and convents stand out among the popular architecture, Arabic tile roofing and facades of lime. In these convents are made, even today, exquisite traditional sweets such as alfajores, the angelorum, and bienmesabe. Its gastronomy not forget their famous muffins, garlic soup or antequerana club. The great artisan tradition of Antequera in jewelry has given way to other trades in which wicker, esparto, glass, iron and wood is used.

Price per person: 150 € (4 people) 100 € (6 people)
The price includes:
- Offset from meeting point
- Typical dishes in typical place
- Travel Insurance
- Expert guide

Montes de Málaga




The characteristic forests of Aleppo pine in the Montes de Málaga Nature Park act as protection for the soil. Without them, rain would wash away large sections and cause floods. This is exactly what happened time and again from the 15th century through to less than a century ago, as a result of the felling of old woodland to make way for vine, olive and almond cultivation.

This park is easily accessible and close to the coastal and mountain towns and villages that surround it. It is considered as the green lung of nearby areas - visitors have a perfect place to rest and relax in its recreation areas. Other people prefer activities related with environmental education that take place at the Las Contadoras nature workshop.

It is also perfect for hiking. At rainy times of year, for example, there are beautiful waterfalls like Picapedreros to see. Trails such as Torrijos will lead you along its cool stream and riverine forest, to discover the remains of cultivations and constructions that belie the region's wine-producing past. Cultivation of the vine was responsible for sweet, semi-sweet and dry wines that were gradually lost as the result of successive diseases. Some of these traditional buildings comprised the home, the press where the grapes were trodden, olive oil presses and bread ovens, all in the same location. Torrijos Press is an example of this type of architecture and is now home to the Eco-museum of the same name, where you can find out about these activities in more detail.

Meanwhile, itineraries such as Pocopan will show you the local vegetation, mainly comprising re-planted pine woods. With a bit of luck you may see squirrels, but you will have to be more attentive to see the stealthy, well camouflaged chameleon. Along the route the pine trees are gradually replaced by holm oaks, Portuguese oaks and cork trees.

This nature park is also attractive for the beautiful views of the capital of the Costa del Sol (Malaga) and of other mountain ranges in the province. A good place to enjoy these views is the Cochino Viewpoint, where, with the help of some binoculars, you will be able to see the elegant flight of birds of prey such as booted and short-toed eagles.

At the end of your day you can sample the famous wines produced in these mountains in roadside bars, or even during the Verdiales fiestas. These are the traditional, colourful dances customary on the feasts of San Juan, Santiago and on 28 December.

Other recommended visits associated with the park are the villages of Colmenar and Casabermeja, where you will enjoy Mediterranean architecture and monuments, which include Casabermeja's unique cemetery, a designated Historic-Artistic Monument, built with traditional architecture. 

Price per person: 150 € (4 people) 100€ (6 people)
The price includes:
- Offset from meeting point
- Typical dishes in typical place
- Travel Insurance
- Expert guide