Without a doubt, the Strait of Gibraltar is one of Spain’s most beautiful regions. Here, some of the country’s best coastal scenery is set against the backdrop of the mountains of Cadiz. Add to that an extensive Mediterranean forest with its huge cork trees, a long and fascinating history, and a rich gastronomy, and the region has something to offer to just about everyone.
Tarifa, apart from being the cultural and historical center of the Strait of Gibraltar, is also undeniably one of the best places to watch birds in Europe. The variety of habitats in a relatively small space, the amount of protected areas, and above all the fact that it is in the center of one of the most important bird migration routes, makes a visit to Gibraltar a must for all bird lovers.
To talk about Tarifa is to talk about raptor migration. On any given day during migration, it’s possible to see a great number of raptors: thousands of Black Kites, sometimes tens of thousands in one single day; Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Honey Buzzard, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Egyptian Vulture, and Montagu’s Harrier. Not to mention the high diversity of resident birds: Spanish Imperial Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Little Bustard, Little Swift, White-rumped Swift, Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin, and Western Bonelli’s Warbler, among many others.
We offer many excursions in the Strait of Gibraltar,which are ideal for anyone staying in Tarifa or nearby towns such as Los Barrios, Vejer de la Frontera or even for those traveling from Gibraltar, Marbella or Málaga for the day. Local guides, Fernando and Yeray, can take you on an excursion to some of the best places to observe and photograph birds. Because they live in the region, they are privy to which sites are best on any particular day, any season of the year. A scope and field guides will be available during the excursions.
Only 800 miles long, Panama is a small country, but one rich in natural resources and biodiversity. Nestled between Costa Rica and Colombia and bordered by the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, Panama has much to offer for nature enthusiasts. Visitors arriving at Panama City can enjoy everything that any cosmopolitan city has to offer, with the added incentive of having tropical forests within the city limits and warm beaches only a few miles away.
The country's strategic location has favored the existence of a large number of animal and plant species. In this small nation, about half the size of the state of Florida, scientists have cataloged about 1,000 different species of birds- about 10% of the species on the planet. And many of them can be seen within the limits of the Panama City. This great diversity of species coupled with their relative proximity to the capital, makes any visit to this city a real treat for amateur and professional ornithologists.
For those interested in bird watching there are several great places to visit in and around the city, including the Metropolitan Natural Park, the mangroves of Costa del Este, or the famous Pipeline Road, within Soberania National Park, where you can spend a few hours or several days in search of a wide variety of species from the most common to the rarest, more secretive birds. Keel-billed Toucan, Mangrove Warbler, Yellow-green Tyrannulet, Black-breasted Puffbird, Violet-bellied Hummingbird, Ocellated Antbird, Rufous-vented Ground-cuckoo, Pheasant Cuckoo, and Tiny Hawk are just a few of the species to find here.
We also offer day tours to Cerro Azul to go in search of Violet-capped Hummingbird, Yellow-eared Toucanet, Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker, Spot-crowned Barbet, Black-and-yellow Tanager, and Tooth-billed Tanager, while a trip to Campana may yield such interesting species as Orange-bellied Trogon, White-ruffed Manakin, Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant, Lesser Elaenia, and even Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch.
Our local guide, Beny Wilson, is an expert on local wildlife, especially birds, and a connoisseur of the Panamanian culture. If you are looking for a leisurely day of bird watching or are in search of the most difficult-to-see species, we can customize a private or small group tour for you and your friends. We will make sure your time with us is enjoyable, fruitful and safe as we help you find, observe and photograph birds in some of the best places in Panama City and nearby National Parks.
* TBA = To Be Arranged.
** All prices are in US Dollars