Signature adventure

Iberian Highlands

Canyonlands and Wildlife of Alto Tajo

Cost

£ Coming soon

Nights

5

Fitness level

Moderate to challenging

Group size

Min 4, max 8

Location

Iberian Highlands, Spain

Cost

£ Coming soon

Fitness level

Moderate to challenging

Nights

5

Group size

Min 4, max 8

Location

Iberian Highlands, Spain

Iberian Highlands Spain, Neil Rogers
Iberian Highlands Spain, Neil Rogers
Iberian Highlands, Spain. Deli Saavedra
Iberian Highlands, Spain. Deli Saavedra
Iberian Highlands Spain, Neil Rogers

highlights of the trip 

  • Be amazed by the unknown side of Spain, where rewilding is taking place 
  • Out-of-the-beaten-track hikes and landscapes
  • Home cooked meals and local hospitality
  • Great opportunities for birdwatching with cultures and birds of prey soaring the skies
  • Big populations of deer and Ibex
  • Panoramic views and deep gorges with crystalline waters
  • Visit reintroduction sites of Serrano horses and Tauros.
Day 1 Arrival and transfer to the iberian highlands

Group participants arrive in Madrid. Meet the group at Madrid Barajas Airport (those arriving by train to Madrid make their way to MAD) and depart by 3pm to Escalera in the Alto Tajo Natural Park. Arrive at the family run guest house of El Descansillo in Escalera in the late afternoon. Room allocations, group orientation and early evening walk for deer spotting. Group welcome dinner at the hotel. 

Day 2 exploring around the tajo river

Circular walk from Olmeda de Corbeta through stunning oak groves that lead to the CeltIberico ruins of Castro de Peña Munoz. With panoramic views all around it’s easy to understand why the ancient Celts chose this strategic location.  We’ll enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch at a traditional shepherd’s enclosure at Chozon Sabinero. In the afternoon we’ll descend a steep canyon to the spectacular Puente de Tagüenza that straddles the deep green waters of the Tajo River. We’ll slowly wind our way back up the canyon taking our time to observe deer grazing along the trail and in adjacent fields. We return to our hotel for dinner 

Day 3 canyons and wildlife spotting.

Early start to the spectacular Gallo River Canyon. We’ll arrive at Barranco de la Hoz in time to see the Griffon vultures capturing morning thermals and walk down to an area of pine to observe resin tapping and take lunch at a Pine Forest Refuge. In the afternoon we’ll pass through some spectacular ancient Juniper groves on our way to Castillo de Alpetea. As we wak through a mosaic of woodland, all around us there is evidence of the Spanish Civil War with rows of trenches lining the towering ridge line. At the end of the ridge we enjoy 180 degree panoramic views of the canyons below. Iberian Ibex are easy to observe grazing the lower slopes and cliffs edges and Griffon vultures soar on the late afternoon thermals. As we drive back to our hotel we’ll be able to observe roe, red and fallow deer in the open fields and woodland. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 4 vulture territory

After breakfast we’ll drive to Peralejos de las Truchas and walk through the narrow canyon of Barranco del Horcajo. The steep slopes are populated by mixed groves of lime, hazelnut, holly and yew trees and we hope to observe reintroduced Cinereous Vultures and if lucky other raptors such as Golden eagle and Peregrine falcon. The canyon is well known for its variety of dragonflies and we also hope to see Roe and Red Deer and perhaps Iberian Ibex. Return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 5 rewilding in action

Today we’ll enjoy a day of rewilding starting at Rewilding Spain’s horse base at Solanillos. We’ll walk in the reintroduced Serrano horse enclosure and in the Spring of 2023 it is hoped that Taurus will also have been reintroduced to the area. From the mixed woodlands of the Serrano horse enclosure we’ll descend to a hidden canyon where Egyptian Vulture seasonally nest. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch below the Cueva de los Caesarea and Arab Fortress. After lunch we will explore the cave with its ancient horse carvings. Our final stop of the day will be at the ancient salt pans of Salinas de Saelices de la Sol before returning to our hotel for a farewell dinner.

Day 6 departure

Morning transfer to Madrid Barajas Airport for flight connections or for optional stay in Madrid.(B)


Dates

Coming soon


What’s Included
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation.
  • Full board on days 2 to 5. Dinner on day 1 and breakfast on day 6
  • English speaking naturalist guide.
  • Transfers to/from Madrid-MAD and activities as listed in the itinerary.
  • Local taxes.

 Not included 

  • Gratuities.
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Personal trip and medical insurance.

 Accommodations

5 nights at El Descansillo in Escalera

 Special Dietary Requirements

Vegan, vegetarian, Gluten-free and other allergy free meal options are available on request. Please inform us of your dietary requirements in advance of travel.

What to bring

  • Rain proof jacket and trousers.
  • Long sleeved tops and trousers.
  • Shorts and layered clothing for day walks.
  • Fleece or warm sweater and hat for cooler evenings.
  • Hiking boots, or hiking shoes.
  • Thermal underwear for nights in the Bear Hide.
  • Extra underwear and socks.
  • Head lamp with extra batteries.
  • Swimming trunks/suit and towel.
  • Electricity adaptor (Europlug type c and F 230 volts).
  • Personal water bottle and any favourite snacks and personal medication.

Enquire about available trips

3 + 3 =

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

 

DISCOVER EUROPE’S WILDEST NATURE 

Our Newsletter highlights exciting adventures, expert-led workshops, exclusive offers, rewilding and nature news, wildlife photography tips, travel ideas and more.

SIGN UP TODAY!

Thanks you! Please confirm the subscription on your inbox.