Looking for our blue winged treasure
We will go to the summit of the island to get into the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and look for our very rare blue treasure: the Gran Canaria Blue Chaffinch, recently classified as a new species. Known as Fringilla teydea ssp polaztekii, and reclassified in 2015 as Fringilla polaztekii, with around 300 birds in the whole world, all living in this island.
Once we finish in the Blue chaffinch territory, we will go for the laurel pigeon (Columba junoniae), also a Canarian endemism that nests in the rainforests of the north.
We will spot more birds on our way, almost all of them endemic sp or ssp for this island, the archipelago or Macaronesia!
This route is good not only for the birder but also for Nature and Culture lovers because we are going to delight ourselves with majestic landscapes and natural history! As well as local gastronomy!
Get your binoculars and cameras ready!
We will go directly to the highest area of the island:
- The blue chaffinch territory in the pinewoods, between San Mateo and Tunte
- Once we spot our main star, we will go to Valleseco area to look for the endemic Laurel pigeon in the laurel forests
- On our way, we will enjoy every other bird that we can spot
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: If you come by cruise we can meet in the barrier that gives access to the port, just 2 minutes walking from your ship, in front of "El Muelle" mall centre.
Feel free to ask or suggest your pick up location (hotel, monument, restaurant etc...)
End location: Back to where you prefer: initial meeting point by the port, hotel, or agreed location
Duration: 7 hours 30 min.
My recommendation is to start as soon as possible (before sunrise) to enjoy the first hours of the day, when birds are more active.
Modern, clean, and air conditioned car or minivan
- Official local nature guide service
-Private transportation by modern, clean, and air-conditioned car
- Local gastronomy (Tapas/snack)
- Civil insurance
- Personal accidents insurance
- Local tax included (7% IGIC)
Estimated Local Cash Needed
100 Euro - Personal expenses, souvenirs (canarian wines or cheeses, handcrafts, honey, almond pastry...)
Personal expenses like souvenirs
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We had a superb day out with Guillermo, who was knowledgable in many ways about many things in Gran Canaria. There were 4 of us and he tried to suit the tour to all of us, though it was originally meant to be just bird-watching. We learnt much about geology, the history of the island, the plants, the food, and even some bird-watching. It was an amazing day from 7am till roughly 6 pm and we saw places on the island that we would never have discovered ourselves. Thank you Guillermo!!