Birdwatching holiday in Andalucia

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Responsible tourism: Birdwatching holiday in Andalucia

Environment

We are located at the south west of Spain, where the 30% of the area is a protected area. We visit the Natural and National parks that surround us making interpretation of the whole wildlife.

We advise to the people who come to Isla Cristina to buy at the local market where they can find local products as fruit grown in the surroundings and fresh fish. We also advise to eat those products at the local restaurants. In that way the energetic cost of the products is lower.

We strive to re-cycle as much as we can from all our household and office waste. Glass, paper, cardboard and plastic are separated, and taken to our local town containers. Inkjet cartridges from printers, batteries are also saved for safe disposal. We are also aware of saving electricity and water and when we need to purchase new electrical appliances we consider the ecological implications. Wherever possible we buy bio-diesel fuel for our vehicles.

Community

Eco tourism is something we work to maintain at the highest levels we can. It means quite simply, responsible travel to natural areas while conserving the environment and sustaining the well-being of local people. Our trips are specially aimed at responsible clients who wish to participate in environmentally friendly, low-impact nature tourism.

Our staff is local and very well trained, they are people who live at the areas where we are visiting so the knowledge of the area is wide and deep. We visit local places to eat where it’s possible to taste the real flavour of the deep Spain and Portugal, as the freshest fish and acorn feed Iberian pigs. We also support local business. The economic impact of the group is big, because we visit little local restaurants and shops at far from the common routes.

Reviews of Birdwatching holiday in Andalucia

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 20 May 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I will always remember the beauty of flamingoes, avocets and stilts close up, and seeing a hoopoe for the first time. The great part about this holiday was learning to identify so many birds in different habitats in springtime Andalusia with the expert assistance of our guide Sergio. He knew so much about the birds, but also about the local environment, animal tracks, local environment and land
use history, culture and current issues. We stayed in a lovely quiet apartment stocked with basic food. It looked out on the water in Isla Cristina. On this trip we went to places we could not have reached by ourselves.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The operator provided all the necessary information, good binoculars, access to bird guides and telescope, and van for travel. The list of what to bring covered everything needed.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Local people benefited as we used local restaurants and bars daily during the holiday. The holiday supported conservation by spreading knowledge about local threatened species and habitats, and through visits to Interpretation centres in La Donana and in Portugal.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


An excellent week, and great addition to more usual tourist activities in Spain and Portugal.

Read the operator's response here:

Thanks a lot Libby and Ross!! It was also a pleasure for us to be birding during a week in west Andalusia and Portugal. Anytime you come back to the area you are welcome.

All the best

Reviewed on 03 Mar 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The most memorable thing during this holiday was our easy-going, friendly and very competent guide Sergio. He guided us through different landscapes and could always find us interesting spots with lots of birds and he could also tell us interesting things of what else we were seeing around us.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Grab it! You shall no regret!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I feel that we benefited local people by using their services.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good!

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