Your birding guides in Andalucía, Spain & Morocco
We've been full time guiding wildlife trips in southern Spain since 2016. Although bird watching is our main focus, we also guide nature tours with an accent on other aspects of wildlife. Mammal-watching, nature photography, butterfly and botanical tours, etc. Why us? We are passionate about showing our wealth of Nature, we love our land and we know how much you appreciate a good bird guide.
We sometimes lead natural history tours in other regions of Spain, including classical destinations such as La Mancha, Extremadura and the Canary Islands.
We are based in Ronda -near Málaga airport- and we only take small groups -usually less than 7 people per tour-. Our nature trips are always run in a professional but friendly way and tuned to meet your needs. We know food and culture are important. And we use comfy-charming accommodation on our multiday tours. You are welcome to our private birding daytrips and birding tours in Spain and Morocco.
Meet your wildlife and bird guides in Spain
We are a small sized company and we like to keep it like this:
"Somewhere in La Mancha" a very young boy started devouring nature guidebooks and developing a strong interest in all kinds of wildlife he could reach and put into a flask. Motivated by the documentaries of naturalists as Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente and David Attenborough, his interest in Nature grew bigger and bigger. Organized patrols for catching Iberian wall lizards with other kids were the best entertainment ever in summer. Raised in a land of hunters, he admired the neverneding local knowledge of his father, old hunters and shepherds, with which he'd share all his weekends. The Civil Engineering career followed, then a few years working in Spain and abroad as a site manager (Bulgaria, Switzerland, France). It was an easy and enriching life but he felt the call of Nature whisper stronger and stronger, till a point that he left his job to come back to Spain and went off into the mountains of Sierra Morena. There he promised myself he shall live in close contact with Nature. It was 2015 and that is how Wild Andalucía was born. From that moment, Álvaro is proudly bringing the best of our Nature to the amusement of incredible guests from all over the world.
Virginia and Álvaro met birding in 2016 and their lives have followed the same track since then. Virginia has a degree in Environmental Engineering and shares a special affinity for all kinds of wildlife. She has a wide knowledge of several areas of Andalucía, such as Granada and the Grazalema area, but specially the Ronda area, where she's spent all her life. She's acquired a good reputation on environmental education and has led numerous walks and activities in Nature for all sorts of public, always with excellent results and feedback. She is giving a hand to Álvaro every now and then, and also takes care of some of Wild Andalucía's photography hides. Her favourite site in Andalucía is the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park and no wonder!
How Wild Andalucía works
Ours are very personalized tours and you will be in touch directly with your guide before booking. Most of our tours are organized and guided directly by Álvaro. We only take small groups because we think the service is of a greater quality. We do this for a living and we are not based on huge profits (compare our rates with others). We are local guides and we strongly believe local knowledge adds a great value to our tours. By today (January 2022), Wild Andalucía has successfully guided +200 birding trips, most of them in southern Spain. We invite you to read our trip reviews and leave yours. Thank you for your time!
Vehicles for comfortable birding
Transportation is on a courtesy basis in our tours. For each type of trip or group size we use different vehicles. If we are just 2 or 3 people and we need to go deep into the mountains we'd normally use our 5 pax Suzuky Ignis. However, we are more and more often doing full tours covering longer areas of Spain, so space is a must! That is why in 2019 we've purchased a brand new Renault Trafic -shown above-. It is a tall vehicle from which the perspective is amazing for birding. Each one of its 8 seats is fully air-contiditioned and our clients say it's great! When birding overseas, such as in the Canary Islands or Morocco, we hire cars. Please note we can recommend drivers if you need them before or after your birding holidays with us.
In a real world Nature is likely to be preserved when it generates an income. We take action by running nature tours and proudly serve as modest example that proves that when birds and wildlife can maintain a small business like ours, the Nature is more likely to be preserved. In the long term, Spain becomes a better place for Wildlife. Thank you!
Wild Andalucía is fully licensed for guiding nature tours and is a registred trademark in Spain (M3633196) that belongs to Álvaro Peral López (05701332T). Wild Andalucía is included in the Andalusian Registry of Active Tourism Operators with number AT/MA/355. It holds a liability Insurance (1200060327) and also accident insurance (1300010440) with W.R. Berkley España. Besides being a bird guide, Álvaro is also chartered as an official tourist guide by the government of Andalucía with license number 3551 and is elegible for guiding cultural tours in all Spanish territory including towns and monuments.