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Sierra Pelada

land of vultures

This is a mid-mountain area of some 400m located on the western extension of Sierra de Aracena. It features a varied topography of linear mountains with thick vegetation, deep ravines and rich riverbank forests along Ribera del Aserrador River Pine, eucalyptus and oak forests, scrub thick rockrose scrubland and well preserved riverbank vegetation is its main plant formations.

There are large areas of land, modified by man, where the native vegetation has been replaced by pine and eucalyptus arranged in terraces for the pulp industry. Forest exploitation has been the main resource of the sparse population in the area, which was concentrated in forest villages like El Centinela and El Mustio.

This natural area is known because it hosts one of the largest bird colonies of black vultures in the Iberian Peninsula. This huge bird of prey can be observed from the peaks of Pelada, Mármol o Mojón along with other endangered species like Black Stork.

Besides the black vulture, other breeding species in the area are golden eagle, eagle owl, short-toed eagle and booted eagle. Other birds of prey such as spanish imperial eagle often fly this mountain ranges.

 

Featured species: black vulture, griffon vulture, golden eagle, spanish imperial eagle, short-toed eagle, eagle owl, crag martin, black-eared wheatear, melodious warbler, dartford warbler, orphean warbler, golden oriole, rock sparrow, rock bunting.

  • Recommended season

    Spring, autumn

  • Duration

    Full day

  • Price

    Check with us
    Extra costs: lunch and petrol

  • Type of vehicle

    Our 4×4 vehicle or your own car

  • Included

    4×4 vehicle, driver-guide,
    telescope, field book

  • Starting time

    Agreed with you
    Recommended before sunrise

  • Starting point

    Your hotel in El Rocío
    Our offices in El Rocío

panorámica de Sierra Pelada
Succession of mountain ranges
comedero de buitres
Meeting of scavengers
Vista panorámica del pueblo de Aroche
Town of Aroche
buitre negro en vuelo
The great black vulture
bandada de buitres en vuelo
Large flock of vultures
panorámica de las Peñas de Aroche
Peñas de Aroche

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