Altiplanatur

Altiplanatur, Baza: Address, Phone Number, Altiplanatur Reviews: 5/5

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Loki_crazycat
Ballarat, Australia7,515 contributions
The best day I have had birdwatching in a very long time
Apr 2016 • Solo
I did a birdwatching tour from 8am to 1pm, cost 30 euros. Guide Juan Antonio took me in his car to areas in the vicinity of Baza. The tour was not what I was expecting - almost all our birding was done from the car. There was no walking. I had excellent views of most of tbe birds out of the open car windows. We drove on roads that you would never find yourself, and each time we slowed down he would tell me which birds we might find here. "If you're lucky, we might see a Little Owl in the tree up ahead." I couldn't believe the owl was actally there! In broad daylight! His local knowledge was incredible, and his knowledge of the calls certainly made things a lot easier. I ended up with a list of 46 species, of which 21 were ticks for me.

Despite the excellent English on the website, Juan Antonio himself speaks very little English. I have even less Spanish. Nevertheless, I managed to understand quite a lot of what he told me. He has a field guide to Spanish birds that also contains the English common names, and with both his and my knowledge of scientific names and my English-language field guide, we had no trouble.

A word of warning - organise your tour well in advance. I had a lot of trouble getting in contact with Altiplanatur. Six to eight phone calls on two different numbers over three business days were not answered. An email message through the website was not answered. Private messages on the facebook page were not responded to, and a comment on the most recent facebook post (three weeks old) was not successful. I finally managed to get a response several days after leaving a message on the phone app "WhatsApp". It took over a week to make contact, which severely limited my availability for tour dates.

Despite the problems organising this tour, I had a fantastic day and I was thorougly glad I persevered with trying to contact them.
Written April 28, 2016
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Miranda T
Castillejar, Spain38 contributions
Fantastic day out!
Nov 2013 • Friends
Altiplanatur is a small company based in the Altiplano de Granada who do nature tours in the area. I booked for a day visiting the Sierra de Segura, to find out about the countryside, flora and fauna, and in particular, fungus. 0830 to 1730 including lunch and a lot of kilometres was great value for €35. My guide for the day, Juan, was extremely knowledgable about all aspects of nature and I learnt a lot about finding, identifying and collecting edible fungi. There were plenty of stops for photography (the scenery was amazing!) and bird-spotting - it's a great area for big birds. Lunch was in a bar in a mountain village, which served a selection of traditional dishes. I had more than enough to eat and it was all home-made and delicious. There was time after lunch to visit a local beauty spot before returning home. I came home with a basket of edible fungi and some great memories! I would thoroughly recommend this company for a day out, and they seemed able to adapt to a variety of interests and abilities. Some level of Spanish would be useful to understand things in detail, but not necessary.
Written November 7, 2013
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