Tenerife: between volcanoes and endemisms

  • Upcoming dates On request
  • Duration6 days (5 nights)
  • Sites of interestParque Nacional del Teide, Anaga Peninsula, Punta de Teno, Malpaís de Güímar, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, La Laguna, Icod de los Vinos.
  • Pricefrom
  • Number of participantsMin 3 Max 16
  • Tour leader Valerio Russo

For many researchers, the Canary Islands, with their endemisms and adaptations shown by the species that live here, represent the “European” version of the Galapagos and therefore an unmissable destination for all nature lovers.
The island of Tenerife, the largest of the archipelago, lies to the west of the African coast. The volcanic activity of the past 20 million years has shaped what the current landscape is. The Canaries are incredibly interesting both from a biological point of view, and from a geological and historical point of view.
The climate of Tenerife differs between the southern and northern portions: in the northern part of the island this is cooler and more humid, while in the southern part there is a semi-arid environment. The diversity of environments is consequently reflected in what is biological diversity.
The tour will be mainly focused on the observation and photography of numerous endemic species that inhabit the island and the exploration of the stunning scenery, unique in the world, that Tenerife has to offer.
In addition to birdwatching and herping activities on the mainland, we will also be engaged in whale watching, which will give us the opportunity to observe some of the Cetacean species present in the area and at the same time numerous species of pelagic birds.








Birds: Cory’s Shearwater (Calonectris borealis), Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus), Barolo Shearwater (Puffinus baroli), Bulwer’s Petrel (Bulweria bulwerii), European Storm Petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus), Band-rumped Storm Petrel (Hydrobates castro), Canary Islands Buzzard (Buteo buteo insularum), Canary Islands Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus canariensis), Bolle’s Pigeon (Columba bollii), Laurel Pigeon (Columba junoniae), Plain Swift (Apus unicolor), Canary Islands Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major canariensis), Berthelot’s Pipit (Anthus berthelotii), Tenerife Robin (Erithacus rubecula superbus), Canary Islands Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus canariensis), Tenerife Goldcrest (Regulus regulus teneriffae), African Blue Tit (Cyanistes teneriffae), Canarian Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis koenigi), Rock Sparrow (Petronia petronia), Canary Islands Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs tintillon), Tenerife Blue Chaffinch (Fringilla teydea), Atlantic Canary (Serinus canaria), Trumpeter Finch (Bucanetes githagineus).

Cetaceans: In the Canarian waters it is possible to observe about a third of all the Cetacean species in the world. In addition to the 4 resident species, Long-finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala melas), Risso’s Dolphin (Grampus griseus), Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus), Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops troncatus), there are 24 migratory species to be observed with a little luck.

Reptiles: Southern Tenerife Lizard (Gallotia galloti galloti), Northern Tenerife Lizard (Gallotia galloti eisentrauti), Tenerife Gecko (Tarentola delalandii), West Canary Skink (Chalcides viridanus).

For plant lovers, we remember that Tenerife is home to an incredible floristic biodiversity.

DAY 1: Arrival at Tenerife South Airport. Exploration of the southeast area of the island. Dinner and overnight in Los Carrizales.

DAY 2: Whale watching boat tour. Exploration of the Los Gigantes area and Punta de Teno, herping and landscape photography. Free visit of the city, dinner and overnight in Icod de los Vinos.

DAY 3: Exploration of the Parque Nacional de Teide, birdwatching, herping and landscape photography. Dinner and overnight in La Laguna.

DAY 4: Exploration of the Anaga Peninsula and Laurisilva Forest, birdwatching and photography of the flora. Free visit of the city, dinner and overnight in La Laguna.

DAY 5: Exploration of the semi-desert area of Malpaís de Güímar, birdwatching, herping and landscape photography. Free visit to the city of Santa Cruz. Dinner and overnight in La Laguna.

DAY 6: Transfert to Tenerife South Airport.

Total fee depends on the total number of participants.

For more information contact the organizers.

What is included:

  • Overnight stays.
  • Meals – drinks not included.
  • Internal transfers, including fuel, tolls and parking (depending on the rate).
  • Scientific accompaniment by zoologist for the duration of the trip, with support material for wildlife observations (binoculars, spotting scope, field guides, etc.).
  • Local guides.
  • Travel insurance.

What’s not included:

  • Tips for local guides.
  • Everything not mentioned in the previous item.

Possibility to request a quote, with any additional nights, depending on personal needs.

The rate includes basic travel insurance.
For further information regarding the possibility of taking out additional insurance policies, contact the organizers.

Penalties in the event of cancellation: In the event of unmotivated withdrawal of the contract by the consumer, the penalties are equal to 100% of the entire participation fee, in addition to non-refundable insurance premiums.

Information regarding rates and payment methods will be communicated by email after completing the request form.

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