Birdwatching in the Algarve

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Lands - Turismo na Natureza

Lands – Turismo na Natureza hosts fun and engaging eco-friendly tours in Ria Formosa, all year long!

Led by nature lovers, our small-group tours offer unforgettable experiences in the beautiful Algarve’s Ria Formosa from Faro.

With multiple tours to enjoy one of Portugal’s Seven Natural Wonders, there is no better way to experience Ria Formosa than through an eco-tour. Join a smooth and quiet solar-powered boat tour, in the search for the birds and nature of the Algarve’s Ria Formosa or a kayaking adventure to experience the natural beauty of this stunning area. Kayak rental is also possible to head out on a leisurely paddle and take in the beauty of Faro’s Ria Formosa unique habitats on your own time. Walking tours and birdwatching activities in the westernmost part of Ria Formosa also offer memorable outings with local guides who enjoy nature as much as you do.

Since 2003, many guests have joined our eco-friendly tours and activities! Not sure where to begin? Our Ria Formosa Eco-friendly Solar Boat Tour is the most popular one! Join us – we’d love to show you around!

 

  • 3 Hours
  • Seats Available: 4Min. Capacity: 1
  • Faro Marina

If you’re staying in the Algarve and you like birdwatching, make sure to join this wonderful birdwatching walking tour through Portugal’s stunning Ria Formosa.

Enjoy a 3-hour private birdwatching tour in the protected areas of Ludo and Quinta do Lago and discover the best of the Algarve bird life with an expert local guide.

On this private tour, we depart from Faro to explore the protected areas of Ludo and Quinta do Lago. These two areas are extraordinary places for birdwatching, in fact, some of the best birding spots in the Algarve.

Put on your birding hat and have a great time out discovering one of the best birdwatching spots of the Algarve.

This area is a birdwatchers paradise and your knowledgeable local guide will show you the great diversity of birds and make the most of your time spent in this beautiful protected wetland in the Algarve.

It is made of a mosaic of pine woodlands, saltpans, farmland, marshlands, and freshwater ponds. Some of the local specialties are the Little Bittern, the Purple Swamphen, the Red-crested Pochard, and the exotic Black-headed weaver. These species can be observed in the reedy pool on the edge of freshwater ponds.

Autumn is marked by several migrant passerines, including Melodious and Willow Warblers, Tawny Pipit, and Bluethroat. The reed beds are important for several nesting waterbird species and also for large numbers of migrating passerines during both autumn and spring migration.

All over the year, species like Spoonbill, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, and Kentish Plover can be observed. Other breeders include Collared Pratincole, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Yellow Wagtail, Woodchat Shrike, and beach-nesting Little Tern.

Winter is quite interesting mostly due to the huge concentrations of waders and ducks that take refuge here. The Caspian Tern, Osprey, Black-shouldered Kite, Marsh Harrier, and Booted Eagle are other regular visitors during the coldest period of the year.

Sightings of reasonable numbers of the Greater Flamingo are common all year round and excellent views of the sociable Azure-winged Magpie, the hard to miss Hoopoe, and the lovely Sardinian Warbler are some of the other highlights.

Ludo and Quinta do Lago are well worth discovering. Join us on a birdwatching tour in this beautiful site. We promise you a memorable day out filled with birds.

Languages

  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • French

Price Includes

  • 3-hour private birdwatching walking tour
  • Use of binoculars, telescope, and bird identification guides
  • Local guide
  • Live commentary by a knowledgeable local guide
  • Transfer from meeting point to the starting point of the tour and return

Price Excludes

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips (optional)
  • All other extras
  • Guide

What to Bring

  • Bring plenty of water to drink to avoid dehydration.
  • A rucksack or backpack is recommended to carry a small snack, sunglasses, a hat, a good sun cream, and a camera.
  • Comfortable clothing and flat shoes recommended. A wind-stopper and a waterproof coat are useful, especially during the coldest period of the year.

Conditions

  • A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required.
  • A maximum of 9 people per booking.
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide.
  • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Safety comes first, please follow the instructions and recommendations of your skipper, especially those relating to safety issues.
  • Trips may be amended due to weather conditions or the physical condition of the participants should our skippers deem this advisable.
  • This is an activity subject to weather conditions. The decision to leave or return earlier than expected, due to unexpected weather conditions, is sole to the skipper.
  • The schedules of departures and arrivals, the duration, and itineraries of the activities are subject to change without previous notice due to security determined by the weather conditions, tides, and/or other circumstances beyond our control.

Please Note

Not wheelchair accessible.

Cancelation Policy

Bookings

Bookings of activities and/ or services may be done in a proper form on the website, by email, by phone, through authorized agents and/ or Lands – Turismo na Natureza, Lda Points of Sale. For groups of 20 or more participants, bookings should be done as soon as possible and at least 24 hours before the date of the activity and/ or service. All bookings are subject to availability.

Cancellations and No-Shows

Lands – Turismo na Natureza, Lda reserves the right to cancel the activity and/ or services by reasons which fall outside the responsibility of the company. We cannot be held responsible for cancellations due to the following reasons: natural disasters, climate conditions, system failures, or any other circumstances beyond the company’s control and also whenever the safety and integrity of participants, equipment, and/ or goods are at risk. The client will be fully refunded, without any compensation or indemnity. The cancellation of activity and/ or services by the participant may be done through a proper form on the website, by email, or by phone up until 24 hours before the start of the activity and/ or services. For groups of 10 or more participants, the cancellation of activity and/ or services may be done through a proper form on the website, by email, or by phone up until 48 hours before the start of the activity and/ or services. If the cancellation does not comply with the requirements above, the activity and/ or service will be charged at the full rate. Once the activity and/or service has started, with the agreement of the participants and the safety and integrity of participants, equipment and/ or goods is not at risk, in the event of a request from the participant(s) to stop or interrupt it due to wind, temperature, rainfall, waves or other factors beyond the company’s control, no refund, indemnity or compensation will apply and the activity and/ or service will proceed its usual course. In the case of equipment rental, cancellations should be done up until 24 hours before its start, otherwise, it will be charged at the full rate. In case of deliberate cancellation by the client, Lands will charge the period of use of the equipment or its minimum rental period. The rental and hire of equipment and/ or goods are subject to its terms and conditions. In the event of no show, the full amount charged is non-refundable.

Use Of Boats and/Or Equipment

Lands reserves the right to change the boats and/or equipment to carry out the activity and/ or service, due to system failures or adverse weather conditions. In that case, another boat and/ or equipment will be used and we will charge the rate and/or prices previously agreed.

Meeting Point and Departure Time

The meeting point and the departure time are indicated on the voucher or the booking confirmation document. Delay of the participants may imply exclusion from the activity. To prevent the latter from happening please be so kind to be at the designated meeting point on time. There is a maximum tolerance of 10 minutes. Departure time is subject to changes due to weather conditions, system failures, or any other circumstances beyond the company’s control. Whenever a stop or free time is planned during the activity, the crew, skipper, and/ or tour guide will inform you of the following location and time of departure. Please be at the location 5 minutes before the announced time of departure. Lands reserves the right to suspend a participant from an activity if the times of departure are not respected. In this case, no refund or compensation is available. Lands reserves the right to suspend a participant from the activity and/ or service if the participant has no physical condition to carry it out or if the participant does not respect the safety recommendations and instructions.

Itineraries and Information in Website, Catalogs, Leaflets, Brochures, and Other Material

The itineraries and the exact timings at the several points of the activity and/ or service are only indicative. They are subject to change due to weather conditions and/ or the physical conditions of the participants and can be amended if the person representing Lands deems this advisable. The schedules of departures and arrivals, durations, and itineraries of the activities and/ or services are subject to change without prior notice due to safety and security determined by weather conditions, winds, tides, and/or any other circumstances beyond the control of Lands – Turismo na Natureza, Lda.

Code of Conduct

Lands – Turismo na Natureza, Lda. promotes ecotourism activities and nature tours of natural, cultural, and environmental interest. We expect our guests and participants to respect the visited natural areas and the local lifestyles. We respect and follow the guidelines of the ICNF’s code of conduct and we reserve the right to suspend or cancel an activity if we find the participants’ behavior conflicts with this philosophy and code of conduct.

Photos and Videos

During our activities and/ or services, we can take photos and videos to promote our company. If you do not want this information to be used, please be so kind as to previously inform our staff.

Complaints

Lands – Turismo na Natureza, Lda. has available a complaints book and reports directly to ASAE.

Licences and Insurances

Lands – Turismo na Natureza is a fully licensed company with the registration No. 35/2003 of the Tourism Board of Portugal. Our activities are certified as Ecotourism by the ICNF – the Portuguese Institute for Conservation of Nature and Forests. We have all the mandatory insurance legislation.

Omission and Other Questions

Omissions and other questions not covered by these terms and conditions will be discussed with Lands – Turismo na Natureza, Lda and are subject to the applicable Portuguese law.

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