Trekking and bird-watching at Asterousia, the southernmost mountain range of Europe
A penetrating look into the Cretan island through the eyes of a scavenging bird that has touched Cretans more than any other. We will go up to the mountains to seek these extraordinary creatures.
We are inviting our fellow-travelers to participate in carefully observing the behavior of Vultures’ daily life. Touring their last viable micro-communities is accompanied by exploration of the bird fauna of the island and the role this king of the Vultures plays in it.
Bird-Watching/ Environmental tour, guided by a specialist in bird-watching
These are places that, although a stone’s throw away, may have never crossed your mind … A penetrating look into the wild yet hospitable nature of our island through the eyes of a scavenging bird that has touched Cretans more than any other: the Griffon Vulture [Gyps fulvus].
Such an approach to our insular biodiversity will definitely change what you thought you knew till now…
Our itinerary entails trekking through unknown gorges, river beds, the famous, breath-taking cliffs [gremoi] of the Asterousia mountain range, and the Kofinas peak that has excited the imagination and awe of local residents since antiquity.
Watching these rare birds with the help of modern equipment and having them presented by experts, through descriptions, a slide show, a printed guide and the use of techniques of audience participation will add to the excitement.
- type: Hiking, Guided Trips/Tours
- activities: Hiking,Bird-Watching, Environmental/Ecosystems
- tags: Nature, Gyps, Ecosystems, Asterousia mountain
- duration: 1 days
- on request: Yes, No
- location: Asterousia mountain range (South Heraklion), Heraklio
9-12 persons: €85
6-8 persons: €110
3-5 persons: €120
2 persons: €160
1 person: €280
Level of difficulty / Risk factor: 2Α-ΧΜ**
Shoes for trekking / Trekking poles / Sun-screen oil, hat, sunglasses / Windproof jacket / Small rucksack
Provisional programme: 09:00 - 17:00
Starting location for the guiding: Sterners village, in Asterousia
For spring and autumn: 3 hours trekking at the area of Kofinas peak (branch), Platanias village, Ampas gorge /Meal at the local tavern and presentation, Return.
For summer: 2 hours trekking at the area of Kofinas peak (branch), Platanias village, Ampas gorge /Meal at the local tavern and presentation, Return.
EVERY SATURDAY: 9.00 – 17.00 (May – October)
Upon request: (May - October) A trip can be also organized on request with at least 4 days’ notice and an extra charge for the transfer.
Presentation of Trip's theme
- Specialist: Specialist in bird-watching
- A manual in English for each traveler (with references, texts, photos, maps etc)
- Technical Equipement: Binoculars for each traveler
- Extra guide (For more than 5 people)
- Translator (upon request)
- Beverage (Water)
- Transfer to the starting point of the trips & return
- Transportation to the sites of the trip
- Personal Insurance
- Rucksack (upon request)
- Personal expenses, tips, visa’s cost, taxes