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Birdwatching Tour: Walking Ludo and Quinta do Lago

120.00
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Important information:

• Bring plenty of water to drink to avoid dehydration.
• Bring casual clothing and comfortable footwear. During certain periods of the year, a wind stopper and a waterproof coat are useful if not essential.
• A rucksack or backpack is recommended to carry a small snack, sunglasses, camera, hat and a good sun cream.

• Not wheelchair accessible.

  • Location: MEETING POINT - DOCA DE FARO
  • Duration: 3H
  • Seats available: -
  • Min. capacity: 1
Description:

A private tour walking in the Algarve's Ria Formosa to go birdwatching in Ludo and Quinta do Lago from Faro

This is a private tour where we go birdwatching in one of the most interesting sites of the Algarve's Ria Formosa: Ludo and Quinta do Lago.

Ria Formosa is one of the most important wetlands for aquatic birds in Portugal hosting on a regular basis more than 20.000 birds during Winter. This is one of the reasons why it's considered a IBA (Important Bird Area). All this protected site area corresponds to a coastal lagoon that extends along 60 km (38 miles) with a huge diversity of habitats. This coastal lagoon is protected from the sea by five barrier islands and two peninsulas.

On this tour we explore walking the pine woodlands of Pontal were we encounter species like the Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus), Great Tit (Parus major) and the Red-necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis). In the surrounding reedbeds one can easily find the Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus), Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) and the Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus).

Further ahead we explore an interesting complex of saltpans where Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) and the colourful Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) are common. This is also a important breeding site for the elegant Little Tern (Sterna albifrons) and the lovely Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus). When we approach the stream of São Lourenço, our first sighting are the ever present Coot (Fulica atra). A closer look allow to observe birds like the Gadwall (Anas strepera), Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) and the Garganey (Anas querquedula).

On the surrounding eucalyptus trees one has great views of the White Stork (Ciconia ciconia). On this tour sightings of the Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) and the Black Kite (Milvus migrans) are frequent during winter and with luck one may have great views of the Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus).

Our tour ends at the bird hide at Quinta do Lago. This is an extraordinary site for bird watching rare species in Portugal. Here we have excellent opportunities to observe rare birds like the Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) which is the symbol of this Natural Park, Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus), Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina), the Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) and the Kingfisher (Alcedo attis).

Spoken languages:
  • en English

  • pt Portuguese

  • es Spanish

Includes:

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

NOT INCLUDED

• Hotel pickup and drop-off
• Food and drinks
• Tips (optional)
• All other extras

Conditions:

• A minimum of 1 adults per booking is required.
• A maximum of 4 people per booking.
• Children must be accompanied by an adult.
• 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 guide, especially those relating to safety issues.
• Trips may be amended due to weather conditions or the physical condition of the participants should our guides 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 solely to the guide.
• 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.
• All tours are accompanied by experienced guides with a profound knowledge of all bird species in the areas visited.
• The main emphasis of these tours is birdwatching, but whilst on tour, we might have opportunities to observe wildflowers, mammals and other wildlife as well as other aspects of the Algarve’s nature and culture.
• Tours are amended not only to the participants’ interests but also to their level of birding experience from novice to expert.
• Trips may be amended due to weather conditions or the physical condition of the participants should our guides deem this advisable.
• Avoid disturbing birds and wildlife. Please respect the most sensitive periods of the year. During breeding period avoid disturbance of nests, breeding bird colonies and other sites of dependency.
• Respect other birdwatchers and be discreet. Be so kind to avoid disturbance of birds that are being observed.
• Explore nature’s great outdoors. Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

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 Formosamar, Lda Points of Sale.
  • For groups of 20 or more participants, bookings should be done as soon as possible and at least 24 hours prior to the date of activity and/ or service.
  • All bookings are subject to availability.

Cancellations and No Shows
 
  • Formosamar 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 is at risk. The client will be fully refunded, without any compensation or indemnity.
  • The cancellation of an 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 prior to the start of the activity and/ or services.
  • For groups of 10 or more participants, the cancellation of an activity and/ or services may be done through a proper form on the website, by email or by phone up until 48 hours prior to 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 prior to its start, otherwise it will be charged at the full rate. In case of deliberate cancellation by the client, Formosamar will charge the period of use of the equipment or its minimum rental period.
  • The rental and hire of equipment and/ or goods is subject to its own terms and conditions.
  • In the event of no show, the full amount charged is non-refundable.

Use of boats and/ or equipment
 
  • Formosamar 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 on the booking confirmation document.
  • Delay of the participants may imply an 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 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.
  • Formosamar reserves the right to suspend a participant from a activity if the times of departure are not respected. In this case no refund or compensation is available.
  • Formosamar reserves the right to suspend a participant from an 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 Formosamar deem 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 Formosamar, Lda.

Code of Conduct
 
  • Formosamar, 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 is in conflict with this philosophy and code of conduct.

Photos and videos
 
  • During the course of 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 to previously inform our staff.

Complaints
 
  • Formosamar, Lda. has available a complaints book and reports directly to ASAE.

Licences and Insurances
 
  • Formosamar is a fully licensed company with the registration No. 123/2009 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 Formosamar and are subjected to the applicable Portuguese law.
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