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Mirador de la Cumbrecita

La Palma  >  Spain

A beautiful viewing point over the Caldera de Taburiente in the center of La Palma. Great typical species for the island can be found here.

Added by Bas Engels

Description

Mirador de la Cumbrecita is located on the southern edge of the Caldera de Taburiente in the National Park in the center of La Palma. The area gives you the oppurtinuty to enjoy some of the best viewing points on the island. It's also a great place to observe birds in the fairly sparse (pine) forested mountain hills.

One of the first species you'll see or hear are Common Raven. They can be seen soaring over the mountainous hills and their calls are being echolocated against the steep rockwalls. Also Red-billed Chough can be seen in small flocks flying over the hills. The pine forested hills give a great habitat for species like ChaffinchCanary Islands ChiffchaffGoldcrest and Island Canary. Both endemic species of laurel pigeon, Bolle's Pigeon and Laurel Pigeon, can be seen here too, but its not the best location on the island due to its sparse forested areas. 

The rocky hills give also a great oppurtunity to see and hear Barbary Partridge, but its a difficult species to find. These parts are also good for Berthelot's Pipit.

Details

Access

The area is accessable through the visitor center down the caldera at El Paso. You'll have to buy a ticket there, but you'll have to decide within which time period you want to visit the area. Its better to buy a ticket the day before your visit. You can enter the park by car all the way up the caldera and walk from there.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Scattered trees and bushes, Mountain, Valley

Conditions

Mountainous, Hilly, Rocky, Dry

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

No

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring

Route

Paved road, Wide path, Unpaved road, Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Strenuous

Accessible by

Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

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