You're sure to see vultures. It's a bit disconcerting to watch one hanging in the air and realize that it's probably watching you too. I remember thinking: am I going that slow that it sees me as a potential dinner.
The road route is a switch-back type route but here you have your feet firmly planted on the tarmac the whole way.
Does anyone know if there are there any areas of the Valcarlos Route with a trail and side that drops off the mountain as does a section on the Napoleon Route?
Ignore the camino signs that take you off the road on a detour cross country - just stay on the road
MikeB said:You're sure to see vultures. It's a bit disconcerting to watch one hanging in the air and realize that it's probably watching you too. I remember thinking: am I going that slow that it sees me as a potential dinner.
Sometimes you swear they're ganging up on you as well !!
sillydoll said:There are 4 species of vultures in Spain, one being prolific and the others more scattered or rare.
Griffon vulture, Egyptian vulture, Black vulture and Lammergeyer or Bearded vulture.
The Griffon vulture is the most common one to be seen all over Spain. On the Aragones route, the Sierra de Leyre boasts the largest colony of common vultures in the Pyrenees. Three months ago there was a report that Bulgaria intends to import vultures from Spain. One of the best places to see Griffon Vultures in Europe is at Montfrague in Extremadura (Spain).
The Black vulture is the largest raptor in Spain and Extremadura is reputed to have the largest colony in the world!
The Egyptian Vulture is a summer visitor to Sanguesa and La Rioja is home to large numbers of vultures.
markss said:An extreme fear of heights makes Napoleon Route from SJPP unthinkable for me.