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WINGS Birding Tours – Information

Canary Islands

Tour Information

TRAVEL TO LONDON: This tour is organized by our British company, Sunbird, and starts and ends in London. The cost of the group flights between London and The Canary Islands is included in the tour cost. You can choose, however, to make your own travel arrangements to Fuerteventura and return from Tenerife. You would receive a corresponding discount in the tour cost should you decide to do this. Please read the Important Travel Information for Participants on Sunbird Tours here.

ENTERING SPAIN:U.S. citizens will need a passport which is valid for six months beyond the intended length of stay. A visa is not required. Citizens of other nations should contact the nearest Spanish Consulate for entry requirements. 

Visitors to the Canary Islands are not required to have any international certificates of vaccination. 

COUNTRY INFORMATION: You can review the U.S. Department of State Country Specific Travel Information at http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/spain-and-andorra.html, and the CIA World Factbook background notes on Spain at https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sp.html.

HEALTH: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all travelers be up to date on routine vaccinations. These include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.  They further recommend that most travelers have protection against Hepatitis A. 

Please contacting your doctor well in advance of your tour’s departure as some medications must be initiated weeks before the period of possible exposure. 

The most current information about travelers’ health recommendations for Spain can be found on the CDC’s  Travel Health website at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/spain

Altitude:  We reach about 7200 feet on Tenerife (one needs to get to about 6200 feet to see the Blue Chaffinch). Please consult your physician if you have respiratory or cardio-vascular problems. 

Smoking:  Smoking is prohibited in the vehicles or when the group is gathered for meals, checklists, etc. If you are sharing a room with a nonsmoker, please do not smoke in the room. If you smoke in the field, do so well away and downwind from the group. If any location where the group is gathered has a stricter policy than the WINGS policy, that stricter policy will prevail. 

Food Allergies / Requirements: We cannot guarantee that all food allergies can be accommodated at every destination. Participants with significant food allergies or special dietary requirements should bring appropriate foods with them for those times when their needs cannot be met. Announced meal times are always approximate depending on how the day unfolds. Participants who need to eat according to a fixed schedule should bring supplemental food. Please contact the WINGS office if you have any questions. 

Miscellaneous:  Water in the hotels is safe to drink.  

There will be two or three ferry trips and although the seas are fairly calm, and the vessels quite large, you should bring suitable medication if you are prone to sea-sickness. 

Insects shouldn’t be a problem but it might be wise to bring a repellent in case we encounter a few mosquitoes.  

The sun is strong and it is easy to become sunburnt so bring a few long-sleeve shirts and a broad-rimmed hat.  On particularly hot days be sure to increase your intake of fluids.  Tap water is generally safe to drink and bottled water will be available throughout the day, as required. 

PACE OF TOUR AND DAILY ROUTINE: The individual days may be long in hours, but there is no major physical effort needed during the tour. It is possible that on Fuerteventura some slightly longer walks may be undertaken but even these are only 15-30 minutes in duration.  

CLIMATE: It is generally warm to hot and dry throughout the summer.  However the climate varies from island to island and even from one part of an island to another.  For example the northern part of Tenerife tends to be cooler and wetter than the south.  Fuerteventura is a lot drier than the western islands and usually rather hot. 

ACCOMMODATION: The tour stays at a number of hotels all of which have en-suite facilities. 

TRANSPORTATION: Transport will be via mini-bus driven by the leader.  Participants should be able to sit in any seat in the vehicle. 

We’ll also take a few trips by inter-island ferry. These are large vessels with a variety of onboard facilities. 

Updated: 31 August 2014