It is important to have a high standard of accommodation, so you are well rested by the morning and ready for the new day. To have good access without excessive time spent in the vehicle, depending on the season we use 2 or more usually 3 locations in the course of a week's visit, from the ones listed below. Occasionally we use other hotels if visiting more remote parts of the region.

All meals are provided for you in all locations, with dinner at the hotel where you are staying. Special dietary requirements are catered for too - please let us know in advance.


Trujillo Santa Marta

NH Palacio de Santa Marta in Trujillo.

It is a lovely 4-star hotel in an excellent location. The town of Trujillo is an architectural and historic gem. Birthplace of one of the (in)famous conquistadores - Francisco Pizzaro who conquered Peru and the Inca empire - it has something even more significant: great birding interest! There are various colonies of Lesser Kestrel, and a number of White Stork nests amonst the old stones. We try to reserve the "birding" rooms for you with a view of the nests from your hotel window. An early morning walk up to the castle is a good way to start the day, with lovely views over the plains towards Caceres. In the winter there are Black Redstart and Blue Rock Thrush around the castle ruins, and Hawfinch in the gardens below.


Hotel Rural Quinto Cecilio in Medellin.

Hotel Quinto Cecilio

This is a new hotel with restaurant  clustered at the top of a small hill in a spectacular location overlooking the ancient bridge over the river Guadiana and the medieval castle. The restaurant has views out over the valley below and the surrounding countryside. Medellin today is a small and quiet village but was an important Roman town with a huge 

amphitheatre which has recently been excavated and opened to visitors. Medellin is also the birthplace of another conquistador - Hernan Cortes - with the obligatory equestrian statue lording it over the main square.


la lozanaLa Lozana - a Casa Rural in Navalvillar de Pela. 

This is a large, old and characterful house, with the traditional domed ceiling design. There are only 4 double rooms, so when we use it we are usually the only guests. The owner Paquita looks after the house and does the cooking, using local ingredients, often from her own garden so the food is authentically home-made and delicious. The town itself feels medieval in layout - the street pattern reflects the age of horse and mule, and recalls the Moorish past of the place. There is an annual festival in mid-January when ornately-dressed horses and even more ornately-dressed riders process around the narrow streets lit by bonfires. The town of Navalvillar de Pela may be considered the Crane Capital of Europe - there is nowhere else with such a high concentration of Common Crane from the end of October until February.


hotel rural orellana

Hotel Rural Orellana 

This is a recently built small hotel in the village of Orellana la Vieja, close to the RAMSAR site of the Orellana reservoir, the steppe of La Serena and the Special Protected Area of the Sierra de Pela. The hotel is run by a young couple who work hard to look after 

their guests. They have both worked in Mallorca and have plenty of experience of dealing with visitors from outside Spain