Casa Rural "Carvajal" ~ Birding, Horse Trekking & Wildlife Photography ~ B&B into the wild

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Ricardo Montero

Ricardo Montero González. 

I am  a  Birding Guide  residing within the vicinity of the world famous Monfragüe National Park . I´m expert on the avifauna of Extremadura ( South West  of Spain).

I  have  worked for different conservation organizations such as Seo/Birdlife and ADENEX.As an experienced local birding guide I have an  extensive knowledge of the region and its fauna. I  guide birding tours for national and international groups from several countries (English speaker).

We  are located  in the the strategic town of Plasencia from where we can easily move  to the most beautiful  areas for birding in Extremadura :  Gredos mountains , Monfragüe National Park, Cáceres steppes and Arrocampo wetlands.


Contact: Ricardo Montero  Tf: +34  669  795 310  e-mail:

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Clients testimonials:


R.D. Wallace  from Florida ( United States).

Ricardo – thank you for your wonderful work in showing me all of my target species while in Extremadura.  Your knowledge of the area and the bird species, as well as your knowledge of history and Spain’s birds in general are tremendous.  I have never had a guide work harder at trying to find the species – 7am until11 pm the first day, chasing nightjars and owls.  I could have never found what we saw in 2 days in 2 weeks had I been on my own.

Thank you again for your hard work and great knowledge!  If I can be of help to you in any way, please do not hesitate to ask.  If you do ever come to Florida, please contact me and I can give you exact info on our birds here.
Please send this letter to anyone whom you may want as a recommendation – it was great to meet and bird with you.  On my next trip I will stay at your apartment or house!
Kindest regards,
Dave & Carol Bradley from Liverpool (UK).
Hi Ricardo
Emailing from our joint address to say thank you ever so much for last Tuesday. We had a wonderful, unforgettable day’s birding.
We returned to the park in Plasencia on Thursday afternoon and tracked down our own hawfinch which was very pleasing! We also took your advice and visited Caceres. What a wonderful town.
On Thursday morning, we walked from the bridge up to the castle again, which we very much enjoyed. The Griffon vultures were flying past about 10 metres away at one point. When we were at the top, a black vulture flew past on its own and went over to the large rock where all the vultures roost. As it got there, a small eagle popped out from the rock and mobbed it. Probably a booted eagle?? It was a sight to see, whatever it was. We managed to identify Alpine swifts down at the bridge, which was great.
Many thanks again and best wishes for the future
Elizabeth F. from Australia.
Cabezabellosa is an excellent base for exploring the region. Marco and Consuelo were friendly and helpful and the house was spotlessly clean and well appointed. We appreciated the use of the well equipped kitchen. The three large living areas were all comfortable with the upstairs deck being a special favorite at sunset – the views were wonderful. We would recommend use of the easily accessible garage to save driving through the narrow cobbled streets. Breakfast provisions were generous (sorry Consuelo we just couldn’t eat all those cakes after cereal, fruit, yoghurt and toast). We would love to visit again, maybe next time in winter or spring?
Horst Pillhöfer from Röhrmoos ( Germany). 

Hello Ricardo,

We are back in Germany .It was a great day with you as birdwatching guide last week.

Trudie and Joop Hooijer ( Holland)

We had a lovely days in Casa Rural “Carvajal”, a nice house with very friendly owners; Ricardo is a very experienced birdwaching guide. We recommend it everybody.

Andrea and Stephen Boyd-Boland. Anna Boyd-Boland. Tanya and Michael Chesher., Sydney, Australia

The countryside was absolotely beautiful, the house very confortable with views across the valley. We had lovely walks. We recommend it. The hosts were wonderful.

Sue Halfyard and Andrew Phillips., England.

We were very lucky to see Spanish Imperial Eagle with Ricardo. We hope to return to Extremadura next year and undoubtedly stay here again.

 Liz and David Hughes from England.
Hi Ricardo
Just like to say big ‘Gracias’ for probably our best day of birding … ever.

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