Time  56 minutes

Coordinates 397

Uploaded September 22, 2019

Recorded July 2019

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near Kostorbe, País Vasco (España)

I made this short hike through the Marismas de Txingudi in the evening, when unfortunately all observation huts were closed. This little nature reserve which is squeezed between Irun, Hondarribia, highways and the airport, has a lot to offer, both sweet and brackish water lakes, the Txingudi estuary, a visitor center, as well as several observation towers and huts. Among others, I did see several coypus (beaver rats), a black-crowned night heron, curlews, egrets, herons, ducks and turtles. Some information on the marismas including a downloadable leaflet of all the wetlands in the area can be found on https://www.irunhondarribiahendaye.com/es/destino-turistico/turismo-sin-fronteras/lugares-interesantes-para-visitar/espacios-naturales/38-marismas-txingudi (in Spanish).
There is free parking at the start. At the entrance is a visitor center. Past the center is a little lake on your left, and a sweet water lake on your right where I observed turtles and the black-crowned night heron. You continue to the edge of the estuary with beautiful views past Itzaberri Island towards Hondarribia. You follow the dead-end path until you get to the remains of a boat at the edge of the lagoon. You turn back and follow the edge of the lagoon (with the landing strip of Hondarribia airport on the other side of the water) past several observation huts and an observation tower and Laguna Txoritegi and Laguna San Lorenzo (the lakes shielded by trees). The path turns inland past two observation huts and turns back towards the entrance. Here you walk between the two lagunas to an observation hut across the bridge between the lagunas. Another observation hut and observation tower are on this path. You then turn back to the entrance.
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Boat wreck

Boat wreck in the estuary at the end of the footpath.
Lake

Laguna San Lorenzo

Laguna San Lorenzo is surrounded by trees. You can observe the birds in the observation huts, which were unfortunately closed in the evening when I did this hike.
Lake

Laguna Txoritegi

Laguna Txoritegi is surrounded by trees. You can observe the birds in the observation huts, which were unfortunately closed in the evening when I did this hike.
Lake

Little lake

Area near the entrance with little lakes.
Birding spot

Observation hut 1

Observation hut. Unfortunately closed in the evening.
Birding spot

Observation hut 2

Observation hut. Unfortunately closed in the evening.
Birding spot

Observation hut 3

Observation hut. Unfortunately closed in the evening. Close-by away from the lagunas sheep are grazing.
Birding spot

Observation hut 4

Observation hut. Unfortunately closed in the evening.
Birding spot

Observation hut 5

Observation hut. Unfortunately closed in the evening. Close-by is the bridge across the water connecting the two lagunas.
panorama

Observation Tower 1

Observation tower giving you a view.
panorama

Observation tower 2

Observation tower giving you a view. Unfortunately closed in the evening.
Lake

Sweet water lake

Sweet water lake with turtles, egrets, ducks and the black-crowned night heron.
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Txingudi estuary

Here you end up on a path along the estuary, just before the Itzaberri Island. I saw a Coypu here, both in the estuary and later in a small meadow along the path.
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Visitor center

Here is the visitor center. See https://www.euskadi.eus/informacion/centro-de-interpretacion-txingudi-ekoetxea/web01-a2inghez/es/ for opening times. In 2019: Summer 10:00 - 14:00 / 16:00 - 19:00 Winter 10:00 - 14:00 / 15:30 - 17:30

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