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Brown Bear and Its Habitat Trip, Asturias, Spain - 1 Day

Brown Bear and Its Habitat Trip, Asturias, Spain
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Brown Bear Trip in Asturias.

The full-day Brown bear trip is focused on bear spotting but also interpreting local habitats and landscapes. This brown bear trip gives you the opportunity to spot and to photograph one of the largest and most scarce mammals in Europe. Such iconic specie founds his natural shelter and food supply in the forested southwestern mountains of Asturias where about 250 individuals roam.

Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña e Ibias and Somiedo Natural Parks are two of the best-preserved areas in Spain and a territory to be discovered together encouraged by a brown bear sightseeing as well other coexisting species such red deer, chamois, wild cat or even wolf. All these lands are protected by regional and national law but also international (Man&Biosphere, UNESCO) which gives light and reinforce the valuable natural local heritage and touristic resources.

Brown bear tour in Asturias is a journey to isolated geographical areas of the region with the aim of providing you with an insight into our hidden natural treasures. You will be moved by car following some remotes roads, and guided through gentle slopes and scenery paths to eventually reach the viewpoints we will scope from. Deep glacial valleys, gorgeous alpine panoramas and local artisan/traditional food are key-codes of local cultural heritage.

Cantabric Brown Bear (Ursus arktos) population in Asturias has tripled in the last few decades. Female bears with cubs and big males are spotted every year in the Cantabric mountains, where they live together with other animal species of deciduous European forests and Iberian fauna. Geoface goes out for bears all along the year except in July when temperatures are that warm they only are active in the night. Rest of the year tour is guaranteed if weather and safety are favourable. We walk, we spot, we care, we love.

Trip highlights include;

  • Wild brown bear spotting and photographing. Subspecies.
  • Unique and original brown bear individuals from Asturias (pure locals who have not been reintroduced)
  • Explore some of the best-preserved mountain areas in Spain, deciduous forests and alpine biodiversity.
  • Guided by local and fully Licensed Official Guides by Principality of Asturias.
  • Local and homemade food is available.

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Alternative name: Brown Bear And Its Habitat Trip
Day 1
Morning Session

We pick you up by your hotel in the early morning and we drive all the way to Monasterio de Hermo valley and forest. Once there we walk for 45 min to the excellent viewopoint over the mountains and the valley itself where to scope for the Cantabric Brown Bear. Before noon we walk down to the valley bottom and drive to the neighboring Somiedo natural park.

Day 2
Lunch

Lunch will be offered in a very local and small restaurant where homemade food and proper local delicacies will be served.

Day 3
Evening Session

Afternoon is time for chilling and relaxing before we start with the evening session at 17:00h. We will drive you to some beautiful spots for short walks to reach new viewpoints and search for the bears until the setting sun.

Brown bear (Ursus arctos) is one of the most wanted mammals in Europe. They are big enough, brave, fitted and scarce. Cantabric communities are located where the deepest forests thrive therefore deciduous forests (oak and beech) in the western part of the mountain range hold a shy population of the Cantabric sub-specie. Size and ethology, as well as 90% herbivorous diet, feature these animals that, in addition, hibernate very seldom due to short winters. It is an iconic specie and has played quite important roles on humans imagination. Here in Asturias is considered part of our history and a hallmark of these lands.

Bears behave in many ways depending on the season. July is too warm to spot them but rest of the year can be seen mainly feeding but mating and socializing too. It is always specially emotive meet new cubs every spring and dream and wishes all of them to survive. On the other hand, released young bears are the first ones to be in trouble. Same season but a different life.

What is included?

  • Lunch
  • Transportation
  • Licensed Official Guide
  • HD optical gear

What is not included?

  • Water throughout the trip
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”

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Why book with Geoface?

Geoface is a small and local Asturian company that support responsible tourism and research. We are licensed official guides. We do not use hides or other artificial, just pure wild. This GEOFACE tour is the way to meet one of most scares big mammals in Europe and get to know about the habitats they live in. The tour is not only a wildlife spotting experience but the exploration of Asturian mountains and forests where other valuable species (wild cat, red deer, wolf, chamois) coexist with the bears.

Why visiting Asturias for a bear spotting tour?

Northern slopes of the Cantabric Mountain Chain are deeply forested and scarcely populated. Cantabric brown bear occurs in local deciduous where historically have found food and shelter. This regional population is featured by: holding genes from the original population (not reintroduced), have being in contact with human population along the history and, some families, not hibernating in their dens. Only in Somiedo Natural Park over 50 individuals use to move freely.

What kind of activity is a brown bear spotting with GEOFACE

This tour is open to nearly everybody, you just need to be able to walk 300 meters. If fitted we provide you with an unforgettable combined hiking&spotting experience across Man and Biosphere by UNESCO protected areas within the Cantabric Mountain Range. Landscapes and local heritage are highlighted during the tour. The tour is safe for both, us and the bears.

Can you recommend any location accommodation?

Please contact us via the enquiry form as we have a number of recommended accommodations that we could assist with for this day trip.

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This tour is operated by: Geoface

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Tour Facts

  • Somiedo and Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña e Ibias Natural Parks
  • Full Day Trip
  • On Request
  • Mammals
  • 4 to 6 pax
  • May, June, September, October
  • Leisurely
  • English, Spanish
  • Asturias Airport or Oviedo Railway Station
  • Asturias Airport or Oviedo Railway Station
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