A one-day bear trip looking for and learning about the ecology of the Cantabrian Brown Bears (Ursus arctos) in the western part of the Cantabrian Mountains. Almost extinct in the '80s this isolated Brown Bear population of Southern Europe is slightly recovering. At sunrise and sunset, you will search for bears with telescopes (May-June and August-September).
We will spend a full day following the life of the brown bear, discovering its habitat, understanding its threats and conservation problems. In short, we will get to know the Brown bear’s world and the relationship of this great carnivore with the humans that inhabit the same muntains. We will visit a cortín (stone traditional constructions built to protect the beehives from the bears) and “dream forests”. With a little luck, we will see this magnificent wild animal in its natural environment, which we will approach with maximum respect and without interfering the behavior of the animals.
We use optical material to observe from hillside to hillside, at distances between 600 and 1500 meters with the objective that the animals do not detect our presence. Our observation points will be roads, viewpoints and / or authorized dirt roads, a comfortable activity in which we will hardly walk.
What is included?
- Specialized guide,
- Carl Zeiss optical material,
- Mid-morning snack
What is not included?
For us, helping you enjoy your free time is a serious matter. Our hikes and activities are designed to be a unique and unforgettable experience. We provide private tours in small groups to give you an intimate viewing of nature. We want to make sure that you know the territory in a real and meaningful way. With us, you won’t be just a simple turist! -Day and several-day hikes -Wildlife watching -Wildlife photography hides
You will stay at local and charming accommodations (rural houses) in each visited area. Here you may visit some examples we work with (rooms always have suite bathrooms): https://www.hotelrurallabolera.es/ http://casonadelolo.com/ http://www.losoteroshostalrural.es/
Always mountain boots and winter coat as well as summer clothes. The weather in winter will be very variable, with sunny days, but always the chance of rain and snow. Both sunrise and sunset are usually cold but may be below 0ºC in the cold season.
Please let us know whether you would like to include into the itinerary historic monuments such as Pre-Roman and Roman sites in Villablino and Romanesque, Gothic and Gaudi architecture in León city (León cathedral is really impressive!).