Bears and Wolfs

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Average daily distance:        3-15 km

Average Ascent/Descent:    0-600 m

Group size:                         5 – 8 person

Language:       Spanish, English, Dutch

Price:                From 990 €


DESCRIPTION

This tour focusedson the observation of the two great carnivores of the Cantabrian Mountains: the Brown Bear and the Iberian Wolf. We will visit some of the best preserved habitats in Spain. The Cantabrian range is an unexplored part of Spain, yet is a wild natural landscape with a rich mixture of rugged terrains and extensive forests. We will visit both Picos de Europa NAtional Park and Somiedo National Park.

With this in mind, we will position ourselves at strategic points, moving around the mountain range’s best spots, always drawing on our local knowledge and experience. Of course our aim is to view these sensitive animals from vantage points where they do not feel disturbed or threatened. Therefore views of bears are usually made from medium or long distances, but are close enough to get outstanding quality views through telescopes and binoculars.

Whilst waiting and scanning for our target species, we will also have the opportunity to watch other interesting mammals, abundant in certain areas of the mountain, such as the Cantabrian Chamois, Mountain Goat, Wild Boar, Red Deer and Roe Deer.

This travel is organized in collaboration with Wild Watching Spain and Fundación Oso Pardo.


PROGRAM

Day 1. Arrival in Boca de Huergano

Accomodation: Hotel Tierra de la Reina

Day 2. Iberian wolfs of Riaño Mountains

Morning: 4×4 transfer, observation from hide, workshop wolf tracking

Afternoon: Hike (1,5 hour) and wolf observation in Puente Pandetrave region

Accomodation: Hotel Tierra de la Reina

Day 3. Ascent Gildar summit (2078)

Nice ascent of a summit in the heart of the Picos de Europa, from here we enjoy stunning views of the entire region (600m ascent and descent). Afternoon visit of Valdeón valley and village of Caín.

Accomodation: Hotel Tierra de la Reina

Day 4. Visit to Somiedo National Park

Morning: transfer to Somiedo National Park and visit to the visitors centre and welcome from the Spanish Foundation for Brown Bears (FOB).

Afternoon: Excursion for bear observation with specialized guides of FOB

Accomodation: Hotel Meirel Somiedo National Park

Day 5. Brown bear observation

This entire day will be dedicated to the observation of the brown bear within the numerous valleys of the Somiedo National Park.

Accomodation: Hotel Meirel Somiedo National Park

Day 6. Excursion to Saliencia lakes

This excursion is known by the locals as one of the most beautiful ones of the entire Cantabrian mountain range. From Farrapona we will walk to the Salienci lakes and finish in the Lago del valle. (15 km, 6 hours)

Accomodation: Hotel Meirel Somiedo National Park

Day 7. Way back


WHAT´S INCLUDED?

• Private transport according program by minibus and 4×4

• Guide EspírítuNATURE (UIMLA)

• Local expert guides of WildWatching Spain and Fundación Oso Pardo

• Observation equipment (telescope, binoculars)

• Full board

• Accident insurance

• Maps of the area

WHAT´S NOT INCLUDED?

• Travel from and to destination

• Personal costs


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