BROWN BEAR in the Cantabrian mountains

Brown Bear Watching in Spain. Wildlife and cultural experience in the Cantabrian Mountains. 2018 editions.

Getting into the forests and mountains inhabited by the Brown Bear produces a special feeling, knowing that at any moment one of the most emblematic and scarce mammals in Western Europe can make an appearance.

The western part of the Cantabrian Mountainswhere this experience takes place, currently provides refuge to nearly a 90% of the Cantabrian Brown Bear population. This population has experienced a significant increase in recent years, which in addition to being a happy event for all nature lovers, represents many more watching chances than not a long time ago.

Even so, we should not forget that the conservation status of the Brown Bear in Spain is critical, it is listed as endangered, and so the way we carry out our activities is always subject to avoid any kind of disturbance to any specimen and to prevent jeopardizing in any way the integrity or quality of their natural habitat.

Spring is one of the most appropriate times of the year to enjoy watching bears in the wild. During this season males and females in heat devote themselves to their courtship, while those which gave birth in the privacy of their caves during hibernation now strive to feed and protect their young cubs.

After the central months of the summer, during which the Brown Bear specimens tend to be less detectable, as they spend long periods of the day under the forest canopy, there are again good opportunities to enjoy watching this magnificent species. It is then when they frequent areas with presence of certain fruit producing plant species, in their quest to acquire the largest reserves to face hibernation, being then possible to observe them with a truly magnificent appearance

Brown Bear Watching in Spain: Cantabrian Mountains

In addition to watching sessions from strategic locations at dawn and dusk, the experience includes activities designed to discover the territory through short interpretive tours and other aimed to understand the socio-economic context linked to its existence, as encounters with beekeepers and other local producers from the Brown Bear Mountains.

Brown Bear Watching in Spain: Cantabrian Mountains
Brown Bear Watching in Spain: Cantabrian Mountains
 

 

PROGRAM:

 

Day 1

  • Arrival to the accommodation.
  • Talk about the biology and conservation status of the Cantabrian Brown Bear.
  • Time for dinner and rest.

 

Day 2

  • Watching session at dawn: Brown Bear in the wild.
  • Interpretive tour through the habitat of the Brown Bear in the Cantabrian Mountains.
  • Time for lunch and rest.
  • Watching session at dusk: Brown Bear in the wild.

 

Day 3

  • Watching session at dawn: Brown Bear in the wild.
  • Bear - man connections: visit to a traditional apiary and encounter with a beekeeper.
  • Farewell.

 

DATES:

  • GROUP 1: May 04-06. 
  • GROUP 2: May 25-27.
  • GROUP 3 August 24-26.
  • GROUP 4: Sept. 07-09.

 

GROUP SIZE (total):

  • MINIMUM: 4 people. 
  • MAXIMUM: 8 people.

 

PRICE:

  • € 205 per person - Only activities.
  • € 255 per person - Accommodation and breakfast (Based on double room ocupancy. Single suplement: 30 €).
  • € 285 per person - Half board accommodation (Based on double room ocupancy. Single suplement: 30 €).

INCLUDED:
· Specialized guide service.
· Accommodation and meals (according to the selected choice).
· High quality binoculars and scopes. (Swarovski HD and Kowa).
· Adventure travel insurance.
· VAT (21%).

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

ACCOMMODATION:

Double/single rooms with their own bathroom in a comfortable rural hotel in the heart of the Cantabrian Brown Bear territory.

 

MEETING POINT:

On the first day of the selected group, at 5:00 p.m, in the lovely village of Gedrez, under THIS beautiful yew-tree .

 

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT:

  • Hiking boots, dark warm clothes (it coild be quite cold during the first and last hours of the day), hat, sunscreen.
  • Treking poles might be useful (although the included hiking trails are not very physically demanding at all).
  • Rain gear (an umbrella might be very useful).
  • Binoculars and / or scope (high-quality optical equipment is provided, but it is recommended that participants bring their own equipment if it is available for them).
  • Photo camera with telephoto (if you have one available, optional. Mind the batteries charge in that case!).

BOOKING:

The advance payment of at least 50% of the total price is required to formalize the booking (it is also possible to book paying the entire amount).

If 10 days before the beginning of each edition, the minimum total group size has not been reached, the experience will be suspended and the paid amounts will be refunded.

Otherwise, it will be communicate as well and the 2nd PAYMENT (when applicable) must be made within the following 48 hours through our payment gateway.
If this last payment is not made, the reservation will be canceled without refund of any amount.

For more information read the General Conditions.

Cork Forest Eco Tour - Two Birds One Stone

Two Birds One Stone SLU

B47709985

Calle del Satélite, 9, 5ºD
47011 Valladolid - España
+34 649 100 596
info@twobirdsonestone.es

Travel agency: C.I.C.L. 47-172

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Active tourism: T.A.-47/26

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