Iberian bear safari and local gastronomy. Your wildlife trip begins
We are offering a genuine experience Iberian bear safari, yet a responsible trip in one of the wildest and best preserved corners of the Cantabrian mountain range. It is a nature reserve and home to a multitude of animal species such as grouse, griffon vultures, deer, wolves and, of course, brown bears.
The best routes to observe the Cantabrian brown bear roaming free in the Somiedo natural park. We will also enjoy the landscape, culture, food and people of the area.
THE BROWN BEAR AFTER HIBERNATION AND DEERS IN AUTUMN
Better seasons to observe the Cantabrian brown bear are in spring and summer. The bears that come out of hibernation need to feed themselves and in these seasons, they can be seen in green areas because herbaceous plants are their main food source, together with some carrion. After hibernation they need to put on weight in order to recover from hibernation, which is why it’s common to see bears roaming in open spaces.
The fact that it is rutting season plays an important role; the males chase the females and the activity and movement of bears is higher than in any other season in the year. During the first weeks of autumn the deer start to bellow. This is, without a shadow of doubt, a very special time to come to
Arrival at airport. Pick up and transfer to Somiedo Natural Park. Presentation in the hotel before dinner. Typical “Asturian” dinner and rest.
Breakfast and excursion Iberian Bear Safari in the morning to observe the Cantabrian brown bear
After the sighting we will trek towards the famous and authentic Braña de Mumain, where it is not difficult to see chamois, roe deer and many species of birds. The trail is slightly up-hill with spectacular views of the Somiedo Valley. When we get to the Braña de Mumain we will observe some “olleras” (ancient ice-boxes built of stone), which were used in the past to preserve milk at a low temperature.
We will then stop to enjoy the view and have a picnic lunch.
For those interested, at the end of the afternoon another excursion can be done to observe the Cantabrian brown bear in the wild.
Typical “Asturian” dinner and rest.
Breakfast and excursion in the morning to observe the Cantabrian brown bear roaming free.
After the sighting, we will visit the Eco museum of Somiedo which will allow us to see the traditional way of life of the cowboys of Somiedo. It exhibits a form of life which for centuries took advantage of a sometimes hostile environment, preserving all its environmental wealth and creating a unique landscape where human impact in the form of brañas (traditional dwellings), mills and olleras.
In the afternoon we will trek through one of the most spectacular areas of the Cantabrian Range. The Braña de la Pornacal (summer pasture land). It is the largest and best preserved part of the Somiedo Natural Park, an unrivalled setting. We will follow the Pigueña River contemplating the luxuriant woods, beech trees and green fields until we reach the Braña de la Pornacal. Possibility of seeing trails, tracks and Cantabrian brown bear. (4:30 hour trek approx.)
Typical “Asturian” dinner and rest.
Trek to Lagos de Saliencia-Valle del Lago
Marvellous route through one of the most authentic enclaves of the Somiedo Natural Park. We will see impressive lakes, luxuriant woods, green fields and wild nature all along this route.
We will start the walk by way of an old path to an iron mine. And then, we will pass by the famous Lago de la Cueva, here the horizon unfolds and the splendid fields of Cerveriz and its Lago (lake) can be seen. We then go to the great lake of Calabazosa, the largest of the three.
En route it is not difficult to observe chamois, roe deer and many species of birds. (Area and habitat of the Iberian wolf). When we finish the trek we will end at the genuine and pretty village of the Valle del Lago where we will have a reservation in a typical Asturian restaurant to taste the exquisite dishes, stews, butter beans, chops and excellent desserts. All accompanied by Asturian cider. (4:30 hour trek approx.)
In the afternoon, return to the hotel and free time. Typical “ Asturian” dinner and rest.
Breakfast and for those interested, optional excursion to observe the Cantabrian brown bear roaming free. Farewell and transfer to airport.
WE LOVE NATURE! Our priority is to respect the flora and fauna of the place. Where we walk during our trip, we only leave our footprints and we only bring back our photographs. Come with us.
BEST TIME TO IBERIAN BEAR SAFARI:
Apr – May – June – July – August
DETAILS OF THE EXPERIENCE IBERIAN BEAR SAFARI:
DURATION: 5 days + 4 overnight stays. (including day of arrival and departure)
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Max.10 participants per group
REQUIREMENTS: We advise a minimum physical level and appropriate clothing in order to take part in this activity in the mountains.
It’s advisable to bring sun protection, a rain jacket, warm clothes (thermal shirt, a fleece, thick coat, backpack, gloves and a cap), appropriate shoes for the mountains, backpack and water bottle.
Important: All the activities and itinerary of this programme may be altered in the making or, in extreme cases, suspended when the weather conditions or other extreme causes beyond my control require it.
You can consult the cancellation policy in more detail on our website.
IBERIAN BEAR SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS:
- 4 Overnight stays with full board in Somiedo Natural Park (Cantabrian Range)
- picnic for lunches
- Guided bush walks : 3 days
- Support team and private guide expert in nature and mountain
- Meet and greet services
- Trasnsfers in/out airport – Somiedo
- Guaranteed payment certificate
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