Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise

The awakening of the bear

Abruzzo land of bears and men. Fourth days dedicated Marsican brown Bear and spring.

From Friday 28 April to Monday 1 May 2023

The Marsican brown bear (Ursus arctos marsicanus) is a rare subspecies of the Brown Bear, which is confined to the most remote areas of the Central and wild. We take care of bears for many years, spreading scientific knowledge, history and culture that covers this extraordinary plantigrade. "The Awakening Bear" is a "full immersion bearberry" in the field, which will give the opportunity to the participants of deepen their knowledge about the bear. The program is designed for walking in areas usually frequented by bears, studying the behavior, life, nutrition and recognizing the tracks. The cool hours of the day (sunrise and sunset) are generally dedicated to the actual sighting, which will take place with respect for the animal. In this regard, we suggest you take a look at the "Ecosophy," the set of rules which inspire all our activities.


First day
Arrival in PESCASSEROLI at 18.00 meeting at the Ecotur office. Meeting with the guide. Accommodation in the rooms. Dinner and presentation of the programme.

Second day

6.00 am attempt of observation of the Marsican brown bear. 8.00 am breakfast. Followed by an excursion in the centuries-old forest of the Pescasseroli Difesa, where the trees take on twisted and fanciful shapes and are the typical habitat of the Marsican brown bear. Packed lunch. Return in the early afternoon. Approximately 17.00 new attempt to observe the bear until sunset. Return to hotel, dinner and overnight.

Third day

6.00 am sunrise attempt of bearwatching. 8.00 am breakfast. Followed by an excursion "on the trail of the bear" until you reach the foot of Rocca Genovese and Monte Marcolano visiting UNesco Heritage forest. Packed lunch. Lunch in mountain hut. Afternoon sunset attempt of bearwatching at the Marsican brown bear. Dinner and overnight stay.

Fourth day

6.00 am sunrise attempt of bearwatching. 8.00 am breakfast. Followed by an excursion to Val Fondillo, where the National Park is bork and very rich of clear water. Packed lunch. Return to the cars around 3 pm.

The program may undergo changes or due to adverse weather conditions.

DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM/EASY Second day: approx. 10 km round trip. Uphill difference in height 300 and downhill 300

Third day: about 12 km round trip. Difference in height 500 and downhill 450

Fourth day : about 8 km round trip. Uphill difference in height 200 and downhill 300

COSTS: € 280 per person (4 days/3 nights) - € 210 per person (3 days / 2 nights) - 20% less 8to 12 years old

THE COST INCLUDES: Half board (breakfast+ dinner) + Care of Nature guide.

THE COST DOESN'T INCLUDE: Transport and transfers, lunches and anything not mentioned in "The price includes";

ACCOMODATION: in a family run B&B

EQUIPMENT: Hiking boots, jacket (possibly gore-tex), backpack, wind jacket or poncho, water bottle, hat and wool gloves, flashlight, hat for the sun, sunglasses, sun protection cream, long pants and "swetcher ", camera, binoculars. Dress in layers especially during bearwatching.

MEETING: at Pescasseroli at Ecotur office in Via Piave 9 tel.0863/912760, at 18.00 o'clock April 28

PATHS: C1-C2-T1-T5-F2

BOOKING AND INFOS: Tel +39 0863912760 - +39 3773579475

Place: Abruzzo National Park
Towns: Civitella Alfedena (AQ), Lecce nei Marsi (AQ), Pescasseroli (AQ)
Province: L'Aquila Region: Abruzzo
Organization: Ecotur
Info Email: Info Line: 0863912760
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