The awakening of the bear...with a overnight stay in a mountain hut

Abruzzo land of bears and men. Four days dedicated Marsican brown Bear and spring. The season of awakening from a long winter hibernation and green meadows, where the bears come at dawn and dusk to enjoy the first fresh grass. An experience of nature in the season of maximum bloom, during which we will try to spot the bear.

Marsican bear
  • Marsican bear
  • Cicerana
  • Cicerana hut

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.

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First day
arrival at PESCASSEROLI for 10.30 am meeting at the office of Ecotur departure for an excursion of introduction on the National Park of Abruzzo and the Marsican brown bear. Late afternoon: transfer to the hotel. 20.00 dinner, presentation of the program and overnight.
Second day
8.00 am breakfast. Excursion in the Colli Alti area of ​​Pescaseroli. Possible sighting of wildlife along the way. Packed lunch at the expense of the participants. Return to the hotel at 4.30 pm. 6.30 pm appointment to the Marsican brown bear. 21 hours dinner and overnight.
Third day
8.00 am breakfast. 09.00 am excursion in the Forest of Defense, a magical place where the centuries-old beeches take on twisted and imaginative shapes. Packed lunch. In the afternoon excursion to Cicerana and Vallone di Lampazzo, this excursion is aimed at sighting and recognizing the traces of bears and other wild animals; Late afternoon ambush for the Marsican brown bear. Dinner and overnight at the refuge.
Fourth day
5.30 am breakfast. 6.00 am appointment to the brown bear Marsican. 09.00 am return trip through ancient woods and prairies. Lunch in a shelter. Return scheduled for 16.00
The program may be modified or due to adverse climatic conditions.


In the rooms, family-run B & B + one night at Ecorifugio della Cicerana


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. The hut is equipped with sleeping bags, then you should bring a sheet bags, which alternatively can be buy at the hut at a cost of € 10 each. For the night at the hut it is also recommended a personal towels and a pillowcase.


Appointment Pescasseroli at Ecotur office in Via Piave 9 tel.0863/912760, at 10.30 o'clock.

How the reach us

Rome Highway A 24, branch to Pescara, exit Pescina, continue to Pescasseroli.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018


Tuesday, May 1, 2018


4 days / 3 nights or 3 days / 2 nights


April 2018 from Saturday 28 to Tuesday 1







€ 270 per person (4 days / 3 nights ) - € 210 per person (3 days / 2 nights)

The cost includes

Half board in rooms with services + one night at mountai hut+Care of Nature guide.

The cost does not include

Transport and transfers, lunches and anything not mentioned in "The price includes";