Week-end with the bear (bearwatching)

Program of excursions that have as their theme the Brown Bear, his life and his habits, through the beech trees in the Abruzzo National Park, sleeping in a hut in the mountains and carrying out ambushes in the early morning or evening to dusk try the emotion of the encounter with this legendary animal.

Marsican brown bear at sunset
  • Marsican brown bear at sunset
  • Cicerana's Hut
  • Cicerana's hut inside
  • Marsican brown bear

A weekend dedicated to the observation Marsicano brown bear (Ursus arctos marsicanus) in its natural habitat. The exclusive Ecorifugio della Cicerana, located at 1560 meters above sea level, is the ideal place as a starting point for excursions to aim fauna. Here bears have found their ideal habitat, with its dense woods, karst environment full of cavities and large clearings as grazing areas. We will wait patiently for the appearance of the magnificent plantigrade. We will enjoy the starry sky after sunset and will enjoy the warm hospitality of the Lodge. During observations of fauna you can also spot other animals: deer, wild boar, deer and with a little 'luck even the wolf. We advise everyone to carefully read the rules of the "Ecosofia", to help runners perform a stakeout in full respect of the animals.

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First Day Passo del Diavolo - ECORIFUGIO della Cicerana
After a short trip by car to the path we climb to the plateau of Cicerana share in 1560 where he placed the Lodge. Accommodation in Lodge. Late afternoon bearwatching. Return to the hut in the evening. Packed lunch and overnight.

Second day ECORIFUGIO della Cicerana - Vallone LAMPAZZO - Sorgente Puzza - Vallone Cavuto - PESCASSEROLI
Rise early. Breakfast and new bearwatching . Excursion in the wild Vallone of Lampazzo, until it reaches the old forest of venerable VAL CERVARA. From here you take the descent along the Vallone Cavuto leads to Pescasseroli. Packed Lunches borne by the participants. Expected return in the early afternoon.

The program is subject to changes at the specific request of the participants or to adverse weather conditions.


At "Eco Refuge Cicerana". It is equipped with 10 beds in one dormitory with shared bathroom. It 'also provided water, electricity and heating (gas + wood).


Hiking shoes, light raincoat or poncho, sun hat, water bottle, backpack, long pants, hat and wool gloves, jacket, t-shirt parts, flashlight, batteries, binoculars, camera or camera, sun protection cream, sheet sleaping bag. During the ambushes can be cold so we recommend dressing in layers.


Appointment Pescasseroli at Ecotur in Via Piave 9 tel. 0863/912 760. Check in at 15.30

How the reach us

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

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Saturday 5th and May 19th
Saturday 2, 16,30 June. Every Saturday from July to August and September


2 days / 1 night


October 2018 6-7-13-14-20-21




First day. Passo del Diavolo - Ecorifugio of Cicerana. Elevation gain: 200 m. descent: 0 m. Journey time: about 2 hours. Distance: about 4 km.

Second day. Ecorifugio of Cicerana - Vallone Lampazzo - Sorgente Puzza- Vallone Cavuto - Pescasseroli. Elevation gain: about 250 m. descent: about 550 m. Journey time: about 6 hours. Distance: about 11 Km.




€ 120 per person

The cost includes

Half board in dormitory (breakfast and dinner at "Rifugio della Cicerana", packed lunch the next day can be booked at an additional cost of € 10), assistance of Nature guide, use of binoculars and telescopes during bearwatching, sleeping bags overnight stay (it is recommended to obtain the personal sheet sleeping bag that can alternatively be purchased at the refuge at the cost of € 10).

The cost does not include

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