The Biosphere Reserve – Asturias

Muniellos – Fuentes Del Narcea

Duration

7 Days / 6 Nights

Tour Type

Tour Type

Hiking

Group Size

12 Persons

Level

Easy / Moderate

Overview: Hiking in the Natural Park and Muniellos-Fuente de Narcea Biosphere Reserve

AVERAGE MILES PER DAY: 5-12

Your hikes will take you through The Fuentes de Narcea shire, consisting of the Cangas de Narcea, Ibias and Degaña townships which enfold the Natural Park and Muniellos-Fuente de Narcea Biosphere Reserve.

It is an incredible opportunity to walk through the lush home of the sessile oak groves in Spain, possibly the best preserved in Western Europe. The greatest presence of these groves is in the Muniellos Natural Reserve; however, other important oak groves can be found in the shady part of Degaña Valley.

This Biosphere Reserve is the largest sanctuary for endangered Cantabrian fauna since it is home simultaneously to some of the best-preserved populations of Brown bear and Cantabrian Capercaillie, in addition to significant populations of Iberian wolf.

Bring your cameras and comfortable foot wear, there is a great deal to see and experience.

What’s Included

  • Accomodations
  • Breakfast each day
  • Snacks on route
  • Bottled water
  • Bilingual guide 24/7
  • Support vehicle
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Farewell Dinner

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Asturias

Arrival at Asturias Airport (OVD), where your Spain Adventures crew will greet you and you’ll begin your trip to Cangas del Narcea. Check-in to a rural accommodation. We give you some time to rest and then meet again for your welcome dinner.

Day 2: Transfer to Corias (Cangas del Narcea)

Our hike today starts from the village of Merillés and from there we make our way to the dolmans. It is a moderate hike with a few climbs. The views along the way are stunning as is most of Asturias! Later in the afternoon, we have a guided visit to the San Juan Bautista de Corias Monastery, also known as the Escorialín Asturiano.
Our walk today is 6.73 kilometers.

Day 3

This morning we hike a low difficulty hiking trail. We begin with an ascent that climbs about 400 meters in the beginning of the route, and where we will reach the maximum level of height with about 1,800 meters of altitude. It is a beautiful route in a unique environment. After lunch we visit the Monasterio de Corias Winery, a unique heroic viticulture and later we visit the Cangas del Narcea Wine Museum. We travel to Genestoso for tasting of local cheeses and a traditional meal in Penlés, where we visit the town on a walking tour. There we enjoy a marvelous experience of how honey is elaborated. Learn to use your senses to distinguish its color, texture, smell, and witness the sound of the bees that work hard to produce its incomparable flavor.
Our walk today is 12.01km

Day 4

Today, we venture out to attempt to get a glimpse of the Cantabrian Brown Bear in one of the best places to see this species in Spain, the Natural Park of Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña and Ibias. During the visit, you will get to know this emblematic endangered species. What they are like, what their habits are and how they relate to their environment. We leave the park and visit the El Rincón Cunqueiru handicraft workshop where you will learn about this unique trade in Asturias. Guided tour of the historic center. A journey through the most popular parts of the town and its numerous palaces.
Our walk today is 3.0km

Day 5: Parador de Corias

Departure to the Muniellos Integral Natural Reserve, Biosphere Reserve. Visit to the Tablizas Visitors Reception Centre and walking route (low difficulty) in the most emblematic and protected forest of Asturias declared Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. On the return we will visit the Muniellos Visitor Centre, to learn about its landscape from its spectacular viewpoints.
Our walk today is 5.03km

Day 6: Departure to Leitariegos

Guided walk through brown bear trails: “Walking to the rhythm of the seasons”. Brañas d’Arriba a Cabuezos.
Our walk today is 6.2km

Day 7

Transfer from the Parador de Corias to Asturias Airport (Approximately 1h, 8min.)

Ecotourism FAQ

What is ecotourism?

Tourism which aims to reconcile the enjoyment of nature and respect for the balance of the environment.

Ecotourism, therefore, defines travel responsibly: with low environmental impact, and respecting the natural and social environment in which it operates.

Ecotourism’s main motivation contemplation, enjoyment and / or knowledge of the natural environment so you can perform low-intensity physical activity without degrading natural resources. Ecotourism in Spain is an experience to visit and enjoy the best of Spanish nature, consuming tourist services rendered by contractors trained and differentiated by their commitment to sustainable tourism.

ARE YOU AN ECOTOURIST?

Do you like discovering the scenery, wildlife, culture, cuisine, and like knowing that your trip contributes to maintain them?

Would you like bird watching, observing wildlife, or discover geological sites in the company of the professionals working in conservation?

If you visit nature on foot, bicycle, horseback or canoe, respecting the maximum and discovering its secrets by local professionals …

YOU ARE AN ECOTOURIST…
If you are looking for relaxation with friends or family in establishments that help conserve nature.

YOU ARE AN ECOTOURIST
If you want to go further, if you want to know the inner workings of a conservation project in the hands of professionals dedicated to it and that the companies where you stay and eat contribute to this project …

YES, YOU ARE ECOTOURIST !!!

WHAT WILL YOU ENCOUNTER?

A natural selection for ecotourism practice where local participants are committed to promoting sustainable tourism and nature conservation areas.

A selection of ecotourism experiences to discover the natural and cultural values of these areas.

A selection of tourist companies and professionals committed to nature conservation and local development.

Price (per person)

$2650.00

For More Information / Booking

844-41-SPAIN
844-417-7246
772-564-0330

Arrive / Depart

Arrive: Asturias Airport (OVD)
Depart: Asturias Airport

Upcoming Tour Dates

JUNE 09 – 15
JULY 07 – 13
AUGUST 04 – 10

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