Set off from Torrestío on a wonderful hiking route through beautiful Somiedo Park. In this stunning area of Asturias, you will visit the valley of the Saliencia lakes and see magnificent Cantabrian brown bears.
Saliencia Lakes Hiking Trip + Bear Watching
We will start the activity in the Leonese town of Torrestio. There we will meet at 9:30 am at the Alto de La Farrapona car park, located right on the border between the province of León and the Principality of Asturias.
After a brief presentation, we will set off on a hiking route through the Somiedo Natural Park. The low difficulty circuit covers a distance of 5 miles with 1150 feet of elevation. However, we will make several stops to rest and enjoy these beautiful landscapes of the Cantabrian Mountains.
The route takes around the beautiful surroundings of the Saliencia lakes, whose natural space forms part of the Somiedo biosphere reserve. We will first see the lake of La Cueva, located at an altitude of more than 5000 feet. We will then follow the route next to the Almagrera or La Mina lake. We will also approach other famous depressions in the area, such as the spectacular Cerveiriz and Calabazosa lakes.
After 3 hours of walking, we will conclude the hiking route by returning to the Alto de la Farrapona car park. There, we will take a break of approximately one hour so that you can recharge your batteries with the picnic that you bring with you. After lunch, you will have to travel in your own car to Pola de Somiedo, where at 4:30 pm we will set off on a breathtaking route.
Following the guide's vehicle, we will go into the most remote areas of Somiedo to spot Cantabrian brown bears, and discover lots of interesting facts about them! During the tour, which lasts approximately 4 hours, we will make several stops to see other animals such as deer, chamois, wild boar, and wolves. Finally, at 8:30 we will finish the route by driving back to Pola de Somiedo. From there, you can return on your own to Torrestío.
Somiedo Nature Reserve is one of the best places in Asturias to see Cantabrian brown bears. However, the animals are unpredictable. The number of specimens we encounter will depend on various factors such as the weather and the reproduction and breeding seasons of the different species.
All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:
- Tours or activities will not consist of more than 6 people per group.
- A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
- The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.
- Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.
- All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.
- Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
- The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.
- Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
- Alcoholic drinks are not available.
|Adults||Children under 12|
|Tour in English||
US$ 78.20 US$ 66.20
Tour in English
AdultsUS$ 78.20 US$ 66.20
Children under 12not permitted
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english, although it may occasionally be done in two languages.
Official guide of the Principality of Asturias.
Up to 15% discount on the official ticket price.
Transfers by car through the Natural Park of Somiedo.
When to book?
You can book up until 48 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.
Show the voucher on your phone to take part in the activity.
No, this activity requires visitors to be in good physical shape.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?
A - This activity requires a minimum of 4 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.
If you have any other questions please contact us.
Alto de La Farrapona car park (Torrestío, León).