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Wolf watching in the Sierra de la Culebra. Trip details

Dates: 11th -16th October 2007

Wolfers watching.

11th-16 October. (arriving 11th at night and returning 16th in the morning.) The price is 375 euros (75 a night). We can't provide transport so you have to hire a car. Most people fly to Valladolid and hire a car there. It's about 2 hours to the Sierra de la Culebra. Price includes:

  • Itinerary varies in function of weather and success. This longer trip will give an idea. http://www.iberianature.com/material/Spain_wolf/Sierra_de_la_Culebra_trip2.htm ,
  • The day is structured around morning and eveining wolf watches. The rest of the day is spent wolf tracking, visiting examples of traditional architecture, bird sites, hiking... 
  • A talk is given at the start of the trip.
  • Wolf watch every morning and evening (weather permitting - which it usually does)
  • Tracking and walking - learning different tracks.
  • Vilafafila ( Suberb cereal landcsape- Biggest European populations of great bustard)
  • Arribes del Duero (raptors). The border area must be the least populated part of Western Europe
  • Visits to sites with traditional architercture built to protect against/kill wolves. Dicsussions on conflict between wolves and humans. .
  • Hiking around the sierra
  • Nice double room in a lovely rural hotel
  • Breakfast and dinner at same place. Picnic for lunch (12 euros suplement if we all decide to each in a typical restuarant instead).
  • Transport is not included. Best option is to fly to Valladolid and hire a car. It's a 2-hour drive to the Sierra de la Culebra





Trip details

Trip report 1

Trip report 2

Sierra de la Culebra geography

Humans and wolves in the Sierra de la Culebra

Shepherds and mastins

Wolf tracking

Wolves in Spain
(complete article)

Reasons for the rise in the wolf population in Spain

Distribution, habitat and diet of wolves in Spain - Iberian wolf population (2005 estimates)

Conflict with livestock and humans

Wolf traditions and legends in Spain

Half-wolf, half-dog hybrids

The return of the wolf to Catalonia

Wolves in Iberian Languages


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