Inadvertently wrecking the world you’re exploring isn’t something you have to worry about when you travel with Greek bear tracking specialists. You’ll travel in a small group with professional, knowledgeable guides like Dimitra who are passionate about the bears and their ecosystems: namely, the north-westerly Pindos Mountains.
Together, we have this vision to give people these extraordinary experiences with local specialist guides.
As a holiday company owner with a background in conservation, Chantel is a big believer in collaborating with real experts. You might wind up shadowing a conservationist from a wildlife charity as they go about their field research, learning about how they track bears using radios and camera traps. You’ll look out for footprints (soberingly large), scat (hold your nose) and scratch marks on trees (brown bear claws grow up to 10cm – yikes).
“People in the field are mainly biologists or ornithologists from wildlife charities,” says Chantel. “Together, we have this vision to give people these extraordinary experiences with local specialist guides. As a result, we have excellent reviews because people get in touch with the real Greece and the real Greeks.”
As one of those specialist guides, Dimitra agrees. She works with Callisto, an environmental NGO that protects bears and wolves in Greece. “Bears are a very well hidden secret,” she says. “This is the whole idea behind these trips: to get to know faraway parts of Greece that are not very touristy.”