WHAT TO BRING
- Sleeping bag (optional but highly recommended). We will of course provide sheets and blankets for your bed, but even a cheap sleeping bag will probably be more comfortable for you.
- Comfy warm clothing, including both short and long sport pants
- Sport shoes and socks
- Towel (a beach towel is ok; you can hang it out when wet in the backside of your cabin)
- Toilet set with everything you may need except soap and toilet paper (we will supply that). This may include your toothbrush, shampoo, earplugs for light sleepers… Condoms, lube, etc 😛
- Sun protection, cap and sunglasses
- Small water bottle or canteen (if you plan to walk or hike)
- Headphones (no loud music please) and power bank for your phone if needed. Electrical outlets are limited.
- Some change for extra drinks/vending machines.
- A rain poncho or hoodie, just in case (Saturday night could be wet, according to forecast)
- Is this a rural hotel? No, this is a campsite. Please don’t expect any luxury, such as an en-suite bathroom or fine bed lining. Cabins are cosy but very basic, and they only contain six bunk beds and nothing else. Water taps and electricity outlets are found at the communal areas but not inside the cabins.
- Can we book a private cabin for a couple or a group of friends? We will do our best, but please don’t count on this as it depends on the final number of visitors. Approximately after the 20th-25th booking, we will start accommodating bears from different origins inside the same cabin. Earlier bookings are more likely to get a “private” cabin when a good reason is provided at booking time, but again it’s never guaranteed. Please understand this is a campsite, not a hotel, and after all we’re likeminded adult men just sharing a one-night experience.
- I’m a heavy snorer/CPAP user and I don’t want to disturb anyone. You can declare that condition on the booking form, and agree to share your cabin with other heavy snorers. Anyway, that’s why we recommend every light sleeper to bring his ear plugs, just in case! CPAPs or any other electrical appliance cannot be used inside cabins, sorry.
FOOD AND BEVERAGES
- Can I request a special menu? Yes, you won’t starve if you are vegan, for example 🙂 We will ask for your preferences and allergies at booking time, but please understand we will be in the middle of a forest, and the selection of special dishes may be quite limited.
- What drinks will be available? Tap water should not be drunk. We will give a 5-liter bottle of mineral water to each visitor. At the night party, all beer will be free, and some cold soft drinks and extra booze will also be available for only 1 to 3 euros per drink (please bring some change)
- What’s the expected weather? It’s difficult to tell because of our micro-climates. The area enjoyed a spring-like weather last year on the same dates: 22º C at daytime, 11ºC at night time, with no wind or rain. However, we will be in a forest 1700 m above sea level. Weather is not as stable as in the tourist area, including higher humidity and a colder feel after sunset.
- Is this just for bears? It’s a men-only event, but every bear, friend or admirer is welcome.
- Will I get bored if I travel alone? This event is ideal for solo travellers. The entire programme is designed to encourage mingling, and all Bear Carnival events are frankly attitude-free, as everyone will tell you.
- What kind of men do you expect? We are offering both “relaxing” and “wild” activities so bears and friends of all ages, builds and interests feel welcome: bears, cubs, chubs, daddies, musclebears, admirers… You name it. Please have a look at the gallery to check out what kind of men do usually attend our events.
- What about hooking up? Expect some surprises in some cabins and the dark forest around…
- Is nudism allowed? Sadly not inside the campsite. However, the surrounding natural park is huge, and naked hiking and sunbathing outside the campsite is perfectly right and legal.
- How will the night party be? Please have in mind this is not Yumbo Centre, but an experience in the middle of a natural park with lots of daytime activities. The “Lumberjack Party” is just a fun way to meet all bears and finish a very intense day, not a multimedia show. It should close by 00:30 or 1 AM because of environmental laws but it will be fun anyway: all bears hanging around with free beer for everyone, and dancing to disco music and camp classics. “Lumberjack” look is suggested, but there’s really no dress code. No special animation is planned. We preferred to keep prices low and, at the end of the day, there’s a whole bear week just after the bear camp with an intensive night programme.
- Can I smoke? Yes, but only at designated areas. We are in the middle of a forest and we have to be extremely cautious about fire.
- Can I have drugs? All Bear Carnival events have a strict drug-free policy.
- How many activities can I attend? It depends on the kind of activity. “Relaxing” activities are open to everyone, and no booking is required. “Wild” activities have limited capacity and must be booked before the event. We guarantee you will enjoy at least one “wild” activity, and we will do our best to match your preferences (earlier bookings will have priority). Anyway, it’s likely that we have vacancies on several ones, so a 2nd or even a 3rd activity for you to enjoy is a possibility. Finally, “optional” activities have no limits, and can be booked anytime once you are on the campsite.
- Can I use my smartphone? If you cannot live without Growlr and WhatsApp just for 36 hours, maybe you need this experience more than anyone else! There is no Wi-Fi or mobile signal at the campsite; just a radio-telephone for internal use and emergencies. Your smartphone can be used for music, games and non-connected activities. Headphones and power banks are recommended (the number of electrical outlets is limited).
- Can I smoke? Only at specific safe areas which don’t include any cabin or indoor facility.
- What about showers and toilets? As most campsites, showers and toilets are located at a communal building. Showers have curtains if you need them, and flip-flops should be used. Toilet paper, and soap/gel will be available, but please bring a towel and a toilet set with anything else you may need.
- What about security and left luggage? The campsite will be booked exclusively for our group, so thefts are extremely unlikely. Even then, only one person will be responsible for the key of each cabin. There will also be a left-luggage service where you should leave all your valuables and non essential stuff.
- What about medical services? All personnel of the campsite are qualified lifeguards, and of course there is a first aid kit. Ambulances are available in the area and closest medical centre is just 14 km away, in San Mateo. For very serious emergencies, helicopters can land nearby and evacuate the patient to a hospital in Las Palmas. If you are a EU citizen, it’s advisable to bring a free European Health Insurance Card before leaving your country.