Description

Karpín Fauna is a shelter for wild animals who were captured for illegal trafficking, abandoned pets, irretrievable native fauna from rescue centres and other similar origins. Our mission is to take them in, give them a dignified life and tell their stories so that visitors to the shelter  become aware of these problems.  
Karpín is a privileged refuge for more than 55 different species, the result of 3,500 million years of evolution, situated on a 20-hectare estate overlooking one of the most spectacular valleys in the Basque Country. Along the route, in an enclosed forest, we find two areas that take us back to the Jurassic era and the animals that populated the planet after the dinosaurs disappeared. 
Palaeontologist Patxi Lasa:  With palaeontologists as guides, we come across life-size reproductions, some of them animatronic, of the most striking dinosaur species and others that inherited the earth after their disappearance, the large carnivorous and herbivorous forms that occupied the planet until 10,000 years ago. 
Karpin Fauna is undoubtedly a centre for leisure and responsible tourism, a family outing, and a centre in which to learn how we should behave in the natural environment and commit ourselves to sustainability (Karpin Aventura website).

Highlight

  • Views of the Carranza Valley
  • Variety of animals recovering in the centre
  • Autochthonous trees

How to get here

The best and only option is by car or private transport. The bus line is far from the entrance:  By car: Direct from Bilbao (recommended when travelling with minors); Along the coast via the A-8 (Colindres-Burgos exit) and the new N-629 corridor; From Bilbao inland (recommended for those who wish to visit other attractions in the Encartaciones beforehand): Along the BI-630 road.

Route

Karranza (Biscay)

Section 1

From the car park at the entrance to the interior route of Karpin.

Suitable for people with reduced mobility (PRM)

The trail, prepared for visiting the Bird Centre, is made up of small cobblestones. Consequently, the rattling noise may be annoying for people with reduced mobility. The constant ramps and slopes of the route can be manoeuvred using an electric wheelchair or a normal wheelchair with the help of another person.

Shady areas, although in general the route is very sunny.  Incredible views of Karranza Valley along the whole route.

Description of the section and its accessibility level

Section length
1,00 km
Pavement
Cobblestone and concrete
Obstacles
  • The main obstacles on the route are the slopes.

Equipment for receiving the external resource on the section

Is there reception equipment on the section?
Yes
Outdoor space: Parking areas and access to equipment
How close is it to means of transport?
There are no means of local transport.
Is there a parking area?
Yes
Parking. Are there any minimum dimensions for adapted vehicles?
Yes
Is there any adapted access?
No
Are there slopes at the entrances?
Yes
Are the access slopes suitable for people with reduced mobility?
Yes, with assistance from third parties
Are there railings and/or handrails?
Yes, with no required assistance from third parties
Is there an equipment entrance sign next to the access, and is it adapted?
No
Is the access properly signposted to guide users?
Yes
Pavement type
Stone, Concrete, Cobblestone
Indoor space: General features
Do the different equipment areas have adapted access?
No
Does the front door have a pre-landing?
Yes
Are the access slopes suitable for people with reduced mobility?
Yes, with assistance from third parties
Is there a minimum clearance of 150 cm around furniture where turning or manoeuvring is required?
No
Does the lighting system allow for correct reading with no reflections in each equipment area?
Yes
Is there a logical order to the exhibition hall's route, indicated by visible arrows and/or tactile foot signs?
Yes
Is there a modulated radio frequency or magnetic loop somewhere in the room?
No
Are there accessible ICTs "information and communication technologies" ?
No
Information in Braille and/or audioguide devices
No
Are there bathrooms, and is at least one of them accessible by transfer?
Yes
Is transfer possible on both sides?
No
Type of lavatory
Pushbutton
Is there an evacuation map in Braille and high relief??
No
Personal care area
Are there personnel trained in accessibility in the facilities?
No
Unobstructed distance around the sign of over 150 cm for wheelchair users' mobility
Yes
Benches or supports for people with reduced mobility
No
Are there accessible ICTs "information and communication technologies" ?
No
Can these ICTs be seen by people with visual impairment?
No
Are there any resources so that people with cognitive disabilities can understand them?
No
Are there any resources so that people with hearing impairment can understand them?
No
Are ICTs available so that the location and services are publicized in different languages?
No
Rest zone
Is there a rest area at the reception?
Yes
Maximum table height of 80cm (measured on the table top). Lower part of the hollow table top 70cm high, 50cm deep and over 80cm wide
No
Vending machines: Maximum height 120cm for buttons and display, lower product collection reach, minimum 40cm from the floor
No
Store
Is there one or more stores at the reception?
Yes
Products for sale (books and documents) with lateral vertical reach to shelves between 20 and 40 cm wide and a height of between 40 and 120 cm
No
Products are positioned at a maximum height of 120cm
No
Children’s area
Is there a children’s area at the reception?
Yes
Adequate floor and unobstructed
Yes
Exhibition room
Is there an exhibition room at the reception?
No
Exhibition Hall
Is there an exhibition hall at the reception?
Yes
Exhibition Hall: Lectern
Height of reading panel between 70 and 120 cm
Yes
Exhibition Hall: Panel
Clearance around obstacles of more than 90 cm
Yes
Eye-catching, clear and short texts with a main title and no more than five key ideas
No
Adequate lighting system that allows for correct reading with no reflections or considerable effort
Yes
There are pictograms, graphic information...
Yes
Information in Braille language
No
Information in audio format
No
Information in written format
Yes
Are ICTs available so that the location and services are publicized in different languages?
No
Are there accessible ICTs "information and communication technologies" ?
No
Are there any resources so that people with cognitive disabilities can understand them?
Yes
What type of resource(s)?
Option of following the route using QR code.
Are there any resources so that people with hearing impairment can understand them?
No
Exhibition Hall: Texts and graphs
High contrast between background and text
No
Eye-catching, clear and short texts with a main title and no more than five key ideas
No
Adequate lighting system that allows for correct reading with no reflections or considerable effort
Yes
In general, for interpretive content, easy to understand concepts have been used
Yes
Appropriate typography according to reading distances
No
Exhibition Hall: Audiovisuals
Audiovisual material in subtitled and/or in Spanish Sign Language version
No
Audiovisual voiceovers using easy to understand language
No

Interpretive equipment

Are there trails on the section?
Yes
Access
Is there lighting at night?
Yes
Minimum accessible connection between parking spaces, if any, the start of the obstacle-free trail
No
Is there an adequate slope to allow circulation without assistance, with personal assistance or with technical assistance?
Yes, with staff assistance
Parking spaces reserved for vehicles used to transport disabled people according to current regulations. At least 5% of the total spaces
Yes
Parking signage, if any, with the International Accessibility Symbol on the floor and/or on walls
Yes
Informative poster at the start of the trail indicating the length, route, difficulty, duration and slopes by sections
No
Path start sign positioned no higher than 195cm
Yes
Itinerary
Vertical start signage
Yes
Vertical signage type
Written
Compact, non-slip and with no projections along their entire length, allowing wheelchair transit
Cobblestone
2 m. paved trails with non-deformable and non-slip material, with a different texture and different from the rest
Yes
For floors with planks, the spacing between the planks is no more than 1 cm, with occasional narrowings of a maximum of 90 cm
Yes
The route is more than 150cm wide, with occasional narrowings of 90cm
Yes
Minimum clearance height of 220 cm
Yes
Rest areas
Yes
Urban furniture (fountains, dispensers...) arranged along the pedestrian route to provide sound orientation
No
End vertical signage
Written
Guiding partition and/or tactile foot signs to draw attention to an important feature
No
Islands with a minimum width of 150 cm to facilitate two wheelchairs passing each other
Yes
Is there an adequate slope to allow circulation without assistance, with personal assistance or with technical assistance?
Yes, with staff assistance
Unevenness through pedestrian routes
Yes
Tree branches do not obstruct the route at below 2.20 m
No
Ramps, bridges and walkways with more than 50cm of unevenness, 90cm handrails and with handrails at two heights: 65-75 cm and 95-105 cm
No
Route length dimensions and time
1 km. The length of time to do the route is relative, as it will take more or less time depending on the visits you make.
Cycle touring lane
Does the section have a cycle touring lane?
No
Lookout and observatory
Is there a lookout or observatory on the section?
Yes
Are ICTs available so that the location and services are publicized in different languages?
No
Are there any resources so that people with cognitive disabilities can understand them?
No
Are there any resources so that people with hearing impairment can understand them?
No
At observatories, there is at least one window at a height of 80 cm, with at least one hollow bottom part which is 70 cm high, 50 cm deep and 80 cm wide
No
Eye-catching, clear and short texts with a main title and no more than five key ideas
Yes

Educational Facilities

Nature classroom
Is there a nature classroom on this section?
No

Recreational facilities

Is there a recreational area on this section?
Yes
Access
Is there adequate lighting?
No
Is there an adequate slope to allow circulation without assistance, with personal assistance or with technical assistance?
Yes, with staff assistance
Outdoor space
Are 10% of the tables and benches accessible?
No
At least one accessible access, if any
No

Beaches

Is there a beach on this section?
No

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