Discover the Pyrenees: Action and Adventure
Feel the Wild Side of the Pyrenees
Exhilarating experiences await all those who seek adventure! From mountain climbing and canyoning to rafting, trekking, and climbing, there is never a shortage of activities to fuel your inner spirit and leave you wanting more. It is totally up to you.
Discover the best that the National and Natural Parks of the Pyrenees have to offer under the expertise of our well-qualified guides as they lead you to some of the most beautiful corners of this region of Spain. We have compiled together a vast array of unique activities and excursions which will ensure that your thirst for adventure will be endlessly quenched. Climb cloud-piercing mountains, explore ancient canyons, and feel the thrill of white-water rafting. There is something for every traveller in this magical land.
“It has been a fantastic experience! The places we visited left us at a loss for words. The adventure activities were awesome, great fun and of course lots of action!! The cultural visits were charming and the hotels were exceptional…two little gems! A unique trip that we will definitely recommend to friends to do again!”
— Ida Wendt, Den Haag, Holland
- Hike and trek in the most beautiful National Parks of the Pyrenees: Ordesa and Aigüestortes.
- Embark on a wide range of adventure activities in our Natural Parks such as rafting, canyoning, and climbing.
- Discover the centuries-old history, culture and inhabitants of secluded villages within the Pyrenees.
- Enjoy the delightful and varied cuisines and wines of Spanish, Aragonese, and Catalan origins.
Day 1-2: Barcelona/Valles Occidentales Natural Park
We will travel from Barcelona to the Posets-Maladeta Natural Park. After hiking to the top of Monks Peak, we will enjoy a spectacular 360º panorama of the beautiful surrounding mountains. We will also visit the best preserved fortress in Europe: the Citadel of Jaca.
“Casa Barosse” will be our accommodation. In this historic hotel, we will meet to discuss the programme and the objectives of the next day while relaxing with an appetizer. Our week of adventure has just begun!
Day 3-4: Mallos de Riglos/Ordesa National Park
The Mallos de Riglos is a majestic set of rock formations that soar almost 300 metres high. From there, we will make our brave descent white-water rafting down the Gallego River. There will be wetsuits, oars, and non-stop action!
Next, we will visit the San Juan de la Peña Monastery, which is the medieval Romanesque jewel of Aragón. From there, we will also visit the famous Ordesa National Park, which is the oldest protected area in Europe. From its lush forests, raging rivers, and sky-scraping mountains, it abounds with nature in its purest form, making it an incredible and unforgettable experience.
We will close out our busy day with a tranquil stay at our second accommodation, El Acebo de Casa Muria.
Day 5-6: Posets-Maladeta Natural Park/Sierra de Guara
After taking in the splendours of Posets-Maladeta Natural Park, we will carry on to Sierra de Guara National Park to explore its mesmerising canyons. You will find that this place is the European paradise for all things canyoning! It is full of jumps, slides made from rock, crystal-clear water pool, and more, all waiting for you.
In the Valley of Benasque, we will look for Aneto Peak and what remains of its glacier. This trek will take us up the historical route to the “Portillón de Benasque”, which is a natural passage linking eastern Spain to France.
In the afternoon, we will undertake a via ferrata, which is an interesting way to climb the rocky walls of Italian origin.
Day 7-8: Aigüestortes National Park
Our full week will wind down with a visit to the Catalonia’s only national park, Aigüestortes and San Maurici. Locally, it is known as the “land of shimmering water” and it will stun you with its natural beauty.
In the afternoon, we will discover the ensemble of Romanesque chapels in Boí Taüll, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This magically historical place will mark the end of our thrilling journey.
PRICES AND DATES
We offer you the freedom to create the adventures of your dreams, the flexibility to travel in small groups of 4-6 people maximum or intimately with just you and your partner. Alternatively, if you wish to travel solo across the Pyrenees in your own car, we can also adapt to those needs.
Action and Adventure
- Discover the Pyrenees in 7 days
PROGRAMME DATES & GUIDE:
David Ruiz de Gopegui
Included in the Price:
Local guides with expert leadership will accompany you for the entirety of your journey;
Accommodation will be in the “El Acebo de Casa Muria” and “Hotel Barosse” hotels, as noted in the itinerary;
Meals will be in restaurants, in hotels, or in picnic form, as noted in the itinerary;
Drinks such as water, juice, sodas, soft drinks, and beer;
“Discover Spanish Wines” includes a different bottle of wine with each meal – Rioja, Ribera, Somontano, and Penedés;
Shuttle transfers from the Barcelona airport and city centre on Days 1-8, as noted in the itinerary;
Sight-seeing and adventure activities, as noted in the itinerary;
Ground transfers during the programme;
Mandatory accident and rescue insurance policy to cover it during the program, and;
Admission costs to monuments, castles and churches during the trip, as noted in the itinerary.
Not Included in the Price:
Local and international flights;
Extra airport shuttles (differing from those on Days 1-8);
Airport taxes (varies depending on location);
Excess baggage charges;
Cost of medical vaccinations;
Optional tipping to local staff, or our leaders or guides;
Personal items (tips, laundry, etc.);
Alcoholic drinks such as liquor shots and mixed alcoholic drinks;
Trip cancellation insurance. We recommend that you protect your trip with a cancellation insurance.
1000€ deposit is required to hold your reservation.
Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip starts.
CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS:
No charge for cancellations made 30 days before the trip.
25% charge for cancellations made from 30-15 days in advance.
50% charge for cancellations made less than 15 days in advance.
We strongly recommend you take cancellation insurance to protect your trip.
El Acebo de Casa Muria
Welcome to our house set in the Aragonese Pyrenees! This charming rural house is set in a place of true peace and tranquillity. You will fall in love with its magical landscape as you enjoy its quiet and relaxing atmosphere.
El Acebo de Muria (which literally translates to “a quiet man’s property”) is a beautiful 18th century house situated in the picturesque village of Renanué at an altitude of 1,230 metres. From here, there are magnificent views of the entire Benasque Valley.
“Beauty, Exclusivity, and Comfort for Unique, Special Guests”
Just a stone’s throw away from Jaca is a different hotel concept in the Aragonese Pyrenees. It is a space designed for adult patrons and delicate, small details emerge in corners of marked personality.
This programme includes the following meals during the week:
- A filling breakfast is served in each hotel every morning and consists of a variety of options including Iberian ham, dry meats,
homemade sausages and cheeses, various homemade breads, toasts,
and pastries with butters and jams, fresh seasonal fruits and juices, and farm-fresh eggs;
- Packed picnic lunches are prepared by the hotels. In Alquezar, we will have lunch in Casa Pardina;
- Dinners will be served in your hotels, except for Tuesday and Friday evening when we will dine in two of the best restaurants in the Pyrenees: Casa Chongastán and Biarritz Restaurant.
- “Discover Spanish Wines”
We have created this special programme for you so that you can enjoy regional wines every evening from some of the best vineyards in Spain.
Served with each meal is either a Rioja, Ribera, Somontano, or Penedés bottle of wine, which are four of Spain’s best “Denominación de Origen” (DO – designation of origin) wines;
- Water, coffee, a selection of teas, juices, sodas, soft drinks, and beers are included. Alcoholic beverages such as liquor/spirits and mixed alcoholic drinks are not included.
With over 20 years experience, we are all experts in mountaineering, canyoning and climbing, in coordinating and arranging activities to meet the needs of diverse groups in the natural environment. Our passion and enthusiasm for the outdoors and fun in what we do is infectious. We speak several languages are well experienced in organising groups for foreign groups. Our local knowledge of the culture, traditions and people of the valleys all add to make your experience unforgettable.
David Ruiz de Gopegui
Born in Zaragoza in 1984, the mountains beckoned David from afar and he could not resist their call. He is a qualified teacher specialising in environmental studies, a leisure time instructor, and also a trained mountain guide instructor (UIMLA International). He combines his love of photography with his work in the open air doing mountain related activities.
David is deeply passionate about the Pyrenees where he has worked for the last 14 years coordinating environmental and sporting activities. Since 2013 , he has led various international expeditions to such places as the Himalayas in Nepal, to the Alps in France and Italy, and he is seeking to embark on a new adventure in the future to Patagonia.
Alberto Andrés Andrés
Alberto is a mountain and canyon guide who has been living in the Pyrenees for 20 years. He has more than 15 years of experience as a guide and is in charge of the management and development of trips and activities.
His love for the mountains is intoxicating and he is a great traveller. He has crossed many of the world’s mountain ranges in search of new challenges, all the while exploring even more mountains and their surrounding wilderness and culture.
Alberto currently runs a trendy youth hostel in the Valley of Benasque called Hostel-Guides El Run.
NOTES ABOUT CLOTHES – ACTION & ADVENTURE
Take comfortable clothes for hiking. Shorts maybe fine for most days but it is recommendable to take light-weight trousers aswell for cooler weather and to protection against tall grass. The best way to be comfortable is to wear various layers. It’s a good idea to bring a change of clothes for the evening, casual is best though, nothing fancy like coats or ties.
The activities are planned during the best period of weather conditions, however being a mountainous climate it can variable and it is best to be prepared for a variety of weather conditions.
This list of clothes is just a guide.
Good quality rain gear, for example Gore-Tex raincoat/wind stopper with hood.
Thick woollen jacket or woollen jumper or light Goose down Jacket or fleece and waterproof or similar.
Long sleeve top. Quick drying fabrics like nylon are recommendable.
Long-sleeve and short-sleeve tops.
Hiking trousers. Lightweight cotton or synthetic hiking trousers are the most practical choice. Jeans are not recommended because they are too hot in the sun and take a long time to dry if they get wet.
Hiking shorts. Made from quick drying material are recommended.
Swimsuit to wear under the neoprene suit.
A cap/hat with a wide brim preferably waterproof to protect against the sun and rain.
Medium weight hiking boots with Vibram rubber outer sole with good ankle support.
Boots or trainers that can get wet in the water activities.
Casual shoes for sightseeing.
Good walking socks. Some people like thick Thorlo socks with padded toes/ heels, or use an outer sock and synthetic inner sock.
Light woollen gloves and hat for cool weather.
Synthetic long underwear.
Underwear / nightwear. Synthetics fabrics dry faster.
Smart casual clothes to eat out in the restaurants.
Airplane ticket (or electronic ticket)
Other photographic ID, for example driving license
Soft material suitcase with a small lock (must be unlocked for air transport)
Small rucksack big enough for a jacket or material for rain gear, bottle of water, camara and others items you may wish to take on the hikes
1-2 bottles of reusable water- 1 l. capacity.
Good quality sun glasses
Folding sticks or trekking poles
Sunscreen SPF 30 or higher and lipbalm with sunscreen.
Aspirin, Ibuprofen or Tylenol for muscle pain or headaches.
- Blister kit. Look for durable gel-type dressings that you can applied directly to blisters, for example:
- Advanced curative healing bandages or Gel bandages which last several days.
- “Liquid bandages”, such as New-Skin, are useful because they are quick drying and form a tough protective layer over a blist
All prescribed medicines must be clearly labelled.
Spare contact lenses or glasses.
Tension convertor and plug adaptor to use appliances in hotels
Camara, extra batteries.
Bandanas (many uses)
- Soap to hand wash clothes.
Laundry service available in the hotels.
- Duration: 8 days
Arrive : Barcelona Airport (El Prat), Centre of Barcelona Av. Diagonal
Departure: Barcelona Airport (El Prat), Centre of Barcelona Av. Diagonal
Accommodation: 7 nights hotel
Meals: All meals included: Spanish gastronomy and “discover Spanish Wine”
Activity: Hiking, trekking, rafting, canyoning, climbing, and cultural visits
Do you have a thirst for adventure and ready for an adrenalin rush? Discover the wild side of the Pyrenees. You must be in good physical condition and willing to not hold back! These activities include mountain trekking with significant elevation differences from 600-900 meters, possibly with rocky areas where you may have to climb. The program offers the opportunity to try the most exciting adventure activities: rafting, canyoning and climbing. To compliment these intense experiences, you will also have the opportunity to visit the ancient monuments of interest, various villages and their people, and last if not least the Gastronomy.
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