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Discover the Pyrenees: Hiking and Trekking

What could be better than a day spent hiking?

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The picturesque valleys of the Pyrenees offer an infinite number of hiking trails to explore and awaken the senses. If you enjoy plunging waterfalls, dense forests, and incredible views, this is the experience for you.

Our custom-made activities are created by our expert guides, so whether you are new to walking holidays, a casual hiker, or a seasoned trekker, you will find plenty of exciting paths from which to choose. Our excursions range from 6-7 hours and will leave you feeling alive and energized while bringing peace to your mind and giving charge your soul.

You will also learn about the local traditions and culture of the area and indulge in the region’s splendid wines and gastronomy.

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“I decided to go hiking through the Pyrenees for a week in September. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I made the reservation. Alberto, the head guide, really put me at ease. He emailed me all the details, picked me up at my hotel in Barcelona and bent over backwards to make it a great trip. What I really loved about the trip is that they chose 6 of the best hikes in 6 different parks. He customized it to me so that it wouldn’t be too easy or too hard. From start to finish, everything was taken care of: hotel reservations, meals, hikes, rides…everything!

I can’t tell you enough how great of an experience it was. All of the guides were personable, punctual, knowledgeable and kind. They also had other things planned during the day, like seeing a castle after the hike, going to a cheese maker, stopping off for pictures at a beautiful spot, etc.

I can’t thank them enough for an adventure that made all of my friends and family jealous!”

— George Cluen, Washington, U.S. state

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Cross the Pyrenees and discover some of the most spectacular locations in the Aragonese-Catalan Mountains and its National Parks with our experienced and friendly guides along to assist you at all times.


  • Serene bird-watching and magnificent hikes will expose you to the many wonders of this place and enrich your experience.


  • You will discover fascinating things about the secluded, centuries-old villages nestled in with the Pyrenees along with their people and cultures. And as always, you will be kept satiated by the rich and varied Spanish, Aragonese, and Catalan wines and cuisine to be found aplenty here.


Pyrenees travels: Cloudy in Occidentales Valleys Park

Day 1-2: Barcelona/Posets-Maladeta Natural Park

“El Acebo de Casa Muria” will be our accommodation. In this tranquil, rural hotel, we will meet to discuss the programme and the objectives of the next day while relaxing with an appetizer.
Our week will begin with a hike to the historical border crossing with France, the “Portillón de Benás”, and the Salvaguardia Peak, from which there are incomparable views of the Pyrenees.
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Pyrennes Travels: Green hills

Day 3-4: Sierra de Guara/Aigüestortes National Park

Sierra de Guara’s limestone range consists of deep and rugged canyons that were created by ancient rivers and waterways thousands of years ago.
We will also explore Alquezar, one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, and the Collegiate Cathedral in Mudejar.
There will also be a day-long excursion to the only national park in Catalonia, Aigüestortes and San Maurici. This area of stunning natural beauty is known locally as the “land of shimmering water”. That afternoon, we will tour the ensemble of Romanesque chapels in Boí Taüll, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Pyrenees Travels: Alquezar

Day 5-6: Ordesa National Park and Mont Perdido

Ordesa National Park is one of Spain’s most famous parks and is the oldest protected area in Europe. From lush forests to rushing rivers and soaring mountains, the resplendence of nature is on full display here, providing you with an unforgettable experience. There will be time for bird-watching and trekking along with learning about the geology and fauna and flora of the Pyrenees.
From there, we will take a shuttle to La Jacetania and our second accommodation for the trip, “Casa Barosse” – a unique hotel for the taste of something different.
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Pyrenees Travels: Parque Nacional Aiguestortes

Day 7-8: Mallos de Riglos

This natural monument is a unique set of conglomerate rock formations that rise almost 300 metres. It is also home to the greatest colony of Griffon Vultures in all of Europe.
The San Juan de la Peña Monastery is a medieval jewel and our visit there will mark the end of our journey.
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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.

Hiking and Trekking

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  • Discover the Pyrenees in 7 days

  • May 2020:

    Alberto Andrés

  • September, 2020:

    David Ruiz de Gopegui

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

Pyrenees Travels: Casa Muria Garden

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.

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Pyrenees Travels: Casa Barosse room

Casa Barosse

“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.

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This programme includes the following meals during the week:

MEALS
  • 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.

Pyrenees Travels: Discover Spanish Wine
DRINKS
  • “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.

The Leaders

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.

Pyrenees Travels: David Ruiz de Gopegui

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.

Pyrenees Travels: Gaspar Giner

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.

PACKING LIST:

    Personal First Aid Supplies2017-12-03T04:23:34+00:00
    • 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.

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    • Airplane ticket (or electronic ticket)

    • Passport

    • Other photographic ID, for example driving license

    • Cash

    • 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

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    NOTES ABOUT CLOTHES – HIKING & TREKKING

    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.
    Be prepared.

    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.

     

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    • 1-2 bottles of reusable water- 1 l. capacity.

    • Good quality sun glasses

    • Folding sticks or trekking poles

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    • Tension convertor and plug adaptor to use appliances in hotels

    • Camara, extra batteries.

    • Bandanas (many uses)

    • Light binoculars

    • Reading/Writing material

    • Travel clock

    • Small umbrella

    • Soap to hand wash clothes.
      Laundry service available in the hotels.
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    DETAILS:

    • 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: 7 days of mountain activities from moderate to strenuous trails, excursions from 6-7 hours duration and between 700/900 metres elevation difference..


    • Trip Level:

      This experience is perfect for people who are used to hiking in the mountains and nature. The hikes last been 4/6 hours, sometimes on a rugged uneven ground, therefore you should be in good shape.  There will be between 300 and 800 meters elevation difference.  Our expert guides have designed this exhilarating programme, also including cultural visits to villages, castles, chapels, museums, vineyards and excellent restaurants to make a unique and relaxing experience.


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