Wildlife and walking vacation in the Spanish Pyrenees

“A week long small group walking vacation in the Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park. Hosted by wildlife enthusiasts and local naturalist.”


Ordesa and Monte Perdito National Park | Sierra de Guara | Geopark of Sobrabre | Birdwatching | Spanish Pyrenees wildlife | No supplement for solo travelers

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26 May 2019
€ 1295
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09 Jun 2019
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Wildlife and walking vacation in the Spanish Pyrenees


We are passionate about the environment and the wildlife where we live. The Ordesa National Park is a World Biosphere Reserve and a ‘Special Protection Area for Birds’ with over 171 species, including the rare Lammergeier or Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus Barbatus). We support the Lammergeier Conservation Foundation by using guides from the Foundation, visiting the raptor feeding stations with guests and selling the Foundation T-shirts. This helps fund a breeding program in our area which has had great success. Our walks are led by experts in the area (or accompanied by information packs when self-guided) and ensure that fragile environments are not degraded in any way when walking.

There are also well over 100 species of butterflies and moths in our area, including the rare and beautiful Isabelina Moth (Actias Isabellae) and the Giant Peacock Moth (Saturnia Pyri). We have been successful in hatching the eggs and releasing the caterpillars for these moths.

At the farmhouse we have geothermal heating and hot water with minimal environmental impact. We also harvest rainwater for both the irrigation of our vegetable patch and garden, and for the washing machine.

We recycle all we can, including building materials and furniture. For example all the vanity units in the luxury bathrooms are unique secondhand pieces of furniture, adapted with a granite top and basin. All the furniture in the house is antique or secondhand and has been or is in the process of being restored by Simon, your host. Many of the external doors are secondhand and have been adapted. The beams and stone from the four year renovation of the property have been reused throughout the building process. We continue to reuse this material now as we landscape the garden.


We support the local economy wherever possible by employing guides, experts and teachers from our area. We offer English lessons to our guides, providing them with a greater opportunity for work.

We involve our neighbours with our vacations, offering the possibility to visit their houses which have changed little through the centuries. This gives a unique insight into the culture and traditions of the high Pyrenees. In return we make donations to the village fund, for amongst other things the maintenance of our historic chapel of San Urbez (hermitage).

We also offer a guided visit to the chapel of San Urbez, explaining stories about our saint, his miracles and the architectural features. For this, we ask our guests for a donation in the chapel collection box.

We are involved in trying to preserve and restore the local pathways, acting as volunteers as the need arises. We will be running a path clearing vacation in the future which we hope will also ultimately benefit the community as a whole.

1 Reviews of Wildlife and walking vacation in the Spanish Pyrenees

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 29 May 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The beautiful scenery on the walks plus the stunning variety of flowers, the birds and their songs and the insect activity generally. Enjoyed the actual walking too! Also the real quiet in the area we were in allowed me to be able to hear the birds rather than the traffic. Our hosts Lucy and Simon plus our guides were also an essential and wonderful part of the trip.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be prepared for all weathers and all in one day! The mountains are very changeable.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, our hosts really made sure the food we ate and even the wine was all either homegrown or locally sourced. They used local people as needed for building and repair work and employed local people as mountain and wildlife guides. As much as possible was recycled.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

I totally loved it and would also love to go back another year to do the walking for Wildlife trip.

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