Picos de Europa small group hiking vacation, Spain

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Responsible tourism: Picos de Europa small group hiking vacation, Spain

Environment

We are serious about maintaining the natural beauty of the Picos De Europa region and always ensure that the environmental impacts of our activities are kept to a minimum throughout the week.

Our transport throughout the week is kept to an absolute minimum, with our feet being the preferred choice of transport.

We include in our walk packs flora and fauna guides to increase the awareness of the environment and cultural guides to make the walker aware of the local customs and traditions.

We encourage the use of filling your own to water bottle throughout the week to reduce the waste.

Last but not least, as hikers by passion, we have a strong ethic about respecting the places we go to and their environment, either for business or personally (e.g: not leaving any rubbish behind us during a day walk or using reusable water containers), and we encourage our guests to act responsibly while traveling.

Community

As on all our vacations there is no exception in the Picos De Europa walking vacation. We work with local knowledgeable people and reserve your vacation direct with local family run hotels. We always use local transport for our baggage moves and airport transfers. This helps the local community survive as it is mainly cut off during the winter seasons.

We always recommend local bars or restaurants were you are walking through a village around lunchtime or 11’s for a cafι con leche. All these little things help these very small communities survive and keep their traditions.

The hotels we use are all employers of local people, we don’t use chains! We do inspect the hotels regularly to keep the standards we expect.

The route on this walking vacation stays in some very traditional villages with some excellent local produce to try and we thoroughly recommend to try it!

We always send a phrase sheet before you arrive . The older generations in the small villages do not speak English and we find just having the bare basics will make your vacation a much more enjoyable one and help the villagers understand you.

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


The raw beauty of the rugged Picos on a blue sky spring day is a breath taking experience. The towering bluffs, deep gorges, verdant alpine meadows and the pretty mountain villages nestled in the valleys was a sensory delight.

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


Would recommend sturdy walking boots a walking pole and a good level of fitness. Binoculars, to more closely observe the many bird soaring above the high peaks, may be worth considering.

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


Local food and accommodation providers certainly benefited from our patronage. Our walks had minimal impact on the environment as we utilized existing tracks and stock routes.

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


Excellent. A variety of treks in and around the Picos each provided their own challenges and rewards. We were blessed with great weather in which to appreciate fully the stunning scenery. Comfortable village accommodation and access to local and traditional foods - think blue cheeses and sidra! - further enhanced each days activities.

Dan, our experienced guide tailored our walks each day to suit the weather conditions and our groups circumstances, which was appreciated by all. His good humor and quick wit and the great company of our fellow walkers has ensured that we will never forget time in the Picos.

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