Basque country hiking vacation

“Spend a week discovering the Baztan valley in the Basque Pyrenees with a small group. Guided by your expert host, every walk has a story, and you won’t bump into a single other tourist.”

Highlights

Guided center-based walking | Unlimited wine, food and activities | Cooking demonstrations | Evening activities including: Private music recitals and wine seminars | Wild swimming

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29 May 2020
€1500
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08 Jun 2020
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18 Jun 2020
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09 Jul 2020
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11 Aug 2020
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14 Sep 2020
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28 Sep 2020
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08 Oct 2020
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Environment
We have renovated a Basque farmhouse and its barn with local wood and sandstone and the help of of Basque builders from our village.

We heat the house as much as possible with wood – which often consists of fallen trees and brush from our own land. The water from the house comes from our own spring and strict instructions are given on how to economise the use of water. All clients are asked to bring their own water bottle and fill up from mountain springs during the week.

Our carbon footprint is kept low by the fact that about 80% of all our walks and activities start and finish at the front door and hence we very rarely need any form of transport.

We are adapting the woods on the land to attract birds and leave food for them in the trees. Organic rests are also used on the vegetable garden : such as egg shells, orange peels and coffee grounds.
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The Impacts of this Trip

All our staff live here in these Basque valleys within a few kilometres of the house and are encouraged to get involved in all aspects of our work. Their families and children are all invited to join in our activities and enjoy the house culture of music recitals, wine seminars and cooking demonstrations etc. Likewise the local Basque farmers from my hamlet are invited to participate in these activities too. Naturally all free of charge.

We are cultural facilitators and linguists and an important objective of our work is to integrate our guests into the local culture and introduce them to the farming community. We teach them the values and traditions of the area and encourage them all to learn some words of Basque and Spanish as a token of respect. Many guests send presents to my neighbours on their return.

We participate in local festivals, paying into the local economy and buying artisan products. Naturally cheeses, vegetables, liqueurs and cuts of meat are all sourced locally when possible.

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