"My love of mountains began as a child during our weekend family walks to the Sierra del Torcal in Antequera, my hometown. It wasn't until University that I met other mountain enthusiasts and ever since have spent the majority of my free time hiking, climbing, and exploring the Natural Parks in Andalusia, Morocco, and beyond… "
"Mountains have been the central theme and guiding passion throughout my life and the inspiration for this unique eco-tourism venture."
"I wish to share Andalusia's incredible natural beauty and cultural richness with nature-loving, outdoor adventure travellers so that they too may experience the wonder of Spain's hidden places."
M. Teresa Madrona
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Lauren is a U.S. and world citizen whose family relocations every 3-5 years exposed her to a cross-section of cultures and geographies. Her formative years, living in Singapore and traveling off-the-beaten path in Southeast Asia, instilled an early adventure travel bug. During a two-month solo back-packing trip across the Northern Mediterranean from Cadiz, Spain to Istanbul, Turkey in 2011, Lauren fell in love with the natural and cultural beauty of Granada and dreamt of one day returning to live. Two years later, she returned. While studying Spanish at Castila Language School she met Teresa, and with shared interests in ecology, hiking and a passion for Andalusian history and culture, the two have been since imagining how to connect visitors with the 'true Andalucía'.
Before moving to Spain, Lauren enjoyed an 8-year career as a landscape architect with a prominent US design firm, and received a Master of Science in Landscape Architecture and Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2011. For the past three years she has helped engineers in the U.S. to restore rivers and wetlands, and continues to consult as an Ecological Restoration Designer. Lauren serves as Sierra&Sol's North American Marketing Consultant and native English-speaking liaison. Lauren may also lead and accompany seasonal tours in and around Granada. She is excited to help launch Sierra&Sol and passionate about connecting English-speaking visitors to the lesser known wonders and delights of Southern Spain.
Alicia is an active and curious woman, a real mountain lover. Her passion for mountaineering began at the age of eleven, when she took her first hiking trip, and she has been hooked ever since. Alicia combines rock climbing, running and cycling with mountaineering and alpinism, and has summited several well-known peaks (Sajarna Peack in Bolivia; Villarica in Chile; Ararat peak in Turkey; Krkonose in and Labak in Poland, etc.) . Alicia studied Physics at the University of Granada, and spent two years studying Physics abroad in Amsterdam and Prague. She is a self-proclaimed Science and Astrophysics enthusiast and is currently developing science projects with the Planetarium of Granada's Science Park.
Her adventurous and dynamic spirit has led her to pursue experiences in diverse countries such as Bolivia, Germany, Chile, Morocco, the Netherlands, Turkey, Czech Republic, Tunisia, Poland and more. Each trip has enabled her to become more open-minded and to appreciate diversity in both landscapes and cultures. The more she climbs the more she realizes that her true essence emerges while in the mountains. An active person, a lover of diversity and landscapes, a world mountain citizen.
Ruth was looking for somewhere to live and work, but close to the mountains and the snow in order to enjoy her favorite hobby, snowboarding. She found that place in Granada, where she has lived for the last nine years. However, she has had a varied experience of the world, from her hometown, Gloucester (U.K) to living and working in Japan, Australia and Andorra.
The mountains are a place where she finds peace, challenges and freedom. She also finds them to be an immense natural classroom for learning about nature and history.
She currently works as an English teacher in Granada. This was how she met Teresa, whose enterprise she joined, attracted by new ideas to combine hiking and English for Spanish people wanting to perfect their language skills. Furthermore, she was interested in hiking combined with language immersion aimed at foreigners. She is a key figure in communication with European countries and accompanies the “English in the Mountains” groups, acting as our “on-location teacher”. Her personality and sense of humour make everyone feel at ease in her company.
Sierra & Sol is a fully licensed, Insured and Registered for "Turismo Activo" with the Junta De Andalucía with the number R.N. AT/GR/00169 Base in Granada