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Exploring the heart of the Alpujarra

Excursion to the Alpujarra

TRIP DESCRIPTION

La Alpujarra is a magical region found on the southern slopes of Sierra Nevada range. Its white villages are literally perched on the mountains.

The landscape is a wonderful blend of natural vegetation and fruit trees growing on hand made terraces built centuries ago. Walking along old footpaths and up and down staircases carved into the rock, we will arrive at different viewpoints from which we will have a bird’s eye view of the fantastic scenery.

In spring, the snowmelt flows through fountains, streams and waterfalls, creating an inviting landscape bursting with flowers for us to roam through.

  • Day 1

    • Hikers will meet each other and go for a guided tapas tour (guide included, tapas not included). A good chance to talk about the routes that we will do over the next few days.
    • Time to relax before beginning our adventure full of energy tomorrow
  • Day 2

    From Trevélez to La Tahá de Pitres

    • After breakfast, we will go to Trevélez, the highest village in Spain. The organization of the village, into three neighbourhoods, reflects its Spanish-Muslim structure
    • We will visit the most important ham curing factory in the Alpujarra. After tasting some ham we will be ready to start our hike, firstly heading to Busquistar and finally arriving at Mecina Fondales, where our hotel is located
    • We will have a picnic during the hike.
    • You will be free to choose where to have dinner

    Route characteristics:

    Route type: One way

    Route length: 17 km.

    Accumulated height difference: 350 m.

    Duration: 7 hours

    Difficulty: Medium

  • Day 3

    Walking along medieval staircases

    • After breakfast we will set off on our hike, walking along paths built into the side of the mountains, some of which were carved out of the rock hundreds of years ago. These paths allow us to go through the deep gorge of the Trevélez river
    • The hike will take us through small villages, such as Ferreirola, Atalbéitar and Busquistar, which are the best examples of the traditional architecture of the Alpujarra
    • We will have our picnic during the hike. When we finish walking, a bus will take us to the nearby Poqueira valley. We will stay in the village of Capileira which boasts a wide variety of restaurants and bars in which we can have dinner

     

    Route characteristics:

    Route type: Round trip

    Route length: 12 km.

    Accumulated height difference: 500 m.

    Duration: 6 hours

    Difficulty: Medium

  • Day 4

    Acequias del Poqueira

    • After breakfast we will begin our hike, which will firstly take us to the old settlement of La Cebadilla. We will climb up, crossing several rivers that flow down the slopes of Mulhacén until we arrive at the Cortijo de Las Tomas, whose name indicates that we are at the starting point of the irrigation channels which carry the snowmelt down to the villages.
    • After having our picnic we will start the return leg with stunning views of the high snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada. We will walk along the irrigation channels returning to Capileira, where we will sleep for a second night with time to have dinner in the village.

    Route characteristics:

    Route type: round trip

    Route length: 15 km.

    Accumulated height difference: 650 m.

    Duration: 7 hours

    Difficulty: Medium-high

  • Day 5

    After breakfast and depending on the departure time of the flights

    • We will set off on a short hike visiting the lowest village of the valley, Pampaneira, spending some time in its shops, artisan workshops and the visitor interpretation centre on the Sierra Nevada and the Alpujarra. Pampaneira is the ideal place to buy some souvenirs or to lose yourself in its streets listening to the sound of running water.
    • We will leave the Alpujarra and head to Malaga Airport.
  • What’s included

    • Guided tapas tour in Granada (it doesn’t include the price of drinks and tapas).
    • 3 picnic lunches.
    • Guide with expert knowledge of the area, not only in terms of hiking but also in the ecology of the ecosystems of the Sierra Nevada.
    • English speaking guide.
    • Accident and liability insurance.
    • Equipment to maximize safety, such as walkie talkies.
    • Group field material: maps, GPS, guides to the area, binoculars.
    • Communal first aid kit.
  • What isn’t included

    • All dinners and lunch on day 5.
    • Drinks and tapas on the route around Granada on the day of arrival.
    • Personal travel insurance.
    • Flights or transport that have not been previously stated.
    • Anything that has not been previously mentioned.
  • Recommended equipment

    • Sunglasses, sun cream and protective lip balm. Hat or winter hat and gloves.
    • Hiking footwear; boots or shoes with ankle protection.
    • Technical mountain clothing, short- sleeved and long-sleeved t-shirts made of breathable fabric (not cotton) and a fleece or warm layer. Hiking trousers and jacket made of Gore-Tex or a similar fabric to act as a wind stopper.
    • Personal snack food such as dried fruit and nuts, energy bars etc. Remember that the picnic lunches are included.
    • 1.5 litre water bottle or camelbak, with drinking tube if possible.
    • Hiking poles.
    • Camera, mobile phone and other electronic devices and their chargers.
    • Small first aid kit and any personal medication.
    • Notebook and pencil (optional).
    • Knee bands, if necessary.
    • Personal documents, such as identity cards and European health insurance cards.
  • Meals

     

    Picnics are included for the routes on the first two days as they are full day hikes.

    Our picnics include handmade rolls using traditional oven baked bread, tomatoes, lettuce, cured meat or Spanish omelette, orange juice, a piece of fruit and a chocolate bar.

    These products are sourced from local shops, in order to support the economy of the local area.

    If you are vegetarian, have any allergies or any other dietary requirements, please let us know beforehand.

We will leave the hotel at 7:30 – 8:00 am. It is very important to stick to the timetable because it’s necessary to rest between each day’s hike. We will have 3 hours rest before dinner (in Spain 9 o’clock or later!), which, including time to stretch properly, will allow us to be in perfect condition for the following day.

Weather in the Sierra Nevada

In Andalusia, the weather in spring is very unpredictable. We can have high temperatures as if it were summer (25º C or more) or cool, rainy weather. Any storms tend to pass quickly and the majority of the days are warm and sunny. Average temperatures from the last few years for the month of May indicate maximum temperatures of 24ºC and minimum temperatures of 12º.

Guides and Safety

All our guides have the necessary training to ensure the complete safety of the group.

We will keep the group together and in contact by using walkie talkies. Our guides have all taken first aid courses.

According to our Terms and Conditions document, the guides can change any itinerary in case of bad weather or any other circumstances which could affect the safety of the group, without any refunds being given.

Medical considerations

We ask that our hikers inform us of the existence of any chronic or cardiovascular illness which could interfere with hiking activities. To this end, we will send out a form which must be completed. The personal information which is given is covered by our data protection policy and will not be used for anything other than to provide us with the information necessary for this activity to be carried out well.

For the same reasons we need to know about any allergies.

A good level of physical fitness is required and previous experience of routes of a similar difficulty, length and accumulated height difference. The pace that we will follow is not a sporting one but a pace which will allow interpretation and interaction, however, experience or regular hiking is essential.

Price:

Our prices are estimated taking into account the number of participants registered on the deadline of the inscription. The deposit into the account is made in order to reserve the vacancy and also to know, in advance, the number of participants that will be realizing the activity. In case the activity is cancelled, the deposit would be returned. On the other hand, if the activity is successfully organized, a second pay would be realized with the final amount.

Group size

Minimum 8 and maximum 16

Payment

Deposit of €100 of the total before indicated date.

Cancellation and refund policy

In case of cancellation, the following policy applies.

  • More than 45 days prior to the starting date of the trip, we will grant you a full refund minus a €50 administrative fee per reservation.
  • Between 44 days and 15 days prior to the starting date of the trip, we will retain 50% of the trip cost.
  • Less than 14 days prior to the starting date of the trip, or once the trip has begun, there will be no refund.

Terms and conditions and environmental policy

SierraySol is an enterprise that belongs to the Asociación de la Carta Europea de Turismo Sostenible de Sierra Nevada. If you are looking forward to realize an activity truly responsible with the environment in this green space, we encourage you to use the services of the organization since all the enterprises adhered are accredit by Europarc. They also make a great effort to minimize the environmental impact and to contribute with the local development. In the next PDF you will find every enterprise of the organization. You can also find information about them in www.ecoturismosierranevada.com

Ecoturism

Price:

€445 min

Location: Granada and The Alpujarra
Duration: 5 days / 4 Nights
Difficulty: Medium-High (REI)

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Activity Level Descriptions

REItrips

 

(1) Relaxed: Adventure travel at its most relaxed pace.

  • Activity: 1-3 hours most days
  • Distances: walk less than 3 miles most days
  • Surfaces: flat terrain
  • Elevation change: little to none
  • Altitude: less than 3,000 ft

(2) Easy: Great for newcomers to active travel.

  • Activity: 2-5 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 6 miles, cycle 10-30 miles most days
  • Surfaces: flat or rolling terrain with some possible steeps
  • Elevation change: up to 2,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 6,000 ft

(3) Moderate: For outdoor novices and above.

  • Activity: 4-6 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 10 miles most days, cycle 20-40 miles most days
  • Surfaces: rolling or mountainous terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation change: up to 3,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 10,000 ft

(4) Vigorous: Recommended for fir travelers with basic skills.

  • Activity: 5-8 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 12 miles most days, cycle 30-50 miles most days
  • Surfaces: mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 14,000 ft
  • Experience and a doctor's release may be required

(5) Strenuous: Designed for very fit travelers.

  • Activity: 10+ hours/day
  • Distances: hike up to 12 miles most days, cycle 50 miles or more miles most days
  • Surfaces: remote mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents, uneven trails with loose features.
  • Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 14,000 ft
  • Experience and a doctor's release may be required

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