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The Güájares Valley: the hidden garden

WinterTrips

TRIP DESCRIPTION

The three villages that comprise Los Güájares lie in the narrow Guajar valley winding among orange and chirimoya (custard apple) trees, old water cisterns and beautiful ravines. These pristine mountain villages are home to about 2,000 people, supported by a thriving agricultural economy.

Key Facts:

Length: 19 km; Accumulated height difference: 614 m ascent; Duration: 7 hours (without transportation time)

Difficulty: Medium-High

Meeting point: Severo Ochoa street see the miting point

Departure time (Granada): 8:30 am

Arrival time (Granada): 7:00 pm (depends on the pace of the group)

Family trip?: Not

 

The trip:
The Güájares valley with its three villages, Güájar Alto, Güájar Faragüit and Güájar Fondón, make up an authentic and romantic rural area in Southern Spain. The valley is 20km from the beach and its climate is warm even in winter. Hiking in this area in winter is a privilege.
Our guided hiking trip runs through the villages of Güájar Faraguit and Alto, pine and holm oak forests, and crosses small white riverbeds. We’ll see the endemic plant Buxus balearica, discover a natural spring, will pass along small terraced plots of land with tropical fruits, orange and lemon trees. The area is also interesting because of the archaeological settlement called “El Castillejo” that dates back to the XIII century (Almohad period).

Equipment recommended:
We recommend carrying 2l of water. Sunglasses, sun cream, protective lip cream and a hat. Hiking sticks are essential because we will descend along a stony path. Base layer, lightweight fleece, and warm fleece or down (or synthetic) second layer, windstopper, long trousers, and trekking shoes. Torch or headlamp and your personal first aid kit.

Logistics:
Participants should take nuts, dried fruits, and sandwiches for lunch. It is possible to sample traditional dishes for lunch or tapas in the bar in Güájar Alto, 4 km far from the finishing point.

Price of “custom dates”: 65€/pp, including guiding, insurance, and transportation. 2 participants minimum. 20% off for more than 4 participants.

Purchasing Conditions: Excursions must be booked and paid for at least three days in advance.  Participants must arrive at the meeting point on time. The group will wait for participants for five minutes, but then leave.  In this situation, no money will be reimbursed.  All participants should ensure that they know how to get to the meeting point and if you have any questions or doubts, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Price:

€65

29th December 2019

€65

CUSTOM DATE
Location: Los Güájares Valley, Granada
Duration: 7 h
Difficulty: Level 3 (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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