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The Eastern Alpujarra, the Great Unknown

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 mountain. Starting from El Puerto de la Ragua The Eastern Alpujarra is one of the greatest unknown areas of The Alpujarra, its land is filled with pine and holm oak forests, centenary chestnuts, medieval paths, water channels, breath-taking views and hidden villages. If you are looking for a different kind of weekend at The Alpujarra, this is your hiking trip! Don’t miss it.

  • Day 1

    Arrival to Granada

    Group meeting at 7:30 pm.

    Hikers and guide go on a tapa’s tour with an expert in Granada’s nightlife.

    A well-earned rest before beginning our adventure full of energy tomorrow.

  • Day 2

    Puerto de la Ragua-Laroles

    Breakfast and transportation to El Puerto de la Ragua. Guided hiking route.

    • Route length: 18.3 Km
    • Accumulated height difference: 1,000m descent
    • Duration: 7h route

     

    At this stage, we’ll pass through thick and abundant pine forests and areas with high Mediterranean mountain vegetation. In May snowmelt results in streams down the slopes. Stunning views that reach the African coast on clear days.
    Finally, we’ll find the main irrigation channel net of the area and we’ll walk down untill reaching Laroles village.
    It is not a difficult stage but we have to take care with the accumulated high descent. We will hike along forestry tracks and footpaths.

  • Day 3

    Laroles – Válor

    Breakfast and hiking route from Laroles to Válor

    • Route length: 14 Km
    • Accumulated height difference: 429m ascent and 500m descent
    • Duration: 5h route

     

    We´ll leave the old road C-431 on the cross towards Laroles in direction Mairena, taking the road known as the Sierra de los Molinos because there is an irrigation canal that feed nine old mills.

    We’ll continue along the path to the left to cross the gorge and river with a small waterfall between two stones covered with ferns. In this place we can enjoy the lush vegetation and fruit trees (fig, cherry, almond, olive and walnut) accompanying us up the path to Júbar, a small town with only 60 neighbors. We can see the oldest church in all Alpujarra (XVI century) with its roof vane mixing Jewish and Muslim symbols.

    The trail leaves Jubar near a water spring which supplies the old laundry where we can resupply with fresh water. We walk 1,5 Km and arrive to Mairena where we can enjoy a breathtaking view from a balcony. Reaching the Era Baja, we will find the path that leads to Nechite. We´ll descend down to the river passing the ruins of an old mill. After crossing the river we reach the upper part of Nechite, where are two excelent water spprings “Fuente del Rojo” or “Fuente Martín”. This town has the original structure that divides the town into three neighborhoods separated by beautiful orchards.

    The route continues along a path that is accompanied by an acequia (irrigation chanel) and under the shade of old chestnut trees until reaching Valor village, where we ended this  day of route.

  • Day 4

    Válor-Mecina Bombarón

    Breakfast and hiking route from Válor to Mecina Bombarón.

    • Route length: 13 Km
    • Accumulated height difference: 559 m ascent and 500 m accumulated height difference descent
    • Duration: 4,5 hours route

     

    We will be taking the historic trail that long time ago was called e Camino Real, joining Granada with Almeria. On our way we can see the Puente de la Tableta, and after crossing the river, we take the track. 20 minutes after we will be arriving to Cuesta Viña, where we see (and taste if we want) a ferruginous water fountain.

    We continue to take the path on the left by a trail that crosses a couple of irrigation chanels until we reach a road towards Yégen. Yégen is internationally famous, thanks to the English writer Gerald Brenan. We can see the house where he lived, besides the church.

    We follow the road to Cortijada de Montenegro, a farmstead surrounded by olive trees. We take the road Camino del Fresnillo to cross the river Mecina and walk up to reach the Golco in a steep ascend of 150 m of altitude.

    The last part of the route leads us to Mecina Bombarón, village full of greenery and cooled by an irrigation canal. Area also known for its crops of beans and delicious winter apples.

    Free time to have lunch.

    Pick up bus from Mecina Bombarón to Granada.

  • What’s included

    • Guided tour in Granada for tapas tasting
    • 2 picnics
    • Guided hikes
    • Interpretation of the area and its heritage
    • Accident and public liability insurance
    • Mobile phone and spare batteries, walkie-talkies
    • Maps, GPS, knowledge of the weather forecast
    • Compass
    • Comprehensive First aid kit
    • Torch or headlamp
  • What’s Not Included

    • Drinks and tapas on the guided tour on the first night
    • Dinners
    • Picnic or lunch on the last day
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Flights
    • Anything else that doesn’t appear on the included list

  • Recommended equipment

    • European health card
    • Sunglasses, sun cream, protective lip cream and a hat
    • Personal snacks or fruits (you can buy these in the villages)
    • Water (minimum 1,5-2L per day)
    • T-shirt and long sleeved t-shirt, lightweight fleece, lightweight waterproof jacket
    • Shorts and light long trousers
    • Lightweight boots or hiking shoes and socks (not cotton)
    • Torch or headlamp
    • Hiking sticks
    • Digital camera, mobile or other electronic devices. Mobile phone signal is getting better but there are still large areas with no coverage
    • Personal first aid kit. Prescription medicine, please inform your trip leader of any medications you are taking
    • Notebook or paperback book, (optional)
    • Knee supports, if needed
  • Meals

    Our picnics include sandwiches, fruits, orange juice and dried fruits
    We regularly accommodate vegetarian, kosher and gluten-free diets and will make adjustments for food allergies.

Start/End Times

Your guides will inform you of the starting time each day. Generally, we’ll start hiking no later than 8:30 am and arrive at your hotel on the end of the day no later than 5 pm.

Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes.

Your safety is our top priority. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency.

Group Size

The standard group size in this kind of trip is 10-20 guests with a local Spanish guide fluent in English.

Trip itineraries

All Sierra&Sol trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including, but not limited to, river crossings, forest fires and public land closures.

If we cancel your trip for one of these reasons you will be given the opportunity either to

– receive a refund of the basic cost of the trip paid to Sierra&Sol

– transfer to another trip without charge. If there is a difference in price between the cancelled trip and the trip to which you elect to transfer your booking, we will refund the difference if it is cheaper or invoice you for the supplement if it is more expensive.

Spring weather in the Alpujarra 

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 past years for the month of May indicate maximum temperatures of 24ºC and minimum temperatures of 12º.

Medical releases

We require medical releases for prospective guests in various circumstances such as history of cardiovascular disease, chronic illnesses, and other conditions and factors.
If you have suffered from or suffer from any of these conditions, please ensure that you inform us of them at the moment of reservation.

For clients of seventy years old and above, we require a sworn statement declaring that they have an appropriate level of fitness and health to take part in the stated activity.

Precio:

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.

Payment schedule

Deposit of €100 of the total before indicated date.

Cancellation refund and environmental policy

The Sierra&Sol company reserves the right to cancel trips. If this is the case a full refund of the amount paid will be given. The Sierra&Sol company is not responsible for additional expenses incurred in preparing for the trip (for example: non-refundable advance purchase air tickets, clothing, equipment, visa fees, among others)

If you cancel or leave a multi-day trip for any reason:

  • More than 45 days prior to the trip start date, we will grant you a full refund minus €50 administrative fee per reservation.
  • Between 29 and 15 days prior to the trip start date, we will retain 50% percent of the trip cost.
  • Less than 15 days prior to the trip start date, or once the trip has begun, there will be no refund

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:

288€ min

Location: Granada and La Alpujarra
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Difficulty: Medium 2 (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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