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Gem of Spain - Pyrenees and Pico (#2130)

Date and Time

Sunday, August 29, 2021 - Thursday, September 9, 2021




Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader(s).


Join us for a 2-week adventure visiting two national park gems: Ordesa and Monte Perdido in the Pyrenees and Picos de Europa. The entrance to the Ordesa Valley lies under the vertical walls of Monte Mondarruego, source of the Ara River and its tributary, the Arazas, which forms the famous Ordesa valley. The forest in the valley is defined by larch, beech, and poplar and the park holds many lakes, waterfalls, and high mountain meadows. Protected wildlife includes trout, boar, chamois, and the sarrio or isard mountain goat. Well-marked and well-maintained mountain trails lead to waterfalls, caves, and spectacular observation points. The Picos de Europa National Park was the first one to be awarded that designation in Spain. Its history dates back to 1918, when it was created as the Montaña de Covadonga National Park, which was named Picos de Europa National Park in 1995. This natural area was awarded the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve designation in 2002. The Picos de Europa Mountains are made up of three important massifs: eastern or Andara massif, central or Urrieles massif, and western or Cornión massif. The park stands out because of its strong relief, where high peaks are followed by deep ravines and canyons. This adventure meets the interests of those seeking full days on the trail with elevation gains over a thousand feet with sweeping alpine views. You will also benefit from cultural city highlights in Barcelona, Pamplona and Bilbao as we cross Spain´s northern frontier. Our chosen hotels are comfortable, the regional food exquisite and the company even better! We hope to see you on the trail with us in 2021! Use the Registration link below under Related Link(s) to register for the trip.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $3,990 member / $4,090 non-member

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2130 Prospectus

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Paddling - Canoeing




Hiking 5 vigorous


Adults (18+)


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Cliff has led domestic and international hiking trips for AMC Adventure Travel since 2008 including trips to California, Wyoming, Montana, Alaska, New Zealand, Switzerland, Italy, France, Australia, and Greece. Cliff has extensive traveling experience in most of the national parks in the United States. His interests are hiking, environmentalism, and astronomy.


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Joan leads four-season hikes for the Hiking/Backpacking Committee of AMC Boston Chapter. She received the Winter Leader of 2009 award and was profiled in the July-August 2011 issue of AMC Outdoors magazine as an AMC volunteer leader making a difference. Since 2008, Joan has co-led 5 and led 10 AMC Adventure Travel trips to many US national parks, and abroad in N. & S. America, Europe, Africa, New Zealand and Australia. She can't wait to explore this adventure with like-minded hikers!