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SPLENDID AROUCA GEOPARK ADVENTURE3 DAYS

Duration
3 days
Period
January to December
Geographic area
  • norteNorth
Level of effort
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
Participants
Min: 2Max: 12
Accommodation type
  • HotelHotel
  • Rural Tourism UnitRural Tourism Unit
Interest
  • NatureNature
  • AdventureAdventure
Prices from
499 EUR
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This trip will take you on a 2-night/3-day tour exploring Arouca Mountain in the North Region of Portugal Mainland. Being developed for those who seek a rush of adrenaline and fun, during these days you will have the opportunity to enjoy one of the most sought riverside hikes in Europe along Paiva River, jumping and climbing its rocks as well as paddle through this fast river in a rafting boat, conquering its currents and its natural obstacles.

Program

  • Day1
    • PAIVA WALKWAYS
    • On this day, we invite you to come across Paiva Walkays or Passadiços do Paiva, which are nowadays one of the most sought riverside hikes in Europe. The day will begin with a pick up in Porto followed by a one and half hour drive to the start of this great trail right in “Arouca Geopark”. Our guides will leave you at the beginning of the trail and pick you up at the end of the hike. These walkways follows Paiva River path along 8km with one of the best views in our country, filled with geologic and archeologic interest and an amazing connection with nature. At the end of the hike, it’s time to appreciate the fabulous gastronomy of the region and taste a delightful piece of grilled beef “Posta Arouquesa” or the Portuguese liquor “Pinguça”. Later our guides will drive you back to your stay but during the day you should expect from our team great insights about local life and traditions so you can feel more connected with our wonderful country.
    • Lunch included during the activity.
    • Accommodation at Hotel or Countryside House at Arouca Mountain.
  • Day2
    • EXTREME ADVENTURE DAY
    • For this day we suggest you to choose one of the following activities:
    • OPTION 1) We will pick you up at your accommodation and guide you through mountain backroads for an amazing canyoning activity suitable for beginners and the more experienced alike. Get ready for a day filled of great rappelling moments, sky-high jumps, astonishing views and spots that can only be reached with specialized guides and material. Feel connected with the natural surroundings, get an adrenaline rush and experience a sense of personal triumph. Take an alternative route if you don’t feel comfortable rock climbing and jumping, travelling at your own pace without feeling rushed. Encounter a variety of lagoons, waterfalls and different landscapes of stunning beauty. At the end of the activity there will be a traditional picnic and then our guides will drive you back to your stay.
    • OPTION 2) We invite you to enjoy a combination of adventure, sport and fun in the most radical experience you will have in Portugal: rafting. Rafting is a sport activity consisting of the descent of fast rivers in inflatable boats called rafts. The day will begin with a pick up at your accommodation and our guides will take you straight to Paiva River, which is considered the best river in Portugal for rafting as well as the river with the cleanest waters in Europe. Once on location, there are back up facilities to increase your comfort as you gear up for the activity. A safety briefing is held from the professional instructors who will guide you through each stage of the activity, followed by a demonstration of all the necessary techniques to be used. Explore the beautiful landscapes of Paiva River where you will have a very direct contact with nature; it also allows feeling the strength of the brave waters, especially when its flow is high. Since it is a river that is fed mainly by the rains, the descents in this river are made (usually) from October to April. At the end of the activity there will be a traditional picnic and then our guides will drive you back to your stay.
    • OPTION 3) If you into something a bit more mild we invite you to go on a canoe trip enjoying the nature landscapes and tranquility of the river.
    • Picnic style lunch included at the end of the activity.
    • Accommodation at Hotel or Countryside House at Arouca Mountain.
  • Day3
    • TREKKING AT FREITA MOUNTAIN’S PLATEAU
    • This day will be dedicated to trekking where you can explore the magic, the enchantment and the air of a lost paradise at Freita Mountain’s plateau, located at more than 1000m altitude. Throughout the plateau you will have the opportunity to discover some of the most significant geosites of the mountain. We will help you to choose the most suitable trail according to the distance and the duration (between 3km – 1h30 and 19km – 6h00) as well as the level of effort of the 17 available trails. Passing through this trails means to meet the history points of these lands, the small villages of the mountain, the watercourses, the breathtaking landscapes like Frecha da Mizarela and a unique phenomenon in the world like Pedras Parideiras (rocks delivering stones). There will be a pick-up and drop-off at your stay by our guides and at the end of the activity you can enjoy a traditional picnic style lunch.
    • Picnic style lunch included at the end of the activity.
    • Transfer back to Porto.

Included in the Tour

2-Night accommodation as described on each day

 

Meals as follow (soft drinks, beer and house wine included):

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch on Day 1, 2 and 3

 

Activities as mentioned on the program, namely:

@ AROUCA: Hike in Paiva Walkways

@ AROUCA: Canyoning or rafting activity in Paiva River

@ AROUCA: Trekking in the Plateau at Mountain of Freita

 

Private transfers for all the activities mentioned

Personal Accident Insurance for the guided activities

Permanent local assistance

Not included in the Tour

Meals not specified as included

Any transportation not refered as included on the program

Flights

Personal Expenses

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