Beautiful Memorable Day - Highly Recommend!
Hike in Madrid National Park | jan 2020
My daughter and I had a beautiful day in Sierra de Guadarrama National Park! I was so excited to find this opportunity to hire a guide to go to a National Park near Madrid and it definitely lived up to my expectations. Our guide, Luis, was terrific! He met us on time at a Starbucks in Madrid and drove us to La Pedriza, which is part of the National Park. I told Luis on the way that I was interested in visiting one of the Park's visitor centers. He was great and took us to the visitor center before heading onward to the trail head and took us around the center and explained the various exhibits. I really enjoyed it and appreciated him taking the time to educate us about the area. I was not familiar with La Pedriza and it was pretty cool to find out later that it is listed in the book "1000 Places to See Before You Die". Luis was terrific during the hike! He took great care in making sure that we were comfortable and that we were hiking at our own pace. We really enjoyed learning about the areas popular rock climbing, wildflowers and wildlife. Luis took us on a scenic trail along the river and we stopped at La Charca Verde, a beautiful turquoise natural swimming hole, to have a rest and snack on the food and water we brought with us. Our most exciting moment on the hike was getting up close with several Ibex (mountain goats) when we hiked up to some of the rocky landscape. We really enjoyed sitting at a safe distance and watching a mom and baby for a while on cliff rocks nearby. We also saw several more Ibex on rocks above us. The day was perfect....the weather was beautiful with clear blue skies, Luis was a wonderful, informative guide, and the scenery was just what I needed. I have a huge passion for the National Parks in the USA and it was wonderful to visit one of Spain's beautiful National Parks. It was a day that my daughter and I will always remember. Thank you Luis for a wonderful experience!!!...Meer lezen