For a few years Hobbiton Movie Set has become one of the most visited places in New Zealand. Visiting a town of the Hobbits you do not do every day and when you are a fan of Tolkien and movies like The Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit trilogy, it is inevitable that sooner or later you want to visit this magical place.
To direct questions simple answers. International driving license is necessary mainly outside the European Community. Our permit is approved to be valid in all countries of the European Union and therefore it is valid every time we leave our borders by car for example.
We are in one of the four turtle nesting sanctuaries that Nicaragua currently has in the Pacific. The Juan Venado Island Reserve is an ecological treasure of 4,600 hectares where you can find many species of amphibians and reptiles, such as the sea turtle and tora, currently in danger of extinction.
The desert is relentless for everyone who does not know it and water is the most desired asset for our survival. Defined as liquid gold in Muslim culture, the Chebika Oasis contains all the gold we may need becoming a true Eden in the middle of the desert. Hidden in the bowels of a canyon, it has become, on its own merits, a mandatory destination in every visit to Tunisia.
The first time I heard about Puerto Vallarta I heard sun and beach. Extensions of turquoise sea, luxurious hotels, American tourists and a thousand nightlife activities. No ecotourism or active tourism. But Puerto Vallarta is much more. Possibly active, adventure or rural tourism is in our view the most attractive in the area.
Every year thousands of skiers set up an appointment to ski in the Aran Valley. A weekend, a full week, whatever it is to visit one of the best places in Spain for winter sports and where we can find great ski offers. Even so, if the sport practiced par excellence during the winter is not your favorite, the valley offers you many alternatives that you will surely like.
Previously called the inferno gate by the Spaniards, the Masaya volcano is a gigantic crater located a few kilometers south of Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. The Masaya volcano is on the route that goes to Granada, one of the most colonial cities with León in Nicaragua. In the middle of this route, shortly before reaching the city of the same name, Masaya, the entrance to the national park appears, glimpsing a huge volcano in the background under a small cloud with sulfur remains.
The best photographs of the month of October. Last month we showed you various places in Spain such as Guadarrama and Gredos, Navarra and its Bardenas Reales, Urbión and the Canary Islands, with the little busy Pico Viejo. In addition, Senegal was present with the island of Goree, Nicaragua with the Pearl Lagoon and Morocco, with the imposing Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa.
It is the second day of our trip through the Sierra de Grazalema and it is time to make the ascent to the Torreón, a mountain of a very rocky character and that stands proud to have the title of the highest peak in Cádiz. Previously we had made the route of the Pinsapar de Grazalema, a unique place in this region to house one of the two forests that still remain in Europe of pinsapos and now touched a slightly harder route.
We reach the fifth and final stage of the Pass'Aran, which runs from the Araing Refuge to the exit point of this circular route, the Montgarri Refuge, next to one of the most beautiful valleys of all the Pyrenees, the Valley of Aran. The route runs mainly in Spain, although it leaves briefly from the French Pyrenees.
The fourth stage of the Pass'Aran that runs between the Gite Eyle refuge and the Araing refuge is of course the most mining. It passes through a landscape covered with old mines that were abandoned in the middle of the last century, where it is still possible to see remains scattered throughout the landscape ... For the hiker it is a curious route, by the combination of this landscape with the high mountain.
One of the best known routes in the Pyrenees for snowshoe hiking is the one that starts from Beret to Montgarri, a small town hidden between the mountains and inaccessible by road in winter. Apart from this route, two more, somewhat more complicated, depart from Beret, towards the Cap des Closos and the Tuc de Pedescau, two peaks that far exceed 2.
Bad luck or not, but a rainy day on the way to Gite Eyle can't be that bad. The profile of the stage covers two ascents of just over 800m, a rise and fall to reduce the legs and head. This stage, unlike the previous one, of a long descent, reflects the extremes of this crossing, with one of the most uneven stages of all Pass'Aran.
The second stage of Pass'Aran, from the Estagnous refuge to Maison du Valier, is the most atypical of all. It is practically all downhill unless you undertake the ascent in the first hour to Mont Valier, 2,838m high. For those who suffer in the descents is not good news, but those who enjoy the landscape you will discover the low mountain, with forests of beech and hazelnut trees covered with moss and a beautiful old glacier at the beginning of the stage.
The Salto del Cabrero route is one of the best routes that are open during the summer in the Sierra de Cádiz. For environmental issues, routes such as the ascent to the highest peak of Cádiz, the Torreón, or the spectacular route through the Pinsapar de Grazalema, are closed from June 1 to October 31 with the aim of avoiding fires within the limits from the Grazalema Natural Park.
The circular of the 7 peaks is located in the Guadarrama National Park, north of Madrid. It is considered one of the classic routes of the popular Sierra de Guadarrama. Easy access and with some of the unbeatable views of Madrid is one of the favorite routes of the hikers who visit the area.
Montgarri is the refuge where the circular crossing of Pass'Aran begins. Next to it is a 12th century sanctuary that marks one of the two stages that pass through Catalonia. We would say that the first stage is not the most complex unless you decide to undertake the top of the Tuc de Barlonguera. If you decide to set course on the traditional route, the stage runs from the beginning through a large valley and then slowly climb to levels above 2.
Winter is back, our favorite season for hiking. To begin, the Malicious by the south face, a classic mountain within the new National Park of the Sierra de Guadarrama, in Madrid. It is not the classic route that leaves from the Port of Navacerrada through the Ball of the world or from La Barranca.
Not far from the Segovia Riaza is a small reservoir or pontoon called Riofrio Reservoir, one of the multiple points to ascend to the highest mountain of the Sierra de Ayllón, Pico del Lobo, with 2,274 m high and located in the province of Guadalajara. Pico del Lobo Before leaving for Pico del Lobo you have to check the weather and especially the state of the snow.
Not far from Aranda del Duero, Burgos, and next to the picturesque town of Montejo de la Vega is the little frequented natural park of the Hoces del Riaza, a story space where the griffon vulture, the vulture, the pelegrin falcon or the eagle owl, a true natural refuge within a privileged place.
We cross the most popular trails of the Sierra de Guadarrama of Madrid in one of its most emblematic spaces, the Pedriza, making a very fun circular route, of just under 15 km, that runs both the path of the Cancho de los Muertos and the Highway, the latter one of the paths with more followers in the Pedriza, in a circular way and through granitic formations that offer the most unique forms, such as a dog or an elephant.