The National park of ‘Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici’.

National Park of Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici

 The variety of landscapes is enormous and all of them stand out for their pure nature, the variety of flora and fauna, clean rivers and their high peaks, which are snow-capped for many months of the year. This is Catalan high mountain land, well away from regular tourist circuits.

I suggest to cross the ‘Parc Nacional d’Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici’, the only one of its kind in Catalonia, from west to east, going through the mountain pass Portarró d’Espot, 2,423m high. Long hike of 6 – 8 hours through one of the most invigorating natural landscapes in our country, requiring a good level of physical fitness.

Romanesque church of Sant Joan de BoíThis trek has the little village of Boi as its starting point, set in a valley of the same name, declared a World Heritage for Humanity site by UNESCO. From here we’ll take a jeep taxi to the national park entrance. The excursion on foot takes off from here, following the principal course of the Sant Nicolau river, passing along all kinds of branches of the river, streams, waterfalls and fountains, until one reaches lake Estany Llong, close to which one finds a refuge hidden in these high mountains. The ascent to this point will have been relatively gentle. From then onwards one must get through the narrow mountain pass, which demands about an hour’s effort. Once we’ve overcome this, we’ll start our descent towards lake Estany de Sant Maurici, to be found on the other side, following the course of the river Escrita. We’ll then soon be able to enjoy exceptional views of this national park’s symbol: the craggy double peaks of “Els Encantats” (The Bewitched). At the end of this crossing, we’ll take the taxi jeep again, going back down once more to get to the village of Espot.

One day return excursions, starting off from your accommodation point, or outings of 2 or more days, including a stay in a hotel or CRP.

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