An absolutely incredible experience hiking with Expediciones Sierra Norte. No matter how many days you spend on the expedition, you will always want to stay longer. The walk itself is managed by a well coordinated, knowledgable network of local guides. Our guides were friendly and patient and walked at our pace. They only spoke spanish, but if you didn't have a language barrier, they could explain about the plants, the people and the lifestyle in the area.
On our first day. we saw some incredible views of the landscape, walking up and down windy paths, while on the second day, we were walking mainly in an enchanted forest. I wouls say the level of difficulty was medium, as it combined altitutude, flat, steep up and steep down. I definetely would recommend shoes with strong grip and walking sticks if you have problems with your knees (a fair part of our walk was downhill). I would also look at the weather, as I imagine it is quite alot tougher in the rainy season, when the ground will be less stable.
The accommodation was a complete treat. Although they call them basic cabanas, they are essentially well maintained, better than basic cabanas, with log fires, warm blankets and incredile views of the mountains. The communal area has lots of good spots to relax, including a few hammocks. The food provided was generous and tasty. As a vegetarian, some of the meals I enjoyed included a roasted vegetable sandwich and tortilla chips with bean sauce and potatoes.
Organising the trip was very easy. You can write in advance and book or you can just turn up to the office. For an extra price, they can organise your transport as well. For our trip, we were also very lucky to bump into almost no other walkers. Really great value for money!
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