Gerês

Gerês’ Glacial Landscape Geotour

Includes

Pick-up & drop-off
Lunch + snack + water
Insurance
Conservation support

 

Duration and  availability

Full-day | 09:00 – 20:00
Spring / Summer
Autumn / Winter

Price

115€/pax | Porto
110€/pax | Guimarães
105€/pax | Braga
family friendly
scenic views
history and culture
adrenaline

Gerês’ Glacial Landscape – Geotour

Throughout a 3:30-hour easy hike you will learn all about the geological history of Gerês.

Explore the sedimentary record walking over moraines and examining till deposits. Whatever the season, witness the beauty of the lakes or the magnitude of the cirques. Find out how geology and biology worked together to form unique landscapes, ecosystems and species.

Discover the communal shepherding traditions, irrigation systems and land management and how mankind has adapted to the mountains and shaped it in its favour, since the Neolithic era.

We will guide you through the ruins of an ancient tungsten (wolfram) mine, its buildings, galleries and stories. Learn how both sides of WWII competed in these areas to secure access to vital raw materials and how local smugglers profited with it.

To round it off, enjoy the charm of a cascade of plunge pools and giant´s kettles – and, if the weather allows it, bathe in its fresh and clear water, weather permitting.

Specifics
  • Suitable from 10* to 75 years old
  • 3h30m long hike
  • Minimum group size: 2
  • Maximum group size: 6
  • All year round
  • Duration: full day – 9:00 to 20:00

 

*10 is not a strict rule, if you think your child can handle the hike or you have a way to transport him/her you’re welcome to bring your kid

Recommendations
  • Wear weather and hiking appropriate clothes and shoes
  • Bring swimwear – to dress up and take off on location (to avoid returning wet) -, a towel (you can rent one for 2€) and flip-flops (not essential)
  • Bring sunscreen and a hat (if relevant)
Background
All the tours include:
  • Pick-up and Drop-off at accommodation
  • SUV with all seats facing forward
  • Toddler/child car seats available (9 to 36 kg)
  • Lunch, snacks and water
  • Photos and videos
  • Specialized local guide with first aid training and carrying a first aid kit
  • A 2,00 € contribution for a conservation project
  • Small-group tour
  • All equipment necessary for the activities
  • Insurance, both personal and liability
The tours do not include:
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Swimwear
  • Towels (you can rent one for 2€)
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