Our American clients, Nathan and Susannah, were eager to make tracks from Camping Castillo de Loarre to explore the Aragon region of Spain, as it was their last day off road before heading back to Paris.
The newly built tunnels and Autovia took us north from Huesca towards Sabiñánigo to a height of 4379 feet, giving us spectacular views of the Pyrenees mountain peaks. We headed east towards the remote village of Laguarta, in the heart of the Sierra y Cañones de Guara Natural Park.
Imposing rock bordered the narrow, winding road which climbed through varying terrain and followed the path of the Rio Guarga.
We resisted the guidance of a local cow, who was keen to encourage the use of local facilities…
… but our next helpful guide wasn’t kidding around when directing us off the beaten track!
A dusty forest track, river fording and a long rock crawl climb added excitement to the journey. The tall pine trees provided some cover from the scorching sun.
We passed the ruins of the abandoned village of Torrolluela del Obico.
After a picnic near Alquézar with views over the canyon we moved on to our final few trails. Once again, climbing steep rocky tracks with olive trees alongside.
The Ermita (chapel) de San Benito provided a high point with stunning views over the striking blue waters of the lakes in the valley below.
A steep descent to the base of the valley proved challenging with many sharp bends and a loose surface.
It was time to bid farewell to Nathan and Susannah, great travelling companions who take away new experiences and memories from their off road adventure.
Hasta la vista.