TOTAL INMERSION / off road experience
Route 1: The Albera Massif (from Cantallops, through Requesens, until Els Vilars d’Espolla).
Route 2: The Salines Mountains (from Maçanet de Cabrenys to Agullana, through the Salines reserve and past the Castle of Cabrera).
Route 3: Cap de Creus (from Selva de Mar to Cadaqués, passing through Cala
Why. To discover the wild side of the Empordà region in a unique way, far from typical tourist routes, crossing through some of the most beautiful and best conserved settings in the area. To live through an exclusive experience amidst curious and daring people, guided in a relaxing way by a person who is in love with the landscape and really knows how to share his enthusiasm in a contagious way.
Who for. For people looking for transformative experiences with their bodies as active agents. For walkers and those who love to travel slowly, who want to learn about the plants they will find along the way, along with the landscape and its people, applying a unique way of seeing (and smelling) life itself. For those looking for something truly special, exclusive and unrepeatable that can only be done on slow heat. For those who are convinced that time is a luxury and who dare to take all they need.
Includes. Includes a plant gathering route lasting four hours, with a stop for lunch, along lovely mountain paths inside the nature reserves of La Albera, Les Salines or the Cap de Creus peninsula.
Camping in spaciously luxurious Swedish tents in full nature. Classification, drying, distillation, tinctures and infusions with the plants collected in our mobile distillation device while supper is being prepared in the camp. At night, beside the fire, we will share stories or just enjoy the audio symphony of the natural setting in silence.
The next morning, after a good breakfast, we will continue gathering plants (3-4 hours), going down to the matollars (low-lying brush) or near the coast. At midday we arrive to the second camp, where we will do natural wine tasting, or try sparkling wines or honey (in function of the route chosen) with the very producers as our guides.
As lunch is being prepared, seasoned with the plants we have found along the way, you can try in situ a BOIRA and your own personalised off-road fragrance, distilling into a single flask the experiences you have enjoyed during the expedition. By way of a sending off, we will enjoy an exquisite meal in the camp featuring premium local products. You will return home as part of the very landscape you have enjoyed, with a gift pack of local products in hand.
Where. In function of the chosen route.
Duration. 32 h (approximately)
Route. In function of the chosen route.
Meeting Point. In function of the chosen route.
When we start. At 10 am, distribution of material and brief explanation. At 10.30 am we get on our way (subject to variations in function of the season).
What you need. Curiosity and a good attitude, along with a sun hat, sunscreen and comfortable footwear. The rest is on us: a basket and pruning shears, gloves, food and other delights, tents, a dry ecological outhouse and a first-aid kit. Besides this, we will take your backpack or suitcase with all your belongings to the camp, so you will only have to carry a small bag with a few essentials: water, a camera, according to your priorities. If you want to bring your favourite sleeping bag, no problem at all, but we will have clean bags for everyone.
Oh, and an important recommendation: don’t come wearing perfume or cologne. This may seem obvious, but it is worth reminding you. Keep in mind that some shampoos, conditioners and deodorants that have been synthetically scented are so ‘effective’ that the cloud of falsely-derived pleasant scent surrounding you will not let you and the others truly enjoy the experience.
Group size. From 10 to 14 people.
Once the group has been closed and the date set, 20% of the total cost is covered as a down payment by bank transfer to the account indicated below. From then on, your reservation has been confirmed.
Weather factors should always be taken into consideration. 48 hours before your visit is to begin, and if conditions are favourable (that is, if they are not clearly unfavourable, such as with hard rain or high winds) we will confirm that the route will take place.
Before beginning the activity, we request that the balance be paid in full by bank transfer.
In case of cancellation
If weather conditions forecast mean we will not be able to enjoy the route in adequate conditions to be able to enjoy the landscape, the group will agree together to an alternative date for the activity to take place.
If it has to be cancelled definitively, BRAVANARIZ will immediately return the quantity corresponding to the down payment.
If you cancel for causes unrelated to BRAVANARIZ
If your party cannot do the route once participation has been confirmed 48 hours previous to the starting time, BRAVANARIZ will not be able to refund the down payment. The reason for this is that we will have already purchased all products necessary for your unforgettable experience.
A small group
Protecting and respecting our natural environment is of vital importance for us. Crossing the landscape already means transforming it. The last thing we wish to do is fill these spaces with large groups of walkers. For you as well, the experience is much more intense if you don’t have the feeling of being in a herd. For this reason, we will go in a small group (maximum 12 people) and our calendar of activities will be spread out and limited. This means that if you are interested in any of the routes we offer, write soon and make a reservation, as we fill up quickly.
Don’t wear perfume or cologne
This is important if you wish to submerge yourself in olfactory terms into the landscape and have an authentically wild experience. This may seem obvious, but it is worth reminding you. Keep in mind that some shampoos, conditioners and deodorants have been synthetically scented, with their ‘effectivity’ based on a cloud of falsely-derived pleasant scent. This will not only leave you without the chance of experiencing the route authentically, but will also disturb the olfactory experience of the others in the group. Nature has a subtlety and an elegance that is not very compatible with strident expressions. If you wish to fully appreciate this simplicity, do not mask your own aroma while doing so. Nature has its own smell, and we do too.
Be careful with the sun
-Remember to bring a hat, cap or scarf to protect you from the sun. It hits hard in these areas and can be especially deceptive when there is wind and you think you will be fine. We also recommend biological sunscreen with no scent.
Wear proper footwear. We are not going to climb Annapurna, but it is important that you are comfortable enough to walk all day (even though it ends up being a few hours). Boots are recommended, but older running shoes or well-worn shoes could also work. Elegance, like luxury, is an attitude.
Unless you like to show off your ‘scars’ from an outdoor long trek, it is preferable to wear long trousers and socks. Especially in summer, certain chards and dry plants can mark your legs with scratches and insects will find your ankles an easy prey. For anything worse, we will always have a first-aid kit on hand to help.