Serra Da Arrabida Trek 09
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Serra Da Arrabida Trek 09

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We wnt back in the oposite direction to try to reach the other end of the valley.

It's always nice to do a family trek, even if is on your own backyard;-)
From granddaddy to grandson, all came for a walk in the wilderness of the Serra da Arrábida.
The adventure turned out well with the discovery of the elusive Arrábida Waterfalls and the not so great scar made by the Secil concrete factory.

This scar left us with a bad feeling though, if this is what Man is doing to this beautiful sierras, what will be left in the end?

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