Occidental Vallleys Natural Park, Huesca, Spain
The Nature Park of the ´Valles Occidentales´ was founded in 2006. Within its territory we can find the most beautiful mountains of Aragon, with spectacular formations of glacial and karst. We must also highlight the vast Atlantic forest, with beech and pine forests.
In this location we are near the road (track) which connects Ansó with Zuriza, in the front view we can admire the peaks of the western Pyrenees of Huesca, and on the hill opposite is now the border with Navarra.
An awesome place located at the north of Echo Valley. Selva de Oza is a favorite location for hikers ...
Una subida dura, con una desnivel medio de 1000 metros. el premio al llegar: unas espectaculares vist...
Detrás de la senderista, aparece el pequeño Dolmen de Aguas Tuertas, denominado "el Dólmen del Salto"...
Tras una empinada subida, aparece una puerta para el paso de ganado, de repente, nos encontramos de f...
El río Aragón Subordán que discurre a lo largo del Valle, formando curiosos meandros. Hacia el fondo ...
Iglesia de Aragües del Puerto, en la localidad del mismo nombre
Finally, we made it. It took us a little less than 3 hours to climb up the Soum Couy & half that time...
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