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5-6 h. Departure time to be arranged.
Availability : June and December
Torrejón el Rubio
Torrejón el Rubio
Min Age : individuals and groups

Transhumance

Live the transhumance alive

Verdehesa offers you the possibility of living an authentic transhumant experience that will leave you with indelible memories and experiences and that will intensify your passion for the pastoral and livestock world, its past history, its present vicissitudes and its uncertain future.

And we can do it because transhumance is still alive in Monfragüe, sculpting landscapes, preserving biodiversity, connecting ecosystems, producing food of enormous quality and generating multiple environmental and cultural goods and services.

Interested? So read on…

It is the brothers Jerónimo and Diego Martín, and Jorge and Luis García who keep the transhumance alive because twice a year they move more than half a thousand Avileñas-Negra ibérica and Moruchas cows, crossing the Monfragüe Biosphere Reserve on a route that runs between the lands of Trujillo – where the winter pastures of the dehesas are located – and those of the western end of the Sierra de Gredos, in Tornavacas (head of the Jerte Valley) and Gil García (in the province of Ávila) – where the cattle enjoy fresh mountain pastures in the summer months.

It is a pastoral practice that these four brothers have been developing for generations and that Verdehesa has joined in recent years to, through images, narrate it and raise awareness of its value and, in parallel, outline the quality tourism product that we can offer you.

Transhumance takes place twice a year: towards the end of June, when the herds go up to the mountain passes of the Sierra de Gredos, and in December, when they go down to the pastures of Trujillo. During some days of this journey, the cows run along the historic corridor of the Cañada Real Trujillana, crossing the National Park and the Monfragüe Biosphere Reserve from south to north, between the towns of Plasencia and Trujillo, with the following approximate itinerary for the summer, which is reversed in the winter:

  • Day 1.- Cattle ranch – Almonte river
  • Day 2.- Almonte River- Torrejón el Rubio
  • Day 3.- Torrejón el Rubio- Villarreal de San Carlos
  • Day 4.- Villarreal de San Carlos- Malpartida de Plasencia

We encourage you to join the herd to enjoy a unique emotional experience and also help to keep transhumance and livestock trails alive, because part of the profits from your visit will be invested by Verdehesa to meet some of the needs of the shepherds and their cows.

All the details of the route and the reservation and purchase system will be available when the shepherds finalize the dates of the transhumance, although we offer you some important information below:

Place of Departure

  • Verdehesa guides will meet the participants at a starting point defined for each day. Each participant will be informed of the exact starting points well in advance.
  • The guides will accompany the group throughout the activity and will be in charge of transporting the participants to the starting point where the tour begins each day.

Duration

  • Interested persons may participate in the activity on one or more days.
  • In the summer transhumant route the duration of the journeys is usually half a day, while in the winter route it is usually a little longer. Thus, summer days are usually 5-6 hours long. In winter, they can last up to 7-8 hours.

It should be noted that unforeseen events can always arise that modify the schedules, given that we work with herds of about 250 head, but precisely this unpredictability is part of the attraction of the experience, of the authenticity of the proposal.

  • The daily route is around 15-20 kilometers on foot and the difficulty is low, except on the third day, which is medium, as it crosses the Monfragüe mountain range (500 meters above sea level). It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes, warm clothes in the winter and a hat or cap for the summer.
  • It is important that participants follow the instructions of the Verdehesa shepherds and guides at all times. The group of participants will be divided into two, one at the head of the herd and the other at the tail. These positions will be exchanged after the scheduled midway stop.

The price includes

  • Guide interpreter of the activity
  • Small mid-morning lunch
  • Liability insurance
  • Digital souvenir photo album

The price does NOT include

  • Travel by vehicle
  • Water or soft drinks.

Optional Services

  • English Interpreter
Information about groups and discounts.

We can offer you special prices if you also book other ecotourism or cultural tours with Verdehesa. Ask us for more information with no obligation by email, phone or WhatsApp!

Standard rates

Prices include 21% VAT.

  • Between 1 and 5 persons: 300€.
  • Between 6 and 10 persons: 550€.
  • Between 11 and 15 persons: 750€.
  • Between 16 and 20 persons: 900€.

Weekend and holiday rates

20% increase over the standard rate.

Guided tour in English

Increase of 30€ over the standard rate. You will be able to add this option during the purchase process.

If you have any questions, please feel free to use the inquiry form in the tab below the price.

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