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Eco Action in Gerês


    Tour Operator: Keen Tours     11 hours     Travel method: Walking     Region: North (Braga)

Join us and help to preserve Gerês


Rates

Person: 75€


Duration

11 hours


About

Take action and join us in our daily struggle to preserve of the Peneda-Gerês National Park. Eco action in Gerês include peeling acacia trees, planting native trees, picking up litter and rebuilding old cairns, there is a lot to do in every season.  

The park forest is quite small compared to its potential because it has been fustigated by wildfires throughout the ages, and it has been continually used as grazing area since, at least, Celtic times. 

During the proper season, plant native forest, with plants from certified nurseries to prevent the introduction of diseases. Plant Pyrenean, common and cork oaks, birch, wild cherries, hawthorns, pines, hollies, strawberry trees and others in the most suitable locations on amazing diverse landscapes.

Combat acacia trees, witch are a huge problem in this National Park. Acacia dealbata and melanoxylon are invasive species that spread rapidly and create thick dense woods that are both a huge fire hazard and an ecological problem as they block the sun light preventing the native species to thrive.  In addition, these woods are depleted of any other life but these trees, with the exception of only one kind of ant that consumes and spreads their seeds.  To complicate things even more, like a Hydra, if you cut one tree down, seven more will grow from the same root, which means that the best available solution is to peel the trunk and disrupt the sap flow. 

Join us on picking up litter from the areas subjected to the most touristic pressure and give it a proper destination (like recycling). This is an essential task at the end of Summer to ensure a plastic-free environment.

Contribute to a better, cleaner and diverse territory while enjoying it and learning about its history, geology, fauna and flora.


Specifics

  • Suitable for ages from 2 to 75 years old
  • Duration: full day – 9:00 to 20:00
  • For groups of 5 or more people, please call or e-mail to book

Price Specifics per person / Pick-up & Drop-off

  • 25€ | Porto
  • 25€ | Viana do Castelo
  • 10€ | Guimarāes
  • free | Braga, Terras de Bouro, Vieira do Minho, Amares, Ponte da Barca

Recommendations

  • Wear weather and hiking appropriate clothes and shoes
  • Bring swimwear – to dress up and take off on location (to avoid returning wet) –, a towel (you can rent one for 2€) and flip-flops (not essential)
  • Bring sunscreen (if relevant)

Includes

  • Pick-up and Drop-off at accommodation (Braga/ Gerês)
  • SUV with all seats facing forward
  • Toddler/child car seats available (9 to 36 kg)
  • Lunch, snacks and water
  • Photos and videos
  • Specialized local guide with first aid training and carrying a first aid kit
  • A 2,00 € contribution for a conservation project
  • All equipment necessary for the activities
  • Insurance, both personal and liability



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Important information

Recommendations:



  • Wear weather and hiking appropriate clothes and shoes

  • Bring swimwear – to dress up and take off on location (to avoid returning wet) –, a towel (you can rent one for 2€) and flip-flops (not essential)

  • Bring sunscreen (if relevant)


The tour/activity includes:



  • Pick-up and Drop-off at accommodation

  • Ride in a SUV with all seats facing forward

  • Toddler/child car seats available (9 to 36 kg)

  • Lunch, snacks and water

  • Disposable masks (and extra PPE, if required)

  • Photos

  • Specialized local guide with first aid training and carrying a first aid kit

  • A 2,00 € contribution for a conservation project

  • Private tour

  • All equipment necessary for the activities

  • Insurance, both personal and liability


The tour does not include:



  • Personal expenses

  • Gratuities

  • Swimwear

  • Towels (you can rent one for 2€)


Meeting point:



  • At your accommodation


The day before you will receive an e-mail with pick-up schedule, weather forecast and your guide's details.



  Meeting Point Information

Pick-up and Drop-off at accommodation (Braga/ Gerês)

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