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Highlands of Castro Laboreiro

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Highlands of Castro Laboreiro

Condições Gerais

The technical organization and sale of the activities included on this website are the responsibility of Papa-Léguas, a travel and tourism agency, registered under the name of Papa-Léguas, Agência de viagens e turismo Lda, with headquarters at Rua Conde de Sabugosa nº 3F, 1700-115 Lisbon. The agency is registered in the Commercial Registry Office of Lisbon with Taxpayer Identification Number 504163590. It has a share capital of €99,759.60 (ninety-nine thousand, seven hundred and fifty-nine euros and sixty cents). Papa-Léguas is also registered with the National Registry of Travel Agents and Tourism Operators (RNAVT) nº2275 and the National Registry of Tourist Animation Agents (RNAT) nº67/2014.

  1. Activities are understood to be all those that include:
  • One-day hiking and/or multi-activity tours in Portugal or Spain;
  • Weekend hiking and/or multi-activity tours in Portugal or Spain.
  • Travel photography courses; 
  • Travel, nature and image editing workshops;
  • Weekend nature photography workshops;
  • Travel writing workshops.

2.1. You must register for the activity you wish to participate in, through the website by completing the respective online form. After registering, you will have 72 hours to make the payment. If you register less than 24 hours before the start of the activity, you must make the payment by 5:00 PM on the last working day preceding it.

2.2. Your registration is only considered valid after payment is made. You can make the payment using different methods: in cash at the office of Papa-Léguas or by bank transfer to the provided IBAN, which will be sent to you in the registration email.

2.3. If payment is not made at the office of Papa-Léguas, you must validate it (bank transfer) by sending the proof of payment to the email or by fax to 218452693.

2.4. After payment validation, our staff will send an email indicating the status of the reservation:

2.4.1. The reservation is confirmed when the activity has reached the minimum group size required for its realization and the maximum group size has not been reached yet. The client's spot in the activity is guaranteed.

2.4.2. The reservation is canceled when the minimum group size required for the activity has not been reached. The activity will not take place, and the client will be fully refunded.

2.4.3. The reservation is placed on the waiting list when the maximum number of participants has been reached, but a reservation has been accepted in the meantime. Our services will contact the client to provide further updates.

2.5. Pre-registrations by phone, fax, written messages, emails, or any other form of message transmission are not accepted, as well as on site payments on the day of the activity.


3.1. The prices of the activities are based on factors such as service costs, insurance, and entrance fees to museums, parks, etc. The price includes the Value Added Tax (VAT) in effect, whenever applicable. Papa-Léguas reserves the right to change the prices of the activities without prior notice.

3.2. The prices of the activities do not include meals and transportation to the meeting point, unless otherwise stated and explicitly published on the activity page under the "includes" section.

3.3. Papa-Léguas may pair up individual clients for activities that involve overnight stays in hotels or similar accommodations, based on gender and chronological order of registration. Any participant who remains isolated will be required to pay the respective single supplement (when applicable), as indicated on the activities page.


4.1. If a client registered for a specific activity wishes to change their registration to another activity or to the same activity on a different date, they may do so under the following conditions:

4.1.1 - Notify Papa-Léguas at least 72 hours in advance of the activity start time.

4.1.2 - There must be availability for the desired activity change. If there are any change fees, the client will be responsible for covering them.

4.2. If the activity is canceled by the organization, clients will receive a FULL REFUND of their registration fee.

4.3. The organizing agency is permitted to change the order of activities, routes, and departure times, if there are justifications for doing so.


5.1. The client can cancel a one-day activity and receive a full refund if the cancellation is made up to 72 hours before the activity's start time. Otherwise, expenses may be incurred, or the client may lose the entire amount paid.

For weekend activities, the cancellation must be communicated at least two weeks in advance of the activity's start date. Otherwise, expenses may be incurred, or the client may lose the entire amount paid. In activities that require hotel reservations, the cancellation must be communicated at least two weeks before the activity's start date. Otherwise, expenses may be incurred, or the client may lose the entire amount paid. For weekend photography activities, the cancellation must be communicated at least one month before the activity's start date. Otherwise, expenses may be incurred, or the client may lose the entire amount paid.

5.2. The no-show of the customer at the designated location, date, and time for the start of the activity is considered a cancellation and will result in the total loss of the payment made, with no right to claim a refund.

5.3. Non-appearance is defined as delays equal to or exceeding 15 minutes beyond the scheduled time.


6.1. Complaints will only be considered if submitted in writing to the agency within a maximum period of 30 days after the end of provision of services.

In the event of a complaint regarding non-compliance with contracted services, the client may activate the Travel and Tourism Guarantee Fund, as provided for in DL 61/2011 of May 6, in its current wording, by submitting the respective complaint:

i) To the Customer Authority, as Papa-Léguas, a travel and tourism agency, is a member of the Customer Advocate for Travel and Tourism Agencies. To benefit from this service, you must submit your complaint in writing within 20 working days after the end of the trip. Agencies are bound to promptly comply with the decisions issued by this entity.

ii) To Portuguese National Tourism Authority through, within 30 days after: (i) the end of the trip; (ii) the cancellation of the trip attributable to the agency; (iii) the date of awareness of the impossibility of its realization due to reasons attributable to the agency; (iv) the closure of the establishment.

iii) To any of the entities listed on the website of the Directorate-General for Consumer Affairs through


7.1. The insurance included in all Papa-Léguas activities covers:

  • Death: €5000;
  • Permanent disability: €5500;
  • Treatment expenses: €500.

Please find all relevant information about your insurance here.

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Details of Micro Tour

Here is an opportunity to get to know one of the most beautiful regions of Portugal, the National Park of Peneda – Gerês.

Meet its people and their community experiences. Enjoy a landscape colored by valleys carved in mosaics of primitive forests. Walk through the region on shepherds and pilgrims trails in search of the sacred and the profane.

Enjoy a rich natural heritage and unparalleled biodiversity. Land of the wolf, of the roe deer, of the wild boar, of the Castro Laboreiro sheepdog.

We are in the only Portuguese National Park and you can do it all on this 3-day mini tour.


Why this Micro Tour is a must?
  • Enjoy the rurality and natural beauty of Castro Laboreiro;
  • Possibility of spotting Garrano wild horses and wolves;
  • Learn about local folklore and understand the concept of communitarianism;
  • Contemplate the architecture of the Sanctuary of Peneda;
  • Glimpse the magnificent vegetation cover.


  • Accompanied by a Papa-Léguas guide during the weekend;
  • 2 Nights in double room in the hotel "Castrum Villae";
  • Meals: 2 breakfasts; 2 dinners;
  • 3 pedestrian treks;
  • Coffee and/or tea during the treks;
  • Personal accident insurance.


  • Transport to the place of accommodation and during the activity;
  • All optional visits and activities;
  • All personal expenses;
  • Any item not mentioned as included.

Dia 1 Arrival in Castro Laboreiro and trek on the Castro Laboreiro plateau 6,2 miles.

Departure to Castro Laboreiro, where the hotel is located. Check-in at the hotel and meet at the reception, around 2PM to go to the place where we will do the walking trail today, in the region of the Castro Laboreiro plateau.

Length: about 6,2 miles.
Type: Circular in mountainous, rural environment.
Trail: Tracks and paths in dirt and stone, with cross-country.
Accumulated slope: 260m.
Max. altitude: 1270m (Picota).
Min. altitude: 1085m.
Duration: 4 hours with stops.
Difficulty level: easy.
Points of interest: Branda do Rodeiro, Mamoas in the Alto da Mansão do Guerreiro, Alto do Buscal, Lamas de Rego and Alto da Portela do Pau.

Alojamento: HotelRefeições: Jantar
Conforto: Dificuldade:

Dia 2 Castro Laboreiro Round Route 11,8 miles.

After breakfast, we will leave the hotel on foot and start the walk, which will be a circular walk of great scenic and natural beauty.

The region will surprise us. It is an ancient land. Ancestral. With many stories to tell. From the beginning of the walk, we will realize that the population has lived for millennia in close communion with the natural environment. Traces of the past abound.

The ethnographic richness is immense, reflected in the traditions, festivals, legends and in the heritage of community use such as the Inverneiras, Brandas, ovens and threshing floors and agricultural systems of sowing and irrigation.

The flora is also very rich. We will pass through forests of quercus robur and pyrenaica of great beauty and which serve as habitat for legendary species such as the wolf.

The points of interest on this walk are many and varied. As we told you, you will be surprised.

Arrival on foot at the hotel, free time and dinner in a restaurant. In the free time, we can optionally visit the Castle of Castro Laboreiro.

Length: 10,5 miles.
Type: Circular in forest, rural, mountain environment.
Trail: beaten earth paths and dirt tracks; short cross-country tracks.
Accumulated Slope: 700m
Max. altitude: 1100m.
Min. altitude: 400m.
Duration: 7 hours with stops.
Difficulty level: medium (long march but with stops).
Points of interest: Brandas (Cainheiras, Branda Seara) and Inverneiras (Curveira, Assureira), Valley of the Laboreiro River, "Bico do Patelo", galleries of birch, common and Pyrenean oaks. "Queimada Galega" at dinner, subject to confirmation.

Alojamento: HotelRefeições: Pequeno-almoço, Jantar
Conforto: Dificuldade:

Dia 3 Highlands of Peneda Route 6,8 miles.

After breakfast, check-out and drive to the Sanctuary of Peneda through Lamas de Mouro.

Arrival and visit to the Sanctuary. Beginning of the walk through a very steep trail with beautiful views of the valley. We continue along a valley flanked by huge granite blocks, home to several tree species such as Pyrenean oak and holly.

At the top of the valley, where we will stop for a rest and a bite to eat, the views reach as far as the Serra da Peneda and the Brandas lost in the slopes. We may be surprised by wolves, roe deer or Garrano wild horses.

Descent along a spectacular trail to the valley of the Sanctuary of Peneda.

End of the Papa-Léguas services at 4PM and return trip to the origin city.

Length: about 6,8 miles.
Type: Circular in forest, mountain, rural environment.
Trail: Trails and paths in dirt and stone, with cross-country.
Accumulated slope: 431m.
Max. altitude: 1106m.
Min. altitude: 675m
Duration: 5 hours with stops.
Difficulty level: medium.
Points of interest: Peneda Sanctuary, Peneda Lake, Alto do Couto do Osso, among others.

Alojamento: HotelRefeições: Pequeno-almoço
Conforto: Dificuldade:


Is this activity for me?

Yes, if you want to walk some of the most emblematic trails of the Castro Laboreiro region in the Gerês National Park.

Who will guide this weekend?

It's Luís Dias, who, in addition to his experience in managing the group, will take you on a tour of the trails listed in the program.

What kind of accommodations do I stay in this weekend?

You will stay the two nights in a 3-star hotel in Castro Laboreiro.

What kind of transportation do we use on the weekend and how do I get to the meeting place?

The participants' own vehicles will be used, but transportation sharing is common. Contact us if you need a ride or want to share your car with other participants. When you register, we will send you a program by email with all the details.

If I sign up alone, do I have to pay an individual supplement?

Not necessarily. If you don't want to be alone in the accommodation, you can share it with another registered person. Papa-Léguas may group travelers who sign up individually for the same weekend in pairs, by sex and chronological order of registration. If the number of participants is odd, the traveler who stays alone will have to pay the respective individual supplement.

How much money should I bring for my personal expenses?

Take 30 EUR that will be used to pay for the food for the two hikes we will do during the weekend. This does not include expenses for gasoline and tolls.

Is insurance included in the program? What does it cover?

It is not included. Contact Papa-Léguas for more information regarding insurance.

What equipment is needed to do this activity?

Hiking boots, daily backpack and canteen, equipment that will protect you from the weather, such as a waterproof, windbreaker or polar fleece.

Why is this trip a "MICRO TOUR"?

A great trip does not necessarily have to be measured by the number of days it takes. MICRO trips are trips that can take a morning or a long weekend. They are usually in Portugal or across the border. We've called them activities, but we think they should be given the place they deserve. They're trips. They are MICRO and they are amazing.


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