The Sierra Guadalupe

We did get out of Trujillo a couple of days during our stay there for some lovely walks in the hills and mountains of the Sierra Guadalupe.  We saw many birds, a few turtles and even a snake which quickly scurried away off the trail.  There were old Roman ruins and bridges along the way.  Lower down on the hills are mostly grazing animals…sheep, cows and the ubiquitous black Iberian pigs, of which the area here is very famous for.  These pigs are free range and their diet is mostly the nut or acorn from the many Holm Oak trees that grow everywhere here.  We have tried the cured ham which is sliced very thin and it is really yummy.  They also make a wonderful chorizo with it.

At the higher elevations, it was so aromatic walking under the towering eucalyptus and pine trees.  The heather was just coming into bloom and the paths were often lined with wild lavender and thyme.  Mushrooms were popping out on some trails after the recent rains.

The Sierra Guadalupe in the distance....Roman bridge in foreground
The Sierra Guadalupe in the distance….Roman bridge in foreground

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Wild lavender
Wild lavender
multi story bird condo....stork nest is the top one but other smaller birds had attached nests under neath.
multi story bird condo….stork nest is the top one but other smaller birds had attached nests under neath.
Fall crocuses litter the trails
Fall crocuses litter the trails

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Abundant purple flowering heather on some slopes.
Abundant purple flowering heather on some slopes.

Lagrosan, Cañamero, and Guadalupe are the areas where we were hiking….

Trujillo and east
Trujillo and east
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