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Parc Nacional d'Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici

  • Carrer de Sant Maurici 5 Map It
  • Espot
  • Park (National/State/Provincial)
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

The breathtaking scenery of this national park is formed by jagged peaks, steep rock walls, and an abundance of high mountain terrain, all of which lie in the shadow of the twin peaks of Els Encantats. More than 300 glacial lakes and lagoons trickle through forests and meadows of wildflowers to the meandering Noguera River watercourses: the Pallaresa to the east and the Ribagorçana to the west. The land range sweeps from soft lower meadows below 5,000 feet to the highest crags at nearly double that height. The twin Encantats measure more than 9,000 feet, and the surrounding peaks of Beciberri, Peguera, Montarto, and Amitges hover between 8,700 feet and a little under 10,000 feet. The park offers an abundance of walking trails. The most popular is a one-day scenic traverse across the park from east to west, starting at the village of Espot and finishing in Boí.

The nine mountain refuges here range from the 18-bed Besiberri—the highest bivouac in the Pyrenees at 9,174 feet—to

the 70-bed Ventosa i Calvell, at 7,326 feet at the foot of Punta Alta. Between June and September these mountain accommodations fill with tired and hungry hikers sharing trail tips and lore, and it is essential to make a reservation.

Park rangers monitor the park and there are strict rules: no camping, no fires, no swimming, no vehicles beyond certain points, and no unleashed pets. Though driving inside the park is not permitted, it is possible to organize taxis to help you on your way from Boí or Espot, and, in summer, buses also provide transportation in and around the park. For more information on routes, accommodations, and transportation, visit the park's administration offices. At any time of year it is advisable to check weather conditions before setting out.

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Casa del Parque de Espot (Information Center), Carrer de Sant Maurici 5, Espot, 25597, Spain

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Published 08/18/2015

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