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3-day hiking trip in Saja-Besaya Natural Park


Explore the incredible forests of the Saja-Besaya Natural Park in Cantabria, Spain on a 3-day hike with Pedro, an AEGM certified mountain guide.



3 Days

Sep, Oct, Nov


All Levels


  • Enjoy the exquisite local Cantabrian cuisine and culture.
  • Explore the unknown forest in a unique environment.
  • Discover the thousand colors of the leaves on a fall hike.


Discover the incredible Saja-Besaya Natural Park in Spain on a unique 3-day hike. Follow me to the heart of the Pyrenees and enjoy a colorful fall excursion.

The Saja-Besaya Natural Park, in Cantabria, dates back to 1988 and covers 2,500 hectares! It is located in the water basins of the two rivers of Saja and Besaya. It is famous for its pronounced altitude difference of 1,800 meters between the highest and lowest valleys. Furthermore, it is filled with spectacular beech, oaks, birch and holly trees.

On this trip, we’ll visit the most iconic spots in the park, including Suano and Reinosa. You can check the itinerary below for a more detailed description of what we’ll be doing each day.

This is an intermediate level trip. However, you don’t need to be extremely fit to join. We can stop along the way as many times as you want either to enjoy the views or rest for a bit. In the afternoons, we’ll try to stop in a local bar or restaurant to explore the culture and cuisine. We’ll also use a car to cover some distances. Make sure to review the list of necessary equipment below.

Ready for a fun 3-day fall excursion in the woods? Then book your place and follow me on this colorful adventure in the Spanish Pyrenees!

If you are looking for more hiking trips in the Pyrenees, you can also join me on a 6-day adventure in the Sierra de Guadarrama or a 6-day trip to Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Personal insurance

Price details

Price per person to join a group. Price does not include meals.


Day 1: Ride to Reinosa

We’ll go from Madrid to Burgos and look for our accommodation at Reinosa.

Day 2: Saja forests

The beech forest in the Saja valley is one of the most spectacular views in the peninsula. Along the way, we’ll be able to enjoy other types of trees along with streams and rivers.
Distance: 15.5 km. Elevation gain/loss: +325/-325m.

Day 3: El Hayedo de Suano

From the Suano town, we’ll follow the circular route along the beautiful trees, passing through the Ricueba stream, the Cueva de los Hornucos and the Endino mount.
Back to Madrid.
Distance: 11 km. Elevation gain/loss: +300/-300m.




Mountain hotel.

More info

To reserve a spot, you need to deposit 40% of the total price.

Make sure to bring: -Comfortable and light clothes for hiking -Warm clothes for the night -Waterproof jacket -Hat -Hiking boots -20-30 liter backpack -Water bottle -Sunglasses -Sunscreen and lip balm -Sport shoes -Hiking sticks.

Meeting point

Nuevos Ministerios, Madrid.

About the guide

I've been a guide for 15 years, travelling around mountains all over the world guiding and participating in expeditions.

I like guiding trekking and hiking, and I am also canyoning guide and specialist. Nowadays I teach in Madrid's guiding school.

Some of my favourites trips are Tour del Mont Blanc, Senda Camille (Pyrenees), Tour del Cervino, Tour del Monte Rosa and Tour del Aneto.


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What people are saying about Pedro Gonzalez del Tanago

Yuval Barel


September, 2021

Was very good carlos was excellent guide

Folkert Haak


August, 2021

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Raquel Cerrato


April, 2019

Pedro was so knowledgeable about the area, and graciously answered all our questions, even those unrelated to the hike. He was very kind in picking us up from Madrid for a small fee. He also took a bunch of photos of my husband and I during the trek, which I really appreciated since those are our only pictures together from our trip to Spain. I'd definitely recommend Pedro to anyone traveling to Madrid and interested in experiencing nature outside the city.


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