Navarre Region

Duncan preparing for the long descent

Duncan preparing for the long descent

Unplanned free wheeling around Navarre turned out to be surprisingly awesome.

Having left Pamplona, TripAdvisor told us about some mythical aquamarine waterfalls. We decided to explore the region previously unknown to us.

Navarre sights  

Navarre sights  

The highlight was actually the drive through the Urbasa y Andía Natural Park. On route to the waterfalls we drove up a table top mountain and found a vast flat valley complete with livestock, stately ruins and miles of grassy knolls. It was bizarre, like the land before time. The other side of the valley we descended the mountain on a windy pass to start the waterfall hike.

Urbasa y Andía Natural Park 

Urbasa y Andía Natural Park 

Nacedero de Urederra River 

Nacedero de Urederra River 

We set off from Baquedano, on the 5k walk

We set off from Baquedano, on the 5k walk

Despite the overwhelming temptation it was forbidden to swim in the waterfalls due to the minerals making it a shimmery blue. 

Urederra waterfall

Urederra waterfall

Holy wow that's blue 

Holy wow that's blue 

We sped round the waterfalls in about 2hrs. It was low season so we had this magical place to ourselves. 

We walked to the source of the Urederra

We walked to the source of the Urederra

Light was fading and we rushed to finish with good reason. Duncan was itching to long board down the insane windy mountain road before dark.

Lets go... 

Lets go... 

Mad mountains roads  

Mad mountains roads  

We arrived at the top of this crazy road and found several cars full of Spanish racer boys burning rubber up and down the hairpin turns. The screeching tires made us think they were goners until we realised it was organised with track spotters. The yout took a fag break and it was time for Duncan to slip into the running for the epic decent from top to bottom. 

One corner down....  

One corner down....  

This region bought so many surprise delights it's formed astonishing memories.