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Hike the heart of the Basque country provided by Aupa HI! Basque Experiences of Happiness

Hike the heart of the Basque country

Hike the heart of the Basque country
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About
I am a Basque native, in love with my country, culture and gastronomy. And after be working with travelers 7 years, in 2015 I started offering artisan, unique and authentic experiences in my own. Aiming to offer the possibility to enjoy feeling and living, the true essence of the Basque Country, out of the commercial and away from the tourist masses. And this is the best experience I offer ever about hiking in the country side and probably the most pure that is offered in San Sebastian. If you don’t believe me, came on to hike to the Shepherd´s paradise and taste best mountain food & drinks into the wild. And after completing the experience, you are not satisfied. I will return you, the amount paid for it.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Hike to the sheperd´s paradise and taste best mountain food & drinks in the paradise : As we approach driving (1 hour), we will stop for breakfast. And then, starting at 700 meters from the sea level and using an easy trail, we will arrive to a beautiful valley full of pastures located 950 meters high. There, we will enjoy a good mountain snack with cider in an authentic shepherd’s edge. From the edge, you will have the option to up to one of the highest peaks of the Basque Country, 1528 meters high, or relax enjoying the valley. Before completing a circular route through an area with spectacular beauty, finishing with a mini-yoga session to stretch our muscles. We will finish the day, having a drink in a 500 years old farmhouse. And if you want, on the way back we can make a stop to take a nice bath in the mountain waters. Difficulty : Moderate Distance : 12 km Increased elevation : 600 m
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
What to expect
  • Hike to the sheperd´s paradise and taste best mountain food & drinks in the paradise : As we approach driving (1 hour), we will stop for breakfast. And then, starting at 700 meters from the sea level and using an easy trail, we will arrive to a beautiful valley full of pastures located 950 meters high. There, we will enjoy a good mountain snack with cider in an authentic shepherd’s edge. From the edge, you will have the option to up to one of the highest peaks of the Basque Country, 1528 meters high, or relax enjoying the valley. Before completing a circular route through an area with spectacular beauty, finishing with a mini-yoga session to stretch our muscles. We will finish the day, having a drink in a 500 years old farmhouse. And if you want, on the way back we can make a stop to take a nice bath in the mountain waters. Difficulty : Moderate Distance : 12 km Increased elevation : 600 m
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 44741P2
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Base in local and natural foods and drinks
  • Private transportation
  • Accident and liability insurance.
  • Base in local and natural foods and drinks
  • Mountain guide, mountain sticks and water.
Exclusions
  • Optional lunch in the sheperd´s edge (food and drinks not included).
Duration
10h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • If you are a private group, I can pick you up anywhere in the Basque Country.
  • Kiosko Boulevard, Alameda del Blvd., 25W, 20003 San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Spain You can find me uploaded in the kiosk and wearing a typical Basque black beret.
  • Airports:
  • San Sebastian Airport, Gabarrari Kalea, 5, 20280 Hondarribia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
  • Bilbao Airport, Bilbao Spain
  • Biarritz Parme Airport, Biarritz France
  • Ports:
  • Puerto de pasajes
  • Puerto de Gecho
  • Puerto de Baiona
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • The schedule is ideal to enjoy the experience, but I am always ready to personalize it.
  • Bring appropriate clothes and shoes for hiking, and towel and swimsuit if you like to swim.
  • If you have any particular request for food or drink, no worries you can decide at the moment the food or drinks.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Inclusions
  • Base in local and natural foods and drinks
  • Private transportation
  • Accident and liability insurance.
  • Base in local and natural foods and drinks
  • Mountain guide, mountain sticks and water.
Exclusions
  • Optional lunch in the sheperd´s edge (food and drinks not included).
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • If you are a private group, I can pick you up anywhere in the Basque Country.
  • Kiosko Boulevard, Alameda del Blvd., 25W, 20003 San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Spain You can find me uploaded in the kiosk and wearing a typical Basque black beret.
  • Airports:
  • San Sebastian Airport, Gabarrari Kalea, 5, 20280 Hondarribia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
  • Bilbao Airport, Bilbao Spain
  • Biarritz Parme Airport, Biarritz France
  • Ports:
  • Puerto de pasajes
  • Puerto de Gecho
  • Puerto de Baiona
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
10h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • The schedule is ideal to enjoy the experience, but I am always ready to personalize it.
  • Bring appropriate clothes and shoes for hiking, and towel and swimsuit if you like to swim.
  • If you have any particular request for food or drink, no worries you can decide at the moment the food or drinks.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
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scalpaa
Lille, France2 contributions
very good experience
Jan 2020
thank you very much for this experience
our group really liked it and we had a lot of fun!
we liked your welcome and your pintxos
Written February 18, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hey, hope that are you well 😁 Thanks a lot for your nice review and sorry for dont answer it before. I had a nice time with you, It was a pleasure 🙌🏿 Hope to see you again and a big hug from the Basques land 🖤
Written August 20, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

travelingmcmahans
Louisville KY8 contributions
A beautiful day in Basque country
Oct 2019
We spent our first day in Spain with Julen and couldn't have asked for a better day. He took a little group of travelers on an outing that was the perfect start to this trip, introducing us to the warmth and hospitality of the Basque (not to mention the amazing food and drink!).
Our tour included a visit to a several centuries old farm run by the same family for generations where we enjoyed a hearty breakfast (don't be fooled, it's not lunch!;) and met the family and some of the other farm inhabitants (like dogs and baby goats!), a vineyard, a village cafe, and finally an afternoon cooking a delicious lunch together at a Basque gastronomic society.
Julen is very passionate about sharing his home, and helping build new friendships, and his enthusiasm is contagious. He was also super accommodating and flexible with our travel plans. As a bonus he sent us some great photos he took of the day as well as a recipe for the incredible chicken dish we had at lunch, and gave us his recommendations for where to eat in San Sebastian.
10/10 all the way, an incredible value, and I'd go back to San Sebastian just to take another of his tours.
Written November 3, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kaixo Dana, I am so glad to read this beautiful review. Thanks you very much for taking the time to write all this... You know that you will be always welcome in this land and that you have a friend here for ever... Bih hug and all the best from the Basque Country !!!
Written November 8, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Amanda
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain8 contributions
Visiting the heart of Basque Country emphasizing food
Oct 2019 • Friends
I’m staying in San Sebastián/Donostia for a semester, so when a friend visited I wanted her to get the flavor of the Basque Country. I couldn’t have done better then choosing to spend the day with Julen! He took us to his native village, to visit friends from his childhood who work farms in traditional ways. We saw a working bread oven and explored a cheese making operation, including cuddling two day old goats, then ate with the farmers in their stunning front yard. Next we went to a local vineyard, and tried their wine and their sausage. Finally, Julen took us to his gastronomic society where he and his father cooked us an amazing meal and invited us to help. It was such a warm, inclusive experience- so very fun, so packed with local culture, and just delicious! I can’t recommend him more highly. When friends come next month a tour with him will be the center of the visit.
Written October 29, 2019
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Ooo Amanda, thanks you very much to take time to write this great review !!! I am very happy to know that you enjoyed the experience so much... It is also true that the people, who formed the group had a very good energy and that also helped a lot so that we all enjoyed a great experience. Thank you for be sweet, like you are and very happy to can see you again soon !!!
Written October 30, 2019
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Sheep
1 contribution
A day full of happiness
Oct 2019
I thought about it for quite a long time what to write but I came to the conclusion it just cannot be put into words what an amazing experience this is - so do yourself a favor and do not miss out! Julen is the most wonderful guide that you can wish for. He creates a great vibe and really does everything to make you have the most memorable experience possible. I did not want this day to end but luckily we made friends on this tour and continued hanging out with them afterwards. Julen made me wanna come back to San Sebastian so badly and I am definitely gonna do another tour with him again. The Basque Country has so much to offer. If you are looking for a local experience off the beaten path, enjoy amazing food in even better company - spend your time with AUPAHI! :)

Eskerrik asko and see you anytime soon again Julen! :D
Written October 29, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Ooo that it amazing Dani !!! You are one of the persons, with better energy and good vibes that I have known, so do not change and continue enjoying your life, because everything will be going very well for you... Thank you very much for take your time, to write this sweet review and remember that you have a friend here forever... Eskerrik asko eta besarkada errandoi bat (huge hug) !!!
Written October 30, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Happy Feet
Corvallis, OR4 contributions
Unique Pintxo Cooking Class in San Sebastion
Sep 2019
Aupa Hi! (Julen) offers a variety of experiences in San Sebastion, not all of which are advertised through TripAdvisor. With more time, we’d have loved to take his “Hike the heart of the Basque Country” tour. This review is for Julen’s PINTXO FEST IN THE SECRET KITCHEN cooking class that we arranged through AirBnB. You should be able to set this activity up through his website as well.

This was a four-hour pintxo cooking class at his “secret” kitchen. Without spoiling the secret, let me say that this class was a unique experience that was the highlight of our trip. With Julen’s effervescent guidance, we were offered a window into Basque culture not typically afforded the usual tourist. We made five different pintxos including a seared tuna dish that was outstanding.

We applaud Julen’s efforts to promote Basque culinary arts and heartily recommend his class.
Written October 18, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
AUPA HI! Ralp and family !!! Thanks you very much, for taking time to write this great review... It makes me very happy to know that you had such a good time with me. I also had a great time, with you and your family. Thank you very much for being such good people and remember that you have a friend here forever !!!
Written October 19, 2019
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Nick Peters
1 contribution
Unforgettable Experience
Aug 2019
My wife and I booked both the Basque Hike and Pintxos Workshop with Julen. These two days were some of the most memorable of our whole trip to Spain! Julen is an excellent host and tour guide. He knows so many people in San Sebastian, and he is such a friendly guy that it felt like we were hanging out with family. The hike took us to a magical place in Basque country, far from any over-crowded tourist spot, almost like a hidden gem known only by locals. The excursion included a tasty breakfast on the way to the mountains, a stop for lunch at a local restaurant/bar, and concluded with a dip in a local swimming hole to cool off. What an awesome experience!

The Pintxos workshop was equally rewarding. Julen took us to his private gastro-club in downtown San Sebastian, where we spent all day preparing and enjoying 6 Pintxos, wine, and dessert. Throughout the day, Julen shared stories about the local culture and cooking traditions, which helped to provide good context for the experience. Upon returning home, my wife and I even made a few of the recipes and shared them with friends.

Julen was a super host and if you're interested in getting a truly local and memorable experience, I would strongly recommend booking a tour with him while you are in San Sebastian.
Written September 10, 2019
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julenll
Ooo Nick and Raquel, this is a such a nice review... I appreciated a lot, the time spend to write that and also makes me very happy to know that I help you improving your time in The Basque Country. So million of thanks and remember that you have a friend here for ever !!! All the best from Donostia !!!
Written September 11, 2019
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Greg S
1 contribution
Food and wine in the Basque country
Sep 2019
Our experience with Aupa Hi! was wonderful. Three of us travelling together - and we all like meeting locals, experiencing good food and wine, and the trip with Julen delivered all these things and more. In a small group we visited the Basque countryside to meet local people who farm and grow their own produce. The food was locally prepared and shared. We learnt a little about the Basque culture and people and saw the beautiful country side. It was a very special day. Do yourself a favour and take a "non-tour" with Aupa Hi! and the seriously cool Julen. We did the "Discover Artisan Mountain Producers" but I reckon the other tours would be great as well. Eskerrick Asko Julen!
Written September 9, 2019
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Iepaaa Greg, I appreciate a lot the time you took to write this sweet review... I had also I great time with you, you have a great vibes and I hope to be healthy and handsome like you, when I am 61 years old... Thank you very much and remember that you have a friend in the Basque Country for ever !!!
Written September 11, 2019
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Pasha
Menlo Park, CA2 contributions
Day trip to Basque countryside / farm visits / amazing food
Aug 2019
We had an amazing, unforgettable time with Julen as our guide.

First of all, Julen is a super friendly and funny guy with a big heart. We really felt he loves what he is doing -- it created a really great vibe.

Our specific trip was an all day tour of the Basque countryside. We were a group of 8, including a 4 and 6 six year old and their grandparents. Julen was great adjusting the trip to suite everyone. He picked us up at our hotel at 8AM and we headed out to our first stop -- an organic farm where we met the farmers, got a tour of the farm and picked some ingredients for a late lunch later in the day. We made a few other stops, at an artisanal bakery, a local cheese maker, a bee keeper.

The Basque countryside is lush green and as we drove through the country road we got glimpses of swiss alps like valleys dotted by small villages, grazing animals and farms.

Our final stop was at a local gastronomic club -- these are community buildings with a big kitchen and seating for large groups. Julen, with the help of his dad, and some optional participation from us, put together all the ingredients we had gathered throughout the day into a delicious meal, accompanied by local wines and ciders.

We ended the day with Julen dropping us off back at our hotel, our bellies full of great food and our minds filled with great memories.

We were tempted to ask Julen if he was free the next day :-) I'd definitely try any of his other activities.
Written August 14, 2019
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AUPA PASHA AND FAMILY HI! I appreciate a lot, the time taken to write this incredible opinion... I had also I very nice time with you and with all the people around us. You are a sweet family... and you have a friend here for ever. Thanks a lot and best health from the Basque country !!!
Written August 15, 2019
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LotteBB
18 contributions
Julen is the best! What an amazing tour...
Aug 2019 • Couples
Julen is a wonderful and knowledgeable guy. He is so passionate about Basque food, nature and culture that he can create any tour you’d like. We had a great time hiking and eating. Don’t wait and book your tour with him!
Written August 7, 2019
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Thank you very much Lotte, you have a friend here for ever...
Written August 8, 2019
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Gary T
1 contribution
Pure Surfing Adventure
Jul 2019 • Couples
The experience we had with Julen was amazing!!!! We started off by emailing him and letting him know that we wouldn’t be in town during the days he offered his surf excursions but we really wanted to do the excursion with him, based on his description and awesome reviews. He wrote back and CHANGED THE DATE for us so we would be able to do the excursion, let us know he had something to do in the afternoon and offered to start the excursion at 6:30am so we would have enough time with him. From the beginning, Julen was so accommodating, flexible, and open to change.
We met him on a Friday and saw that the wave report for the north coast (all over) was not good for any type of surfing so Julen ran a backup plan by the group, which we all loved, and he ended up driving us all to Zumaia beach to meet his friend Alex (a world class surfer) and we went paddle boarding up the beach. If you like GOT, you will appreciate that this location area was also known as the beach of DRAGONSTONE!!!!!

But before all of this, Julen drove us to his favorite bakery in a little village outside of town where we picked up homemade gourmet croissants (One of Julen’s favorite stops) made by a famous baker, and brought them to a fishing dock in another small village where we watched the fisherman working, fixing their nets for the day, locals bringing in (and cleaning) fresh tuna, and overlooking local mountains and wine vineyards. Julen made us pour-over coffee, we had our croissants, fresh oranges that Julen bought, and got a rundown of the Basque culture and regions.

When we arrived to paddle board, we met Julen’s friend Alex, Alex’s sister and girlfriend, and they set up everything right at the water’s edge for the ride. We got a run down of proper form and paddle stroke (the group was actually all pretty familiar with paddle boarding so it was a perfect demo and off we went), but if you needed more help, they were so accommodating and professional and willing to offer any assistance.

We paddled with Julen and Alex and were taken to the most beautiful location (GOT filming location right up the way) where we jumped off of massive rocks, relaxed, swam and had a great time. When we arrived back to the starting location, we left our boards by the water and went to see Alex’s sister’ and girlfriend’s surprise.

They had made us all the most amazing lunch I could have ever imagined. And I say this because my boyfriend and I went to Mugaritz in the evening (named the 7th best restaurant in the world for 2019 and a 2 star Michelin rating) and it was nothing compared to Alex’s family’s cooking. They went above and beyond and made us some of the best food we have had (and we travel all around the world to eat and drink). They served us local cider, along with a special infused alcohol at the end of the meal, followed by coffee served any way we wanted. Alex’s sister and girlfriend walked all the way to a cafe and brought us back coffee in beautiful white ceramic cups. We all shared a wonderful meal together. Alex’s father also joined us half way through and we all had an amazing lunch together.
After we finished our meal, our group wanted to see the countryside between Bilbao and Donostia, so Julen drove us all up the mountains and around to see beautiful little villages. We stopped in a super small village and visited a church where Julen whipped out... a handball!!! For those unfamiliar with this, this is THE sport for the Basque Country. It was so awesome to learn how to play and challenge Julen. Afterwards, he drove us to a local cider house, which was closed that day, but Julen gave us a private tour and tasting of amazing ciders, which were poured straight from the fermentation barrel. Julen bought two cases for himself and gave each couple a bottle as well!! It was such a wonderful day and we will definitely contact Julen the next time we are in town!!! Highly, highly recommended!! But please save room for us next year (LOL)!
Written August 2, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Amazing Mountain Experience
This is one of my favorite travel experiences. Julen took us from the coast of San Sebastian into the mountains and
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Amazing
Paddle surf in Oria river helped by the full moon. Easy going, natural landscape, exciting and enjoyable.
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Amazing!!
This trip was without a doubt the highlight of our 2 week holiday!! I rarely leave reviews, but in this case it wou
wbullock
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An Incredible Day on the Basque Coast
One could not have hoped for a better day to embrace the Basque coastline than the day that Julen and his friend Pe
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An amazing, unique experience in San Sebastián!
We have spent several summers in San Sebastián yet Julen from Aupa Hi! was able to offer a unique experience for ou
Keccle
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An amazing day cooking
We had an amazing day with Julen in San Sebastián, a really relaxing experience. We learnt a lot about the area, c
Ericfederman
Ericfederman
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Amazing experience
Julen was a great tour guide. He knew the answers to everything and was able to give us a great tour of San Sebasti
Tserhan
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Awesome dude.
If you’re looking for a truly individual experience look no further, Julen is the Man. Firstly as soon as I spoke t
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Local for a day
Julen provided a gastronomic experience. We were with a small group of 5 and the atmosphere was pretty informal. It
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Pintxo making with Aupa HI!
We have just finished our evening with Julen and I cannot recommend it enough. We did a family pintxo making with o
MichTheAustralian
MichTheAustralian
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Amazing Hiking Tour of Beautiful Basque Country
I cannot reccommend this tour enough! Myself and two others went on a guided hike from San Sebastian to Pasaia, a
Ana T
Ana T
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Great family fun!
Had a great time with my 10 year old at the Pintxos competition. Learned a lot and had some great food. Would recom
AileenGrant21
AileenGrant21
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PINTXOS WORKSHOP: Heart and belly warming evening!
Julen gave heart and soul to hosting our pinxtos workshop. His meticulous preparation led to a generous, relaxed ev
Karin A
Karin A
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The time Of our life!
Julen really is the perfect guide! He understood exactly what we wanted and needed and really made us fall in love
andoni1
andoni1
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Great tapas/pintxos workshop
Julen is just a fabulous host. He is approachable, charming and welcoming. We took a group of 14 adolescent student
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