We have just returned from our second stay at Forest Hills, near Estepona, in the space of a year and, on both occasions, a day trip with Hugo has been the highlight. Last June we spent an extremely memorable day with Hugo as our own personal tour guide - yes, the trip went ahead despite the two of us being the only bookings! That alone is amazing, but having such a knowledgable, interesting and affable guide was the icing on the cake. The tour then was exploring the mountainous natural sights, taking in the local flora and fauna, a lesson in firing a slingshot, spotting birds of prey, learning the history of the hanging white villages and culminating in a trip to an idyllic private freshwater pool with an hour or more to swim and take in the sun. How do you top that for a day out, we asked ourselves? The answer came last Wednesday when we had a second bite of the cherry, this time taking in the tour to stunning Ronda. Not only did we have Hugo to ourselves again for a second time, he also rearranged his itinerary for the week specially to accommodate us as we only had one day left of our break!!! It's customer service of the very highest order and that makes Monte Aventura a very special company indeed. Our only worry was that second time round the experience might not be so good but we had absolutely no need for concern. From the moment Hugo collected us at 9.45am the conversation flowed and Hugo was at his most charming and fascinating for the whole day, giving us countless insights into not only the history and sights of the area but also more of his boundless energy and enthusiasm for the nature of the area. With visits to several white - and one blue - village on the way, the 3-course lunch taken at a traditional local restaurant was delicious. And all this only the introduction to the main event, with more than two hours in Ronda itself, including a personal guided walking tour to many parts of this beautiful fortified city that most tourists never see. Coupled with Hugo's never-ending supply of fascinating facts, we were never short of interest for the whole day, returning to Forest Hills at nearly 7pm! The cost at €80 each may seem, on the face of it, steep but it was worth every single cent in our opinion. If you're in the area, look up Monte Aventura - without doubt the highlight of both our holidays. We've learned so much about Spain - its history, its wildlife, its geography - and its football! - and have passed it on to all our friends and family. Thanks Hugo for two amazing days out and here's to the next one!!!
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