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Horse Riding in the Pyrenees: Benasque Valley

Horse Riding in the Pyrenees: Benasque Valley

I’m sitting astride a noble Andalusian horse overlooking the highest peaks in the Spanish Pyrenees. Below us is the verdant Valle de Benasque, a collection of tiny medieval villages along the Esera River. It’s not even halfway through the day, and already horse riding in the Pyrenees has exceeded my expectations. But let’s back up to the morning and my arrival at Anima Equi. It is the area’s premier equestrian tourism center, offering everything from pony rides and beginner lessons…

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Nepal’s Poon Hill Trek, Day 3: Ghorepani to Tadapani

Nepal’s Poon Hill Trek, Day 3: Ghorepani to Tadapani

When I first started researching the Poon Hill Trek, I read countless accounts of exhausted hikers waking up at 5am and climbing the “hill” (translation = a 10,000-foot peak that would be classified as a “very tall mountain” anywhere else) in the freezing cold to watch the sun rise. “Dumb morning people,” I muttered to myself, knowing that I’d never be seen among those idiots who awoke that early and climbed an icy mountainside…in the dark. I mean, what’s wrong…

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