Hanging out with the vultures in Navarra

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December 16th 2012
Published: December 26th 2012
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Just 50km to the Southeast of Pamplona is the small town of Lumbier. It's nothing special, in fact we didn't even go there. Nearby hides a special secret though, and that was the purpose of our visit.

Foz de Lumbier is a small canyon in which hundreds, maybe thousands, of Egyptian Vultures have made their home. It was amazing walking along the footpath, a disused railway line, and getting so close to them. The path is easy to negotiate and this was evident by the number of families out for a stroll and cyclists riding thier bikes. At times you have to go through dark tunnels but you always emerge into spectacular scenery with a multitude of carrion circling above waiting for you to drop dead!!

A few kilometres along the path we found a trail leading up into the hills. This was a fabulous way to return to the car park, although Russ's new trekking shoes got rather dirty!! It wasn't too difficult an ascent but it was quite muddy in places - just energetic enough for us.

At the top we found our way onto the trail leading back to the car park simply because of the danger signs warning us away from other routes. It was a great day for getting up close and personal with the vultures and we highly recommend it as a day out if you get the chance.

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About the old railway

6th January 2013

A sense of freedom
Reading about your walk in the Foz de Lumbia gave me a wonderful sense of freedom and grandeur. Your blog was fun to read and the photography excellent .

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