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    There is a nesting ground for vultures in the hills of Grazalema, near Ronda in southern Spain. In order to hike there, you first need to get a free permit from the national park service in the small town of El Bosque.

    The hike itself goes past the vulture nesting grounds and down into a narrow, deep gorge, called Garganta Verde. This picture was taken just existing the narrowest part of the gorge. I think it captures the ambiance down there quite well.




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    Default Re: Garganta Verde

    Very nice. I would like to visit Spain someday. Garganta Verde for those who do not know means Green Throat. See much green?
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    Default Re: Garganta Verde

    Thanks!

    I have been to some 50-60 countries... but I keep coming back to southern Spain. Everything is just so easy, beautiful, and I'm a sucker for good weather.

    As for the green, the gorge is very deep and steep. Not much chance for vegetation there. Outside, it looks like the green vegetation of the hills disappears into a hole, so maybe that's why the name? I really have no idea.

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    Default Re: Garganta Verde

    Looks a lot like parts of Arizona with the rocky/sandy high desert vegetation. In fact, some of those shots could have been taken near Rainbow Bridge just north of Payson AZ. I've mostly seen photos of cities in Spain, like Barcelona, so seeing some countryside was a welcome change. Does 50-60 countries mean you had a job that involved a bit of travel?
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    I do agree that the two areas have their similarities, but there's also a lot of differences. Northern Spain is more like Washington state, and Spain doesn't have the sandstone formations that characterize the canyon country in northern AZ. I think AZ is also much drier, other than the small patch of land around Tabernas (where spaghetti westerns were filmed), Spain doesn't have any deserts at all. From November to February these hills around Ronda are completely wet. 2 years ago I was in the area for 3 days in April, it didn't stop raining the whole time.

    The history of Spain is complex and interesting, and the monuments left behind awe-inspiring. But I do feel that a lot of tourists going there find themselves on a kind of an involuntary "church circuit" - because churches are often the grandest and most well known monuments.

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    Default Re: Garganta Verde

    You're right, Washington State is more like it overall. The rocky formations and views in the photos just reminded me of similar shot looking through the cavern below Rainbow Bridge. Nice that you get to travel so much.
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