Buçaco national park, is really beautiful, but for those who really want to explore, they have to bring comfortable shoes and bring with food and water.
The objective of this visit was to hike through the park, making a little bit of the water, religious and nature trails.
Tips: bring water and food, because there is only food in a restaurant near Buçaco Palace. Bring comfortable shoes. And most important get the map on the web, because you will need it to plan the hike (because you won’t be able to all the trails in one day) and because there isn’t almost any signalization of the trails so, the map is really necessary!
As we arrived to Luso by train, we choose to stay in Hotel Central, because it’s very near of a point of entry into the park. But if you don’t want to hike this path (see the stairs in picture), you can always do by taxi or car ( if you go by car, you have to pay 5€ to enter the park, those who are going on foot, don´t pay anything).
This is a beautiful park, but it needs some improvement, because there isn’t any signalization of the trails, and some trails like the water trail has been much damaged in a storm that happened a few years ago, and that made some serious damages all through the park and until now they weren’t capable of restoring things as they were.
So in our visit we did part of the nature trail, and then made a huge part of the religious trail that took us to Cruz Alta, the highest point in the park, that has a great view of the mountains.
Notice, that the religious trail is a trail made in stone, so be prepared to some effort on doing this trail, but the end point is worth it!
After Alta Cruz, we went down the religious trail, and them did some part of the water trail, which is a trail of fountains, but the fountains are in need to be recovered, and they didn´t have water running. And then we did part of the nature trail, which is really beautiful, and them we’ve exited the park trough the same point of entry.
We did this in 6 hours of hiking. Notice that, the park closes at 8 pm, but you have to take in account the sunset, and the lack of natural light, so we've exited the park around 7 pm.
We really recommend a visit to the park, but prepare the visit before, so that you can make the most of it!!
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