Canyoning is a sport that consists of the progressive exploration of a river, transposing vertical and amphibious obstacles, through various techniques and equipment. This sport had its « birth » in the late 1970s in Europe, more precisely in France and Spain.
The sport in Portugal is growing rapidly, since this country has several rivers that provide this sport practice.
The thrill and adrenaline is the greatest attraction for practitioners who fall in love with the exploration of canyons. As the river progresses, practitioners can be surprised by new and unexpected situations.
Contrary to what some people think, canyoning is an extremely safe sport that uses high-tech equipment and performance. The fact of being in permanent contact with the nature can transmit to the practitioner of the sport an inexplicable sensation of freedom and harmony.
Canyoning in Portugal is one the best adventure activities you could try whilst on holiday. You’ll be surprised by the amount and variety of lagoons, waterfalls & landscapes.
Tour Extreme canyoning is a fantastic outdoor experience that will lead you to discover a new world which is normally unknown and inaccessible. On Detours itinerary, located in Peneda-Gerês National Park, you can swim in clear pools, jump from rocks, slip into natural toboggans, rappelling or do zip-line, having as scenery an unspoilt nature with beautiful waterfalls and crystal clear water. Portugal has a climate that makes this activity even more enjoyable.
The Peneda-Gerês National Park (Portuguese: Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês), also known simply as Gerês, is the only national park in Portugal (although many natural parks, protected landscapes, and reserves exist across the nation). It is located in the Norte region, in the northwest of Portugal, specifically in the districts of Viana do Castelo, Braga, and Vila Real. The park is situated in a mountainous region bordering the northern border of Spain, about 100 km above the beautiful city of Porto.
The park was created on 8 May 1971 due to its national and international scientific interest, with the aim to protect the soil, water, flora, fauna, and landscape, while preserving its value to the existent human and natural resources. Education and tourism are also goals of the park.
If it’s your first time, you will be alright, it’s easier than you imagine. Our guides will look after your safety and make sure you’re fun all the way through the canyon. Please note that jumps, zip-line and slides are not compulsory. You can decide, according to your abilities and mood, what do you prefer to do. The experience will be stunning anyway.
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