although wE ARE STILL REVELING IN THE AMAZING WEEK WE SHARED WITH SIX FANTASTIC WOMEN IN LATE JUNE 2018 (See our facebook page for pictures), we are getting excited for PROJECT CONNEXIO 2019 on June 16-23. Your journey will take you from the beating heart of Madrid to the small-town charm of Bonansa, set in the foothills of the Pyrenees. You will revel in a week of gorgeous trail runs, inspiring encounters with nature and people, and the comforting hospitality of Hotel Terra Bonansa. early registration will be available soon!
JUNE 16 - MADRID
Our adventure begins when we gather at Petit Palace Savoy Alfonso XII hotel in Madrid for an official meet & greet. After introductions and orientation, we’ll get acclimated by heading out to savor the sights and delicious tastes of the San Miguel Market. Then we’ll return to the hotel, where you’ll have time to rest and freshen up before we take in one of Madrid’s famous Flamenco dinner shows. Overnight at Petit Palace Savoy Alfonso XII, Madrid.
JUNE 17 - MADRID TO BONANSA
After a morning run through Madrid’s lush and historic Parque del Retiro, we’ll have breakfast near the hotel, and then head to Madrid’s AVE station as a group to board a high-speed bullet train for our 2 hour ride to Lleida. We’ll be met at the station by our driver and begin our journey to the mountain village of Bonansa, population 50. Upon arrival, we’ll hike up to the 11th century Hermitage de San Aventín and enjoy a sunset wine and cheese reception overlooking the village hillside. This begins our week-long stay at Hotel Terra, a family-run boutique eco-hotel that we will have all to ourselves, nestled in the lush hills of the Pyrenees. You’ll have plenty of time to freshen up, relax or take a dip in the spa plunge pool before enjoying the first of our several, locally-sourced gourmet dinners at the hotel.
JUNE 18 - BOI, BARRUERA & TAULL
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll take a short drive to the mountain village of Boi, where we’ll board the Aiguestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park shuttle to the trailhead. We’ll cover up to 17K (with options for less) as we make our way through the park. We will share a delicious lunch in the park at the Estany Lolong Hut, where many adventurers have come before. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a tour and viewing of the groundbreaking video-mapping project of the amazing World Heritage Romanesque architecture of Sant Climent de Taull. As the sun sets, we’ll imbibe in well-earned afternoon refreshments at Tribulosi Bar, and enjoy a local meal en route back to Bonsansa.
JUNE 19 - EL TURBÓN
After breakfast, we head to the trailhead for our run up the gorgeous El Turbón. We will enjoy amazing views just a few miles into the fun, which will stay with us for the rest of the day. A yummy streamside picnic will await us upon our descent. We’ll return to Bonansa with time to relax, take in village sights and sounds (Look...a flock of sheep!) or a soak in the plunge pool before we enjoy dinner as a group overlooking the verdant countryside, with star gazing to follow.
JUNE 20 - CONGOST DE MONT-REBEI
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll be driven to the trailhead at Congost de Mont-rebei, a deep gorge formed by the Noguera Ribagorçana river, that will treat us to stunning views through an ecological paradise. Today you will find yourself traversing a breathtaking cliff-side 5K of winding trails etched out of the side of rock. We’ll be high above the river canyon and run through tunnels and over suspension bridges, and a thrilling cantilevered staircase. At the end of our run, kayaks will await us and we’ll begin our paddle (with time for swimming!) back to the trailhead. *Anyone wishing to hang back and relax, can choose to spend today lounging, reading, napping and sunning by the Bonansa town pool. Tonight, our chef, Maribel, will treat us to a private cooking class.
JUNE 21- VIU DE LLEVATA & VILALLER
We’re giving our legs and lungs a break from running today, and instead using our swimming skills. After breakfast we will drive to the Viu de Llevata ravine situated in the Pallars. Today is about adventure and here we’ll swim, jump, slide, swing and abseil through an amazing series of flowing waterfalls throughout the canyon with our local guides. Following a picnic lunch, we’ll head back to the hotel to freshen up and then we’ll tour Xarxa Parc de les Olors, the “park of fragrances,” an organic farm focused on the cultivation of aromatic, culinary, and medicinal plants and herbs. You’ll have time to explore and shop, before we we end up in Vilaller where we will enjoy a casual supper at a local family restaurant.
JUNE 22 - CALVERA & OBARRA
After breakfast at the hotel, we head to nearby Calvera to embark on a classic Pyrenees “via ferrata” or "by way of the iron" climbing adventure, with stunning high aerial views as a reward for our efforts. We’ll return to Bonansa to rest, freshen up, and enjoy an outdoor dinner as the sun sets. Tonight we celebrate las Fallas de San Juan in Bonansa, which is one of only 60 villages to still practice this ancient summer solstice ritual. We are all are invited to carry a torch of purifying fire, which burns the "follies" of the previous year, providing a fresh start, and is believed to give force to the sun for the remaining days of the year. We’ll carry our torches into the Plaza Mayor, where a large bonfire awaits, along with music, dancing, traditional cake and wine.
JUNE 23 - BONANSA & TRAVEL DAY TO LLEIDA TO MADRID OR BARCELONA
During breakfast we’ll officially close our week of running, adventure and connection, before we transfer to Llieda, where we catch the high-speed train back to Madrid (or Barcelona for those going on their own adventure) for departing flights the next day -- June 25. We are happy to help you arrange hotel and transportation arrangements as needed in either city.
Price of Project Connexio - 2019 PRICING COMING SOON, double occupancy
7 nights luxury hotel (double occupancy)
Roundtrip AVE train ticket Madrid to Llieda
Private van transfers Lleida to/from Bonansa
Private van transfers / driver to/from all runs and adventures
Breakfasts and lunches in Bonansa
Gourmet dinners at Hotel Terra Bonansa
Dinner and Flamenco show in Madrid
Guided trail runs, kayaking, via ferrata and canyoneering tours
Private Catalan cooking class
Entrance to World Heritage Romanesque architecture of Sant Climent de Taull and the Parc de les Olors Vilaller
Unlimited use of Hotel Terra spa/plunge pool
Women Who Run the World swag bag-of-awesomeness
Airfare to/from Madrid
Madrid airport - hotel taxi (arrival and departure)
Lunch in Madrid