Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley, Escaldes-Engordany

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The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is a glacial valley in the southeast of Andorra. It covers an area of 42.47 km², approximately 9% of the total area of Andorra, and is part of the second largest watershed basin in Andorra. The isolated valley is recognised as a haven for rare or endangered wildlife, and the undeveloped valley has recently been considered to be the "spiritual heart" of Andorra. It became Andorra's first, and to date its only, UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, with a small extension in 2006.OverviewThe valley is a glacial landscape, with high pastures, craggy cliffs, and steep wooded valleys. It is bounded by mountain ridges to the south, east and west, with the southern edge running along the border with Spain, and by an escarpment which drops away into the Valira valley to the north. It is isolated from the rest of Andorra, and can only be reached by tracks passable on foot. Dwellings, field terraces, tracks, and the remains of ironworking demonstrate the ways that the natural resources of the high Pyrenees were used by the local inhabitants over a period of over 700 years, through changes in climate, economic prosperity, and social structures.Two small settlements, Entremesaigües and Ramio, are situated in the narrow valley floor. Both were year-round settlements until the last 50 years, but both are now occupied only in the summer. There are 12 houses in all, constructed from local granite with schist roofs. Each house has a large barn for storage of grain and hay. The houses and the enclosed areas near the settlements are the only areas owned privately, accounting for approximately 1% of the area of the valley.
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  • Visited this Valley three times and only in winter. Twice by the Encamp, one by Pas de la Cass. Each time enjoyed the untouched area of nature into densely populated Center. Never met anyone in its path, the Valley in winter is almost always alone. I think perfect several readership as basecamp for Freeride camp.
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  • The vall de Madriu is a lovely place to stroll. It is beautiful in its stamp of colors spring and autumn.
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  • Don't forget to bring your camera because you'll hallucinate with the beauty of its landscapes. Many routes of different hardness. Total disconnection
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