Put your boots on and discover new mountains, hidden valleys and forests full of life. Cross the beech, fir and pine forests and climb over passes. Discover a mountain lake, summit a peak and look out over the infinite Pyrenees. Highlight mountains here are Bisaurín, Peñaforca, Lenito, Agüerri, Castillo de Acher and Chipeta. After hiking one the many trails in the valley you can take a dip in a river pool.
A thousand different ways to enjoy
A legend tells how Cheso shepherds saved King Alfonso I el Batallador from a bear attack when he was hunting in La Boca del Infierno gorge. From then on the royal huntsmen were chosen from the Hecho valley. This story has a grain of truth in it – find it by looking at our historical remains, visiting our museums and enjoying a guided tour.
Mountain cooking was frugal and filling. However, the valley´s restaurants offer both traditional and more modern interpretations of this heritage. The most traditional dishes here are migas (a savoury dish made with bread flakes), boliches (a stew made with a local bean variety) and lamb – either stewed or spit roast. Other typical dishes are game, cod, local beef steaks, borage and wild mushrooms. Each restaurant has its speciality allowing you to choose between contemporary, modern cuisine, traditional cooking, tapas, sandwiches etc. If you want to shop for local products can buy artisan village bread, cakes and biscuits, locally produced charcuterie and artisan beer …..
It´s not just the competition – enjoy the best atmosphere and organisation with events for all tastes and abilities – You can compete in the Boca del Infierno race, stride out with your friends on the Marcha de los Tres Ibones (The Three Lakes Race) or enjoy a family hike with the Marcha de la Sierra de Los Rios.
Discover our traditions – follow the ethnological route around the valley and hear villagers speaking in the aragonés – cheso language. In May we celebrate Las Navatas – timber cut in the valley used to be transported as rafts down the river. You can also hear traditional music from our local folk group and enjoy other music at our fiestas and festivals.
Hunting and fishing are the most traditional outdoor pastimes and have always been an important part of life in the valley which has been a National Hunting Reserve since 1950. The main quarries are wild boar, roe and red deer, chamois, and woodcock. The Aragón Subordán is one of the best trout fishing rivers in Spain.
It´s easy to get to other parts of the Pyrenees such as the Ansó and Roncal valleys to the West and Aragüés del Puerto, Jasa and Aísa to the East. Taking the smaller roads between the valleys you´ll pass through incredible scenery. Heading South you are near San Juan de La Peña, Jaca, Los Mallos de Riglos in Aragón and the Foz de Lumbier and Salazar Valley in Navarra while Ordesa and the Valle de Aspe in France are only 90 minutes away.