Juan Jose Alvarez Garcia
It is a great honour for me to have happy costumers who like the way that I try to give them a nice time here in the Picos. Being a Mountain Guide is my life, showing everybody the mountains where I live is my way of life. I like to say thank you first to my wife Sonia who works hard to have everything under control for the costumers and second to the great professional team of EXPLORE( I feel part of the team after close to 20 years) who make easier my work here in the Picos.
What in your opinion is the best thing about the job?
The best thing of my job is that i can do exactly that i always wished to do, guiding in the Picos.
Describe one of the local customs in your country?
On the 8th September the festival of Sotres day (Virgin of Covadonga day) a few days before the young single people of Sotres cut down a tree, the taller the better and bring it in close to the village where they spend the night with the tree called the Hoguera. The girls from the village at day break go up to the nearby woods in their traditional clothes and musical instruments and start singing old songs for the boys who have taken the tree down to the village. On the day of the festival and after mass and the procession of the tree the young single men plant it and they put a flower on it's top. They have to plant the tree only with their hands. Once it has been planted the young single men have to climb it to get the flower from the top and then give it to one of the young single girls that they like then has to give them a kiss in exchange for the flower.
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