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“Etna experience”

Etnatao Etna Excursions
Ranked #2 of 16 Nature & Parks in Catania
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Owner description: Eco-friendly excursions on Etna led by a naturalistic guide with a degree in geology. Our proposal is focused on natural sciences and inspired by the principles of Ecotourism. We renounce the use of jeeps and funiculars and propose walking tours in the most peaceful and unspoiled places of Mt. Etna untouched by mass tourism.
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

Carmelo apart of being an incredible expert of the Etna and the natural environment is a very nice person, we had a great experience with him and we enjoyed a lot the day.
Congratulations.

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Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

As the excursion I was planning to go on in the afternoon to see the sunset was cancelled due to bad weather I was very lucky enough to be the only person on a tour the following day with Carmelo as my guide.

And what this guy doesn't know about Etna isn't worth mentioning!

Whilst I was really fascinated with the volcano, it was the wealth of small details which fascinate me. For example, and it is a small example, when we walked from the car park up to one of the craters I noticed lots of ladybirds either on the ground or flying around. We had a philosophical discussion as to why they seemed drawn to the barren slopes and certain extinction - but came to no conclusions!

As well as being an expert volcanologist, Carmelo also had many facts about the wild life including the recolonisation of the lava slopes which can take up to 1,000 years to get into a state where they can be cultivated. I learnt about plants that could be used as a natural source of nutrients for the shepherds, and one they used as toilet paper…

However it was as a guide to the volcano where he really came into his own, recounting stories of eruptions he had seen and the effect of the volcano on the villages surrounding it. We drove to a hillside where the lava flow stopped just short of the village and they put a shrine up at the spot. Just one of many amazing sights and stories.

This review cannot give justice to a truly fantastic day. As well as driving a long way to collect and pick me up, he was a charming and informative guide.

One tip -and if you get the choice for the Land Rover or Pajero as your vehicle of choice, the roads are pretty rough in places go for the Pajero.

Thank you Etna Excursions, thank you Carmelo.

Thank ginalou h
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Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

The guided hike brings you in close encounter with nature and helps you understand how the earth must have looked when life started to evolve millions of years ago. After the hike we looked with different eyes at mount Etna. We thoroughly enjoyed this hike, in all its simplicity.

Thank Ignace V
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Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

We have very good memories of our visit to mount Etna with the guidance of Carmelo, who gave as a lot of insight. We took the time also to buy picnic and have a coffee in Milo. We would strongly recommend!

Thank Pascale M
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

Very nice moment shraed with Carmelo !
Enthusiastic guide and respectful of etna environment
Here you can find a different visit of etna park
Thanks a lot Carmelo

Thank Juju J
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