David Atela, a graduate of the Universidad del País Vasco in northern Spain’s Basque country, has written several guidebooks on the Picos de Europa and has studied the geology and ecology of many of Spain’s mountain regions. He has also worked as a climbing guide in the French Alps. When not in the mountains, David teaches math and science at a secondary school in Benasque, a village and mountain resort in the heart of the Pyrenees.
David was the ideal guide. His friendly, easy-going manner serves him well. He added so much to the trip with details about various locales. Best of all, it is very apparent that he loves his work!
David is a gem, thoughtful and attentive. He even sang a beautiful Spanish folk song on the trail when asked!
David has a great sense of humor and interacted with everyone in a very caring manner.
David was very considerate of participants’ needs and went ‘the extra mile’ to help each person.
We called him ‘el professor’—so much knowledge! He was just a pleasure.
David is absolutely brilliant and knows so much Spanish history that added considerably to our knowledge as we traveled.
David was a great addition to the trip. We all learned a great deal about the Picos because he was so very generous is sharing his expertise. I know this made the trip much more meaningful for all of us.
David added an enormous amount of information about the Picos de Europa, and was very friendly and helpful.
David's knowledge of the Picos was extraordinary, but he was also a kind companion and a helpful friend.