Patricia Raczkowski

You may say it was divine forces that led Patricia Raczkowski to be a Trip Leader. Her first taste of mountaineer life came in high school, when she would attend monthly hikes with the nuns in Madrid. After practicing as a veterinary nurse in England, she found herself back in Spain where she leads our Grenada to Sevilla and Pilgrim’s Way hiking adventures. Some of her favorite moments on the trails are when her group reaches their hotel after a successful hike and relaxes and shares highlights of the day. You can often find her talking to locals along the way, where she knows everyone from hotel and restaurant staff to local guides, who help make each journey memorable. When not leading trips, Patricia has been learning to make goat cheese. “It is a future project of mine to make artisan cheese here in la Alpujarra, where I live,” she says.

Upcoming Trips:

Pilgrim’s Way, September 3-10, 2015
Pilgrim’s Way, September 15-22, 2015
Granada to Sevilla, September 25-October 2, 2015
Granada to Sevilla, October 24-31, 2015

Client Testimonials:


Patricia is a knowledgeable leader who was great fun to be with. Marie S., Henderson, NV
Pilgrim’s Way
Patricia was great fun to hike and travel with. Ellen L., Pittsford, NY
Granada to Seville
Patricia was a wonderful assistant leader. She has a gleeful, upbeat personality, is naturally interested in other people, and is very well informed about the history, folklore, food, wine, and culture of the regions we visited. Susan W., Albuquerque, NM
Pilgrim's Way
I thoroughly enjoyed Patricia's company. She is truly compassionate, loves the outdoors and her job. Sara C., El Dorado Hills, CA
Pilgrim's Way
A wonderfully attentive and so very knowledgable guide. She handled each day and all participants with great care and expertice. Very kind and easy to get to know. It was a pleasure to be under Patricia's guidance.She also took personal time at the end of the trip to give Kurt and me advice on our independent driving itinerary through Spain. Carol L., Kalispell, MT
Granada to Sevilla
Patricia was just wonderful. She was always upbeat, full of information, caring, interested in everyone. That she grew up around the area and had such a close personal knowledge really added to the entire experience. I can't believe it would have been as rich with someone else in the lead. Susanne R., Long Island Cty, NY
Granada to Sevilla
Patricia is a very kind, hard-working, capable, and professional lady that interacts well with all participants. Janice G., Edmonton, Canada
Granada to Sevilla
She was our sweeper! Always there, always informative, fun loving and caring! A great choice for this trip! Lindsay L., Denver, CO
Granada to Sevilla
Patricia was caring, warm, and friendly. She made each of us feel like a welcome guest in her country/home—not a paying customer! Jim M., Houston, TX
Pilgrim's Way
Patricia's knowledge and thoughtfulness enhanced our experience and adventure. She endeared herself to the entire group. Gwen M., Houston, TX
Pilgrim's Way
A wonderful attentive and so very knowledgable guide. She handled each day and all participants with great care and expertise. It was a pleasure to be under her guidance. Carol L., Kalispell, MT
Granada to Sevilla
Patricia was just wonderful, always upbeat, full of information, caring, interested in everyone. That she grew up around the area and had such a close personal knowledge really added to the entire experience. Susanne R., Long Island Cty, NY
Granada to Sevilla
Patricia was thoughtful, informative, kind, and fun. I'd go on another trip with her in a heartbeat. Julia L., New York, NY
Granada to Sevilla
Patricia is a caring and hardworking leader. She consistently went above and beyond to make sure everyone in the group had a memorable experience. Glenn R., Towaco, NJ
Granada to Sevilla
Such an unusual and multi-faceted and talented individual. Judy S., San Diego, CA
Pilgrim's Way
Patricia was great at sharing her knowledge of Spain with us, introducing us to our favorite coffee (Cortado!)—and always with a smile. Ann S., Los Alamos, NM
Granada to Sevilla
Patricia was excellent. She brought such a wonderful blend of knowledge, experience, client concern, and humor to the trip. Couldn't have asked for a better leader. Gary M., Wilbraham, MA
Pilgrim's Way