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 Hiking Andalucia and the Alpujarras 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.
Patricia was one of the best leaders I have had—very thoughtful, fun, and organized.
Patricia ranks up there with our best guides. She was personable, knowledgeable, interested in our lives, and able to answer any and all questions about Spain.
Patricia was so joyful! She made every minute a pleasure.
Thoroughly enjoyed being with Patricia! A good leader, very competent, fun, generous, and genuine.
Patricia was professional yet so very personal. She made a point of talking and hiking with everyone one-on-one. I absolutely adored her.
Patricia is fabulous! A great leader, great spirit and enthusiasm, and lots of fun to travel with, and she always keeps the wellbeing of participants and their experience in mind. She went out of her way to make it a special trip.
Patricia is fun, knowledgeable, and a very caring leader and hard worker.
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.
Patricia was great at sharing her knowledge of Spain with us, introducing us to our favorite coffee (Cortado!)—and always with a smile.
Such an unusual and multi-faceted and talented individual.
Patricia is a caring and hardworking leader. She consistently went above and beyond to make sure everyone in the group had a memorable experience.
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.
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.
Patricia was thoughtful, informative, kind, and fun. I'd go on another trip with her in a heartbeat.
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.
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.
Patricia's knowledge and thoughtfulness enhanced our experience and adventure. She endeared herself to the entire group.
Patricia was caring, warm, and friendly. She made each of us feel like a welcome guest in her country/home—not a paying customer!
She was our sweeper! Always there, always informative, fun loving and caring! A great choice for this trip!
Patricia is a very kind, hard-working, capable, and professional lady that interacts well with all participants.
I thoroughly enjoyed Patricia's company. She is truly compassionate, loves the outdoors and her job.
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.
Patricia is a knowledgeable leader who was great fun to be with.
Patricia was great fun to hike and travel with.