Florencia Savanti

Florencia "Flor" Savanti is an anthropologist, community organizer, and Trip Leader with a deep connection to the Basque culture and countryside. Flor has a genuine interest in people (don’t be surprised to see her stop along the trail to talk to a shepherd, ranger, or mountaineer!). Born in Argentina, her love of the outdoors took root when she worked as an archaeologist in the wilderness of Patagonia for 15 years, researching avian remains and hunter-gatherer diets in Tierra del Fuego. Her travel spark fully ignited, Flor followed her ancestral roots back to Northern Spain in 2002 where she now lives with her family. She has served as an archaeological consultant for the Basque Museum of Bilbao, and has led hiking trips in the Basque Country and the Pyrenees for more than a decade. Fluent in the Basque language, and eager to share her insights on the history, gastronomy, architecture, and ecology of the region, Flor says, “I especially love to lead WT hikers across the trails of La Sierra de Anboto—truly my backyard in the Basque Country, where I often wander alone or with close friends—I love to share my secret spots.” When not guiding, Flor stays actively involved in anthropology work for several community-based programs at home and afar. Her current projects promote women's literacy and empowerment in the Karakorum mountains of Pakistan and the arid steppes of Northern Patagonia. What to look forward to on an adventure in the Basque Country with Flor? “Our local customs, the uniqueness of the language, the vibrant atmosphere in the streets, the relaxed timetable of life, the well balanced coexistence of modern design with the ancient tradition. And the extraordinary quality of food in the simplest places. Try the Pinxtos—you’ll love them!”

Upcoming Trips: TBA

Past Trips:

Across the Pyrenees, September 13-21, 2015
Great Hikes and Cuisine of Basque Country, August 31-September 9, 2015
Across the Pyrenees, September 14-22, 2014
Across the Pyrenees, August 31-September 8, 2014
Great Hikes and Cuisine of Basque Country, July 8-17, 2014

Client Testimonials:

Flor was an excellent guide, attentive and went beyond what I would expect from a guide. Mira P., Toorak, Australia
Great Hikes and Cuisine of Basque Country
Flor is a wonderful guide and knows how to put guests at ease. She is thoughtful, confident, competent, and great company. Katie B., Lee Vining, CA
Across the Pyrenees
Fabulous sunny personality with a great sense of humor. Fun all around. Kate F., Santa Monica, CA
Across the Pyrenees
A great leader and companion on the trail, with lots of relevant information to share and a sincere desire to make this a wonderful experience for all concerned while keeping people healthy and safe. Nancy F., New York, NY
Great Hikes and Cuisine of Basque Country
Flor was helpful, entertaining, and fun to be with. Tom W., Jackson, WY
Across the Pyrenees
Flor was acutely tuned in to everyone's needs and rose to every occasion. She was a terrific leader! Gail R., Decatur, GA
Across the Pyrenees
Flor is warm and caring, and a stellar guide. Susan R., Arroyo Seco, NM
Great Hikes and Cuisine of Basque Country