Itziar Zorilla

Itziar Zorilla is a native of the Basque country in Spain and considers the mountains of the Pyrenees her home. An expert climber, she has traveled solo in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America pursuing higher summits and exploring new cultures. Itziar loves to share her passion for Basque culture, the Pyrenees, and the beauty of Spain. One of her favorite hiking areas is in Anboto, close to Bilbao, where "vertiginous limestone peaks rise just from the valley—the most impressive mountains of our land." Itziar's personal rules for happiness are many: "Never leave the house without a book, never say 'no' to a movie, and never waste an opportunity to go on a trip, whether nearby or far away."

Upcoming Trips:

Across the Pyrenees, July 12-20, 2015
Great Hikes and Cuisine of Basque Country, August 31-September 9, 2015

Client Testimonials:


Itziar was outstanding. Her warmth, humor, interpersonal skills, and hiking abilities added even more to the trip. Raymond and Deborah Tonella, Napa CA
Across the Pyrenees
Itziar was an exceptional leader—very conscientious about attention to detail and ensuring that all her guests had a positive experience. Lynn F., Orinda, CA
Across the Pyrenees
A highly energetic, animated, passionate, knowledgeable, and attentive guide. Professional, well prepared, and sensitive to everybody's needs. Robert C., Corrales, NM
Across the Pyrenees
Itziar is a jewel of a leader, warm, humorous, and sensitive to individual hiker's concerns. Barbara and Don T., Windsor, Ontario
Across the Pyrenees
Itziar is by far the BEST EVER! She is intelligent, forward thinking, inclusive, compassionate, thinks on her feet, has a joyous presence, and I wish she had a dozen clones. Linda L., Berkeley, CA
Across the Pyrenees
Itziar is charismatic, dedicated to her culture, devoted to all of her clients and her attention to details is unrelenting. She's the best! Thomas H., Escondido, CA
Great Hikes and Cuisine of Basque Country
This woman is an all-star! Her energy and fun-loving vitality gave us all a lot of pleasure. Barbara C., Palm Desert, CA
Great Hikes and Cuisine of Basque Country
Itziar was fabulous. She became a true friend from the first day of the trip and was a charismatic figure on the trail. Harry J., San Francisco, CA
Great Hikes and Cuisine of Basque Country
Itziar was fantastic. She knows so much, is so passionate about Basque culture, and has so much energy and enthusiasm. Elisabeth B., Buenos Aires, Argentina
Great Hikes and Cuisine of Basque Country
Itziar has her standards—and she makes sure everything meets them, in order to give her clients the best experience possible. Very knowledgeable, very experienced, very devoted to the perfect trip. Pamela G., Omaha, NE
Across the Pyrenees
I feel quite fortunate to have had the chance to spend time with this gifted and fascinating woman. She did a truly remarkable job and I felt that I made a true friend. Viva Itziar! Ray C., Essex, CT
Across the Pyrenees
Itziar was top notch in every way. She was the highlight of the trip and made it a well rounded experience. It wasn’t about hiking alone. It was about Spain, Basque country, history, food, geology, politics, nature, hiking, wildflowers, culture, and life—the whole picture in Spain. Christine C., Essex, CT
Across the Pyrenees
Itziar is very warm and friendly. She was proud of her Basque heritage and gave us good insight on the people, history, geography, and much more. We all loved her by the end of the trip. Barry P., Virginia Beach, VA
Great Hikes and Cuisine of Basque Country