Zorilla itziar

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: TBA

Past Trips

Client Testimonials

Itzi is fabulous! She interacted with each of us, from the front of the line to the end. Her enthusiasm for all things Basque is contagious. She is so knowledgable about the trails she took us on. She is a treasure!!
— Martha F., Denver, CO
From France to Spain: Hiking in the Basque Country
Itziar is one of the finest leaders I've had. If there was a WT trip leader hall of fame she would be voted in unanimously the first year of eligibility.
— John L., Highland Park, IL
Great Hikes and Cuisine of Basque Country
Itziar was exceptional in every way! Personable, outgoing, excited, passionate, eager to share her love and knowledge of the region.
— Carolyn H., Asheville, NC
Great Hikes and Cuisine of Basque Country
Itziar is an amazing guide, as well as a terrific person. Her detailed knowledge of the Basque Region and her passion for the culture were key to the success of our tour.
— Lester S., Westlake Village, CA
Great Hikes and Cuisine of Basque Country
Itziar was tireless, happy, knowledgeable, professional, kind...the best guide ever!
— Ashley G., Tampa, FL
Great Hikes and Cuisine of Basque Country
Itziar must be one of your stars. She put us completely at ease and took wonderful care of all our needs, spoken and unspoken! She is a jewel.
— Patsy H., Huntsville, AL
Great Hikes and Cuisine of Basque Country
Itzi's bubbly, fun-loving personality made us all feel at home in Basqueland. She happily took us pintxos-hopping, made sure we tried all the wonderful cuisine, wines, and cider, and led the hikes tirelessly and enthusiastically, her heavy backpack stuffed with delicacies for the picnics ahead!
— Julie L., Harbour Island, Bahamas
Great Hikes and Cuisine of Basque Country
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
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
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 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
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 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
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 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
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 a jewel of a leader, warm, humorous, and sensitive to individual hiker's concerns.
— Barbara and Don T., Windsor, Ontario
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 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
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