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Portugal's New Brand of Eco-tour

As the 4 x 4 bounced along a rutted dirt track, I gazed through swirling dust at an untamed

landscape: cork trees, parched chaparral bushes, outcrops of golden rock. Fernando Romão, our guide and driver, pointed out short-toed eagles wheeling overhead as the vehicle lurched up a dry trough, engine roaring. In the front passenger seat, Simon Collier, a former safari guide from South Africa, wore a broad grin. This is what Land Rovers are made for! We were in the Côa Valley of eastern Portugal, a four-hour drive from Lisbon. It had taken only an hour to get from the medieval fortress town of Castelo Rodrigo, where I’d spent the morning, to the heart of the 2,200-acre Faia Brava Nature Reserve. Read more: http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/portugal-coa-valley-rewilding-europe
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