nelson garrido documentes the dizzying paiva walkways in portugal
all images © nelson garrido

 

 

 

along the bank of the paiva river in arouca, portugal, an incredible eight kilometer route stretches across the sprawling natural terrain. the ‘paiva walkways‘, completed by arouca municipality and engineering company trimetrica, weaves through the area’s dramatic landscape, offering sweeping views of waterfalls, quartz crystal deposits, exotic fauna and flora, and the river below. intended as 
more than merely a simple walk in nature, this unique experience is an infrastructure that interferes as little as possible with the surrounding environment. features include a winding staircase that leads to the top of a huge hill, providing a 360° perspective of the terrain; and an extremely narrow wooden bridge that spans across the river surrounded by soaring cliffs and abundant natural vegetation. the walkway continues along the topography, with rest stops and strategic panoramic points positioned to admire the view.

 

to capture the route’s dizzying directions and arresting views, photographer nelson garrido has shared a photo essay documenting the different parts of the path and its relationship to the stunning landscape. see the birds-eye-view photos, below.

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the walkway is sited along the bank of the paiva river in arouca, portugal

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the eight kilometer route stretches across the sprawling natural terrain

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the path weaves through the area’s dramatic natural landscape

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the journey offers views of waterfalls, quartz crystals, exotic fauna and flora, and the river below

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the pathway is intended as 
more than merely a simple walk in nature, but an unforgettable experience 

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a narrow bridge spans across the river, surrounded by soaring cliffs and abundant vegetation

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the infrastructure interferes as little as possible with the surrounding environment

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a winding staircase leads to the top of a huge hill

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the walkway continues along the entire topography of the site 

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rest stops and strategic panoramic points are positioned for visitors to admire the view

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garrido’s photos show the different parts of the path and its relationship to the landscape

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the photo essay captures the route’s dizzying directions and arresting views

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the birds-eye-view photos capture parts of the path that are usually unseen 

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overall, the course is a journey through biology, geology and archeology 

 

 

project info:

 

name: paiva walkways
project: trimetrica, eng.
type: walkways
location: paiva river, arouca, portugal
date: 2015 – built
client: arouca municipality
photography: nelson garrido | www.ngphoto.com.pt

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  • extraordinary…and nicely detailed….let us hope the wood structure survives the rigors of exposure..

    don mallow says:

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