The "Selvaggio Blu" hiking excursion
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Trekking Selvaggio Blu

It's considered the hardest hiking path in Italy, for the technical and physical difficulties it provides, from orientation to water procurement. In order to make this trip you will in fact need: water and water purifying tablets or equipment, several ropes at least 45 metres long, a climbing harness, a compass, etc., and obviously a detailed map of the area. Unless you are an experienced hiker, we suggest that you are accompanied by a local guide, so that you can enjoy the journey in maximum safety. If you wish to find an expert guide you can contact the Goloritzé Cooperative based in Baunei at the Golgo Plateau, where they run a restaurant and shelter. They also organize horse rides, and one-day excursions to the Bays of Goloritzé and Sisine. Here is their telephone number: 0782. 610599. You might also need the number of the Nautica, based in Santa Maria Navarrese, where alternatively you can hire rubber dinghies to reach those places by sea: 0782 615522. The ‘Selvaggio Blu’ involves 6 or 7 legs, for a total of 42 kilometres. The starting point is Baunei, even if some people start from Santa Maria Navarrese. The first leg goes from Pedra Longa to Cuile Despiggius, it lasts 3 hours and covers 4 kilometres. You might at this point feel like carrying on to the second leg, which from Cuile Despiggius goes to Porto Cuao, in 6 hours, covering 7 kilometres. The third leg is as long as the second but more challenging: it sets off to Cala Goloritzé and lasts 8 hours. The fourth leg goes from Goloritzé to Bacu Mudaloru in 6 hours, covering 5 kilometres. This is probably the hardest of all legs, so much so that often some hikers decide to give up. It actually involves some climbing and a few abseils. The fifth leg covers 5 kilometres, from Bacu Mudaloru to Cuile Mancosu, and takes 5 hours and some climbing. The sixth goes to Cala Sisine covering 4 kilometres in five and a half hours, and involves some climbing as well. The seventh leg does not involve climbing. Is the longest one, but it ‘only’ takes 5 hours to cover the 12 kilometres that take you to Cala Fuili: after all, by the time you get to that point you will have experienced much worse than that! From there, you’ll just have to go up a few steps to reach the car park. Cala Gonone in then only 3,5 kilometres of surfaced road away from there.

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