I was recently hosted in a rural house in Ciudad Real, more specifically in term of Retuerta del Bullaque and had the opportunity to learn about many things, of which I highlight two. Firstly I could check what differences exist between the usual Agency, exotic, expensive and distant tourism and rural tourism. In this last I got capture the essence of the place I visited and habitual lifestyle of its inhabitants. I also had the opportunity to talk, exchange experiences, meet people in the end, I managed to change some ideas, some prejudices, and thus make the trip more rewarding if it fits. Secondly, I met the Cabaneros National Park and trained a more personal idea, beyond the descriptions of landscapes. I was forming the idea of how something that could not have been reached. And not only that, but I could imagine its scope and the importance that has for the natural environment.
I can’t imagine that it could have been Iberian lynx, of the Black Vulture, the Eagle Imperial or the plant species such as birch, yew, etc. All these species, needless to say, they are in danger of extinction. But one of the objectives of the National Park of Cabaneros was the conservation and preservation of this ecosystem, species, and its wealth. Why I am still amazed of that place might have become a land empty of meaning if it had not been for the action of environmental groups who have managed to stop the initiative to convert this space into training center for military air forces. There is nothing against them, but it is much in favor of animals and nature. Instead, in 1988, this place became a national park. Also it is meritorious that active tourism and local cuisine companies have reached a balance that is beneficial to all parties involved: animals live, the first thing; entrepreneurs and visitors gain benefits, experiences and preserve the environment; the inhabitants have rural houses in which overturned their hopes for a better future and dream a family and traditional business.