Wild Landes on the courant d’Huchet stream

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The Landes region is full of surprises. You come there for the long and sandy beaches you’ll find just a hundred meters away from campsite Eurosol. And you discover amazonia-like landscapes the time of a boat trip on the Courant d’Huchet stream.

Courant d’Huchet, a stream between Lake of Léon and the Ocean

The Courant d’Huchet stream is a coastal river that tacks between trees and dunes though a lush vegetation between Lake of Léon to the Atlantic Ocean. Since 1981, the whole area of the Cournant d’Huchet has been classified as a natural reserve to protect its extraordinary natural heritage. So, now, you can’t go on the Courant d’Huchet stream with a motor boat. Only row boats are allowed.

The “bateliers du courant d’Huchet”

The “bateliers du courant d’Huchet” (boatmen of Courant d’Huchet) are perpetuating a tradition from the Landes. They take you on a traditionnal row boat from Léon Lake to the Atlantic Ocean. These traditionnal flat-bottomed boats are called Galupes. AS motorboats are not allowed on the Courant d’Huchat stream, these are the only way to have a tour on the Courant. The “bateliers du Courant d’Huchet” know perfectly their region and during the tour, they’ll tell you everything about this natural reserve and its wildlife.

Galupe-tour on the courant d’Huchet

The Bateliers du Couranbt d’Huchet await you on the banks of the Léon Lake, just 10 minutes driving from campsite Eurosol. There several flat-bottomed boats available. You can be up to 5 or 6 persons on these boats. Firts part of your boat trip is on the lake of Léon. You go through the hunting shelters, an, after few minutes you leave this wide open space to get into the Courant d’Huchet stream. This is not anymore wide open landscape but a narrow canal bordered by trees and covered by a lush roof. The sun is getting through the leafs, giving the Courant d’Huchet a magical atmosphere. Once you’ve passed a small barrage with rapids (you easily get through it thank to the skills of the bateliers), you enter a new world and dream yourslef Indiana Jones or Livingston on the Congo river.

 

Besides the superb landscapes, this boat tour is an opportunity to meet the wildlife of the Courant d’Huchet. The bateliers will explain you animals and flowers but also the history of the Courant and its legends. Such as the legend of the “Pas du Loup” (the “step of the wolf”) in which a sheperd dog chase a wolf. This one jumps over the Courant d’Huchet and leaves footprints on its banks. Even if we know these stories are pure legends, it is nice to listen to them while you’re carried by the stream.

During our last C’est si Bon meeting we took our colleague from other C’est si Bon campsites on the Courant d’Huchet. Even if it was not the prefect time of the year as you can see on our photos, everybody loved this boat tour. I’m sure you will love it too when you’ll come to Eurosol.

If you want to have a boat tour with the Bateliers du Courant d’Hucchet, you can comme ask for more information at the reception of the campsite. You can also visit their website. There are 2 formulas : a two hours tour every morning and a four hours tour on the afternoon.

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