Some weeks ago, our photography collective got invited by Ascona Locarno Tourism for a social media and photo campaign in their beautiful region. I was honored to be part of it. With its beautiful lakes, rivers and the truly Mediterranean vibes there, this area has been one of my favorite parts of Switzerland for several years now. Let me show you how I experienced this adventurous journey.
After a relaxing night in Gordola, right at the beginning of the Verzasca Valley, two members of the collective and I took the bus to almost the end of that wonderful valley, to a little village called Frasco. There, we met our guide Natacha. In a tributary valley of Verzasca, we begun our journey. After hiking through some jungle-like forests alongside the Efra river, we started the steep ascent.
During very summery temperatures and lots of sweating, I noticed how the flora started to change. After crossing some beautiful southern mixed forests, we suddenly were surrounded by beautiful larches, dressed in their warm autumn colors. We found several stone huts used for farming and animal sheltering. These kinds of huts are being found only in this region in Switzerland.
After a fresh sip from the well and a short photo shooting inside one of these beautiful houses, we started our last part of the path. Shortly later, we reached the Lago d’Efra, a freezing, but crystal-clear mountain lake. About 30 minutes of our steep hike passed when we finally reached the goal of our journey: the Capanna Efra, a gorgeous mountain house, made completely out of stone.
After a long evening full of great food, good talks, sore legs and a very short night, I decided to explore the area around the cabin during sunrise. I was right under a thin cloud of fog, which turned the whole landscape into a magical view. Completely alone, I enjoyed these alpine sceneries - what a peaceful way to start the day!
Shortly after a great breakfast we decided to hike down to the valley. With a full belly, cool temperatures and mesmerising views, this long hike turned out quite pleasurable. Of course, I had to stop every few metres to take some photographs of this one-of-a-kind landscape.
After just 2 hours, we were back in the valley. Exhausted, but very happy we went on our way back home. What a weekend that was! Many thanks to Ascona Locarno Tourism for making this possible. I'm happy to come back anytime and eat some more of that goat cheese.
I don't really consider myself a writer, but sometimes I still try to express my experiences about any stuff related to social media marketing and photography.