About Us

Matthew Pinker, the face behind BengaAsturias, is a passionate outdoor’s man and has spent many years exploring the hidden walks and trails – to say nothing of the places to stay and local specialities – of the region. He is now channeling this knowledge into designing and organising slack packing walking tours that capture the best that the area has to offer.

Born in London and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, he currently divides his time between Asturias and Cape Town where he works in the travel and tourism industry (see BengaAfrica).

Matthew’s unique grasp of two cultures and languages (he speaks fluent Spanish and English), his appreciation of the good life and extensive networks and connections in the region, makes him the ideal guide and facilitator for anyone planning to walk in Asturias.

"We found that everything went very smoothly regarding the transport, accommodation and food. The variety of walks in the mountains, along the seaside and the villages, were made all the more enjoyable by your interesting anecdotes about the local history and culture. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and hopefully we'll be able to do another walk with Matthew, in the future."


"My extended family of 7 did the 7 night walk in July 2014. We had a fantastic time – Matthew’s local knowledge and organisation meant the whole trip was hassle free and relaxing! It was a great way to see parts of Spain that would be difficult to access without the knowledge and assistance of a Spanish speaking guide."


"Beautiful, peaceful coastal walks through small villages, on clifftops and with wonderful beaches for swimming. The mountain hikes were breathtaking in their splendor, from snowy peaks to kilometres of fern forests and mountain streams. The small group of like-minded people made it easy and fun to socialize in the evenings. With Matthew taking responsibility for the logistics, we were freed up to enjoy and experience on foot some of Northern Spain away from tourists and crowds."



− Petro Vorster