Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente Hiking Route

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Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente Hiking Route

We cannot speak of the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park without remembering the extraordinary figure of Professor Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente. Since 2001, the year in which this tourist route was developed under the guidance of the renowned naturalist and writer Joaquín Araujo, the Féliz Rodríguez de la Fuente Route (RFRF) has become a veritable monument to the best moments of the TV series El Hombre y la Tierra (“Man and the Earth”).  In 2011, 30 years after Professor Rodríguez de la Fuente died in an unfortunate accident, the RFRF was revamped with the addition of new information panels and signage, which allows visitors to travel the route in complete symbiosis with nature and without missing a single detail. 

The route covers a total of 18 well-signposted kilometres, with markers placed at each kilometre to show the way.   It begins at the Félix viewing point at the side of the Tranco road (the A-319) and follows the road towards Arroyo Frío until it meets the track leading to the Llanos de Arance campsite. Initially the route hugs the right bank of the River Guadalquivir, before later tracing the bottom section of the Tranco reservoir.  The first half of the route, on asphalted road, passes through a remarkable stretch of coniferous woodland, where  Corsican pines and Aleppo pines, gall oaks and holm oaks are intermixed with oleanders, ashes and willows along the banks of the Guadalquivir. This section is also home to the Collado del Almendral Wildlife Park, which is not to be missed:   large mammals such as red deer, fallow deer, Spanish ibex and mouflon live in semi-captivity in this enclave within the natural park.

After kilometre 8, having crossed the Golondrinas bridge over the Guadalquivir, you will move onto a forest track that leads over a number of streams beneath the cooling shade of poplars, ashes and willows, with the occasional incursion of woodland typical to the Mediterranean region and where it is easy to observe deer, wild boar, squirrels and the like.

The RFRF boasts five viewing points, all in perfect condition and equipped with panels providing information about the area. The viewing points serve as natural balconies and allow visitors to learn more about the landscape and biological characteristics of the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park.  

Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente Viewing Point
Located at kilometre 60.500 on the A-319 regional road, this viewing point offers a beautiful panorama over a large part of the Banderillas mountains and the peak of the same name (which reaches a towering 1,993 metres), Tranco reservoir and the islet of Bujaraiza, which is home to the remains of a Moorish castle. It was here that the El Hombre y la Tierra film crew shot the most intimate scenes of the rutting of the stags during the mating season. 

Bujaraiza Castle Viewing Point
Situated within the Wildlife Park, almost two kilometres from the start of the route, this viewing point provides a glimpse into a previous epoch, when the waters of the reservoir did not flood into the fertile meadows of the Guadalquivir.

Las Ánimas Viewing Point
Just a few metres on from Bujaraiza Castle is the Las Ánimas Viewing Point, which boasts spectacular views of the slopes of the Piedras Morenas and their idiosyncratic, totally vertical rocky outcrops. 

Mirabueno Viewing Point
From here you are rewarded with a breathtaking vista of the Guadalquivir before it flows into the reservoir. If you are lucky you may also espy the magnificent griffon vultures and the occasional booted eagle in flight. 

 Collado del Almendral Natural Balcony
On the banks of the Tranco reservoir, at kilometre 13.8, you have a unique opportunity to look out over the Wildlife Park from outside. A kilometre further on you will come to Las Ánimas Farm, where there is a natural spring. 

Cabeza de la Viña Viewing Point
The enormous island of Cabeza de la Viña, which covers an area of over one thousand hectares, looks as though it has sprung up from beneath the waters of the reservoir. Situated at the end of the RFRF, it is an ideal spot from which to observe the park's waterfowl.

Coordinates kilometre 0: 38.097522,-2.812116
Coordinates kilometre 18: 38.092415,-2.792772
Length of route: 18 km.
Duration: two hours (in a non-4wd vehicle)
Difficulty level: low
Orientation difficulty: low
Percentage coverable by bike: 100%
Percentage coverable on foot: 55%
Average gradient: 1.6%
Maximum gradient: 12%
Cumulative ascent/descent: negligible
Springs: 1, at Las Ánimas Farm.
Recommendations: you are advised to remain silent on the forest track, in order to observe the wildlife in its natural habitat. 
Access to the forest track restricted: from 6.00 pm (winter) and 9.00 pm (summer).

Further information:
Tel: 953 248 000. Ext. 1393 (Provincial Council of Jaén)



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