Río Guazalamanco

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Río Guazalamanco

The Guazalamanco is a mountain river, whose turbulent, oxygen- and ice-crystal-filled waters flow all the year round. Every corner of this tranquil spot will invite you to rest your senses and remain still and silent, as though you were able to become one with the natural world around you and return to your origins. If you happen to leave your camera in the car, when you come across this river you will be compelled to hurry back and retrieve it in order to start snapping images of this gorgeous spot.


Once you are over the asphalted ramp, the most difficult section of this trail, you will arrive at a superb viewing point which will allow you to enjoy fine vistas of the reservoir and the ravine of Barranco Valentín. A little further on the trail starts to run parallel to the river and when you reach the ford (without crossing it), continue along the bank and keep an eye out for the many charming little nooks and dells you will encounter. Later you will have to leave the bank in order to cross over to a track, on which you will continue walking upstream until you reach the Cascada del Dique waterfall, very easy to recognise owing to the rock faces at its top. A little further down, hidden in the undergrowth, you may catch sight of another beautiful waterfall that is worth making the effort to find.

Past the Cascada del Dique there is a path which first criss-crosses the river twice before leading you up to its headwaters. The path then climbs away from the bottom of the ravine for a long while before returning, where it ends at a forest track which will lead you to the lower part of Cerrada de Navas gorge and one of the most eye-catching stretches of the River Guazalamanco.

If you wish to arrive at the same spot from above and follow the course of the river down, there is a fascinating trail which begins at the El Hornico Nature Study Centre and Botanical Garden: the Guazalamanco Trail via the Prados de Arredondo. This signposted, circular route is a total of 13.2 kilometres long (from beginning to end and back to the beginning), and if you are in a group with two vehicles you can leave one on the asphalted slope and thereby reduce the length of the route to 8.8 kilometres, while also avoiding the Dehesa del Rincón which is the flattest and most monotonous part of the route.

 

LOCATION

The most direct access route to the Guazalamanco is via the Dehesa del Rincón. From Pozo Alcón take the A-326 along the Avenida Bolera towards Castril; once you have passed kilometre 7 and the Bolera campsite, take the turn-off to your left, which runs alongside the Bolera Forest House (El Hornico is signposted). Continue straight along the main dirt track for 6.7 kilometres until you reach a fork to the left, in the form of an asphalted track leading uphill. If you have an off-road vehicle you can continue along to the Pasada de Guazalamanco via a forest track running parallel to the river; however, we recommend that you leave your vehicle at the foot of the aforementioned asphalted track and take a short walk to the Cascada del Dique (2.5 kilometres there and back), to enjoy the many charming nooks you will find next to this beautiful, wild mountain river.



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