Less risky Los Riscos

Behind Cartajima lies a strange wonderland of extraordinary rock formations. Called Los Riscos, meaning crags, these limestone outcrops are a dangerous place to wander without a local guide.

The pastoral approach to the dangerous Los Riscos

The pastoral approach to the dangerous Los Riscos

Many of my guests long to explore the area but we always advise against it. There are four ridges and, once you are over the first, it becomes difficult to navigate your way out.

Thanks to the efforts of local organisations, we can now offer our guests a safe introduction to this fascinating landscape. A 2.5 kilometer trail has been inaugurated which is of moderate difficulty and takes about one and a half hours. We walked it last weekend and it is delightful, safe, and magnificently signposted.

Signposting is respectful and unobtrusive

Signposting is respectful and unobtrusive

There are sufficient markers to make one feel confident of being on the right track. Just enough information about the landscape to satisfy but not intrude. Extremely discreet and respectful.

The famous Eagle rock

The famous Eagle rock

The path goes past the locally famous El Aguila or eagle shaped rock with its outstretched wings.  And many other strange shapes:

Otherworldly rock formations abound

Otherworldly rock formations abound

We are thrilled to have such a safe introduction to Los Riscos to offer our guests. And we are very grateful to Juzcar town hall and the other organisations that contributed to this effort. It sets an example to all and leads the drive to increase awareness of the intrinsic value of our beautiful valley.

Picnic and a rest in the shade of a broom tree!

Picnic and a rest in the shade of a broom tree!

Talking of broom – which was named after which? The tree after the sweeping device or vice versa? hmmm. .