They are located in the north of the province of Zaragoza, between the towns of Piedratajada and Valpalmas, in the Cinco Villas region. The Aguarales of Valpalmas, also known as Aguarales de Valdemiraz, are a curious landscape produced simply by the water of the rain on the clay, which together with the wind and the time have shaped this landscape. These formations, Los Aguarales, are a phenomenon also known as Chimney of fairies, formations created in a process known as piping, formation of tubes by the action of wind and water; in a semi-arid environment with sporadic rainfall of a stormy nature, the water infiltrates the ground taking advantage of small cracks and generates currents of mud and water that are capable of creating conduits through which to circulate and evacuate. The materials of this interesting, fragile and changing geological formation were deposited in the Holocene, last 10000 years, and come from the erosion of the headwaters and slopes of the ravine formed during twenty-five million years.
This beautiful sculptural museum whose artists, water and wind have cost thousands of years to sculpt, welcomes living works and in continuous and imperceptible change that produce in the visitor a magical effect. When you arrive at the place you have to let your imagination run wild to discover every corner, face, building... or find the possible tiny inhabitants of this curious city of mud. But watch out, suddenly a abejaruco or a shrew may come out of some wall of the mountain range of impossible summits or some cavity of the subsoil, a bastard snake or a shrew that have found in this special habitat the necessary conditions to turn it into their home. On leaving the dream or before diving into it, an informative poster explains the area and what we are going to see. The visit is easy, the route is marked to protect these delicate formations and we will go through the marked areas. We will find points of observation in the most open areas, in the superior stroll that crosses the outer limits of the place to see it in all its amplitude, we will be surrounded by amesetadas hills, cereal lands and aromatic plants like the thyme or the rosemary. Also through a few steps we can enter into this unique landscape to enjoy and discover every corner along the marked interior walk.
The excursion to the Aguarales of Valpalmas will give us different experiences and sensations if we make it with children and let our imagination fly at the rhythm of theirs to immerse us in this fairytale setting in which, why not, some magical characters may appear.
It is a singular and lively landscape in which what we see tomorrow, imperceptible but in all probability, has changed.
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We reach Valpalmas by following the A-125 road that joins Ejea de los Caballeros with Ayerbe. The access to the Aguarales de Valpalmas is on the CV-613 road between Valpalmas and Piedratajada, a town from which we can also reach the Aguarales via this same road.
Approximately 3 km from Valpalmas as we head towards Piedratajada, we will find the beginning of the track, appropriately signposted, which will lead us to the Aguarales. From the beginning of the track to the Aguarales we are a little more than 2 km away. The dirt track, which is generally in good condition and can be travelled in our vehicle, comes up against a couple of junctions which are marked. In fact, these crossings allow us to border a private property that is located at the top of a small hill. The road practically ends when we reach the Aguarales where we will find a small area to park our vehicle and visit this place.
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