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Hiking in Los Barruecos Natural Monument

 

As if it were a landscape from another world taken from the most imaginative science fiction, the Los Barruecos Natural Monument surprises the visitor by the uniqueness of its forms and the rich biodiversity that inhabits it. But this magnificent place not only treasures rocks of a thousand different silhouettes, it is also a real jewel of the history and culture of the area, as evidenced by its many archaeological sites or particular works of art that are scattered throughout it.

Route of the Geological and Archaeological Patrimony of Los Barruecos

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The geological and archaeological heritage route of Los Barruecos through its 3.6 km will lead us, from the car park of the Interpretation Center, by the history and the characteristic morphology of this area that are the hallmark of this land. A walk in which we will soon find ancient anthropomorphic tombs or the remains of ancient settlements both Neolithic and Roman, current representatives of the first settlers of Los Barruecos. From the car park of Los Sentidos we will also enter the labyrinthine landscape of unique rocks whose forms remind us of many characters and objects. Rocks and boulders that were, in their day, true canvases for various artists who, in the form of engravings and paintings, captured their beliefs and customs. The flora of the place together with the fauna that inhabits it throughout the year contribute even more value to this authentic natural monument. Like the important colony of storks that choose Los Barruecos and its Peñas del Tesoro, as home to spend the long winter.

The Charca of Los Barruecos of Down

An authentic labyrinth of paths cross this area in search of the best places from which to observe each rock and its inhabitants, or to take us along the different treasures that this area of the province of Cáceres holds. Routes such as Las Charcas which encircles the wetlands that give even more life to these fields, or the route of the Peñas del Tesoro which brings all visitors who dare to enter the area to them without much effort. Visitors such as those who visit the Vostell Malpartida Museum, or the works of art that await us along the route we are traveling. Without a doubt a singular museum from which it is possible to enjoy a superb panoramic of Los Barruecos. Undoubtedly this simple route of hiking will become even shorter than it already is when without almost realizing it we find ourselves again in the parking lot of the interpretation center, where we will reluctantly end the tour.

Anthropomorphic tomb

The Legend

 

Legend has it that the Peña of La Horca receives its name not by chance, but it is known as such since in Roman times it was used to execute thieves who were condemned to death, even beyond the end of the empire continued to be used for this purpose. So many people perished in it that it is not uncommon to hear people claiming to have heard the laments and groans as they passed by this unique rock, no doubt coming from the prisoners who lost their lives there.

 

 

How to get to

 

 

 

Malpartida de Cáceres is located in the middle of the N-521, shortly after leaving Cáceres towards the border with Portugal. The EX-207 regional road also reaches the town, connecting it with neighbouring towns as well as with Alcántara. Once there, shortly before leaving the town as we cross it arriving from the capital, we will find the signs indicating the detour that leads to the Natural Monument of Los Barruecos. We still have to go through the streets that delimit the town and that will lead us to pass next to the sports facilities of Malpartida de Cáceres. From there, and always following the indications, we will cross the course of the asphalt track that without more complications takes us to Los Barruecos, where we will find the parking of the Center of interpretation next to the detour towards the museum Vostell. Being in this parking lot where we will be able to park our vehicle and to give beginning to the route.

 

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Pet area, hiking with my dog

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Without a doubt, it's an adventure for our friend that shouldn't be a problem for him. It is important not to let him loose to avoid unnecessary problems or misunderstandings, especially if he does not go out in the wild very often.

There is no water on the whole route so we cannot miss the corresponding ration, nor is it advisable, nor is it almost certainly allowed to let him take a bath in one of the ponds.

It is important to respect the rest of the animals that live in the area. There are also a number of donkeys and mules, as well as horses that usually roam this area.

 

 

 

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This route has been realized on the ground by SENDITUR on 03-10-2016. The route can vary a lot depending on the time of year, the weather conditions and the terrain, as well as the actions of third parties and the evolution suffered by the natural environment where it is located. SENDITUR is not responsible for any misuse or improper use of the comprehensive guides of its routes and/or publications, nor for the variations for the above-mentioned reasons that could exist in their descriptions and recommends that each person be responsible and prudent in carrying out the activity. Likewise, we invite you to get information from books and specialized guides to complement the information described. All times are approximate and are for guidance only. Stops, however small, have not been taken into account. For any suggestion, SENDITUR invites you to send a mail to

Description of the Geological and Archaeological Heritage Route

 

From the Interpretation Centre to the Los Sentidos car park 0.9 km

 

We begin this simple hiking route through the Los Barruecos Natural Monument from the parking lot of the Interpretation Center (0h 00min).​

We begin the Route of the Geological and Archaeological Patrimony of Los Barruecos

We crossed the road that brought us here to access the path that leads to the museum.

Let's go parallel to the road

Although as soon as we cross the door that separates it from the road we will turn right, leaving behind this path by which we will return.

We go through the gate.

Our route continues after crossing a new little gate, following the trail along the road. There are, and will be, many trails along the route, so it is important to pay attention to the blue marks that will guide us.

In case of doubt, the road serves as a reference

Although it is true that there will be few occasions when we will be left to our own devices to choose the right route to follow.

The blue marks show us the way forward

For the moment we stay relatively close to the road, separated from it by a fence.

We drove away from the road

Not much further on our trail turns sharply, making us leave the road behind us.

The vegetation almost covers our path

Luckily here the route markings do not leave much room for error, even if the vegetation does not make it so easy.

We descend in search of the path

After climbing a small hill we will start a gentle descent following the trodden trail.

We continue on the path

Quickly our trail will lead us to the track that from the nearby road leads to the parking lot we are heading to.

We left the path

As soon as we arrive at the parking of Los Sentidos (0h 20min) we will leave the track to go in search of the beginning of the Route of Los Sentidos.

 

From Los Sentidos car park to Rocks of the Treasury 1.1 km

 

From this moment on, we will coincide with the adapted layout of this route which will be in charge of guiding us in this part of the tour.

We continue along the walkway

From now on, we will find ourselves walking around the enormous rocks, of curious shapes that we used to see from afar.

We follow the walkway at all times

In this part of the route you can see the route that before the works of conditioning followed our disappeared trail.

Curious rocks and important sites are concentrated in this part of the route of Los Sentidos

The undulating route takes us from one rock to another allowing us to enjoy the spectacular landscape they form, without forgetting the archaeological sites that also await us along the route.

We left the walkway

The moment to say goodbye to the Route of the Senses is marked by the viewpoint that is also its final point.

Back on the trail

We return to our trail to enter the maze of rocks that awaits us a little further on.

For now to the left

We will quickly reach the junction with the detour that will bring us closer to our next objective. We continue a few meters to the left to climb up between two rocks in search of a treasure.

We go deep into the rocks

As soon as we go up the short slope we will be able to enjoy the magnificent panorama that the Rocks of the Treasure (0h 45min) offer.

Here are the cave paintings

But the real treasure is hidden under the huge rock that awaits us on our left, just up the short slope.

Not suitable for claustrophobics

Here, the most daring can literally get under the rock to discover the treasure it hides in its inner chamber.

 

From the Rocks of the Treasury to the Detour of the The Senses parking lot 0.8 Km

 

From here it is possible to shorten the route a little by following the labyrinthine network of paths to the Los Sentidos car park and miss out on some of the surprises that await us.

We go back to the crossroads of before

The rest of us will have to retrace our steps to the detour we left behind before, to continue our route. Once again, the footpath leads us through attractive rocks.

Attention is on the left.

With almost no time to assimilate this part of the route we will come across a new junction where the marks and the greater concentration of rocks will make it clear that the route continues to the left.

It's time to go down

Almost immediately we will start a short descent that will take us once again into the rocks.

From the left

As on other occasions, there will be several trails that we will have to cross.

Again from the left

Once down, we will suddenly come across the route of the Charcas, which will be our inseparable companion until the end. So from now on we should not be surprised to see the marks of both routes on the same post.

We leave the pond always at our right hand

The pond of the Barrueco de Abajo besides offering us a beautiful panoramic will serve us as reference, having to border it always leaving it to our right hand.

We follow the blue marks

Here, we are met by some of the external works of the museum we are going to.

We join the yellow route

Without hardly noticing it, we will have surrounded the Rocks of the Treasure and we will be ready to leave them behind us.

It's time to go down

Now there are three routes that coincide in their layout, as we have been joined by the Route of the Rocks of the Treasure, which adds its yellow marks to the green and blue ones we already followed.

Once down we go to the right

We descend with certain rapidity until arriving at the esplanade where we find the detour towards the parking of Los Sentidos (1h 00min).​

 

From the detour of the Senses car park to the Vostell Malpartida Museum 0.6 km

 

We leave on our right the track that leads to the car park and on our left the pond, to undertake a short but demanding ascent.

Now for the left

Once upstairs, we will follow the trail that turns left, leaving behind a bird observatory. Again we will see ourselves following the wide and marked path as we border this part of the pond.

The route to be followed is clearly more defined

Once again we will come across different trails and paths, many of which we had left behind at the beginning of the route and now we discover where they lead.

We always move forward with the pond on our right

The undulating layout of our route makes us gain and lose height, although without major complications.

We crossed the gate

Our trail leads us directly to a gate through which we will cross the fence that delimits the place.

Almost better on the left

After a short descent we arrive at the parking area of the museum, where we can choose which of the two options to follow, as both are joined again a little later.

Left again

The Vostell Malpartida Museum (1h 15min), in addition to its undeniable cultural importance and its interesting surroundings, can also be a good place to rest and refresh before continuing.

 

From the Vostell Malpartida Museum to the Interpretation Centre car park 0.2 km

 

From the museum we only have a short stretch of perfect dirt track that will take us to the end of the route.

We follow the path

This track, which is also used by vehicles, is the one we decided not to follow at the beginning of the route.

We reached the end of the hiking route

Quickly, in front of us we will see the gate that we must cross again to, crossing the road, reach the parking lot of the Interpretation Center (1h 20min) from where we started and where we finished this route of hiking through Los Barruecos.

 


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Technical data sheet of the route

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Total distance. 3,6 Km

 

Total time. 1h 20min

Undoubtedly this figure has to increase considerably due to the time that surely we have to devote to the different corners of the Natural Monument of Los Barruecos through which we will go.

 

Time of year. A wonder all year round

Obviously the heat can condition our visit significantly so it is important, as with winter situations, to adapt our visit to these conditions. A period of special value as far as the natural one is concerned is when the storks populate the zone, although we must know that in certain moments the access to certain zones is restricted to preserve the young of these birds.

 

Required equipment. Don't leave your hat and sunglasses

Comfortable shoes and clothes, preferably for hiking, water, a camera and a snack to get your strength back while enjoying the scenery is all that should be highlighted for this route, without forgetting of course the advice and habits that we should follow in any hiking activity. Protection against the sun or the cold in winter should not be overlooked either, if the conditions chosen so advise. Consult our list of material and equipment for hiking. Read more.

 

Slope acumulate. 160 m   Slope positive. 80 m   Slope negative. 80 m

 

Difficulty. Low

 

Physical

Neither the distance nor the unevenness cause great difficulties a priori, as long as we are used to walking. It is certain that the days of heat can harden considerably this simple route of hiking of the province of Cáceres, reason why without a doubt it is a factor to consider very.

 

Severity of the environment

As long as we do not leave the marked route we should not encounter any or almost no difficulties, beyond the traffic that runs through the areas where we will coincide with the vehicles of the people who visit this place. Outside the marked trails we must also take into account that the vegetation covers the gaps between the rocks so it is easy to end up putting the leg where it should not. Of course it is not usually a good idea to climb the rocks, and it is not allowed in many of them.

 

Orientation

The large number of trails and paths that run through the area is what will cause us the most complications, although in general the routes are well signposted and the main path is quite heavily trodden. Even so, as with any other hiking or mountain route we are encouraged to take, it is important to prepare it in advance so as to have a clear idea of the route to be followed and the difficulties or recommendations to be taken into account, however simple the route may be a priori.

 

Important places to pass through

NAME PLACE OF PASS TIME TO HIM ALTITUDE DISTANCE COORDINATES UTM
1-Interpretation Centre 0h 00min 338 m 0 Km 29S 714623 4366441
2-Parking Los Sentidos 0h 20min 350 m 0,9 Km 29S 715225 4366257
3-Rocks of the Treasure 0h 45min 368 m 2 Km 29S 715541 4366477
4-Los Sentidos parking detour 1h 00min 350 m 2,8 Km 29S 715248 4366452
5-Vostell Malpartida Museum 1h 15min 345 m 3,4 Km 29S 714796 4366512
6-Interpretation Centre 1h 20min 338 m 3,6 Km 29S 714623 4366441

Coordinates UTM Datum WGS84

 

Profile of the route

Profile of the Geological and Archaeological Heritage Route

 

Cartography, maps and tracks

Geological and Archaeological Heritage Route Map

This sketch of the route is not made to scale nor does it contain all the information relating to the area, it is merely indicative.

Topographic map with the Geological and Archaeological Heritage Route

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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional  "Cuadrante 704-1 y 704-3, 1:25.000"

 

Senditur has manipulated the tracks to correct the aberrant points that may exist, caused by problems with the reception of the GPS signal. In any case the tracks are always approximate.

 

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The Vostell Museum was founded in 1976 and currently occupies the building of the old wool wash house that was active in Los Barruecos until the end of the 19th century. The intense industrial activity that took place there and the importance of the transhumance and the different royal cañadas in the Iberian Peninsula speak to us in the interpretation centre that is located there. 

 

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Once you have enjoyed Los Barruecos and visited Malpartida de Cáceres, you cannot but approach, if you have not done so, the capital, Cáceres, from which we are only a few kilometres away and where you can visit one of the best preserved architectural complexes in the peninsula.

 

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