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Source of the Cuervo River, a natural monument

The Natural Monument of the source of the Cuervo River, in the province of Cuenca, is home to a number of beautiful and interesting spots. Undoubtedly the most visited is the one that gives its name to this jewel of nature, a corner that we can discover thanks to the path of the source of the Cuervo River. A simple circular route that will allow us to get close to the spectacular waterfalls formed by the river just after its birth through a upwelling of water in a cavity in the mountain where the river is located.

How to get to the Source of the Cuervo River

The Source of the Cuervo River is located in the heart of the Mountain Range of Cuenca, not far from the village of Vega del Codorno. Specifically, where the interpretation centre of the natural monument is located. Although the accesses and the parking area to visit the source and the waterfalls can be found on the CM-2106 road linking Tragacete with Terzaga in neighbouring Guadalajara.​

Information useful for visiting the Source of the Cuervo river

Once there we will find two different parking areas, the first one next to the road and the second one after a small detour after passing by the information booth. It is in this second parking area where the main routes through the area start. It should be noted that the route to the waterfalls is fully prepared and is suitable for people with reduced mobility, as well as for baby prams.

Itinerary of the Path of the Source of the Cuervo River

From the car park to the waterfalls of the Cuervo River 0.4 km

The second parking place (0h 00min) of the two, from where we can start the path of the source of the Cuervo river, is where we find the beginning of the route that we have to follow. After a short walk along the footbridges and ramps that characterise this part of the route we reach the spectacular waterfalls (0h 15min), which cross the travertine barrier of the Cuervo.

From the waterfalls to the source of the Cuervo River 0.5 km

Many people visit these waterfalls and quite a few end the route here. A route that continues its course following the green and white markings that mark it. These markings lead us up the waterfalls, ascending the generally slippery steps that flank them. This ascent has an unavoidable stop at the viewpoint that awaits us a little further up and that allows us to enjoy a different view of the waterfalls.

The route continues the ascent, passing through a quiet backwater just before the water rushes down the slope.

The slope becomes less steep almost at the same time as you reach a wide esplanade crowned by the silhouette of the Muela de San Felipe. The waymarks lead us, without straying too far from the edge of the pine forest we have already walked through, to the beginning of the last part of the route, which leads to the Source of the Cuervo River (0h 40min).

From the source of the Cuervo river to the car park 1.1 km

After enjoying this spring of water gushing out of the rock, we return to the esplanade. The first one is to follow the markings of the path of the source of the Cuervo River, which once you enter the forest again, divert from the route you followed to ascend the waterfall, and return to the parking place (1h 15min), on the opposite side to the route you took on the way out. Another option is just as we come out of the clearing, where we see the markings of the old path of La Turbera, which coincides in this area with the link to the Ascent to La Muela or PR-CU 78.

This route takes us to the nearby Covacha, a cave used as a shelter by the locals.

It then descends through the forest, saying goodbye to the path that ascends to La Muela, to continue towards the car park. But not before leaving us to cross a typical peat bog. This route only increases the total distance by 200m more and the time of our route by 15 minutes more, besides at the end of the route we will coincide, even if only for a short space, with another of the paths that cross the Natural Monument of the Cuervo River, the Path of the Pine Forest.

Tips for doing the Path of the Source of the Cuervo River

1-The area has a high environmental value, so it is important not to leave the marked routes to avoid damaging the ecosystem.

2-The route is perfect for children, although only the first part of the route is suitable for baby prams.

3-The route is practically not difficult, although there are some slippery areas.

4-Although we can visit the source of the Cuervo River all year round, the best times are in winter and spring, as well as after the rains or the thaw.

Waypoints of the route
1-Parking 0:00h 1435m 0km 30T 584576 4451136
2-Waterfalls 0:15h 1440m 0.4Km 30T 594044 4475878
3-Source of the Cuervo River 0:40h 1480m 0.9Km 30T 594405 4475931

Coordinates UTM Datúm WGS84

Profile of the Path of the Source of the Cuervo River

Profile of the Path of the Source of the Cuervo River

ico-distancia-totalDistance: 2Km

ico-tiempo-totalTime: 1:15h

ico-dificultadDifficulty: Low

ico-desnivel-acumuladoSlope: 110m

ico-desnivel-positivoSlope +: 55m

ico-desnivel-negativoSlope -: 55m

ico-altitud-maximaMaximum altitude: 1480m

ico-altitud-minimaMinimum altitude: 1435m


Topographical map of the Path of the Source of the Cuervo River

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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 564-2 1:25.000".

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¿Did you know that...

The waterfalls of the Cuervo river are an example of the tuffaceous waterfalls, that is to say the water rushes over the calcareous tuff, travertine, a very porous type of rock, resulting among other peculiarities in the typical curtain formations.

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House of the Blacksmith's shop Interpretation Centre in the village of Vega del Codorno. There, as well as finding out more about the natural monument, they will also inform you about the different activities you can do in the area.


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