The province manchega of Albacete is home to countless natural sites of great beauty, some of which are undoubtedly among the most beautiful in Spain. This is certainly the case of the Source of the River Mundo and its waterfalls, which are among the most spectacular and beautiful you can visit on the peninsula. Located within the Los Calares del Mundo y de la Sima Nature Reserve. This area is characterised by its karst formations which, together with the water, give rise to a beautiful ensemble formed by the Cave of the Spurts, where the Mundo river rises, and the waterfalls with which the river overcomes the vertical cliffs that separate it from the bottom of the valley.
The Source of the River Mundo is located within the municipality of Riópar. To get there, follow the CM-3204 road between Riópar and Siles. Just 6 kilometres from Riópar we will find the turn-off that leads to the source.
The main car park, which is located approximately 2 km from the road, has a capacity limited to 100 cars and 6 buses, so if you don't arrive early it is easy to find it full. Depending on the time of year this car park may also be closed, and it is not uncommon to have to pay €4 to park there. If the car park is full or closed, there is another parking area in the middle of the road, at the Port of Arenal. From there there is a signposted path that will take you to the second car park without any problems, although you will have to walk a little over 3 km.
The flow of the spurts of the river Mundo are what mark the best time to visit this place. Make no mistake, the site is spectacular all year round, but obviously the greater the flow, the greater the spectacle. As you can imagine, it is after the rainy season and the thaw that the waterfalls will offer us all their beauty, while in summer with the drought it is very likely that they carry very little water, just a few trickles. But undoubtedly the best time to visit the source of the Mundo river is when the natural phenomenon known as The Blowout occurs. This phenomenon occurs on rare occasions throughout the year and is a consequence of the accumulation of water in the underground galleries of the mountain, mainly due to snowfall. Such a large quantity of water generates a kind of explosion that expels it forcefully to the outside, creating a real spectacle.
Once we are at the main parking place (0h 00min) we see the signs that mark the beginning of a simple route, suitable for the whole family, that takes us to the waterfalls of the river Mundo. The route takes us across a small brook to meet the river. We quickly reach the Calderetas, small pools of water that brighten up this part of the route. From here we can already see the great waterfall of the Mundo river towards which we are heading. The most demanding part of the route awaits us, but with the necessary calm it should not be a problem. Afterwards the different viewpoints (0k 30min) and footbridges await us, which allow us to enjoy this spectacle of nature.
Once you have enjoyed this spot, you have to retrace your steps back to the parking place (0h 45min). We can also take the track that is accessible to people with reduced mobility, which will leave us on the access road to the car park, in the middle of the bend just before it descends to the car park. The more intrepid can dare to climb up to the Cave of the Spurts, the real place where the Mundo river rises.
We also have two possibilities, either we do the route with a company accredited by the council, or we do it on our own, in which case we must prove the necessary knowledge and have insurance, initially federative insurance. This is due to the number of accidents that have occurred on this section, a route whose difficulty and exposure requires experience in this type of terrain.
|1-Parking||0h 00min||1040 m||0 km||30S 548990 4256554|
|2-Viewpoints||0h 30min||1120 m||0,9 Km||30S 549152 4256005|
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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 866-1 1:25.000".
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The Blowout phenomenon is not known to occur in any other cave of karstic origin. During this period, the waterfall multiplies its flow by 100 times, flooding the entire area behind it.
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Route information updated on 29-11-2020. The route may vary greatly depending on the time of year, weather conditions and terrain, as well as the actions of third parties and the evolution suffered in the natural environment where it is located. All opinions, advice and/or assessments made by SENDITUR in their descriptions are for guidance only and are subject to and/or refer to the specific conditions of the specific day of the route, referring to that specific day, taken from trained people, with the appropriate experience and with a high level of physical and technical preparation as a reference, as well as correctly equipped.
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