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Viewpoints to contemplate the source of the river Mundo

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.

Information useful for visiting the source of the river Mundo

How to get to the source of the river Mundo

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.​

Access to the source of the river Mundo

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 best time to visit the source of the River Mundo, The Blowout

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.

Itinerary of the route of the Source of the river Mundo

From the parking lot to the viewpoints 0.9 km

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.

From the viewpoints to the Cave of the Spurts 2 Km

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.

To be able to do this route we have to apply for a special permit at least 10 days in advance.

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.

Tips to do the route of the Source of the river Mundo

1-Although the route initially has no major complications, there are areas with quite a lot of vertical drops, where there have already been a few accidents due to overconfidence.

2-Wear footwear suitable for hiking on slippery terrain and clothing that will protect you from the spray generated by the waterfall as it descends steeply.

3-Do not leave the signposted routes, there are specific picnic areas to speed up visits on busy days, so you are only allowed to eat there.

4-There is a checkpoint at the beginning of the road leading to the main car park, where you will be informed of the waiting times for access to the car park, so you can decide whether to park in the Port of Arenal car park.

Waypoints of the route
1-Parking 0:00h 1040m 0km 30S 548990 4256554
2-Viewpoints 0:30h 1120m 0.9Km 30S 549152 4256005

Coordinates UTM Datúm WGS84

Profile of the route to the Source of the River Mundo

Profile of the route to the Source of the River Mundo

ico-distancia-totalDistance: 1.8Km

ico-tiempo-totalTime: 0:45h

ico-dificultadDifficulty: Low

ico-desnivel-acumuladoSlope: 180m

ico-desnivel-positivoSlope +: 90m

ico-desnivel-negativoSlope -: 90m

ico-altitud-maximaMaximum altitude: 1120m

ico-altitud-minimaMinimum altitude: 1040m


Topographical map of the route to the Source of the River Mundo

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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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Marta Castro
Created the 08-08-2023

Una maravilla, me encanto.


¿Did you know that...

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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