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The Natural Site of The Cimbarra Waterfall in Aldeaquemada

Not far from the Despeñaperros Natural Park, in the municipality of Aldeaquemada, in the province of Jaén, there is a beautiful and interesting circular route that takes us to a natural spot of great beauty. This itinerary is none other than the Cimbarra Waterfall Route, a totally surprising place, not only because of its steep forms, but also because of the unexpected change in the landscape that surrounds us as we drive our vehicle to the starting point of this hiking route. In fact, the itinerary includes two of the signposted trails that run through this enclave, a route that will allow us to discover every corner of this hidden gem in the province of Jaén.

How to get to the Waterfall of The Cimbarra

The first thing to do is to head towards the town of Aldeaquemada following the road from the A-4 that passes through the town in the direction of Castellar de Santiago. If we are coming from La Carolina, if we come from Valdepeñas we can reach Castellar de Santiago directly or from Almuradiel, also on the A-4, and from there we can continue on to Aldeaquemada. Once there, in the middle of the road along which we arrived, we will see the sign indicating the turning we should take, a tarmac track which after a good while will take us to the first car park. If we continue further on we will find another parking area next to the recreational area of the Martín Pérez stream, from where one of the paths we are going to follow begins. In our case we take the first of the car parks as our starting point, from where the path to the Waterfall of The Cimbarra begins.

Itinerary of the The Cimbarra Waterfall Route

From the car park to the viewpoint of The Cimbarra waterfall 1 Km

The first parking place (0h 00min) on the way from Aldeaquemada is the starting point for this route. From here begins the comfortable path that takes us into this spectacular gorge. We quickly come across a detour which, if we follow it, will take us to the upper part of the waterfall, where we find the water pools that precede and feed the waterfall of The Cimbarra.

If we approach this area we must be cautious as it is not equipped and the drop is significant.

On the way back to the main path, we come across another possible detour, this time allowing us to descend to the very base of the waterfall. This is another quite delicate area that requires experience and caution. The official path takes us from viewpoint to viewpoint until we reach the place known as Weapons Square, where a few metres further on we reach the last viewpoint of the Waterfall of The Cimbarra (0h 25min), from where we can enjoy privileged views over this spectacular waterfall.

From the viewpoint of the waterfall ofThe Cimbarra to the Charco del Negrillo waterfall 1.5 km

After enjoying this viewpoint, perhaps the most spectacular of all, we return to the Weapons Square. Once there we say goodbye to the official route, which has already finished, to descend in search of another of the official trails, the Path of the Martín Pérez stream. The path descends quickly, a little before reaching the Martín Pérez stream there is a shortcut that takes us to the Charco del Negrillo, but if you don't want to get too complicated it is better to continue descending until you reach the official route. Once there you have to go uphill along the stream to reach the waterfall of Charco del Negrillo (1h 05min). But not without first doing a climb where you will have to use your hands to go up.

From the Charco del Negrillo waterfall to the parking lot 2.5 km

It is well worth the effort as the spot is magnificent and not usually very crowded, although caution should be exercised when climbing and descending the climbing area. Once we have visited it, we return following the path that runs along the stream bed. Once again, a solitary post warns us of the presence of another place we have to visit, the Waterfall of Cimbarrillo. A beautiful waterfall nestled between the walls of the gorge, which we reach along a narrow path. After the obligatory visit, we return to the route to begin to recover the lost height. We soon reach the car park next to the Martín Pérez stream recreational area. From here we only have to walk back up the path that separates us from the parking (2h 00min), from where we start our route.

Tips for doing the Route of The Cimbarra Waterfall

1-The route passes through unprotected areas where we have to be careful as the vertical drop is considerable.

2-The rainy and thawing periods are the best times to see the waterfalls in all their splendour, but they can also condition the route, making certain areas not very advisable.

3-The route to the viewpoint of The Cimbarra is ideal for the whole family, always with caution and forgetting to go down to the waterfall or get close to the pools of water at the top.

4-It is important to equip yourself correctly and wear suitable footwear for this type of walk.

Waypoints of the route
1-Parking 1 0:00h 700m 0km 30S 511808 4207501
2-Viewpoint of The Cimbarra 0:25h 720m 1Km 30S 467351 4248889
3-Charco del Negrillo 1:05h 600m 2.5Km 30S 467287 4248718
4-Waterfall of Cimbarrillo 1:20h 620m 3.4Km 30S 467794 4248951
5-Parking 2 1:35h 635m 4.2Km 30S 468335 4249234

Coordenadas UTM Datúm WGS84

Profile of the Route of the Waterfall of La Cimbarra

Profile of the Route of the Waterfall of La Cimbarra

ico-distancia-totalDistance: 5Km

ico-tiempo-totalTime: 2:00h

ico-dificultadDifficulty: Medium

ico-desnivel-acumuladoSlope: 380m

ico-desnivel-positivoSlope +: 190m

ico-desnivel-negativoSlope -: 190m

ico-altitud-maximaMaximum altitude: 720m

ico-altitud-minimaMinimum altitude: 600m


Topographical map of the Route of the Waterfall of The Cimbarra

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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 863-3 1:25.000".

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Cimbarra is the term used by the locals since time immemorial to refer to the waterfalls.

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