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Los Barruecos, an open-air sculpture museum

 

Located in the middle of the Cáceres plain, a step away from Malpartida de Cáceres, is the Los Barruecos Natural Monument that awaits us with the whimsical shapes of its rocks and cliffs, with the uniqueness of its landscapes, in short an extraordinary natural area whose biodiversity comes to add to its important geological value. The Route of the Senses allows the one who crosses it to discover of a calm way and without complications some of the most beautiful corners that this place hoards, while it observes and it is observed by the colony of storks that have here their home a few months a year.

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The route, which is only 1.8 km long, starts from the Las Peñas del Tesoro car park, under which it is said that some small goat-shaped offerings were discovered, which can now be seen in the National Archaeological Museum. From here a conditioned walk takes us through the large rocks that characterize this place and whose whimsical forms have been created over the years by the effect of erosion. The hand of man is also present in this natural monument in the form of important archaeological sites, witnesses of their passage through it. The Turtle's Rock, the Mushroom's Rock or the Snail's Rock, are only some of the many curious shapes that we will discover at every step. Rocks and boulders that in many cases served as a canvas for ancient civilizations that drew their cave paintings or carved their engravings on them.

Route of the Senses

The confirmation that man inhabited these lands in past times is even more evident as we pass by the anthropomorphic tombs carved into the rocks or if we approach the remains of the ancient Roman settlement, of which there is certainly still much to discover today. The route, while we entertain ourselves contemplating the landscape by taking out each rock through which we pass some amazing resemblance, brings us irremediably closer to its final point not without first leaving us surprised with the resemblance of the Shark Rock or with the macabre history of the Gallows Rock, supposedly used by the Romans to execute outlaws. At the end of the route, a privileged viewpoint awaits us from where we can contemplate in detail, if it is the time, the large colony of storks that live in Los Barruecos, another of the important attractions offered by this natural monument. From here we will return following our steps until the parking, where we initiate and we give by concluded this simple and entertaining route of hiking of Extremadura.

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Route of the Senses

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The Trick

 

If you decide to do so, it is possible, instead of returning to the car park by the same route, to do so by following the blue route we share. In this way we will make a circular route that will take us into an area of whimsical formations of great geological value. However, it must be taken into account that the route of this extension, although signposted and not too demanding, is not adapted for people with reduced mobility.

 

 

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 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 go along the course of the asphalt track that will take us to Los Barruecos without any further complications. We will leave behind the interpretation centre and the detour to the Vostell museum to continue along the track we arrived at until we find, shortly afterwards, the path on our left that leads to the Las Peñas del Tesoro car park where we can park our vehicle and start the route.

 

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Pleasant and entertaining walk for our companion in which it is important not to lose sight of him since it is easy to get lost especially if he is not very accustomed to walks in nature.

The short route should not deceive us and make us fall into the mistake of not taking him some water in case he needs it.

It is important to respect the fauna of the place, in fact the zone of the nests of the storks usually has the restricted access when these are breeding.

 

 

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Technical data sheet of the route

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Total distance. 1,8 Km

 

Total time. 0h 35min

The time we spend on the route will undoubtedly come from the time we spend on every rock and every corner we go through.

 

Time of year. By Saint Blaise...

The Natural Monument of Los Barruecos is a real spectacle throughout the year, although the months in which the storks return to their nests are increased significantly the attractions of the place, which already important, and justify the visit.

 

Required equipment. Important to bring some water

The simplicity of the route and the good condition in which it is found make it a pleasant walk in which if there is one thing we cannot forget, it is to carry water, especially in the summer months. Protecting ourselves from the sun is also something we should count on, as well as comfortable shoes, a camera and some food in case we feel like entertaining ourselves in one of the rest areas along the route. Consult our list of material and equipment for hiking. Read more.

 

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Slope acumulate. 56 m   Slope positive. 28 m   Slope negative. 28 m

 

Difficulty. Adapted

 

Physical

With hardly any distance and an almost imperceptible unevenness, the route is designed to be travelled by people with reduced mobility, although the slope of some of the ramps if we go with a wheelchair may make us sweat more than we should.

 

Severity of the environment

The route is perfectly delimited and conditioned so as long as we do not leave it we should not have any complications. The uniqueness of the landscape makes the nooks, crannies and holes a threat to be taken into account if we abandon it.

 

Orientation

Perfectly signposted and delimited, it also has explanatory signs with Braille and models of the rocks for people who may need them. It is also advisable not to deviate from the marked routes in order to respect and preserve this natural spot.

 

Important places to pass through

NAME PLACE OF PASS TIME TO HIM ALTITUDE DISTANCE COORDINATES UTM
1-Parking 0h 00min 352 m 0 Km 29S 715239 4366273
2-Viewpoint 0h 25min 370 m 0,9 Km 29S 715671 4366462
3-Parking 0h 35min 352 m 1,8 Km 29S 715239 4366273

Coordinates UTM Datum WGS84

 

Profile of the route

Profile of the Route of the Senses

 

Cartography, maps and tracks

Map The Route of the Senses

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 itinerary of The Route of the Senses

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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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This route has been carried out on the ground by SENDITUR on 15-07-2016. 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 inadequate 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 the realization of 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. All the information related to the route, texts, images, videos, maps, diagrams, tracks, towns and places of tourist interest are published as a guide and may not coincide with the current state of each place. Before carrying out any activity, value your technical knowledge, your physical form, inform yourself about the meteorology and the variations that the route could have suffered, equip correctly, be prudent and responsible at all times, not surpassing your capacities. SENDITUR encourages you to use the new technologies within your reach, using them as support and consultation in your activity, not basing the realization and orientation of the same only and exclusively on them, since they may see their functioning altered by very diverse causes, not functioning correctly and their indications may not be precise. SENDITUR is not responsible for any misuse and/or operation of its electronic guides and recommends that everyone be responsible and prudent in carrying out the activity. All opinions, advice and/or assessments made by SENDITUR in its descriptions are subject to and/or refer to the specific conditions that SENDITUR encountered on the specific day of the performance of the tour, referring to that specific day and always taking as reference trained and experienced people, with a high level of both physical and technical preparation, as well as correctly equipped, therefore all opinions, assessments and/or advice are for guidance only. From the commitment of SENDITUR with Nature and the respect to the balance of the environment, SENDITUR urges you to travel in a responsible way, with low environmental impact and respecting at all times the Natural, Cultural and Social environment wherever you go.

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Bonito y sencillo paseo, muy curiosas las formas de las piedras, además puedes alargarlo un poco más.

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The Interpretation Centre of the Natural Monument of Los Barruecos, where you can discover and understand better how this labyrinth of rocks has been formed, the archaeological sites that have been found and the special conditions that have contributed to being an ideal habitat for the species that inhabit it.

 

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