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Behind the waterfall of La Mea

In the foothills of the Natural Monument of Ojo Guareña, between the towns of Puentedey and Quintanilla Valdebodres, embedded in the narrow ravine that has been forming the effect of water and air in the rocks, the Waterfall of La Mea falls into a vacuum. A capricious waterfall that feeds on the waters collected by the Canales de la Dulla, up the mountain.

Waterfall of La Mea


The route with just 800 m round trip, starts from a small car park next to the road that joins Puentedey and Quintanilla Valdebodres, to go up the ravine formed by the river from its widest part to its interior. A pleasant walk among gall oaks, ashes, maples and hawthorns, surrounded by the imposing limestone cliffs from which the stream we are climbing escapes. The spectacle of the characteristic karstic complex that defines this area of The Merindades has in this place a worthy representative like a capricious waterfall and the singular rock formations that accompany it. The Waterfall of La Mea gives us the unique opportunity to enter into its entrails bordering its fine curtain of water to contemplate the panoramic view from inside, having over our heads the imposing cornice of rock that has been forming over the years.

Ravine walls

But this will certainly not be the only thing that flies over our heads, griffon vultures and eagles will watch us attentively from the heights, as if they were protectors of this natural treasure. Undoubtedly the impressive rock formations are in themselves a great attraction, to which the most propitious months is added this beautiful waterfall to together make this route an indispensable stop on our way. Once we have enjoyed this hidden corner of the Merindad de Sotoscueva, all that remains is for us to return on our steps to the car park, the starting point of this simple and interesting route.

From inside the waterfall


The Legend

Legend has it that in the lands of the River Guareña, near the hermitage and the cave of San Bernabé, there was a ruthless peasant who ground his oxen with sticks every time he plowed his fields with them. One day the animals, fed up with their bloodthirsty owner, came out like the devil's soul with such bad luck for the peasant that when he tried to hold them he was dragged by the beasts without being able to get rid of the straps that caught him. The animals, out of themselves, rushed to the plentiful channel of the stream that ran with force towards the famous Sumidero del Guareña by which they were dragged and with them the labrador. A few days later, when everyone already considered them dead, on the other side of the mountain, in Quintanilla Valdebodres, from the Well of Hell, only the two oxen appeared, united even by the brabán, without anything else being known about the ruthless peasant.

How to get to La Mea waterfall

To get to Quintanilla Valdebodres we can do well from Puentedey, in which case before reaching Quitanilla de Valdebodres we will find the small car park from where the route begins. Or we can also do it from Ahedo de Linares and Cogullos, towns of the merindad up to the ones that arrive two roads coming from the well-known hermitage and cave of San Bernabé, in Ojo Guareña, and from the nearby towns. In this case, once in Quintanilla Valdebodres, continue along the road that leads to Puentedey to reach the car park.

​Pet area, hiking with my dog

Simple hiking route for our friend that will allow you to enjoy the journey without complications, just pay more attention in the parking area to be flush with the road.

Without water, except the one that can take the river that in addition does not have an easy access nor in many occasions it is advisable to do it, is the little distance the one that gives us the sufficient margin, whenever we take water in the car.

Except for the shy fauna of the area, which is usually difficult to see, we only find a few pets that may also be doing this short route.


Technical data sheet of the route

ico-distancia-totalDistance. 0.8Km

Unless we are forced to park our vehicle far from the car park at the start of the route, the distance to be covered should not be much more than the marked distance.

ico-tiempo-totalTime. 0:15h

With no other option than to follow the marked route this figure should not vary too much, beyond the time that we dedicate to enjoy the place.

ico-calendarioTime of year

It goes without saying that without enough water the route loses one of its greatest attractions, although the spot itself is also worth visiting. It is therefore important to coincide with the periods in which the waterfalls come down with water, in order to enjoy the attractiveness of the area to the full.

ico-materialRequired equipment

A walk that can be enjoyed without much more to highlight, except the advisable idea of doing it wearing appropriate shoes, hiking type, which will give us greater comfort and safety. The camera will also be a good companion without forgetting the usual recommendations indispensable for any small tour that is. Consult our list of material and equipment for hiking. Read more.


ico-dificultadDifficulty. Low


The short distance and the small slope to overcome make this route a simple challenge to which we can devote the necessary time so that we do not suppose greater efforts.

Severity of the environment

We walk in the middle of a wide ravine surrounded by enormous cliffs that if we look closely we will see how some stones have fallen off, although it is not normal is not impossible to happen again. On the other hand, the trail is not very complicated except for a short, somewhat slippery stretch. Attention in the environment of the waterfall especially if the ground is wet.


The biggest complication we have to find is not skipping the beginning of the path and parking area when we approach with the car, as it is only signposted by a lonely post that can easily pass us by. For the rest the footpath takes us without more possible option, whenever we do not leave its layout, to descend to the course of the river Mea.

Important places to pass through
1-Parking 0:00h 647m 0Km 30T 445019 4758834
2-Waterfall of Mea 0:10h 691m 0.4Km 30T 444799 4759128
3-Parking 0:15h 647m 0.8Km 30T 445019 4758834

Coordinates UTM Datum WGS84

Profile of the route

Profile of the route Waterfall of La Mea

ico-desnivel-acumuladoSlope: 88m

ico-desnivel-positivoSlope +: 44m

ico-desnivel-negativoSlope -: 44m

ico-altitud-maximaMaximum altitude: 691m

ico-altitud-minimaMinimum altitude: 647m

Cartography, maps and tracks

Waterfall of La Mea route map

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 route Waterfall of La Mea


This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 0109-2, 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. 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.

Mea River Trail
Panoramic view from the waterfall
The cliffs
Waterfall of Mea
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Marta Castro
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