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Once you get to the other side of the river turn left and follow the trail parallel to the river. After a while you will come across the Presa de La Lastra (La Lastra Dam) and its Playeta (mini “beach”). We will come back to this area on the way back where we can explore this area further, but for now on, carry on forward and enjoy the scenery and the calm river.
At the next signpost that you will come across you have two options. You can either carry on with my trail and follow PR 53 Las Chorreras por Las Hoyas or abandon the trail and carry on forward on PR 53 Las Chorreras por La Junta. If you choose to follow my proposed route, you will go up the mountain to higher ground to an area known as Las Hoyas. However, if you are short on time or if you’d rather not walk up a mountain you can just carry on forward which will take you to the main part of Las Chorreras. The only downside of this variation, however, is that the route would be linear instead of circular.
Going up to Las Hoyas takes a bit of effort as it is uphill and the terrain is a bit rocky but it isn’t anything too strenuous (trust me, if I can do it, you can do it). You’ll then get to another signpost where you need to turn right to follow PR 53 EnguÍdanos Las Hoyas. Once you reach the signpost indicating Las Hoyas you need to follow PR 53 Enguídanos Las Chorreras.
Up here on higher ground there are some tremendous views of the valleys around this area and you can also see the village perched in the distance. The area is also full of agricultural fields which during Spring is especially beautiful as the trees are in blossom.
At the next signpost follow PR 53 Enguídanos Las Chorreras and continue walking until you reach another signpost where you will then need to turn left to enter a narrower trail. Alternatively, at this signpost you can also take a detour and visit the Presa de Villora (Villora Dam) which is closeby.
The narrow trail makes its way back down the mountain and down to the river below. At this point I was starting to miss the river so was glad that it soon came back into view. We decided that this spot overlooking the first sign of Las Chorreras would be a perfect picnic spot so we sat down and gorged on our food while sitting next to the cliff overlooking the gushing river and waterfalls below.
After lunch we continued the trail a little further on until we reached the Mirador de Las Chorreras (Las Chorreras Viewpoint) where we were blown away by the most spectacular waterfalls of Las Chorreras. This part of Las Chorreras is a popular spot for canyoning and a friend of mine who also came along on this hike had hurled herself down the longest waterfall and down into the natural pool below.
The next part of the trail is the last descent that you’ll need to complete in order to get down to the river level of Las Chorreras.
Once you are down here you can abandon the trail and explore the area: walk to the edge of the river and see all the different pools and waterfalls of Las Chorreras, dip your toes into the water (or get in if it’s a hot day), do some Geocaching (if you’re into it) and investigate the abandoned buildings scattered around the area.
After you have had your fair share of exploration, get back on the trail and continue walking parallel to the river where you will then have the possibility of taking another detour if you wish. The detour involves crossing the river via a ford and then exploring the other side of Las Chorreras where you can also reach an area known as El Salto. This area is where people tend to park to reach Las Chorreras during the summer as it is the closest parking area to Las Chorreras. On the occasion, however, we are not wading through the ford but carrying on forward towards Enguídanos.
As you walk further on, you will realise that you are back in the area where you were before going up the mountain to Las Hoyas. A bit further on you will come back to the Presa de La Lastra (La Lastra Dam) and its Playeta (mini “beach”) where you can cross it to reach the other side. The dam is open and is easy to cross but you need to make sure you close the little gates behind you when necessary.
After visiting this mini “beach”, all that is needed is to carry on walking forward and you will realise you are back where you started. Go back up the little trail and back up into the village.
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