Then this is not for you!
Gorges de Caranca can be quite the challenge, for your nerves as well as your stamina. Wobbly knees and fear of heights? Don’t do this. But.. if you do take up the challenge it will reward you with a sense of quiet and spectacular views, hidden waterways, forest, and steep cliffs.
it’s wise to start your hike early morning when it’s still –relatively- cool. We took the left hand path from the car park which leads you all the way up the wooded side of the valley. A very steep climb (sometimes had us on all fours) all the way up. Then we decided to not go back but take it a little further to eh… enjoy? the nerve-racking catwalks, rickety metal ladders and wobbly suspension bridges.
(I loved the suspension bridges, didn’t care much for the catwalks though..brrr!)
Then we retraced our steps a little to be able to go back the other way; the corniche route! (pics above and below)
Spectacular and not for the vertigo-challenged. I believe they say the drop is about 400 meter… The walkway here is carved out of the rock, I was so glad someone hammered that iron railing in the rock to hold on to.
Just to show you what we saw. See that red arrow in the picture on the left? The pic on the right shows you the people walking there…. Both pics were taken from the other side (the wooded climb) as we hiked up. Conversation as follows (trying to catch our breaths). Guys…. guys? Do you see that? I think we will be walking right there on our way back.. Looks like a sliced hot dog bun and we are the hot dogs!
It was lovely to sit by the stream and cool a bit (don’t you think it is time for some relaxing pics as well?)