Amidst the semi-arid landscape of the north of Murcia, hidden away from view, there lies the secret canyon of the Rio Chicamo, where the refreshing waters gives life to a variety of plants and animals. Some people have described the hike as being like travelling from Murcia to the Badlands of South Dakota via the Burmese jungle and a Palestinian oasis! We’re not sure about that, but you can certainly expect a little adventure as ,whilst most of the route is along paths at the side of the river ( it’s actually a stream by UK standards) , the route follows the river bed at some points along our journey. There is one very short section of the river (unavoidable) where we wade in approximately 80cms of water. Access to the river at this point requires a little agility. This is followed by a short section, in the narrowest part of the canyon, where it is necessary to make our way through some fast flowing water in a rocky river bed, as we “shoot the rapids” The river is not deep at this point but, again, a little agility is required. Having safely negotiated the canyon, we emerge into a wider valley where we find evidence of an ancient river estuary that once flowed into a narrow strait between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, as we continue our journey through 300 million years of history and an ever changing landscape.
Hi, my name is Alan. I'm a UK qualified walk leader (WGL) and am currently a member of the Mountain Leader Training Association and the British Mountaineering Council. I have over 15 years of experience in walking in this beautiful part of Spain.I offer walks to suit all levels of experience and all interests. Hiking in the heat of summer is not generally advisable in this region due to the heat, but the Rio Chicamo offers a great hike ,and the opportunity to cool down in the river.Most of the route is on paths at the side of the river, but we do cross the water at several points and there is a short section where it is necessay to wade through waist deep,gently running water . If the advertised dates do not suit you, please message me suggesting alternatives - it is sometimes possible to reschedule!
Rucksacks (on request)
An easy (no hills!) and yet challenging (some light scrambling, running water) hike in a varied landscape. The route is mainly on paths at the side of the stream, but the path crosses the stream at some points (wet feet!) and there is a short section in the narrowest part of the canyon where it is necessary to wade through some deep (approximately 80 cms) water. Please message me if you are unsure whether this hike is suitable for your party.
10歳以上の方9名まで参加できます。 Guests should ideally have some experience of walking in the mountains or on rough terrain
A moderate level of fitness and agility is required - if in doubt please ask. Guests will be expected to sign a liability disclaimer.