Canyoning in the Rio Verde ….

Last August a group of us tackled the Rio Verde – agreed as being one of the most beautiful canyon descents in the whole of Europe…..

Wet suited, trainered and booted, with sandwiches triple clingfilmed, we embarked upon a two or three kilometre descent through some of the most pure kingfisher green water I have ever seen …

Rio Verde’s reputation as being one of the best canyons is several fold :

1. The “mouth” of the canyon is unusually wide – that means that the sun penetrates through and so you don’t freeze down there …

2. The jumps, abseils and canoe areas are really well maintained – making it a very safe descent

3. The canyon has been carefully graded so beginners through to experts can repeatedly get a big rush out of it …

Take a look at some jumps …

I watched the others in my group – most of whom were under 16, do this one :

But I did this one :

…..and this one :

…. the sound of me “YEE – HAA” ing ricocheted around the canyon for hours afterwards …

From a starting point at 9.30am about an hour and twenty minutes from here to the end at around 5pm, it was truly one of the most exhilarating days I can so far remember …..

If you want to do it, tell me – I now know ALL the people you need to know and can give ALL the directions you need to have AND organise good looking strong fit English speaking guides …

Sendero del Barranco del R�o Verde (Otivar – Granada) (Segunda parte) (14/9/2003)

Oh, and we’ll even cook a Casa La Celada special supper when you make it back totally knackered and ruddy cheeked from the experience of it all !!

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