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Distance

5.26 mi

Elevation gain

1,719 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

1,719 ft

Max elevation

5,781 ft

Trailrank

88 5

Min elevation

4,117 ft

Trail type

Loop

Time

4 hours 27 minutes

Coordinates

753

Uploaded

April 9, 2017

Recorded

April 2017
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5,781 ft
4,117 ft
5.26 mi

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near Pórtugos, Andalucía (España)

3h15-3h30 hiking time at casual speed (official info panel says "4h30").

This pleasant circuit takes you between chestnut and oak trees to the bridge at Junta de Los Rios, the place where the Barranco del Jabali and Barranco de la Chorrera join to form Rio Bermejo, with a spectacular waterfall right next to the Picnic Area of Portugos.

Our trail starts at the village bakery of Portugos, where you can get provisions for your hike. Continue up past the church (there is a supermarket nearby, in case you need water). Climb straight up the road across from the church to reach the Lavadero at the top of the village. There the path narrows and ascends thrugh a lush valley along the river among chestnut trees and small irrigation channels (acequias). After you leave the acequia the path gets steeper and a little rougher until you come to the Picnic Area of Portugos. This is the hardest part of the climb, but don't give up! You can already hear the rushing water from far off. The Tajo de Cortes is a spectacular waterfall, more than 20m high, cut deeply into the rock with spectacular shapes.

The trail continues on the gravel road above the picnic area for another 200m before coming to the bridge at Junta de Los Rios. The view froum up here is spectacular! Shortly behind the bridge you leave the gravel road (it is really only a short bit, the rest is all small trails) to descend towards Pitres. The steep path mellows out after a while and you rejoin the river and some more acequias. 1 km before Pitres the trail turns left and right again after 150 m (before the gate to a farm; missing sign post). The path continues down to the main road, which you follow for 300 m. From where the trail resumes it is just a few minutes back to Portugos.

This lovely trail makes an interesting change from the more popular hikes through the Barranco de Poqueira near Bubion (Wikiloc ID 8145959), and the Carrihuelas near Busquistar (Wikiloc ID 6167013). If you dont't have much time, we recommend doing those first, though.

The trail is well marked with the yellow & white PR-A 29 signs -- exept for some missing signs just before and after Pitres.
Provisioning

Panaderia

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Panaderia
Car park

Parking

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Parking
Intersection

Turn right

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Turn right
Panorama

View from the Eras de Portugos

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View from the Eras de Portugos
Information point

Information panel PR-A 29 'Sendero Rio Bermejo'

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Information panel PR-A 29 'Sendero Rio Bermejo'
Intersection

Follow the white & yellow signs of the trail PR-A 29

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Follow the white & yellow signs of the trail PR-A 29
Waypoint

One of the very old chestnut trees

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One of the very old chestnut trees
Waypoint

Flowering tree

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Flowering tree
River

Acequia (irrigation channel)

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Acequia (irrigation channel)
Intersection

Take the trail to your left

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Take the trail to your left
Panorama

View back over Portugos

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View back over Portugos
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Trail

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Trail
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Trail

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Trail
Panorama

View over Pitres

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View over Pitres
Intersection

Short detour to the waterfall Tajo Cortés

Waterfall

Waterfall Tajo Cortés

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Waterfall Tajo Cortés
Picnic

Area recreativa (with picnic benches and well)

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Area recreativa (with picnic benches and well)
Panorama

View over Pitres and Capilleria (the small village to the right)

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View over Pitres and Capilleria (the small village to the right)
Panorama

Above the waterfall

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Above the waterfall
Picnic

Nice place for a picnic at the Junta de Los Rios

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Nice place for a picnic at the Junta de Los Rios, the place where the Barranco del Jabali and Barranco de la Chorrera join to form Rio Bermejo,
Intersection

Turn left

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Turn left
Picnic

Another possible spot for a picnic

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Another possible spot for a picnic
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View into the barranco

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View into the barranco
Intersection

Turn left

Intersection

Attention: turn right (sign is missing)

Intersection

Follow the road for 300m to your left

River

Rio Bermejo

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Rio Bermejo
Intersection

Leave the road to your left

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Leave the road to your left
Picnic

Era Cruz de Piedra

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Era Cruz de Piedra
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Entering Portugos

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Entering Portugos
Provisioning

Supermarket

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Supermarket
Provisioning

Bar restaurant EL LUJAR (tapas all day & set meal for lunch)

Bar restaurant EL LUJAR (tapas all day & set meal for lunch)

2 comments

  • Photo of ramonserrano

    ramonserrano Oct 31, 2019

    I have followed this trail  verified  View more

    Preciosa ruta en la Alpujarra. Muy fácil de seguir aun cuanto tiene algunos comentarios en ingles. para mi un único inconveniente, el tener que salir en un pequeño tramo a la carretera de la Alpujarra, aunque con cuidado se hace sin problemas

  • Edward Byard Sep 4, 2021

    Very easy to navigate, and fantastic views. The waterfalls were nice in the hot weather. Thanks for adding this route!

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