Geoparque Unesco

GR 5 Breath-taking landscapes of water and rock

Vero River canyon viewpoints

The canyons of the Sierra Mountains offer some of the most spectacular landscapes in the Alto Aragón region. Sections of rivers that flow through gorges that are so deep that no sunlight can reach them, alternating with backwaters where the rivers seem to rest under the watchful eye of cliffs and rock spires that defy the laws of gravity. Water and rock are the star features of these landscapes that provide shelter to numerous endemic plants and that are a unique haven for wildlife, especially birds of prey that fly tirelessly over the mountains. Few places show such a varied orography and such unique features. Perhaps this is why the intricate terrain of the Guara Mountains was occupied by prehistoric man, who left valuable examples of his artistic activity, now declared World Heritage by UNESCO. This route covers key aspects required to understand the geological conditions of the landscape of the Guara Mountains. It is a journey through the spectacular canyon of the Vero River, straddling the districts of Sobrarbe and Somontano and combining views from within the canyon and from several vantage points; two different and complementary approaches to these breath-taking landscapes of rock and water.

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  • Route: Vero Canyon Viewpoint - Chapel of San Martin - Tozal de Mallata Viewpoint - Portiacha Ravine Viewpoint.
  • Type of Route: Circular.
  • Difficulty level: Low, but it is necessary to ford the river on 5 occasions, which is not difficult but, depending on the amount of water carried by the river, can be just over knee-high in the case of an adult.
  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Length: 6 kilometres
  • Gradient: 450 metres up and 450 metres down.
  • Starting point: Vero Canyon car park, at kilometre 19 on the A-2205, between the turn-off to Lecina and Colungo. This is a large, visible, car park with several information panels and some picnic tables (that may be hidden by parked cars).
  • Comments: You will have to remove your shoes (or used footwear suitable for water) to ford the river on 5 occasions.
  • OTHER RELATED GEO-ROUTES: Geo-Route 14 crosses another sector of the Guara Mountains and explains the origin of the calcareous rocks and fossils encountered on the way.

Recomentations in your visit to Sobrarbe-Pirineos Geopark

  • Safe visits, unforgettable experiences. There are companies who collaborate with the Geopark where you can hire specialized guides to make your tour a unique and safe experience.
  • Respect the geological outcrops. Do not break off samples of rock, mineral or fossils; anly take the loose pieces

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