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Circular route of the Garganta de los Infiernos (Jerte Valley)

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Route of the Hells Throat. Since we toured theSierra de Gredos We had always heard of a place where endless pools of water are formed, ideal for cooling off during the summer. This is nothing new in this mountain range, since we can locate many in different places, but what makes this throat special is the number of pools which are found consecutively over several kilometers.


Los Pilones - Garganta de los Infiernos

We must keep in mind that to reach the nature reserve of the Hell's Throat It is not necessary to have to complete this 15-kilometer route. In fact, most people who just want to enjoy a bath or snack, park their vehicle near the interpretation Center located a few kilometers south of the town of Jerte and from here they walk the approximate 2.5 / 3 kilometers until they reach the key point in the gorge, the famous Pylons. Personally I think that you lose a lot if you do not travel the rest of the way, but if walking is not your thing or you do not have the necessary time, it is not a bad option, just do the pylon route.

For those of you who want to see the whole surrounding environment, I encourage you to continue reading our review.

The Gorge of Hell

Where do we meet?

We are in the town of Jerte (Extremadura), which receives its name from the river that crosses the valley. Located a few kilometers from the port of Tornavacas and the charming town of Ávila boat. This area is well known especially in spring, when all Cherry trees that populate the valley are put into bloom for a short time and the valley is wrapped in a bright white.

Our route

Our route starts from the same town of Jerte, specifically on the other side of the river next to some indications of the gorge itself. The truth that could be started from several different places, but as it was easy to find an indicative sign and above there were numerous parking spaces, we decided to start from that point.

The beginning may not like too much and this is because we must walk a couple of kilometers along a half-paved road that gives access to several farms. Once in the final section, it becomes a dirt track and only open to local staff.


Jerte Valley - Hells Gorge

As we can see in the first photographs, the route was developed in autumn, a time to see the forests with a very special hue. It's nice to see how oaks, chestnuts and holm oaks pave the ground with leaves. Anyway, there is always some wasp that besides enjoying the environment, gets up chestnuts 😀 or is dedicated to find the odd mushroomespecially those boletus.


Jerte Valley - Hells Gorge

Initially the road to be so wide is easy to take, even more when there are numbers indications that make their loss virtually impossible. Anyway there are several shortcuts marked to shorten part of the road and that a priori seem a good option, but then as we take them we will see that the slope tilts much more based on going almost straight.


Jerte Valley - Hells Gorge

Finally we will reach the highest part of the route, around 850m altitude (Collado de Tierra Blanca), where the vegetation will change and the oaks will be the predominant trees. From here we will go down towards the Gorge of the Three hills ó New bridge.


Hell's Throat

Once in the New bridge We can observe the first pools, which of course are only available to the bravest, since in the month of Autumn the water falls very very cold. From here there are about 6 kilometers to the Interpretation Center and about 3 to the Pylons of the Hell's Throat.


New Bridge - Three Hills Gorge

From now on the road will run along the left bank of the river practically to the area of ​​the Pylons. With just a couple of fairly light climbs, it is a fairly comfortable road and I personally would not recommend stopping to eat until the Hell's Throat. There is not much left and the road will mostly be downhill.


On the way to the Gorge of Hell

One of the points to consider halfway is the confluence of the Gorge of the Three Hills with the Gorge of the Hill of the Mares. You are joining, they form the Hell's Throat in its highest part, supplying it with water from two different points. We can have the problem when crossing the stream, since there is no bridge and in times of flooding it becomes difficult to cross it unless we take off our shoes and want to get a little wet.

If you are afraid, do not hesitate ... get out of the way and in the largest pool, right at the end of this one, there is a step that can be crossed without too much difficulty. However I have a feeling that with the thaw There may be many problems and more than one will turn around.


Gorge of the Hill of the Mares

As you can see in our group, there were people who chose to take off their shoes and cross on foot ... the bad thing that if you are a little short is more than likely that the water can reach your waist ... The passing points that seem narrow, circulates so much current that There is no possibility to pass them barefoot.


Gorge of the Hill of the Mares

And after 15 kilometers of descent we reach the Pylons and almost to civilization. This point is very popular every weekend, especially if we visit it in summer that can be even overwhelming. The truth is that if you are one of spending a whole day at the riverbank, to bathe, eat and have a relaxed nap, it is certainly a paradise.


Pylons - Hells Throat

Steel railings have been installed in the gorge to avoid accidents, taking into account that in summer the fall is much greater when the river carries less water. And right in this part we can see the famous Giant Marmites. Almost perfect circular pools that look like hot tubs. The kettles were formed thanks to the erosion of the stones dragged by the river and that are trapped in concavities at the bottom of this. Their circular movement because of the current creates these curious forms.


Pylons - Hells Throat

After enjoying the beautiful views we stopped along the way to take the reward. A great sandwich !! For the most comfortable, on the other side of the bridge there are numerous tables where to settle. Another thing is that they are free ...


Pylons - Hells Throat

Finished the visit to the Pylons, we have to take the path that ends in the Interpretation Center and that is also the one used by those who exclusively visit the Pylons. To highlight a waterfall that is after leaving the pools on the left bank of the river.


Hell's Throat

Once in the Interpretation Center we see the first cars and of course the typical ones beach bars They laughed that they are only open in high season. This part of the road will seem a little long and also runs entirely along a paved road suitable for all types of vehicles. It will be a good time to disconnect and enjoy the fruit trees that live in the region, especially Cherry treesQuinces and Peaches. Finally after 1.5km we will arrive at the starting point.

Practical data

When to go?

It depends on what we choose. If we want to bathe, you certainly have to go between July and August, although there are people who bathe during the months of June, September and even October, everything will depend on the summer of San Miguel.

The rest of the months is quieter, to take into account the winter months where numerous ice sheets can be formed along the way.

Where to stay?

We stayed in the Region of Vera, famous for its famous Paprika and its beautiful landscape. In this case we were invited by the portal Tuscasasrural.com, a search portal for rural houses very simple to use and with a wide variety of rural houses. Our choice was the Finca Valvellidos, in the town of Jaraíz de la Vera.


Finca Valvellidos

This country house has rooms and rural apartments with all kinds of amenities. But personally what we liked the most was the surroundings, in full nature and free from the hustle and bustle of nearby towns.

Where to eat?

In the same Finca Valvellidos There is a restaurant that we did not have time to taste but it looked good. If you want to go outside, just 2 kilometers away you have Jaraíz de la Vera and a wide selection of restaurants and bars.

What to wear

It is a route of 15 kilometers that you can do very fast and everything will depend on how many stops you make and the time you spend to eat. With comfortable shoes, you don't need expensive boots, but if drinking water, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, food and shelter if it's winter, it would be enough. Ahh and don't forget your swimsuit just in case ...

Alternative routes?

If you like the Sierra de Gredos we recommend that you read these articles near the Jerte Valley:

  • The Nava Lagoon
  • The unknown Peeled Beak.
  • Route of the 5 Lagoons in the Sierra de Bejar (neighbor of Gredos)

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