Garganta de los infiernos extremadura

Garganta de los infiernos extremadura

Valley of the jerte cherry trees

The Garganta de los Infiernos Nature Reserve belongs to the «Network of Protected Natural Spaces of Extremadura». It was declared Reserve by Decree 132/1994 of November 14, 1994, published in the DOE of November 22, 1994.

The main rocks found are granites and gneiss. The highest altitudes are reached in the Cuerda de los Infiernillos (2,281 m.) and the Cerro del Estecillo (2,290 m.) that surround the Garganta de la Serrá, an ancient glacial valley that was modeled by the passage of Quaternary ice.

The Natural Reserve has a wide hydrographic network with abundant waterfalls and cascades, one of the main peculiarities of this natural area. Special mention should be made of the giant marmitas, which are large pools carved into the rock by fluvial erosion, highlighting those that exist in the area known as Los Pilones.

The climate offers notable contrasts depending on the altitude. In general, winters are moderately cold and summers are not very hot. Precipitation in the area ranges between 1,500 and 2,000 mm. Annual, being frequent in winter the snow in the mountain peaks.

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Route through extremadura

This is one of the several gorges that open between the mountains, and in which the torrent of water falls in a succession of waterfalls between a landscape of great lushness, more typical of regions such as Asturias or Cantabria.

Specifically it is the Garganta de los Infiernos, whose main corners you have to discover them in a 4×4 excursion on mountain trails, as it is an area closed to vehicular traffic.

Set on granite stone, it is an area of the Jerte Valley covered by forests of deciduous trees, such as oaks, so that in autumn the slopes of the mountains are covered with colors during the fall of the leaves.

It is known as Los Pilones to a particular section where a granite block extends, and where the waters over millions of years have been carving natural pits, which are the aforementioned marmitas.

These marmites have been created by the erosive action of small fragments of stones that are trapped in the pits, and by the eddies make a circular movement that erodes the rocks.

Wikipedia

The reserve is located between the northwestern slope of the Sierra de Tormantos, the southwestern slope of the Sierra de Gredos and the river Jerte. Located at the head of the Valle del Jerte region, it is the gateway to the Autonomous Community of Extremadura from the province of Avila.

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The reserve has abundant waterfalls, streams, waterfalls, natural pools and large pools dug by the circular erosion of river water. The high humidity levels in turn contribute to a vegetation of great ecological value with deciduous forest ecosystems, riparian forest, mountain meadows and alpine pastures. The fauna is autochthonous and very abundant, harboring several endangered species.

The climate offers notable contrasts depending on the altitude. In general, temperatures are not extreme, with moderately cold winters and mild summers. Rainfall in the area ranges between 1500 and 2000 mm per year, with frequent snowfall in winter on the mountain peaks.

Jerte valley what to see

This is one of the several gorges that open between the mountains, and in which the torrent of water falls in a succession of waterfalls between a landscape of great lushness, more typical of regions such as Asturias or Cantabria.

Specifically it is the Garganta de los Infiernos, whose main corners you have to discover them in a 4×4 excursion on mountain trails, as it is an area closed to vehicular traffic.

Set on granite stone, it is an area of the Jerte Valley covered by forests of deciduous trees, such as oaks, so that in autumn the slopes of the mountains are covered with colors during the fall of the leaves.

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It is known as Los Pilones to a particular section where a granite block extends, and where the waters over millions of years have been carving natural pits, which are the aforementioned marmitas.

These marmites have been created by the erosive action of small fragments of stones that are trapped in the pits, and by the eddies make a circular movement that erodes the rocks.