a long walk in the Rio Seco
Walking in and next to the Rio Seco
To know the full story, it is best to first read the page about the short walk in this nature reserve (page Rio Seco - short). This describes a walk of 3.5 kilometers with a starting and arrival point at the visitor's center of the nature reserve.
Unlike the short walk, this walk does not consist of a loop. It is therefore best to meet up with several people so that you prepare a car at the end point, unless you choose to cover the same distance upstream after 10 kilometers downstream.
This walk also starts at the visitor center. You walk a little over the road until you reach a narrow path on the left, a path that ends at a large open space. There you turn right downwards at the route sign. You walk through the forest for a while and then descend to the bed of the Rio Seco. Sometimes you may have to step through some mud in a single place to cross the river. After about fifteen minutes of walking it gets a bit wider. On the left you will see a gate and there the path also splits into 2 parts. Here you should choose the left-hand side to enjoy the most beautiful rock formations and the result of years of erosion.
There is a split just past the place where a horse is engraved in the rocks. For the short walk we went right there, this time we go left. From there you can walk some 8 kilometers in and next to the Rio Seco. You pass the vast fields of a mandarin grower and you can go through a tunnel under a road just like the water does (you can cross the road if there is too much water). We walk under the AP-7 highway and the N-332. Almost at the end we have to leave the river because the vegetation is too wild. We find the terminus of the river on the beach where a narrow channel flows into the sea.
This walk is approximately 10 kilometers long and you must count 3 to 3,5 hours of walking time. Along the way you will not find any restaurants and in many places you are little protected against the sun by plants. So take plenty of water with you and do not do this walk at the hottest moment of a summer day. The end point is near a large parking lot.
kind of activity :
* walk
price :
* free
opening hours :
* not applicable - always accessible
address :
* Calle Trebol Pc 7, 03191 Pinar de Campoverde
* GPS visitors center & parking lot : 37.908369, -0.832148
  (first map on this page)
* GPS end of walk : 37.880908,-0.754050 (map 2)
distance :
* Torrevieja : 26 km, 35 minutes
* Guardamar : 38 km, 45 minutes
* La Marina : 45 km, 50 minutes

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