Los Cahorros: A hike through paradise

So, it’s been forever. Sorry. My European adventure has long come to a close and I am settled back in at home, but I still have a few experiences to share from the final month.

The other day, a friend asked me what the highlight was of the entire trip. Picking one moment from six months worth of memories is no easy feat. What made my time as spectacular as it was were the people I met along the way. However, the one day that I will look back on and think, “life doesn’t get any better than this” was my last full day Spain. My boyfriend, the self-proclaimed “best guide in Granada”, had had a surprise planned for me for quite some time. He never fails to impress, so I knew I was in for a treat. As it turns out, he led me to the one spot I had been dying to visit: Los Cahorros.

Nestled in the arid southern Spanish landscape lies a lush, green paradise. Like something out of Indiana Jones, Los Cahorros is a maze of rope bridges and rocky trails. Sometimes we’d be clinging onto handholds on the rock face as we tiptoed along the narrow path, only to have to duck under massive boulders once we reached the end. The slightly treacherous terrain was full of surprises, the most breathtaking of which appeared at the end of one of the bridges: a waterfall. I had only ever seen them in Hawaii, so it was rather exciting. Some fellow hikers had stopped at the foot of the waterfall to have lunch and I asked Joaquín if we’d be doing the same, but he claimed to know an even better spot. Despite my wariness about his sense of direction, I trusted he knew what he was doing. This time, it paid off.

He led us to our very own secluded little cove with a miniature waterfall. Not a soul appeared the whole time we were there. (Tip: befriend locals, or date them, I guess. They know the best spots.) We waded in the chilly pools then dried off on the rocks, the sunshine finding its way to our bellies through the tree cover. It was absolute bliss to relax one last time with the person I love by my side before I embarked upon the final leg of my journey.

 

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2 Comments

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    Jess

    February 20, 2016

    Wow this sounds stunning, thanks for sharing! I am planning a trip to Spain over summer and am going to have to add this hike to my list (somehow I’d never heard of it before, so I really appreciate you sharing!)

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      Ivana Abroad

      February 20, 2016

      Hey Jess!
      I’m so happy I was able to help you discover Los Cahorros! It’s absolutely breathtaking. I’m sure you’ll love it. Where else in Spain are you planning to go?

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