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Ruta de Las Caras

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Martien S wrote a review Sep 2020
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Nice. You can use this as a starting point to reach the beach of the Buendia lake. Some nice vieuws.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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cristina p wrote a review Apr 2019
Cuenca, Spain146 contributions46 helpful votes
One-hour drive from Cuenca takes you to the Rutas de las Caras in Buendia where you can see some amazing boulder sculptures, especially based on the Indian and Chinese cultures. The main route should't take you more than 20-30 minutes but there's also a longer one (4 hours) if you feel up to it. Nice surroundings, especially the dam holding some incredible blue water (when filled). In summer you can go swimming and fishing. However, we found it to be a little abandoned and messy, probably because it's free to visit.. There's no guide or tourist information desk, so make sure you get all the info on the internet, nor any beverage kiosks, so get some water.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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PRcolorado wrote a review Apr 2018
Conifer, Colorado7 contributions1 helpful vote
It's an hour drive from Cuenca, and most folks likely have "better" things to do, but I've never seen anything like these boulder carvings except perhaps Taoist locations in China.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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Gonshi2013 wrote a review Apr 2017
Zurich, Switzerland25 contributions28 helpful votes
As other reviewers have written, it is a bad road for driving. We went with 2 children aged 8 and 10 who enjoyed running ahead and finding the rocks. It took us a bit less then 2 hours but this includes time at the lake where the kids played in the sand and water. On a nice day its an easy walk partially amongst trees in nature. Its probably not worth driving here just for the rocks, but is sonething to do while in the area. There are no toilets or food. Go visit Bar Julmi for good food and drink in Buendia.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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kasejason wrote a review Aug 2014
Chicago, Illinois363 contributions863 helpful votes
My wife and I like to hike and we enjoy odd art. This location seemed like a good combination of the two, so we set out for Buendia from Madrid. It was a little difficult to find good directions to get to this place. Reaching the town of Buendia is not difficult, and any map/ on-line map service will reliably get you to the town. Once in Buendia, the trick seemed to be finding the right road that would lead north to the Ruta de Las Caras. We found that the best way was to find Calle Isabela, which runs through the eastern part of town. This road leads out of town and will soon put you on the correct route. Once you leave town, there are plenty of signs to direct you to the hiking trails. Be prepared to travel a considerable distance over dirt roads on the way. The roads were bumpy but easily passable for any car. Once you reach the Ruta itself, the trail does not take too long to hike (it took us about 1.5 hours total with lots of stops for pictures). There is a map available showing an intended counter-clockwise path. If you go about the hike this way, you will hike downhill for most of the trail and return via a wooded uphill path. Once on the trail, there are four groups of rock carvings to visit. We found that the fourth group (labeled "Ultimo Grupo") was a bit lackluster. If you are looking for a way to shorten your hike, I would suggest that you end at the third group (Tercer Grupo) and then hike back to the parking area. Overall, the experience of hiking here was enjoyable, but there were some small issues. There were no restroom facilities available, so you might want to stop in Buendia on the way if you require them. There was also a lot of trash along the trail. While this is not a gigantic problem, it does lessen the overall nature experience. Despite these problems, I would still recommend a trip out to the Ruta de Las Caras if you're in the area, after all, it's free! If you would like to view a route map beforehand, check out the official website. This link has some pdf files with useful information, although it is all in Spanish: http://www.rutadelascaras.com/ruquees.htm
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Date of experience: July 2014
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