Canyoning: Weekend in Huesca

Huesca, located in the province of Aragon-Spain, is considered one the best places in Europe for canyoning.
There are more than 300 ravines in Huesca with different routes ranging from the very demanding technically and physically to the most simple and fun ravines, suitable for all the family including children.
Each year receives thousands of visits from all continents to do this type of activity, as well as climbing that is also practiced on the ravine walls.
Crystalline water pools, waterfalls, siphons, vertiginous slides, jumps of meters, via ferratas, descents in rapel of more than 50 meters and hidden caves. All this makes way for you as you go along the way.

  • Type of activity: canyoning
  • Physical condition: it will depend on the type of canyoning  but anyone with a normal physical condition can do it. The guide will recommend the best ravine according to your tastes and previous experience.
  • Age: all ages
  • Price: around 50-60€ per person including equipment and guide, we booked with Expediciones.

Previous day: We leave Madrid and arrived at Bierge, a small town in Huesca where we spend the night in a rural house.

#Day 1: in the morning, we start the descent of Petit Mascún ravine. This ravine was aquatic, especially in the months of May-June that was the time when we visited it. In July and August the ravines are a little drier than in the previous months. The ravine consisted of areas with rappelling down waterfalls, slides, caves and jumps of several meters.
The total duration of the descent was about 5-6 hours with an hour of rest and picnic.
In the afternoon we visit Alquézar, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, its majestic Collegiate Church was declared National Monument in 1.931 and the medieval architecture and layout of its urban center is Historic Artistic Set since 1982.

#Día 2:Day 2: We were about to start the the next ravine, el Formiga. The ravine consisted of a first part where you walked by a rather slippery via ferrata followed by a rappel descent of 52 meters (as if you will descend from a ninth floor), then the ravine was more aquatic with jumps, slides and siphons.
The return was made by a path walking for an hour and the total duration was approximately of 4 hours. In the afternoon, we visit the Bierge Dam where you can take a swim in the emerald waters and see the waterfalls from the top.

Resultado de imagen de presa de bierge


  • Hire an accredited expedition guide: the guide is responsible for securing the ropes while you are down and avoiding the most unsafe sections. They know by memory the ravine and are specialized in it, go without a guide or with non-accredited guides is unsafe.
  • Extreme Sports: despite the fact of being a fun activity it has a dangerous side. Pay attention at all times to the instructions provided by the guide, in a small jump or bad step you can (hope not) twist your ankle.
  • Equipment: wear suitable and comfortable clothes, a bathing suit and shoes that you do not care much about them. The rest of equipment such as helmet, harness and neoprene will be provided before the start of the activity.

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