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Barranco de la Luna – River hike in the Lecrin Valley



An adventurous hiking route for summer. We will walk along a spectacular gorge. It’s a walking route for everyone and we recommend to do this walking trail during the summer months.

Key Facts:

Length: 2.5 km; Accumulated height difference: 70 m;

Difficulty: Easy

Departure time in Granada: the trip can start every hour. Due to the heat during the summer months we recommend to start after 6:00 pm.

Meeting point: Roundabout at Plaza del Triunfo, Granada (see the map)

Arrival time: The route is very short. It will take us approximately 2 hours, but it depends on the pace of the group

Family trip?: yes, if children are older than 12 years

The trip:    Barranco Luna Mapa

We will leave the cars at the cemetery of Salares. This will be the starting point of our hiking route. First we will walk along the road. After the road, we will follow a dirt track. Big orange and olive trees will give us some shade. Finally the path along the river will start. We will enter a gorge with huge walls. The gorge is called: Barranco de la Luna. This part of the route will be refreshing and it’s perfect during the hot summer months. We will usually walk in the river and our ankles and sometimes knees will be underwater.
The color of the walls, the tracks of fossils, vegetation and the fresh air are special features from the hiking route. It’s a delight for all the senses.

Landscape and heritage:

  • Valle de Lecrin
  • Geological history and fossils
  • Ancient trees

Elevation profile: Barranco de la Luna

Barranco Luna Perfil


Equipment recommended:
We recommend carrying at least 2l of water. Short trousers, Sunglasses, sun cream, protective lip cream and a hat. Take a little towel and dry shoes. We do not recommend wearing flip-flops. It is necessary to wear a proper pair of shoes.
In the water, there can be big rocks. Our guide will gives a hand if needed during the walk.

Participants should take nuts and dried fruits.

Price of “organized group”: €15/pp. It includes the guided trip and insurance. It does not include transportation.

Price of “custom date”: €30/pp. 2 people minimum. It includes the guided trip, insurance and transportation.

Purchasing Conditions:  Excursions must be booked and paid for at least three days in advance.  Participants must arrive at the meeting point on time. The group will wait for participants for five minutes, but then leave.  In this situation, no money will be reimbursed.  All participants should ensure that they know how to get to the meeting point and if you have any questions or doubts, please do not hesitate to contact us.



Location: Valle de Lecrin, Granada
Duration: 3 hours
Difficulty: Level 1 (REI)


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Activity Level Descriptions



(1) Relaxed: Adventure travel at its most relaxed pace.

  • Activity: 1-3 hours most days
  • Distances: walk less than 3 miles most days
  • Surfaces: flat terrain
  • Elevation change: little to none
  • Altitude: less than 3,000 ft

(2) Easy: Great for newcomers to active travel.

  • Activity: 2-5 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 6 miles, cycle 10-30 miles most days
  • Surfaces: flat or rolling terrain with some possible steeps
  • Elevation change: up to 2,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 6,000 ft

(3) Moderate: For outdoor novices and above.

  • Activity: 4-6 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 10 miles most days, cycle 20-40 miles most days
  • Surfaces: rolling or mountainous terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation change: up to 3,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 10,000 ft

(4) Vigorous: Recommended for fir travelers with basic skills.

  • Activity: 5-8 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 12 miles most days, cycle 30-50 miles most days
  • Surfaces: mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 14,000 ft
  • Experience and a doctor's release may be required

(5) Strenuous: Designed for very fit travelers.

  • Activity: 10+ hours/day
  • Distances: hike up to 12 miles most days, cycle 50 miles or more miles most days
  • Surfaces: remote mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents, uneven trails with loose features.
  • Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 14,000 ft
  • Experience and a doctor's release may be required

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