Hiking Circo de Souso in the Spanish Pyrenees can be as challenging as you wish, depending on the route. This is a varied hike involving switchbacks, undulating paths and valley floor woodland, all the while following the stunning Arazes River. The scenery is dramatic, the waterfalls breathtaking; you will not be disappointed!
We parked for two nights at the large car park in Torla-Ordesa where we were told by local tourist information it was ok to stay. You cannot stay in the Pradera Ordesa as its in a national park. It is a 30 minute drive from Torla to the Pradera where there is plenty of motorhome parking..
Yes, if you choose to walk to the waterfall via the valley floor, this is a mostly flat, if long hike. The Faja de Pelay would not be suitable.
There is a cafe and loos in the Pradera de Ordesa but nothing on the route.
This is a very popular and well recognised hike, unusual for the Spanish Pyrenees. The valley floor will always be busy due to accessibility, the Faja de Pelay less so.
Hiking Circo de Soaso, Spanish Pyrenees
The Circo de Soaso has to be one of our all time favourite hikes. There is so much variety and around every corner, something different to enjoy; views, waterfalls, rivers, forests….
Start at the car park Pradera de Ordesa, which is clearly signed and accessible to motorhomes. At the further point from the entrance, pick up signs for the Faja de Pelay (Huntsman’s Trail). This is a straight up switchback for around 900m to the mirador. It is steep in places and in some areas the paths has worn away so you are literally traversing rocky tracks, often with dead tree and leaf matter on the tracks begging to be slipped on! Poles would be useful here and you will need to be sure footed to take this route.
From the mirador, it is a very gradual ascent along grassy paths on the wide cliff until you descend into the valley and the Cola de Caballo (Horsetail Falls). As you come through the trees in the descent down, with the valley floor and waterfall ahead, stop and admire the view..it is pretty special.
Stop for lunch on a convenient flat rock at the waterfall and then follow the clearly marked path along the valley floor and the River Arazes, where there are some fantastic wild swimming spots.
If you don’t fancy the Faja de Pelay, you can hike to the waterfall through the valley and return; its the same distance but easier on the legs! The views are absolutely breathtaking whichever route you take, this is a hike to remember!
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