Tips if you are going to do Canyoning in Cantabria
Cantabria is one of the Spain’s provinces that has more canyoning options, that can be offered thanks to its orography. If you are looking to start in canyoning or cross out another new descend from your list, surely you will find the perfect ravine here!
Generally, the descents in Cantabria concentrate in the season you visit, it goes from Spring until the end of Autumn, but if you are brave and not afraid of the cold and the climate conditions are good, you can descend through the cantabrian rivers throughout the whole year.
Watch this video, so you can observe what consist a ravine descend through Cantabria:
Which ravines can be visited to carry out canyoning in Cantabria?
The descend in Viaña river, Chorretones canyon, Yera (descend Calera river) Gándara river ravine, the Rubó river, Nansa valley or Alto Ansón, Aján river, Navedo (Potes), Argumedo are some of the options that you will find in Cantabria.
Here, we will explain everything:
If it is the first time you will practice a canyoning adventure or you coming with the kids, the initiatory ravines will be the best alternative. We propose, for example, a ravine in the Pasiegos Valleys ravine, perfect for family, suitable for people from the ages of 7, where the Viaña river is descended, passage through Medio Cudeyo. You will need at least 2 hours and a half to complete the activity.
The school’s groups, that would like to carry out a canyoning exeprience, will have the experince indicated for minors in the Ramales de la Victoria zone, a level-I descend, that usually takes 2 to 3 hours to finish it.
Another easy-level ravine, but a very fun one, is Chorretones, located in the zone of Calera del Prado, it is indicated that is suitable for all audiences, people older than 8 years and to complete it takes us 4 hours. Duration full of fun times and excitement and a lot of splashes. It has rappels with 2 to 10 meters and its trail takes us around 3 to 4 hours.
Following the level-I or I-II ravines, we will see the Yera descend, where is not necessary to have a special physic condition, and where the monitor will be recording everything that happens to have the memories forever. If you would like to do something easy but rappel to, you will love the descend through the gorge of the Calera river and for 4 hours, you will encounter cliffs that go from 5 to 15 meters.
But, don’t worry if you don’t like the idea of rappelling with a rope, you can choose choose a the Gándara river ravine, a fun experience, where there are not cliffs but jumps, natural slides and ponds. It is a journey of about 3 hours and runs near the area of Ramales de la Victoria. In the Picos de Europa you will also find ravines suitable for all audiences.
In the area of Cangas a Panes is the river Rubó, where you can descend several sections, one of them suitable initiation from 7 years and with a duration of 3 hours. The Nansa Valley or Alto Asón, are sections indicated for all public. In the first case the activity runs in the Sebrando river ravine with rappels between 8 and 15 meters.
If you already have previous experience, if you have a physical form between acceptable and good and you want a plus of adrenaline and fun we present you some ravines of medium and medium-high level that will surely captivate you.
If we go to the Vega del Pas zone, we will find a II-level ravine in the Aján river, the complete trail has 11-meters cliffs, different rappels and waterfalls. Fun and water will not be missed during this ravine that is one of the complete ones throughout the province. It will be 3 hours and a half to surpass this challenge.
Another of the ravines that we recommend you not to miss if you are in Cantabria, is the Navedo, it is located near Potes, in the Hermida gorge and has rappels between 5 and 20 meters, ideal for those who have already had an approach with This sport or have an acceptable physical form. In the area of the Pas, there are also descents of level III, only suitable for people with experience, fitness and who are over 14 years.
In the Valley of Soba, we find a ravine a bit more demanding, it is the ravine of Argumedo, which has 12 rappels ranging from 6 to 30 meters, along the course there will be jumps and slides, having a 4-meter shuttle slide. You will use a full day and it is necessary to have an average physical form.
There are also combinations such as the Aján River and Yera, or even try a hybrid activity between speleology and canyoning, known as “speleocanyoning”, is an underground canyon, where you have to use different techniques of detour, rappel and walking through narrow cavities. It lasts approximately 4 hours and it is necessary to be of legal age.
And if you would like to take it to the next level and learn the techniques and tricks of this sport, you have the opportunity of booking a basic canyoning course where with 3 descend with different characteristics and levels, you will learn the basic notions of this sport.
Choose your ideal ravine and enjoy to the max in Cantabria.