Canyoning Rio Verde
Canyoning - Granada - Rio Verde
Canyoning - Granada - Rio Verde

Canyoning in Granada

Canyoning - Granada - Rio Verde

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Heading into the mountains behind the Costa Tropical with their deep valleys, steep gorges, rivers, and waterfalls you will soon discover amazing destinations that are perfect for the more extreme sports activities like canyoning and descent, rafting, bungee jumping, and more...

Canyoning in Granada has become a very popular sport over the last 5 - 10 years and several adventure companies specialize in canyoning tours from both the coastal areas and the city of Granada.

These companies will provide you with transportation to and from the canyoning sites, all the necessary equipment, and deliver an adventure that you will not soon forget...


What is Canyoning You Ask?

Canyoning or descent (Barranquismo in Spanish) is basically a combination of repelling, climbing, jumping, sliding, and splashing down a river gorge.

There are various levels of canyoning from extreme/professional where more advanced knowledge of repelling and mountain climbing is necessary, to a more beginner level where the idea is to splash and jump your way down the river.

The adventure companies that cater to this sport offer tours for all skill levels and frequent various sites that also vary in degree of difficulty. Most of the companies also offer easier descents for families with children.



Two Canyoning Excursions We Recommend:

TOP ACTIVITIES - JUNTA DE LOS RIOS

Rio Verde Canyoning Tour
Rio Verde Canyoning Adventure Tour - Vivak Nature - Nature-loving thrill-seekers will enjoy this canyoning trip to the Rio Verde Canyon in Andalucia. Abseil, jump, slide and swim your way through rivers and waterfalls while enjoying the peaceful canyon surrounded by forest. Whether you’re a first-timer or have been canyoning before, your expert guide will lead the way and keep you safe. tour stars 44 Reviews

TOP ACTIVITIES - JUNTA DE LOS RIOS

Rio Verde Canyoning Tour
Guided Visit: Canyoning in Granada, Río Verde Canyon - Rafting SaltaRíos - From your hotel, we will drive through a beautiful Andalucian landscape, the Almijara Natural Park. It's a great place for sports activities in nature, guided by our experienced and prepared guides (English or Spanish), who are warm and professional. Get ready for a unique Río Verde Canyon Experience. tour stars 7 Reviews


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Canyoning in Granada
** Canyoning in the Rio Verde


Top 5 Sites in Granada for Canyoning

Although numerous locations in Granada are popular for canyoning and descent, the Rio Verde is currently the most popular site and the one we will cover the most in this article.

That being said, the province of Granada is full of picture-perfect locations.. with its soaring mountains and deep craggy ravines... that are perfect for adventure seekers. Here are Granada's top 5 canyoning sites...

1. The Rio Verde - Otivar

Located in the Natural Park of the Sierra de la Almijara, Tejeda and Alhama, just minutes from the small village of Otivar, is the most visually stunning canyoning site on our list. The Rio Verde is a virtual paradise with clear turquoise pools and waterfalls tucked into a rocky ravine that is connected by swinging bridges and hiking trails.

The descent in Rio Verde will take you 8-9 hours total for the full-day and between 3.5 - 4 hours for a half-day.

2. Río Lentegí

Very close to the Costa Tropical and just 10 minutes past the village of Lentejí you will find the river by the same name. This site is a little more technical than the others with a repelling descent of more than 20 meters but is still suitable for all levels.

Located just outside the Natural Park, Río Lentegí is in close proximity to the Rio Verde and shares many of the same physical characteristics. For those desiring a weekend of hiking, jumping, and splashing, these two sites would complement each other nicely.

3. Barranco del Poqueira

This overall area is exquisite and highly recommended. The Barranco del Poqueira site is located high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains (Spain's highest) and very close to the region of La Alpujarra.

The waters from Spain's highest peak, Mount Mulhacen, feed into this river and gorge and have created deep ravines that are perfect for repelling. Because of the steepness of this area and the faster flow of water, this site is recommended for advanced beginners and expert canyoners.

4. Río Trevélez

Sitting in the middle of the beautiful Alpujarras is the gorge of the Río Trevélez, it can be accessed from the villages of Órgiva or Busquistar. The Río Trevélez is recommended for advanced and expert canyoners because of its unique conditions.

One of the prettiest canyoning areas on our list, Río Trevélez, is also one of the most complicated. The water in this area takes on a reddish color from the abundance of iron in the earth which makes visibility more difficult and water flow is relatively high... flooding is also common.

5. Río Bermejo

Another course that is recommended for advanced and expert repellers is the Río Bermejo which again is located in the Sierra Nevada Natural Park and close to the two Alpujarra villages of Capileira and Portugos.

This ravine, located higher up in the Sierra, is short but steep and great for technical repelling.


Granada Canyoning - Average Prices

CANYONING IN GRANADA - PRICES BY COMPANY

  Vivak SaltaRíos MARAE
Half-Day 3-4 Hours 3.5 Hours 4 Hours
Half Day Price €45 €45 €65
Group Price €35 (12+) - €60 (6+)
Full-Day 7-8 Hours 7.5 Hours 6 Hours
Full Day Price €60 €70 €80
Group Price €50 (12+) - €75 (6+)

Canyoning in Granada - Junta de los Rios - Swimming Canyoning in Granada - Junta de los Rios - Jumping
Canyoning in Granada - Junta de los Rios - Repelling
** Canyoning in Granada - Junta de los Rios


The TOP Canyoning / Adventure Companies

Because Granada's mountainous natural parks are the perfect place for outdoor adventure activities, many companies cater to these types of sport. Many are located in Granada city and provide transportation to the different zones, while others are located closer to the coast and the riverbeds themselves.

Below you will find a list of the top adventure companies in Granada with contact information and available services. Tours can be booked online with a few as well...


1. Vivak Nature

Vivak Nature offers canyoning in the Rio Verde for beginners in the heart of the Sierra de la Almijara, including descents, slides, and jumps (some up to 14 meters).

No previous experience in canyoning is necessary, they will teach you everything you need to know to experience a safe and fun canyoning tour.

Recommended Tours:

VIVAK NATURE - ADVENTURE COMPANY

Address: Offers transportation from Granada, or can meet outside the park and drive you down.

Phone: +34 685 099 697
Website: https://www.vivak.es/
Reservations: reservas@vivak.es
Email: admin@vivak.es

Additional Tours / Services: Canyoning, Multi-Adventure (Zip Line, Handrails, Suspension Bridges), Rock Climbing, Caving, Rafting, Bungee jumping ➜ See All VIVAK Tours & Book Online!

Languages Spoken: Spanish, English, French, and Italian


2. Rafting SaltaRíos

Another Adventure company operating in Granada that focuses on water adventure sports like canyoning, rafting, and canoeing as well as rock climbing and multi-adventure tours.

Recommended Tours:

RAFTING SALTARÍOS- ADVENTURE COMPANY

WhatsApp: +34 696 110 807
Email: info@saltarios.com
Website: https://www.saltarios.com

Additional Tours / Services: Canyoning, Multi-Adventure, Rock Climbing, Rafting, Kayaking / Canoeing ➜ See All SALTARÍOS Tours & Book Online!

Languages Spoken: Spanish and English


7. MARAE

MARAE is an adventure company based along the coast in La Herradura that offers kayaking and paddleboard excursions as well as canyoning tours. They will take you into the Sierra de la Almijara, Tejeda, and Alhama mountains and provide an adventure you won't forget!

Recommended Tour:

MARAE - ADVENTURE COMPANY

Address: Paseo Andres Segovia 44, 18697 La Herradura, Granada

Phone: +34 657 730 030
Website: https://marae.eu
Contact Form: https://www.marae.eu/contacto-marae/

Additional Services: Paintball, Quad Tour, Canyoning, Hiking, Kayak Tours, Mountain Bike Tours, Paddle, and Paddle Yoga ➜ See All MARAE Tours & Book Online!

Languages Spoken: Spanish and English


3. Educare Aventura

Educare Aventura is a tourism company operating in Nerja since 2000. Their Canyoning Tour is 8 hours leaving from Nerja and 45 euros per person. They also offer the following tours:

Kayaking along the Nerja and Maro cliffs, Paddle Surfing along the Nerja and Maro cliffs, 4x4 routes along the Sierra Almijara National Park, Mountain biking through the Montes de Málaga National Park, Trekking El Torcal, Horseback riding in the Montes de Málaga, and Canyoning descent in the Rio Verde Ravine (Otivar-Granada).

Recommended Tours:

EDUCARE AVENTURA! - ADVENTURE COMPANY

Address: Camino de Burriana, Local 2, Fase 2, Playa de Burriana, Nerja, Malaga

Phone: +34 676 685 827 / 600 620 054
Reservations: +34 952 039 026
Website: https://educare-aventura.com
Contact Form:https://nimoaventura.com/contact-us/
Email: kayak@educare-aventura.com

Additional Services: Canyoning, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding, 4x4 Routes

Languages Spoken: Spanish and English


4. Nimo Aventura

NIMO AVENTURA! - ADVENTURE COMPANY

Phone: +34 601 631 833
Website: https://www.nimoaventura.com/
Contact Form:https://nimoaventura.com/contact-us/
Email: info@nimoaventura.com

Additional Services: Kayak, Barranco (Cliff Jumping), Parapente, Paintball, Scooter Rentals, and Hiking


5. Barranquismo Rio Verde

BARRANQUISMO RIO VERDE - ADVENTURE COMPANY

Address: Calle Lavadero de Las Tablas, Nº 32, 4º. Granada, España

WhatsApp: +34 660 080 565
Website: https://www.barranquismorioverde.com
Email: info@barranquismorioverde.com


8. Totally Sorted Sports

This company is located in La Herradura and will provide an entire holiday package including accommodations or you can choose standalone activities to join.

TOTALLY SORTED SPORTS - ADVENTURE COMPANY

Address: Paseo Andres Segovia 44, 18697 La Herradura, Granada

Phone: +34 958 883 143 / 627 713 897
Website: https://www.totallysortedsports.co.uk
Availability and Prices https://www.totallysortedsports.co.uk/contact-us/

Additional Services: Canyoning, Hiking, Almunecar Tour, Buggy Safari, Catamaran, Horseback Riding, and Skiing in the Sierra Nevada

Languages Spoken: English


Granada Canyoning - Frequently Asked Questions...

1. Are there any physical requirements for Canyoning?

Jumping, repelling, and sliding down the rocks can be a bit strenuous. Make sure that you are in good physical condition to take part in canyoning and descent.

2. What should we wear while canyoning?

The most important item to wear is comfortable shoes. You must wear shoes that you can get wet and that will give you support in the water. Also, bring a change of clothes for afterward as you will get completely soaked.

3. Should we bring anything additional?

We have a great article about a day in the Rio Verde or Junta de Los Rios canyon, it includes a list of all the items you should bring...

4. Do you need to know how to swim?

Knowing how to swim is not required BUT canyoning is an all-day event... in the water. Although the water is not deep, it's important to feel comfortable in this environment. Life jackets will be provided to those that request them.

5. How long does the Rio Verde descent take?

This depends on the package you purchase. There are full-day descents that take from 8-9 hours total, although this includes transportation to the site and a bit of instruction beforehand. The half-day tours are usually between 3.5 - 4 hours.

6. What is the intensity of the river (Rio Verde)?

The water flow in the Rio Verde is slow to still. There are places where the water runs over the rocks into falls but you will also find many still pools for swimming. There are no rapids or fast flows to worry about.

7. Is transportation included?

In most of the tours, transportation to the site is included. Most of the companies will bring you to the site from the coast (La Herradura) or the city of Granada. They also have a meeting place outside the park if you would like to meet them. They will then drive you down the uneven roads in a 4X4 to where your descent will begin. Arrangements can be made with the individual companies.

8. Are there any age limits?

There are age limits for some of the more intense descents but most of the companies provide descents that are designed specifically with families in mind. The family tours are good for kids from 8 to 13 years of age.

9. When is the best time for Canyoning in Rio Verde?

Normally, the weather in the Costa Tropical and Otivar is warm enough for canyoning from March until the end of October.

10. What does the excursion/tour price include?

  • Canyoning Equipment: Neoprene, Helmet, Harness, Ropes
  • Accident Insurance
  • Qualified Guide
  • Transportation to the Site
  • First Aid Kit


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