Canyons of the pond of Alcanadre and their tributaries

The river Alcanadre, the biggest of the Sierra of Guara, comes from Pyrenees from the North of Spain. It is the tributary of the river Cinca that passes by in the province of Huesca. Alcanadre is born in the Sierra of Galardón and throws itself into the just river Cinca has side of Ballobar.

Alcanadre crosses the Sierra of Guara by forming on its passage some deep ravines, canyons and gorges. These are very appreciated by the canyoneurs which come from all Europe and even from other continents. The sector of the river Alcanadre between Bara and Bierge offers as many swimming pools to bathe as canyons to be lowered. Among others we can name Gorgas Negras, Barrasil, Peonera Superieure, Fornazos de la Peonera and Peonera Inferieure (or Puntillo).

This last one ends by the famous dam of Bierge, one of the symbolic zones of bathing of the Sierra of Guara. We shall also note that the tributaries of Mascun, offer a geologic jewel of an exceptional beauty, both for the canyoneurs and the climbers or the ornithologists (in particular canyons Mascun Superieur, Otin, Raisen and Os Cochas). Besides the canyon Mascún which joins the river Alcanadre to Rodellar, there is also other main tributaries as rivers Isuala, Flumen and Guatizalema.

Canyons Gorgas Negras and Barrasil

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Gorgas Negras


Magnificent and very long, it offers an impressive route; it is a classic of worldwide canyoning. Only accessible to the professionals and to the experimented canyoneurs (good technique and physical conditions). Extremely aquatic, and with cold water, it requires 10-12h of physical effort and of maximal caution without compromise.
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Barrasil


It is a spectacular, playful and ” easy “, feasible descent by uninitiated, with supervision. Calcareous, ideal canyon for hiking lovers who would want to learn about the technique of the aquatic descent. With natural swimming pools, and ramifications of caos.

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Canyons Mascun, Otin, Raisen and Os Cochas

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Mascun Superior


Considered as the most beautiful of Europe, it requires a big lasting physical and technical effort 9-11h. Very impressive with its narrow walls and its ressors (although the bed dries itself in some places), it offers unique shows of lights, turquoise blue natural swimming pools, abseiling and technical jumps.

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Little Mascun


A spectacular, playful and ” easy “, feasible descent by uninitiated, with supervision. Combinable with other close routes. Ideal for the children or the people who want to learn about the technique of the aquatic descent with natural swimming pools, jumps and sections of chaos.

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Canyon of the Virgen


Tributary of Mascun, close to Rodellar, and to the hermitage which gave him his name, this dry canyon is ideal to learn about the techniques of abseiling and oppositions. With beautiful limestones formations, he is combinable with other close routes. To practice in family or between friends.
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Canyon of Otin


Sports descent. This usually dry canyon, offers plenty of vertiginous, technical and sometimes flying abseilings, . Ideal after rains although risked in a flood, Otin is one of the great canyons for the amateurs of canyoning. Spectacular, requires a good physical and technical level.

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Canyon Raisen


Forgotten canyon which conquered the amateurs. Can be combined with third part of Mascun Superior, preferably in spring and when Mascun is not in flood. Usually dry, offering magnificent views, technical abseilings and one of the most beautiful and vertiginous jumps of Guara.

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Canyon Os Cochas


This very technical canyon can be combined with half of Mascun Superieur, preferably in spring. Dry, it offers an impressive view, technical and vertiginous reminders abseilings. A “new” canyon which conquered the amateurs.

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The Peonera and its tributaries

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The archetypal aquatic descent, but which hides invisible dangers. It is a classic of the most playful, with jumps, siphons and easy climbing. Combined with Peonera Inferieure, all the canyoneurs, novice as expert, will enjoy its crystalline waters and its natural swimming pools.

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Fornazos de la Peonera


Famous canyon of Guara. It is a spectacular, playful, feasible descent by uninitiated, with a minimum of physical condition and under supervision. Ideal for the people who want to learn about the techniques of aquatic descents. Its crystalline waters, and its big swimming pools invite to aquatic games.

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Puntillo or Peonera Inferior


Proof of the area of geologic transition between the limestone and the conglomerate, this “easy” descent is of a great beauty, with many natural swimming pools in crystalline waters. Ideal for families with children. Besides small jumps, it offers numerous surprises and allows to learn about the basic techniques of the canyoning.

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The dam or the jump of Bierge


The jump of Bierge is not a canyon even if it stays in mind of any canyoneur which lowered the fornazos or Peonera Inferior. Last challenge in front of a public of swimmers who sunbathe in river banks Alcanadre, this jump of 9m is impressive and asks for a big vigilance.

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