Canyoning

Canyoning (Canyoneering) is an outdoor activity consisting in a trail in a river’s bed following a itinerary alternating swimming, jumping, walking and rappelling. It is a unique way to discover wild landscapes, this progression lead to cross various natural obstacles providing emotions and sensations.

Renowned for many years for its mythical canyons, like the Rio Vero or the Mascun, the Sierra de Guara region is the cradle of canyoning.

On this page we answer frequently asked questions about the activity itself, the difficulty of the canyons, the schedule of a typicl day and the necessary equipment to be expected.

CANYONING ACTIVITY

Back in the days to explore the gorges, pioneers of canyoning had neither maps nor topos to locate themselves. They used to climb the canyons backward against the current and without suitable equipment. Today, thanks to the equipment and our guiding skills, you can enjoy privileged moments in a preserved nature. Canyoning goes along with a lot of fun.

SHOULD I BE GOOD AT SPORT TO PRACTICE CANYONING?

Technically accessible to everyone, we adapt the choice of canyon, progression speed and itinary to the group level. When making your reservation give us an estimate of your level: not very sporty – sporty – heterogeneous.

It is not compulsory to be a great athlete to practice canyoning, nevertheless there is two prerequisites:

be prepared to provide a minimum of physical effort,
do not be afraid of water.

We can take care of children from 7 years old. But to guaranty the day to be a pleasure it is preferable that the younger ones are used to do hiking and are good at swimming.

I DON’T LIKE TO JUMP, IS IT POSSIBLE TO AVOID IT?

Jumps are never mandatory, It is always possible to bypass them either by rappelling or by foot on an alternative itinerary. At each jump you can choose the way that suits you.

We are used to teach the right techniques, and we are at your side to secure you every moment.

Underwater passages – known as ‘siphons’ – can also be bypassed.

CAN I DO RAPPEL ?

Yes of course! In order to cross certain rock jump or cascades safely, we practice a descent on rope. During a preliminary workshop, we teach you the basic rappeling techniques to allow you to be prepared. During the activity, each rappel is counter-insured by the monitor for a maximum security.

Some canyons such as Rio Vero, Péonéra or Barrasil do not have rappel.

SHALL I BRING MY OWN CANYONING EQUIPMENT ?

You do not need to bring your personal neoprene suit. Especially because abrasion on rock during the tour would dammaged it quickly.

The prices announced on our page “Prices & Booking” includes the rental of specific equipment for canyoning. We ask during the booking, the sizes and weights of all the participants in order to adjust the canyoning neoprene suits to your morphology.

However, you will have to plan some personal belongings which we list in the section ‘Non-Technical Equipment’.

 

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