Hiking to Los Pilones del Jerte

Los Pilones del Jerte Aworldtotravel 5

A barely 3 km long / less than 1 hour hike through a magnificent wilderness path uphill, will lead you to one of the most beautiful natural pools you can swim in while in Extremadura, Spain: Los Pilones del Jerte (Jerte River pools) or La Garganta del Infierno ( Hell’s Throat ).

Thirteen eroded stone pools located one after the other one. Not that much crowded because of the spot’s relative inaccessibility and talented locals jumping like there wasn’t a tomorrow. Canyoning through them all after a first jump in the upper one is a must-do filled with exciting white-water waterfalls, deep and shallow holes and calm waters. Walk the 6 km return if you are somewhere between semi-fit and fit or ask for a lift to the guys standing in the beginning of the trail if you are running out of time or don’t want to sweat to get there.

A variety of greens surprised us. This one was taken from a bridge at the bottom of the natural pools.

A variety of greens surprised us. This one was taken from a bridge at the bottom of the natural pools.

People uses to lay down in the warm stones and indulging themselves in the pools whenever they feel.

People use to lay down in the warm stones and indulging themselves in the pools whenever they feel.

Dare to jump? Best way to start!

Dare to jump? Best way to start!

Los Pilones del Jerte or Hell's Throat in Extremadura, Spain

Los Pilones del Jerte or Hell’s Throat in Extremadura, Spain

FUN it is! Sliding from one pool to the next one took us aproximately half an hour. We gotta say we did it slow, enjoying ourselves and taking tons of pics and vids!

FUN it is! Sliding from one pool to the next one took us aproximately half an hour. We gotta say we did it slow, enjoying ourselves and taking tons of pics and vids!

More water and Stone goodness

More water and Stone goodness

Local number 2. Very talented, we would love to have that ability of jumping into the void without fears or second thoughts !

Local number 2. Very talented, we would love to have that ability of jumping into the void without fears or second thoughts !

Local number one. He left us without speech after going from the first hole to the last one in less than 3 minutes after jumps like this one. Master level ;)

Local number one. He left us without speech after going from the first hole to the last one in less than 3 minutes after jumps like this one. Master level 😉

We'll come back here for sure!

We’ll come back here for sure!

Before heading North back home, a last and scenic picture of Jerte Valley

Before heading North back home, a last and scenic picture of Jerte Valley

Have you ever visited Jerte Valley or Los Pilones del Jerte? Do you have any more Extremadura tips? Let us know in the comments below 🙂




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    • aworldtotravel

      You can now! The trail is gorgeous and you can always swim in the natural pools once you get there 🙂 For not so hot days, we’d recommend Spring and Fall as the perfect time to go. Let us know how it goes if you finally make it there!!


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