Caracena gorge

Location and access: A 90 km SW Soria. Access from the N-Soria 122 to the town of Burgo de Osma, where the SO-V-1601 gets to the same location of Caracena. From this point Madrid is also achieved by the A-1, then the N-110, and said N-122 to Burgo de Osma.

Status: There is no form of protection in this space. For many years the declaration as SPAs sought in this area, but he did not set the idea. It's a part of the IBA "Tiermes-Caracena" number 076.

Terrain: One of the limestone gorges deeper and characteristics of this sector of the plateau. Moorland in the upper parts and residual forest of oaks and junipers.

Means of access: Own vehicle.

Difficulty: Medium. The itinerary can be conditioned at any time of the year for the flow down the river Caracena, given the, the path, crosses the river at several points.

Visit duration: Round trip, between Caracena and Tarancueña are 18 kilometers, nail 6 minimum hours if we're watching the birds. The travel can be adjusted to the preference of each.

Time of visit: The best time is the spring-something commonplace in these areas average mountain-. Fall is also a good time to approach, although the species that may be have decreased substantially. In summer, only if it gets up very early, at the bottom of the canyon you can get hot to the lack travel largely shadow.

Comments: This is an area that has intensified with tourist visits mood, but also trails so, the main route, we may be able to find enough people. Rising early and, outside this area, there is no major problem and we can enjoy the solitude of these spaces.

Proposed itineraries

where to see birds

The Caracena is another small rivers born in the Sierra de Pela and goes in search of the Duero crossing for it several plateaus limestones which, it and its tributaries, completely perforate, creating a landscape of gorges and ravines that see increased its steep side as abundant old sheep population largely deforested most of the space.

The Caracena gorge is an attractive space, not only because of its ornithological importance but as aesthetic and visual spectacle, one of those breathtaking landscapes that surprise you. Along with the crags and cut characteristic, the vegetation consists of a patchwork of small fields and moors of natural vegetation interspersed with small groves of junipers and oaks, with some presence of the riparian forest. Excel in both cases two examples: the oaks of Valderromán and riparian forest around the spring of Fuencaliente.

1 The first route follows the stretch of the GR86 that runs along the bottom of the barrel, between the towns of Caracena and Tarancueña. It is a journey of 8 kilometers (16 roundtrip), clearly marked. If we make the journey from Caracena, the last two kilometers are not so important, if we look for the most typical birds of the crags, because there is no gorges no longer important.

2 Approaches to the surrounding wilderness can be made, from Caracena, specifically from the road that leads to the castle also spectacular -landscape- and it leaves both sides respective gullies, las Gargantas and los Pilones. This path would take us to Valderromán but, for very walkers and wanting to explore this area of ​​the moor, it is recommended to take a path that is internal, eastward, in an area of ​​farmland along the boundary between the municipalities of Tarancueña and Caracena and we would, with a last section offroad- back at the castle.

Downloads of tracks and routes

Family tours

where to see birds

A Valderromán holm oak wood. A few years ago that has been in communication, through the paving of a road, the region of Tiermes and Caracena, through Valderromán. Caracena crosses the road from the oak grove of this locality, characterized by the presence of more copies notable, some of them centuries old, with more than five meters in diameter.

A brief tour here might hold a good examples of forest birds, highlighting the presence of Eurasian nuthatches throughout the year and Common redstart in step with a small breeding population.

B Fuencaliente-Virgen del Monte.. The task of undermining of the river Caracena not just in the village, but moved downriver. A couple of kilometers we find a very characteristic rocky sector by traversing the road: the shrine of Virgen del Monte and the spring of Fuencaliente. The complement to rock birds –Egyptian vulture, Peregrine falcon, Griffon vulture, Rufous-tailed rock thrush and Blue rock thrush...- we have in the vegetation of the river with birds like Song thrush, Eurasian nuthatch, Winter wren, European robin, Common chiffchaff and new colonies Spanish sparrow. We can also climb the watchtower Arab, where we get extraordinary views across the valley.

Seasons of the year

to see the birds

In the month of May If we walk towards the village of Caracena we see the comings and goings of Rock sparrow and Black redstart. If we decide to go to the castle, join us linnets, Northern wheatear and Black-eared wheatear, Tawny pipit, Wood larks... moorland birds and rocks. The castle and the nearby ravine was raised, in previous years, one or two pairs of Black wheatear. Crag martins, Blue rock thrush, Rufous-tailed rock thrush, together to the Rock sparrow and aerobatics of the Red-billed chough, will make this visit to the castle unforgettable.

If we decide to follow the path we can walk the fields and steppe, we must be prepared for continuous and joyful singing of the Eurasian skylark. The Dupont's lark are scarce in this area, but also they appear, especially, in the southern sector with Greater short-toed lark, Thekla lark, Spectacled warbler, Rock bunting and Ortolan bunting. The last Black-bellied sandgrouse in this place may no longer can see them, or if, who knows…..

In August September, as in almost all moorlands, the chances of seeing Eurasian dotterel are high. If we decide to return to the village and go down to the canyon, the ride will be a meeting of birds linked to the river, as Robins, Winter wren, Common nightingales, Bonelli´s warbler, Song thrush... and all those birds rupícolas characteristics of these ways: Griffon vulture, Egyptian vulture, Common kestrel and Golden Eagle, Ravens, Red-billed chough and Crag martins. In the bushes we can see Dartford warblers and Rock bunting.

Fall is another good time to wander around the area for some species appear in passage of some interest: Siskins, Yellow hammer and Alpine acentor in the gorges.

Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus)


most representative

Breeders:Griffon vulture, Egyptian vulture, Golden Eagle, Booted eagle, Peregrine falcon, Common kestrel, Red-legged partridge, Black-bellied sandgrouse, Eurasian eagle owl, Little owl, European bee-eater, Hoopoe, Greater short-toed lark, Dupont's lark, Eurasian skylark, Wood lark, Crag martin, Grey wagtail, Tawny Pipit, Dunnock, Black-eared wheatear, Rufous-tailed rock thrush, Blue rock thrush, Bonelli's warbler, Common chiffchaff, Eurasian nuthatch, Red-backed shrike, Rock sparrow, Spanish sparrow.

Winterers:Hen harrier, Merlin, Alpine accentor, Eurasian siskin, Yellow hammer.

Migrants: Eurasian dotterel.


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