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Thursday, September 12, 2013

El Torcal de Antequera

This is one of the places we visited yesterday. (I will talk about the second place in another post). We left the house at 830am and didn't get back until 1030pm. It was a great trip and we were exhausted! Yesterday we walked around for a total of 5 hours and 15 minutes. It was great exercise.

In Antequera we visited el Torcal, which is a great place to go hiking. It's a nature reserve in the province of Málaga. There are different routes but we did the "ruta amarilla" (yellow route) that takes 2 hours. However, we did it in 1 hour and 15 minutes. It's 3 Km (roughly 1.86 miles) but you are trekking through some seriously precarious places.

About 150 million years ago (during the Jurassic age) this nature reserve was all submerged under water. Later erosion caused fractures and cracks, leaving the big blocks of limestone seen today. 

You have to be careful because it is very tricky walking around. Basically because there are humongous pieces of rock jutting out of the ground wherever you go. If you fall you can seriously hurt yourself.

Another cool thing is that there are tons of wild goats walking around the area. It was nice seeing them in their element.

Stay tuned to see the next place we visited!

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