Las Barrancas de Burujón, the Colorado Canyon of Toledo

Barely 30 kilometers from the city of Toledo, downstream, is one of the most spectacular clay enclaves in the Iberian Peninsula. The Barrancas de Burujón are a set of gulliesbadlands’ formed on the right bank of the Tagus. These are arranged taking advantage of one of the multiple meanders that the river forms in this region of Toledo.

Due to its appearance and uniqueness, some have compared them to the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. The reddish color of the clay and the sharp edges of its gorges remind us of that natural formation located in the state of Arizona.

How the Barrancas de Burujón originated

The Barrancas de Burujón began to form millions of years ago, when the rain and stream waters began to erode the great thickness of the clayey rocks next to the river.

The clay, vulnerable rock, before the erosion produced by the water and the wind, drew these impressive whims of nature that have given it a singular beauty over time.

Today, the set of badlands extends about 217 hectares along the river, appearing some residual vestiges in the proximities of cities like Toledo and Talavera de la Reina. The rest has been taken care of by the chronology. The clay continues its erosive cycle subtracting ‘ground from ground’ and gaining more and more meters of landscape beauty.

What to see in the Barrancas de Burujón

This enclave not only keeps the peculiarity of its geomorphological formation, but also It is a space of special interest due to the richness of its fauna and flora.. So much so, that this landscape has been protected and cataloged as a Natural Monument since 2010.

It is also safeguarded by other protection instruments, as it is located within a Special Protection Area for Birds (ZEPA) and a Site of Community Interest (LIC).

The interesting range of animal species that the ravines possess, resides primarily in the high number of rock birdssuch as large birds of prey: Bonelli’s eagle, the eagle owl, the peregrine falcon or the sparrowhawk.

Within the community of mammals, species such as the genet, the polecat or the wild cat live here. It is also home to crawling species such as the ladder snake, the ocellated lizard and the common frog.

The flora also keeps its peculiarities. The intense and rapid erosion of the slopes of the gullies only allows the development of sparse and clear vegetation.. This is represented by colonizing plants such as torvisco, blackthorn, ephedra or thyme.

An easy and affordable circuit

Barrancas de Burujón can be reached by car and its network of viewpoints and balconies is adapted even for people with reduced mobility. However, it is advisable to leave the vehicle at the stop next to the road and complete the circuit on foot. It is a circular route of four kilometers with little difficulty and hardly any slope.

All the viewpoints have wooden fences that delimit the distance to take pictures without running any risk. Even so, it is advisable to be cautious, since in some cases the unevenness of the ravines reaches 120 meters in height.

From the viewpoints there are spectacular views of the entire geomorphological formation and the curves that the river forms over the Castrejón reservoir. The best time to visit this natural monument is in the afternoon, when the sun projects its rays on the gullies making them acquire that admirable reddish color.

The Barrancas de Burujón, a cinematic landscape

And it is well said that it is a cinematic landscape, well This natural area has been the set of great firms such as Renault or Coca Cola. Both have recorded advertisements for their products using the ravines as a stage. Even the occasional musical group has been encouraged to record their own video clip here.

Despite its advertising use on television, Today the ravines are one of those charming places that still go unnoticed.. We hope that, after reading these lines, we have aroused your curiosity to discover and enjoy nature in its purest form.

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