GR 130 Étape 3. Barlovento - Garafía

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  • DISTANCE TOTALES: 129.01 kms.
  • DÉNIVELÉE POSITIVE: 1800 mt.
  • DÉNIVELÉE NÉGATIVE: 2000 mt.
  • DURÉE PRÉVUE (ALLER): 08:45 hrs.
  • DURÉE PRÉVUE (RETOUR): 09:00 hrs.
  • DIFFICULTÉS PRINCIPALES: Although the distance may appear short on the map, the considerable frequent changes in height entailed in crossing the successive ravines make this an extremely hard, demanding stage. Nevertheless, a stop can be made at any of the small settlements found along the way.
  • RÉSERVES NATURELLES DANS LE RANDONNÉE: Reserva Natural Especial de Guelguén.
  • PÉRIODE RECOMMANDÉE: All year round, but avoid rainy days and bad weather in winter.
  • COMMENT ARRIVER AU DÉPART?: There is a bus service, but the frequency and times make it of little use to hikers. A previously-booked taxi is the best option.
  • RECOMMANDATIONS: Habitual precautions common to hiking in general are listed below. At the risk of sounding obvious, here are some of the most important:
    • Check weather forecasts before setting off to hike.
    • Don´t go alone
    • Tell someone your intended destination and expected time of arrival
    • Carry a small rucksack with warm clothing, waterproofs, food and plenty of water.
    • Don´t forget such simple items as: sun hat, protective cream and sun glasses.
    • Carry a mobile phone with fully-charged battery, a map and, if possible, a compass. They will probably never be used but, when required, are of vital importance.
    • Wear suitable gear, especially footwear: trekking boots or similar are essential, trainers or pumps are to be avoided.
  • AUTRES REMARQUES: This section can prove excessively long for inexperienced hikers. In such cases, a good option is to do the route in two stages, on the first day going as far as Franceses or El Tablado and on the second, on to Santo Domingo.