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.