Spain - Rio Zancara

Mixed Tracks - Self Guided

7 jours / 6 nuits / 5 étapes / 1 450 km

Spain - Mixed Tracks

Last updated: 17/12/2022

price from 1365 €
passenger price 1365 €

Cette palpitante et audacieuse balade est une authentique bourlingueuse aventurière. Laissez-vous ensorceler par des chemins plein d'allant ! Ce circuit est auréolé d'un brin de magie : il s'élance pour une magnifique envolée dans un maelström de couleurs et de mouvements. Dès les premières lieues parcourues en s'engageant sur cette belle échappée, l'humeur est joyeuse et un sentiment d'allégresse invincible envahit chaque coéquipier.
Sous une lignée d’éoliennes, sur un piton, dans le repli d’une vallée perdue ou sur les pentes d’un versant forestier voisin tapissé de pins d’Alep, entre les éclaboussures d'une cascade rafraîchissante ou sous le cagnard d’une étendue aride, où que l’on soit en Espagne se dresse un village assoupi, un castel mystérieux, une abbaye chargée d'histoires...
Vous allez en effet vous sentir happé dans une parenthèse époustouflante enjambant gaillardement les époques tout en célébrant la nature. Cette balade incroyable s’incruste dans les canyons, survole les immensités, caresse les paysages infinis, invente de nouvelles voies et revisite le passé sous un vent de liberté qui anime encore les douze moulins de Consuegra toujours vaillants sur leur crête depuis le XVIème siècle !
Le circuit Rio Zancara ? Une bulle de décompression totale à deux heures de Paris...

Your day by day program
Day 1 / Arrival in Navaluenga

Arrival in Spain.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 2 / Stage 1 - Navaluenga - Los Navalucillos: 270 km

This charming section of today’s itinerary follows a river of clear transparent waters, under a tunnel of thick vegetation. On either side of the river, cattle graze on silky mountain slopes.
As the asphalt becomes scarce, the track begins to climb towards Sierra de Gredos, its peaks reaching a total height of 2600 m. The winding road continues to rise under the low branches of sweet pine smelling trees. Further down, the Embalse del Burguillo seems to stretch its different sounds through a lace of mountain peaks. The landscape changes all of a sudden and gives way to a yellow wild savanna interspersed here and there with sturdy trees that can only remind one of the baobab trees. The journey continues and takes you back to Sierra de Sevilleja!
Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 3 / Stage 2 - Los Navalucillos - Cuenca: 435 km

The superb “Montes de Toledo” welcome the traveler in this enchanting stretch of the trip into the very heart of the Cabaneros National Park. Off the shores of River Bullaque a huge expanse of golden land peppered with grazing cattle spreads all the way to Lake “Embalse Torre de Abraham”. Although most of the itinerary offers a series of easy-going curves, here and there you will drive along straight stretches of road that seem to cut through the forest like metal swords.
The first salt water lakes are a prelude to the plain and the quieter roads to come. This is a region of vineyards and windmills. At the San Isidro Chapel, however, things begin to change again as the itinerary starts to climb towards the shores of River Zancara. You will then swerve enthusiastically along this mythical river as you head for Cuenca.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 4 / Stage 3 - Cuenca - Zaorejas: 210 km

Right from the start, you will drive up to a sparse plateau from which to enjoy the views of the jagged gorges. The drive down is pretty steep but at the end of the valley you will be able to enjoy a well-deserved rest in the quiet village of Fuertescusa, featuring a most original restaurant! You will receive a warm welcome and though the food is homely, it is particularly good!
Above Santa-Maria del Val, close to the ancient sheep pen and just beyond the stream that trickles down from the rocky mountain side, the heath fills the air with the fragrance of wild honeysuckle and a thousand other sweet smelling scents.
As you drive over the pine cones, you will enjoy the stunning views over sparse plateau, narrow gorges and ragged peaks. The landscape offers and array of colors and hues. A seemingly never-ending series of curves bounce back and forth from the shores of River Tajo. A waterfall feeds an unexpected natural reservoir and although you will be reaching the end of the day’s ride, it is well worth pausing to enjoy this little corner of paradise.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 5 / Stage 4 - Zaorejas – Sépulveda: 310 km

Today’s journey bounces back and forth between rocky mountain walls and ragged hills all the way to Berlanga del Duero and the sturdy stone walls of its XVth century old castle. A small square surrounded by arches also houses a few very tempting restaurants! Fried squid, parsley sprinkled mussels, shrimps in artichoke hearts, tiny red peppers, Spanish ham and so many other delights are presented to the traveler in the form of “tapas”… But after lunch, it is time to hit the road and head towards new and exciting landscapes!
Nature seems particularly wild and austere at this point but the views from up high are spectacular! Our track follows the edge of the cliff, almost touching deep-seated nests of vultures, as you head for Liceras, zigzagging between scattered bushes and fallen rocks. Then as you drive over deserted expanses of dry land you will reach a group of ancient pigeon pens in Estebanvela. These elegant structures are peppered all over the valley. Here and there, clumps of green oak trees make a huge contrast with the red almost purple earth they are rooted to.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 6 / Stage 5 - Sépulveda - Navaluenga: 225 km

This is the last stage but of course, not the least of them! Once again you will be driving through narrow and windy passes, huge deserted expanses of land and tiny villages where time seems to be at a standstill! Sometimes, the mineral décor seems to light up with the sun, bringing back memories of old forgotten Western movies.
A huge choice of earth tracks will take the traveler through stunning landscapes!
In Turegano, you will drive past yet another medieval vestige dating back to the XVIth century. Further away appear the foothills of the blue Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range, stretching along 80 km and peaking at 2428 m (Pico Peñalara). The temperatures drop slightly but not the enthusiasm! The views are stunning! A wonderful way to finish the trip before driving back to Navaluenga!
Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 7 - Departure from Navaluenga

Trip back to your home country.


de mai à novembre

Technical information
Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Navaluenga (région Castille et Léon)
  • Navaluenga
  • We've sourced some wonderfully charming accommodation in the very nook and crannies of the Spanish peninsula, for when it's time to rest and relax. As is often the case in the world’s remotest places, not only will you enjoy homely meals, you can also be sure of a very warm welcome!
    Here are a couple of examples:
    paradore de Cuenca
Number of people
  • Le départ peut être assuré à partir de 1 pilote, même si pour des raisons de sécurité, nous préférons proposer des départs en formule Liberté à partir de 2 pilotes.
Level of difficulty
  • Given the fact that the majority of tracks are not only smooth and biker-friendly but also not very busy and that some stretches of the road are paved, this circuit is perfectly suited for trail motorcycles. If you are driving a maxitrail (e.g. 1200 cm3) biking experience is highly recommended. The total amount of kilometers involved (1500 km approx.) means a comfortable seat is required. And last but not least, though this circuit is not particularly difficult, it is important to be in good physical shape.

    TWO UP? It could of course be considered, provided that both rider and passenger are fit and have the adequate two-up off-road experience.
Guide and luggage
  • You wish to be independent and have chosen an unguided tour. There will be no tour leader or chase vehicle and you will chose your own departure dates.
    However, all lodging will be booked and confirmed by us.
    All hotels and restaurants will be waiting for you!
    Your GPS-device is set to follow the track.
    Trail Rando provides one device for each rider, in which you will find all useful information, the complete itinerary, hotels, restaurants, gas stations etc...
  • Single room supplement : 220€
  • • Lodging     o hotels, in twin rooms,
    If the group is an uneven number, one single room supplement will be invoiced to one of you, or split between everybody.
         o from the evening of day 1 to the morning of the last day,
    • Food:
         o Breakfast
         o from the morning of day 1 to the morning of the last day,
    • The GPS device with the trip's complete track and handlebar support, the user's manual and a phone briefing for its proper use.
Not included
  • • Transportation:
         o To and from tour starting point,
         o Shuttles between the airport and the hotel,      o Vehicle transportation to and from tour start,
    • Lunch, dinners and beverages
  • With which motorcycle?
    Ideally, any trail model between 600cc and 1200cc is perfectly suited for this trip.

    With what tires?
    Mixed tires with knobbies.

    Other vehicles
    This trip can also be enjoyed at the wheel of a 4x4, a quad or SSV. To know precisely the available makes and models, please refer to our online booking form.
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