TORRENT DE PAREIS, ESCORCA
This is the top hiking trip on the island, the Natural Monument of Torrent de Pareis is a 4-hour route (excluding the descent and stops) along the up to 300 m (984 ft) deep canyon located in the Tramuntana mountain range. It’s fiscally demanding and mentally challenging, as the big walls lock you in for that is most recommended to go during the dry season (May to October) for safety.
Opposite to all the suffering, and far from being a walker’s nightmare, you can enjoy the 5 km (16,4 miles) trail of stunning scenery for its both biological and geological treasures. The name Torrent de Pareis literally means Torrent of Pairs and it derives from the union of other two canyons, the Torrent de Lluc and the Torrent de Gorg Blau, this last one ending at the famous Sa Fosca, reserved for the highly experienced canyoneers only (Outbound Mallorca may arrange an expert guide for you upon request). The junction of these two canyons meet at S’Entreforc, where the Torrent the Pareis actually starts. Believe me, by the time you get there, you will have bunt some calories.
• During the rainy months (autumn to spring), the canyon can be flooded and therefore, some section are unaccessible for the average hiker.
• The temperature inside the canyon may rise severely during the summer months, in occasions above 40º C (104º F), so take plenty of water, minimum 2 liters per person (0,53 gal).
• Although there are not technical difficulties, you need to be fit, both physically and mentally.
• There is no cell phone reception and return back on your footsteps is not always feasible, so once you get started, finishing may be the only exit.
• Be aware of markings since some passes are confusing and to take the wrong way may cause severe injuries.
• Try to start your trip as soon as possible to avoid high temperature and crowd queues.
• Be aware that return from Sa Calobra, the ending point, it is difficult since there are few buses operating, therefore you may need to arrange private transportation.
• If you feel unsure about how to proceed and when, book up a local guide with experience.