Buendía is a beautiful city in the province of Cuenca that stands out for its impressive historical legacy and undeniable cultural value. This small municipality has become one of the favourite destinations, thanks to the splendour of one of the most emblematic natural spots in the region, such as Caras de Buendía. Right there you will be able to enjoy one of the most delirious walks ever made in Spain, which has been called for years Ruta de las Caras.
The Ruta de las Caras is nothing more than a track that connects the town of Buendía with at least 18 outdoor sculptures up to 8 meters high and of different lengths, sculpted by different artists on sandstone rocks. Among them, beautiful pine forests born from the Buendía reservoir, which make this place a sanctuary worth visiting.
Do you want to know the Ruta de las Caras? Don’t wait any longer, so take your suitcases and enjoy this tour with us. Are you ready for a great adventure?
What to do in Ruta de las Caras?
If you have visited the province of Cuenca and you are willing to do the best trekking of your life, Ruta de las Caras is the best opportunity. In addition to feeling nature and being filled with good vibes around the landscape, you will enjoy one of the most important and impressive open-air museums in the region.
The perfectly elaborated sculptures (some of pre-Columbian style and others of oriental model), have a mythical and religious character that is really impressive. The relationship between art and nature has turned this place into a space for inspiration and deep reflection.
The best thing is that the tour is completely free, of short duration and a low level of difficulty. In fact, it is ideal for going with children, preferably a little older, to enjoy such works:
Arjuna’s sculpture alludes to the son of the Pandu. He is an Indian character who has been a reference for their culture. Arjuna’s name is synonymous with knowledge, spirituality, devotion and mysticism.
Just in a place known as Senda Alta is located the representative sculpture of Maitreya. He is an important figure in Buddhist culture as a guide and dharma teacher. He is a being of light that has inspired an entire generation.
Moneda de Vida
Also on the High Path of the Ruta de las Caras is Coin of Life. This sculpture reflects a circle that represents the universe and life. It is one of the best-rated works of art in the place.
During the journey you will make at the established time, you will also find other sculptures such as the Virgin of Lis Flower, Lady of the Swamp, Virgin of the Faces, Krishna, Creces of the Temple and Templar, the Beethoven and others.
Where to eat?
In the city of Buendía you can enjoy the best gastronomy of the province of Cuenca. Take advantage of your visit to pamper your palate and recharge your batteries after a day of routes, walks and hiking.
It is located near the town hall and is one of the best options to eat delicious in Buendía. The chiripones and beans with clams are the specialty of the house.
It stands out for its good attention and for a quite pleasant atmosphere. Opinions about this restaurant have been positive.
Restaurant La Casa de las Médicas
One of the most important restaurants in Cuenca is located right on San Pedro 2. It combines good seasoning, abundant portions and a good price.
Definitely an excellent alternative. It also stands out for an enviable attention and for an atmosphere so special that you will feel at home.
El Rincón de la Espe
It is a place to which you will return every time you have an appetite and find yourself in the city of Buendía. Where is it? Well, you will find it in the Nueva Sierra urbanization.
It is one of the establishments best valued for its good food, for its unparalleled attention and for offering an excellent service to diners.
Where to sleep?
If you go for a weekend walk to Caras de Buendía to do the popular Ruta de las Caras you have to know that very close to that natural spot there are accommodations that you can have. And here some of our selection:
It’s an excellent alternative. It is comfortable and its price is attractive. It is located to the northwest of the province of Cuenca. This is a place that has been a reference and is occupied by hundreds of thousands of tourists who come to the area every year.
Rural House La Casilla del Molinero
Surely you will like to spend a day in the Casa Rural La Casilla del Molinero. Situated in the Altomira Valley sector, this accommodation is also perfect because it puts you in contact with nature. It is a quiet place that you will want to visit as soon as you set foot in the province.
Rural House el Vallejo de Jabalera
It is located in a town of Cuenca called Jabalero. They are two super comfortable rural houses ideal to enjoy quiet days contemplating nature. It is very close to the Caras Routes, so it is a perfect accommodation option.
How do I get there?
You don’t need a map but you do need a small guide to get to the Ruta de las Caras on foot. Start the tour in the street of the Buendía Cemetery.
Then take one of the marked trails out of the city. You will come across a kind of deposit that, after passing it, you will have to take the left path.
Continue walking until you see the Buendía reservoir and, a little further on, the city’s dam.
Follow the route until you find a sign indicating the direction of Ruta de las Caras. After a few minutes, you will arrive at the desired place.
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