Sima del Diablo in Málaga:
a canyon for all ages
Sima del Diablo Canyon and the Smurf Town
If you have already enjoyed the Guadalmina canyoning trip in Benahavis village, and would like to try another level 1 canyon, 3 hours, with a 9 metres rapel, this is the best option.
Located in the valley of the Genal next to Ronda, is a canyon that runs through a thick riverbank forest. You will find three rappels, the largest of 9 meters and a slide of 5 metres. This canyon does not have so many jumps as Guadalmina (also level 1, 1.5) but it still adventurous a completely different environment nature.
The village, next to Sima del Diablo, where is the meeting point is called Juzcar but most of the people know it as The Smurfs Village. All the houses, Town hall, even church and cemetery are painting in bleu colour and there is many wall painting of smurfs, mushrooms (…).
But why? This was the village chosen by Sony Pictures in 2011 to promote their ‘The Smurfs’ movie in 3D. After the successful impact of tourism in this white mountain town, the citizens decided to keep the blue colour on their houses and become a major tourist attraction specially for families, children and curious.
Perfect Canyon for Families
This is a canyoning with a little more technical level than Guadalmina as regards the rappels that are higher (Guadalmina 1 of 5 meters). For the rest it continues having the same physical level with about 3 hours of activity. For this reason, it is still the perfect trip for families and children, as Guadalmina is, but here we recommend for children from 8 years old.
After this canyoning tour, you may want to stop at the Smurf town and have refreshments, tapas or lunch at its restaurants.
Ronda is also nearby (22 km) so, after lunch, is a good idea to go to visit this city or perhaps do the via ferrata in the Tajo de Ronda (see our canyoning + via ferrata pack).
COVID-19: Protective measures
- Small open groups, up to 6 people per guide.
- Private groups (the groups are subdivided to occupy a maximum ratio of 6 people per guide).
- 2 meters of safety distance between participants ( that do not belong to the same family unit ).
- Smaller safety distance between participants and guide in specific situations (the guide will follow protective measures such as mask and/or screen, gloves, gel…).
- Alcoholic solutions available before, during and after each activity for the participants.
- Alcoholic solutions and specific for disinfection of personal and collective material.
- TUUR activities within the province of Malaga will be available.
(*) Participants must prove that they have no previous pathologies and are not included in the ‘vulnerable’ groups.
Swimming level: 2/4
Jumps: 2 of 5m max (optionals)
Rapels: 2 of 9m max.
Slides: 2 of 5m
Min. age: 8 years old
Best season: all year
What to bring
Sport shoes for the canyon (or rent our procanyon shoes)
How to book
More about Genal valley, Juzcar, The Smurfs Village
Juzcar is located at the top of the Genal Valley that begins in the Sierra de las Nieves, one of the Natural Parks of Malaga. If you like rural tourism, and are fascinated by the Andalusian white villages, this is a great tour that cross no more and no less than 16 mountain villages. Each town has a special charm, an incredible monument or a natural space not to be missed.
There are many ways to visit it;
- by car going from town to town to visit its streets, churches, castles, its culture, art, gastronomy (…)
- hiking along paths and sidewalks, crossing the chestnut or cork oak forests or hike along the riverbank. (ask us about our hiking trails or our white villages programmes).
- by road cycling or mountain biking on many and different routes (ask us about our e-bike routes).
It all depends on the time you have and how you want to visit it. In the valley or in each town you have many charming rural accommodation options. We can help you find what you are looking for.
Autumn or spring is an ideal time to take a trip to this valley since the temperatures are ideal and also due to the colours of nature. In autumn you cannot miss the spectacle of the chestnut trees that are dyed with fire, giving the impression that much of the valley is on fire. It is also the time for mycology fans.
Villages of the High Genal Valley: Igualeja, Pujerra, Parauta, Cartajima, Júzcar, Faraján and Alpandeire.
Villages of the Low Genal Valley: Atajate, Benadalid, Benalauría, Algatocín, Benarrabá, Gaucín, Jubrique and Genalguacil.
We hope we have left you a good taste in your mouth to visit Juzcar and the white villages of Genal.
This was the most amazing experience! It started a few months ago with the excellent communication from the Tuur organization. This communication continued all the way up to the day of our trip. We then met our tour guideat the meeting point and that is when the most amazing day began. Daniel was the best! Professional, enthusiastic, very knowledgeable. The hike to our drop in spot was incredible. The views were amazing. Once in the river, Daniel was just great! Always making sure everyone was safe and telling us what we should do. We felt the most comfortable with Daniel in an environment that we were very unfamiliar in! Overall, the best experience and very much recommended. We would definitely do this again!!
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