What to see in Río Mundo
The Calares del Mundo and Sima Natural Park has as its main feature its complicated orography, the Calares is the central zone that divides the territory into a series of valleys that force us to travel through its mountain ranges to access all its corners.
Therefore, to plan a good tour of its entire length you must organize by zones, the best way to do it is to program it in five zones: Calar del Rio Mundo, Calar de la Sima, Tus River Valley, Sierra del Cujón and the river valley De La Vega.
Declared as such in 2005, it is located in the province of Albacete, bordering the northwest part of the province of Jaén. Immersed in it we find the municipalities of Cotillas, Vianos, Villaverde de Guadalimar, Riópar and Molinicos.
Vianos is a peculiar municipality located in the Sierra de Alcaráz, adjacent to Riópar, where the Mundo River is born. Small town of strong cattle and religious traditions, that also shows the typical manchego character with whitewashed houses and peculiar lattices, without ceasing to be a village of mountains located in a space as particular as a canyon. A very interesting visit here is the Hueco de los Quiñones.
The town of Molinicos is an obligatory cultural visit, whether it is through its urban route in which its most traditional trades are explained, or the mycological route, in which lovers of the collection of chanterelles and other mushrooms can enjoy their surroundings and your museum, where you will learn the importance of mushrooms and mushrooms for the ecosystem. And there is even place for moviegoers remembering the scenes shot here in the film Amanece that is not little.
If you have time, we recommend a walk through villages near Molinicos, you will be surprised by their situation between gorges and suspended from the rocks.
An optimal village for family tourism is Cotillas , because it has two very striking options, one is the visit to the castle, which gives its name to the town as it was called Al-Qutillas, which means "under the hill", and the other the area of Arroyo Frío which is a lagoon that flows into a stream and in which there is a recreational area.
Villaverde de Guadalimar : two rivers run through this town, one of freshwater and another brackish, was the land of bandits and famous, is one of its characters, "Pernales", a route picks up the history of that time. Also famous for its resins tradition and possessor of a centenary yew, of the few remaining in these mountains. Near the yew are the Picarazos, another attraction of this small town, in the form of a geological formation, at the foot of the peak of Sarga.
Yeste is another of its municipalities, with impressive architecture, such as the Church of the Assumption or the Convent of San Francisco, and where is the Interpretation Center of the Park and the famous reservoir of Fuensanta.
The small town of Riópar has its origin in the period of Charles III, in the eighteenth century, with the founding of the Royal Bronze House of San Juan de Alcaráz, although the true origin is 6 km west of the current nucleus, Riópar Viejo , a settlement in the valley perched on a cliff, with spectacular views, in which the visit to its restored historic center and the ruins of the old Castillo-Fortaleza is highly recommended.
It is recommended to visit the Museum of Industrial Archeology located next to the tourist information point in the old Factories. In addition, Riópar is the perfect place to carry out various activities of active tourism and ecotourism such as hiking, visiting a wildlife reserve, horseback riding, rafting, canyoning, bird watching and star activity, caving .