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El Saltillo gorge & white village

Calle Ordoñez nº 2, Málaga, Spain

6 Hours


Up to 3 days

Group Size

8 people


English, Espanol


Garganta El Saltillo and Canillas de Aceituno.

The trip to El Saltillo and Canillas de Aceituno.

In this El Saltillo gorge and white village tour we will depart from Malaga city center (calle ordoñez,2) in our confortable van. It is a 50 min. drive that you will share with other independent travelers from all around the world. During the trip you will discover the Axarquia valley. It is a unique valley in Spain and Europe because it is specialized in tropical plantations, mainly avocado trees, mangos and custard apple.

The Hike until El Saltillo gorge.

Once in Canillas de Aceituno, we will start the excursion. At first, we will visit this beautiful white village. Here the population lives apart of the touristic industry,  working in the agriculture or construction sector. The streets are full of plants and flowers which makes the town one of the most beautiful ones in Malaga. The white walls of the houses reflect the sun and makes it difficult to look at them.

While crossing the most beautiful streets you realize how hard are these lands. You will notice in your legs how steep are the streets. We have slowly reached the top of the village and we are already at the arab irrigation cannal, in the limit with the Natural Park.

From there, we will walk along the irrigation cannal until the canyon. Along the path, we will enjoy the stunning views, the olive tree plantations and the aromatic plants. The walking trail is narrow but mainly flat with just a couple of steep areas (5 minutes each). No problem at all because we will stop by so many times to interpretate the landscape.

After 2 hours walking, we will reach El Saltillo, the gorge (garganta) made by the almanchares river. Here the landscape is breathtaking. We have to cross some pasarels at one side of the canyon until we reach the river. There, we will do a relaxed picnic after the walk. The crystal clean water of the river makes it ideal to go for a swim in the beautiful pools (not in winter). It is the best reward after the trekking.

The way back.

After 30 minutes enjoying beside the river, it is time to come back. It is late in the afternoon and the sun is going down. The wild goats are thirsty in El Saltillo and they go to the river looking for some water. They have more activity in the afternoon so it is easier to see them. When the sunset is close, the colours in the mountains change, the gorge becomes orange, the landscape feels magic for moments.

We are almost in Canillas de Aceituno again and the water in the cannal and the sound of the birds makes you merge with the nature. We still have time to admire the sunset in the hills. Getting into the van to come back to Malaga, you will feel that you got an unique experience and, maybe, friends forever.

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  • Hike throught the bridges of El Saltillo gorge.
  • The stunning scenery of the mediterranean landscape.
  • Visit to an olive trees production.
  • Visit to a gorgeous and non turistic white village.
  • Picnic with local products beside the river.
  • Going for a swim in the crystal clean water of the river.

What you will do

I will pick you up in Malaga city center (calle ordoñez 2) with the van and we will go to Canillas del Aceituno.
Once in Canillas del Aceituno, we will hike until Almanchares river crossing the gorge of El Saltillo. We'll use the old arab irrigation canal as a path in our trekking. We will interpretate the landscape of the Natural Park: its geology, the animals, plants... We'll stop at the most spectacular view points to take pictures and we will cross wild goats in the Natural Park.
We will go for a swim in the crystal clean water of the Almanchares river. We will chill and eat some food beside the river before we restart the hike.
We will walk along the beautiful pedestrian streets of the white village.
I will drop you off in Malaga City Centre.


  • Bilingual local guide expert in geografy and geology.
  • Transportation in a comfortable van wit h a/c.
  • Coat in case it rains.
  • Picnic with local products an fruit.
  • Fresh water.
  • Please do wear comfortable clothing according with the season of the year. Be aware that in the mountains can be 3-4ºC colder.
  • It is not allowed to eat food or drink coffe in the van.


6 hours



Activity Types


Activity's Location

Calle Ordoñez nº 2, Málaga, Spain


I'm not staying in Malaga, how do I get to the pickup location?
If you are staying in Torremolinos, Benalmádena or Fuengirola, the meeting poing is just three minutes walking from the last train station in Málaga ("Alameda").
Can we be picked up somewhere else?
If you want to hire a private guided tour for your group we can arrange a meeting point close to your accommodation.
Can we do the hike with sneakers?
Yes, most people do the hike with sneakers or other comfortable shoes.
What is the minimun age to do the hike?
8 years old
Is a big meal included?
A picnic with local products, fruit an water are included.
Do you recommend this hike to people with vertigo or afraid of heights?


Based on 42 reviews
Very Good
Afonso brought us to a very special gorge via an authentic village on the mountaintops. The views were insane, especially on our way back as evening was slowly crawling over the mountains. The cherry on the top were the montain springs we swam in and drank from - the water was crystal clear! Especially on a hot day, that's such a boon. The snack was perfect, as well as Alfonso's engagement throught the trip. He did always make sure the group is secure and even dived for our bottlecap when it decided to escape us. We could have done it, but he raced me to get it first with unmatched hospitality. He even shared the pictures he took, as well as suggestions where to go to in Malaga for food, drinks and fun. Muchos gracias Alfonso! :)
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Great mixture

The tour was a really great mixture! Hiking, a beautiful old village, locals, mountains, animals and a swim in the natural pools of the waterfall. My sister and I really loved the trip and we would defintely recommend it to anyone. Next time in Malaga we will come for sure again. Thank You Alfonso :)

Fantastic trip

The trip was fantastic and we had a wonderful time with Alfonso! He is an easy-going person, with huge knowledge about the area he showed us. Lot's of different tips and stories. He took care of us from the very beginning till the end. A truly great guide - we would definatelly go for a trip with him again! :)
Very nice experience with Alfonso, who is a smart and frindly guy. He was very responsible for the group and knew a lot of the environment.

Genuine guide

Alfonso, I had a great day as Marike and Kamil also stated. You are a nice and genuine guy. Gave us lots of information, good host/guide....MAN!!!!

Fantastic hike

Fantastic hike in a beautiful location. Alfonso was a great host, friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic, we'll most definitely be booking another hike the next time we visit.

Great hike

This is a great hike and Alfonso is a great guide who is informative and engaging.He also provides lunch in the spectacular surroundings!
Der Ausflug ist zu empfehlen. Die Betreuung ist gut . Es wird viel über die Region und die Pflanzenwelt gesagt.

Loved getting out

Alphonso has a great knowledge base and shares willingly. He looks after each of his guests and is ever handy to assist over difficult hiking parts. Loved getting out into the country and learning about the agriculture and local practices.

very recommended

My husband and I enjoyed a great hike with Alfonso in the National Park about an hour's drive from Malaga. Alfonso is a great guide who has knowledge and appreciation of the landscape , its geography and history. It's not a trail you would easily find without a guide. Beginning in one of the quieter White Villages we wound our way up through the hills following the trail of the ancient irrigation canals. Alfonso has a great sense of humour and quickly established a comfortable rapport with the group ( there were 8 of us). It's not a stroll but it's very manageable if you have a reasonable level of fitness and it's well worth the effort. It was a great contrast to the buzz and business of the city and and insight into the lives of small farmers in the locality. We'd have no hesitation in recommending it.
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Very glad we did it

My wife and I were looking for a hiking experience with some local info and spectacular views, we got all that and more on this trip. We met in Malaga center and Alfonso drove us all up to the beginning of the hiking trail by a local village. The hike itself was amazing taking us along a route with very little foot traffic from anyone else but our group, while we went Alfonso told us many stories and pointed out local landmarks and plant life, there were so many spots to take breathtaking photos. As a group we all got to know each other a bit as well which was lovely, we stopped for a picnic, which Alfonso provided, and a few of us took a dip in the water by a waterfall. This was followed by hiking back down the trail while the sun set, amazing day and we are so glad we did it.
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Great experience

Great experience – very rewarding hike with amazing views. Alfonso was super friendly & we managed to have a great chat both on the way to the hiking spot, both there.

Beautiful scenery

Beautiful scenery I wouldn't have found on my own, hiking together with a small group and keeping things simple made this an experience I am really happy I decided to join! Also, the van is comfortable, the instructions are clear and easy to follow and Alfonso is a friendly, easygoing guide with a deep knowledge about the area.. all in all making this a great day!

amazing trip, amazing group

We were lucky to do 2 tours with Alfonso - this one and el torcal. Both were stunning views and incredibly different walks. Alfonso was friendly led the walk at a pace comfortable for the group and pointed out any interesting facts. The highlight of the Saltillo gorge walk was the picnic by the waterfall and sunset on the walk back.

Intimate experience

A lovely trek into the local wilderness through a small village. It was a fun, long hike that spanned interesting locations, and ended with a lovely picnic. Definitely recommended, as the experience felt personal, quiet, and intimate.

Very nice tour

Very nice tour through the raw landscape! Alfonso was a great storyteller about the culture and environment. Had a great knowledge because of his background as a geography expert :) Would do again, and also the route is a slightly daring, so a decent psychical shape is adviced!
Een fantastische hike door boomgaarden, langs zeer smalle bergpaadjes en de woeste omgeving van Malaga. Goede conditie en goede schoenen zijn echt vereisten. Was een prachtige ervaring!

Je recommande chaudement

Super randonnée dans un très beau lieu avec un guide accessible spontanée et charmant. Niveau de randonnée accessible à tous. Je recommande chaudement

Beautiful walk

In general I do not especially like to hike in groups, but this trip was the exception on this rule. Nice, and the higher we went, spectacular views. Good rhytm of walking with time for foto's.

Stunning location

This was a beautiful hike to a stunning location. A great place to have lunch, and I felt Alfonso really prepared us by having water and snacks. I loved hearing a little bit more about the local culture, as well as getting to learn a lot about local flora and fauna. The herbs all smelled delicious that were growing along the path. Oh and we got to see the mountain goats!

it was a great day

Nice easy hike with a lot of interesting conversation, the white village was very charming, Alfonso shared interesting stories and tips about the area. It was a great day!

10 stars!!

If I could, I would give this experience 10 stars. Wonderful hike. Beautiful vistas. Alfonso couldn't have been more friendly. He clearly has a passion for and deep knowledge of this area. This day surpassed all my expectations. If you enjoy hiking, you will love this hike. Highly recommend.

very enjoyable

A long hike in the beautiful mountains. Alfonso knows the mountain, the people, and the background of the area. He has a good sense of humor and made the journey very enjoyable.

Something different

This hike will give you different experiences: first the ride from Malaga to a typical white village, then a nice walk through this lovely village with narrow streets filled with beautiful plants and flowers. Finally the hike up in the mountains- very exciting- all the way Alfonso shares his knowledge about the place and the nature.

what a great day

I had a great day with Alfonso and the rest of the group. Really nice and quiet village with a lot of flowers and plants and friendly people. The hiking is suitable for everyone, the sunset was gorgeous! We haven't done the swimming part, because it was January, but in summer would be really nice to get in this natural "jacuzzis". Oh, and we saw lots of wild goats on the way.Thank you Alfonso for the pleasant time together :)
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Great adventure

This was my first time doing an AirBnb experience and I’m hooked! Alfonso put together a great adventure, the sights were beautiful, and the day was Awesome!! Word of warning to folks: there are parts of the path that are close to the edge with little protection from falling - Alfonso was great ensuring everyone was safe and helping us one by one over the trickiest parts but be sure to heed the warnings as this walk is not for folks with a fear of heights or vertigo.
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Had a great time

Had a great time with Alfonso. The walk took in some beautiful scenery and we never felt hurried. The pace was leisurely and the terrain easy going. Alfonso was a genial host, very personable and knowledgeable about the local area and customs. We had a great afternoon in his company.
Elle Louise

Worth every penny

Worth every penny - the views were absolutely stunning, Alfonso was a fantastic and friendly host who shared knowledge of the area, making the hike even more interesting. We are just gutted we couldn't do any more of his hikes whilst in Malaga!

Wonderful experience

It was a wonderful experience and the guide Alfonso was very nice. Got to know new friends and it became a perfect day. Very nice transportation to and from the activity. My best recommendations for his activities.

awesome experience!

This was an awesome experience! So much fun and the snacks at the end were fantastic (more than just your usual cereal bar)! Would highly recommend but make sure you’re ready for a LONG walk!
Vi hade en riktigt skön eftermiddag och kväll. Vacker natur, lagom vandring med några branta partier. Det var skönt att svalka av sig i flodbäddarna. Vi blev bjudna på god ost och korv från regionen. Alfonso är en mycket kunnig guide som har mycket kunskaper om regionen. Allt som allt en mycket trevlig tur som vi varmt kan rekommendera.
Samen met mijn dochter van 16 deelgenomen aan deze wandeling. Alfonso is een leuke, gezellige gids met goede kennis van het gebied. Zijn Engels is prima en hij heeft goed contact met veel mensen in het witte dorpje waar je start en eindigt. De wandeling vond ik heel goed te doen, ook met een temperatuur van circa 28 graden. En aangekomen bij de rivier kun je een heerlijk verkoelend bad nemen. Dus neem vooral zwemkleding mee. In het dorp en ook halverwege de wandeling kun je je Dopper/waterfles (bij)vullen. Bij een volgend bezoek ga ik zeker weer een andere route bij Alfonso boeken: aanrader dus!
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absolutly worth it

This was absolutely worth it! We are so glad that we went on this experience. Alfonso took us through one of the white villages where people actually live.

thank you!

I recommend the trip. Alfonso is a very friendly and helpful person. He prepared a nice picknick with Spanish food and shared his knowledge about everything we have seen.

Definitely recommended

Our hike with Alfonso was perhaps our favorite part of our trip to Spain! Myself, my husband, and my two daughters (ages 12 and 15) enjoyed every part of the hike. We loved walking through the quaint little village, hiking through the olive groves and marveling at the Arab canals, seeing many wild goats, looking down the steep cliffs, and swimming in the beautiful waterfalls and pools. Alfonso also supplied a delicious snack. He was very knowledgeable about the history of the area as well as the plants and animals along the path. I would definitely recommend this experience to anybody!
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Really good tour!

It was a really good tour! Not hard, the view is amazing, and in the end there is a chance to cool down in some small lakes. During the tour Alfonso was really kind, he said some interesting things about the place, the plants and he also offered some food :D I think it’s a cool program!

Great experience!

This hiking experience was great, the little secret ponds were lovely. Alfonso was an amazing host with great knowledge about the surroundings and nature. Would highly recommend going in this excursion!
Это было интересное и уникальное путешествие в горы к водопаду с чистейшей водой, которую можно было пить. Мы остались очень довольны, спасибо за организатору за незабываемые впечатления.
It was a great experience. I loved the mountain views. I couldn't have done that by myself. Alfonso showed us and told us about some kinds of plant while we hiked. He knows well about nature and the mountain and has a sense of humor. What he told us was very interesting. I'm so glad I joined the activity.

great experience

It was a great experience. I loved the mountain views. I couldn't have done that by myself. Alfonso showed us and told us about some kinds of plant while we hiked. He knows well about nature and the mountain and has a sense of humor. What he told us was very interesting. I'm so glad I joined the activity.

Enorm mooie hike!

Wanneer je in Malaga bent, moet je dit zeker bij Alfonso boeken. Alles is geregeld (vervoer, water en lunch) en hij vertelt vol passie over alles wat we tegenkomen. Geweldig!

Très belle expérience.

Très belle expérience. Alfonso est très sympathique et accueillant. Le lieu de la randonnée est exceptionnel et ne peut se découvrir qu'accompagné. C'est un endroit magnifique. Je recommande.
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