The Ruta de las Caras of Buendía may not be a well-known destination, but that is what gives even more wealth to this charming place in the province of Cuenca, less than two hours from Madrid. Undoubtedly, the unknown Spain is the most beautiful and today, the ideal to visit, away from the crowds.
So we propose here a different day to travel with children. This is the Ruta de las Caras.
THE RUTA DE LAS CARAS: HOW TO GET THERE
When you live in a city like Madrid, the possibilities of escapes are endless. The easiest and closest option is undoubtedly the Sierra de Guadarrama. But today we wanted to go a little further, and try something different. A mix between nature and art.
We then discovered the existence of a site called Buendía in whose surroundings there was a small hiking route of less than 2 kilometers, ideal to do with children, which ran under the shadows of a pine forest, a beautiful spot where in 1992 two artists decided to give it a rather different aspect.
Our limit for traveling by car was two hours one way, considering that with a one-year-old child the ideal is to spend as little time as possible in the car. Therefore the option of the Ruta de las Caras seemed ideal to us since it is located 1 hour 45 from the center of Madrid by the A3 (or by the A2 and the N-320).
Once there, we parked the car right at the beginning of the Ruta de las Caras. Now it was time to enjoy the day.
THE RUTA DE LAS CARAS: ART AND NATURE
Had it not been for the fact that in 1992 the artists Jorge Maldonado and Eulogio Reguillo decided to start this project taking advantage of the malleable sandstone that is on the shores of the Buendía reservoir, perhaps we would never have discovered this wonderful natural spot that the rich province of Cuenca provides.
Over a little more than a kilometer and a half, 18 sculptures, whose dimensions vary from 70 centimeters to four and a half meters, follow one after the other on a completely child-friendly hiking route that can be easily traveled in half an hour or, as we did, in much more time since we took advantage to enjoy the impressive views that the place offers of its environment.
As we always say, there is nothing better than traveling without haste, or slow traveling.
Art and nature mix in the Ruta de las Caras, which makes it a perfect place for all family members, children and adults to enjoy equally.
THE RUTA DE LAS CARAS: SOME OF ITS SCULPTURES
Some of the sculptures you can enjoy during your hike through the Ruta de las Caras are:
For Buddhism, Maitreya is the next historical Buddha. According to Buddhist sacred literature, the bodhisattva Maitreya will be born on earth to achieve the complete enlightenment of a Buddha and to teach the dharma. Located on the “High Path” between Krishna and Arjuna.
SPIRAL OF THE WITCH
Its movement breaks time and space to lead it to infinity.
Like out of a great book. We find this fable character in the middle of the pine forest.
It is the only one that looks at the sunrise, as if wanting to be reborn. “Something has to die for the new to be born.”
Guardian of the forest, witness of the environment, connects with the inner being. His countenance behaves like a mirror, reflecting the mood of the observer.
Located among the pines, this sculpture stands out for its size. Its carving was very laborious due to the numerous cracks that the rock presented and the hardness of it.
There are more, there are a total of 18. The Nun, The Templar Cross, the Elves, Beethoven, The Temple Cross, The Lady of the Swamp, The Virgin of the Flower of Lis and Virgin of the Faces, The Coin of Life, Krishna, Arjuna …
THE RUTA DE LAS CARAS: THE FINAL SURPRISE
But without a doubt, what most surprised us about the Ruta de las Caras, and what transformed that day into an unforgettable one, was the possibility of accessing its swamp with its turquoise blue water.
It was one of those moments in which time stands still and one appreciates being so close to nature, with the mountains on one side, the sculptures on the other, and a dream landscape just for us.
It was a little cool and the water quite cold, but life’s short, right? So we ended the day enjoying the sunset over the water, crossing the swamp to reach a small islet, and thanking us for having decided to continue discovering the hidden Spain, that that makes it worthwhile to get carried away.