Salto do Coro was kind of our waterfalling break as we made the long drive between Santiago de Compostela and Ribadeo. Although it wasn't big (probably 10-15m tall), it had a lush and intimate setting as it seemed like this was one of the more unknown waterfalls to people not familiar with this part of Galicia. Indeed, Julie, Tahia, and I were the only ones here throughout our time spent away from the car on this excursion. Further adding to the scenic allure of this place was that this falls was located near the town of Mondoñedo, which itself was a charming town featuring an attractive cathedral as well as a charming center in a somewhat understated setting, and there were also caves in the vicinity of town.
While I was hoping that our waterfalling excursion would be quick, it turned out that reaching this falls was a little bit tricky because there weren't signs for it until the very end. I actually had to spend an hour or so just finding the info center (which was pretty much reachable only by foot in the center of town), then figuring out where I was on the map before finding the correct driving route to the falls.
Anyhow, the hike to the falls from the unofficial car park or trailhead (see directions below) was said to take only 10 minutes in each direction according to the tourist literature I was given (and according to the signage here as well). However, I would caveat that by saying that the trail could be a little overgrown in places, and given the tendency of this part of Spain to rain a lot, the trail could also be a bit on the slippery side as well as a little less defined in spots (though it was still quite simple to follow).
The trail meandered gently uphill amidst a dense canopy of vegetation befitting of a temperate rainforest. It seemed like the trail managed to get enough use to at least discern the footpath, but I can easily envision how quickly the vegetation can grow and cover up the worn sections thereby concealing the trail if there were no visitors for a while. Anyhow, the trail would continue climbing while getting a bit steeper of a climb the further up it went. Eventually, the trail reached a bridge traversing the creek responsible for the falls (called Regueiro de Argomoso), and then the trail would climb steeply up some partially concealed stone steps. It was this section that I thought could be slippery and potentially hazardous if not careful.
Finally at the top of the steps, the path ended shortly thereafter at the plunge pool and base of the Salto do Coro. Despite what the signs had said, it took us 50 minutes round trip to cover the hiking and the picture taking.
While driving up to the trailhead, I also noticed that quite a few people were either riding bikes or walking from town to other destinations around the Mondoñedo area. If Salto do Coro was to be walked from town, it would be 9km in each direction, which I'd imagine would take the better part of a day.
Salto do Coro was merely a stopover on our way to Ribadeo from Santiago de Compostela. The main reason for going out this way was finding the arches at Praia As Catedrais at low tide
The charming seaside town of Ribadeo was the stopping point of the long drive that began from Santiago de Compostela. This town featured a nice river walk as well as a charming historical center
Santiago de Compostela was the destination of many long pilgrimages known as the Camino de Santiago (way of St James), which covered hundreds of kilometers mostly by foot. We got here by car, however
While I was looking for the way to Salto do Coro from Mondoñedo, I first had to find the turistinfo center, and that required me to find parking, get out of the car, then walk around the center of town, where I managed to find this attractive cathedral along the way
If you're like us and you happened to follow the signs for the info center towards this fountain called Fonte Vella, then know that you've stumbled upon a key landmark in finding Salto do Coro and the route to Barrio dos Muiños as the road to get there was left of this fountain
This was narrow road leading past the Fonte Vella to the Barrio dos Muiños from the centro of Mondoñedo
This was the last 600m of access road, which was a narrow unpaved road with grass growing up its center
Informally parked at the trailhead for Salto do Coro
At first, the trail to the falls was barely visible against all the overgrowth
Here, the trail to the falls was a bit more defined and easy to follow
Throughout the short hike to Salto do Coro, the trail vacillated between being covered up by vegetation and being somewhat defined
Here's a part of the waterfall trail where we had to ascend stone steps that were in danger of being completely overgrown
The bridge over the Regueiro de Argomoso stream
Beyond the bridge, the trail continued to climb steeply on more slippery wet stone steps that were almost overgrown with greenery
Finally at the Salto do Coro
Julie and Tahia enjoying a peaceful time at the falls
Julie and Tahia slowly making their way down the slippery wet and overgrown stone steps
Julie and Tahia going past a sign by a trail junction on the way back to the car
Julie and Tahia almost making it back to the trailhead as we could see some small pastures in the distance
From Santiago de Compostela, we drove about 60km on the AP-9 (a toll autovía) then headed east on the A-6 for about 48km. Then, we took the A-8 north for about 42km before getting off the autovía at exit 384 to get onto the N-634 road. We then followed the N-634 road into the town of Mondoñedo.
Once in the town's perimeters, we followed the Travesia de Carlos Folgueira to a roundabout to Avenida de Bos Aires (right). We then followed this road as it eventually entered the Barrio Dos Muiños (heading in the southeast direction; turning right after 200m, then another right after 800m, then left after another 200m). The Barrio Dos Muiños was the key to getting to Salto do Coro from Mondoñedo.
Once we were on route to the Barrio Dos Muiños, we followed the Barrio Muiño road for about 1.4km passing a bridge along the way (by now we finally started seeing signs for "Salto do Coro"), and then down a narrow dirt road with grass growing up the middle of it for the final 600m. The trailhead didn't have much room for parked cars (maybe one or two tops) so I wasn't sure if it was a sanctioned spot to stop.
Anyhow, it took us around 2 hours to get from Santiago de Compostela to Mondoñedo. Then it took another 10 minutes or so of driving from within Mondoñedo to the trailhead for Salto do Coro.
If you were like us and happened to be inside the center of Mondoñedo, then the key to finding Barrio Dos Muiños was to take the signed road by an old fountain (Fonte Vella) near the turnoff for the cathedral and the Casa natal de Alvaro Cunqueiro. From this intersection, the road would directly join up with the route to Barrio Dos Muiños. I actually had to walk around the center of town to find the tourist info center, then get some advice by the worker there about how to get to the falls from where I was at.
By the way, it took us about 50 minutes to get from Salto do Coro to Ribadeo along the N-634 and A-8 routes so that's something to consider if coming in the other direction.
Finally, for some geographical context, Santiago de Compostela was 74km (about an hour drive) south of A Coruña, 426km (over 4 hours drive) northwest of Salamanca, 607km (about 6 hours drive) northwest of Madrid, and 332km (3.5 hours drive) west of León.
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