Salto do Coro

Mondonedo / Galicia Region, Lugo, Spain

About Salto do Coro


Hiking Distance: 1.5km round trip
Suggested Time: 50-60 minutes

Date first visited: 2015-06-10
Date last visited: 2015-06-10

Waterfall Latitude: 43.40617
Waterfall Longitude: -7.35562

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.

Mondonedo_033_06102015 - Salto do Coro
Salto do Coro

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.

This town featured an attractive cathedral as well as a charming center in a somewhat understated setting.

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.

Mondonedo_010_06102015 - A signature feature of the town of Mondoñedo was this cathedral in the center of town. I managed to find a visitor center nearby here, which gave me a map and some pointers on finding the Salto do Coro
A signature feature of the town of Mondoñedo was this cathedral in the center of town. I managed to find a visitor center nearby here, which gave me a map and some pointers on finding the Salto do Coro

That was 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.

I’ll get into the driving specifics in the directions below.

Hiking to Salto do Coro

Anyhow, the hike to the Salto do Coro Waterfall from the unofficial car park or trailhead was said to take only 10 minutes in each direction.

Mondonedo_017_06102015 - Some parts of the trail to the Salto do Coro were quite overgrown and hard-to-distinguish, which I'd imagine might be a consequence of the high rainfall of the area as well as the trail's light use
Some parts of the trail to the Salto do Coro were quite overgrown and hard-to-distinguish, which I’d imagine might be a consequence of the high rainfall of the area as well as the trail’s light use

This was according to the tourist literature I was given as well as according to the signage here as well.

However, I would caveat that by saying that the trail could be a little overgrown in places.

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.

Mondonedo_030_06102015 - Ascending overgrown fern-fringed steps leading up to the plunge pool and the Salto do Coro Waterfall
Ascending overgrown fern-fringed steps leading up to the plunge pool and the Salto do Coro Waterfall

It seemed like the trail managed to get enough use to at least discern the footpath.

That said, 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 the further up we went.

Eventually, the trail reached a bridge traversing the creek responsible for the Salto do Coro (called Regueiro de Argomoso).

Mondonedo_081_06102015 - Julie and Tahia at the plunge pool opposite the intimate and attractive Salto do Coro waterfall
Julie and Tahia at the plunge pool opposite the intimate and attractive Salto do Coro waterfall

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.

Mondonedo_099_06102015 - Julie and Tahia returning on the lush trail for Salto do Coro after having their fill of it
Julie and Tahia returning on the lush trail for Salto do Coro after having their fill of it

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.

Authorities

Salto do Coro resides near the town of Mondoñedo in the province of Lugo, Spain. It may be administered by the municipality of Mondoñedo. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you may get leads from this website.

Mondonedo_020_06102015 - After a little bit of uncertainty on the Salto do Coro Trail (due to the trail being barely visible against all the overgrowth), it eventually went along this section, which was more defined and easy to follow
Mondonedo_025_06102015 - Throughout the short hike to Salto do Coro, the trail vacillated between being covered up by vegetation and being somewhat defined
Mondonedo_027_06102015 - Here's a part of the Salto do Coro trail where we had to ascend stone steps that were in danger of being completely overgrown given the high rate of growth thanks to the high rainfall in the area
Mondonedo_028_06102015 - The bridge over the Regueiro de Argomoso stream on the way up to the Salto do Coro
Mondonedo_040_06102015 - Our first look at the intimate Salto do Coro at the end of the trail
Mondonedo_053_06102015 - Looking down at the context of a tiny cascade fronting the clear plunge pool before the Salto do Coro
Mondonedo_086_06102015 - Julie and Tahia slowly making their way down the slippery wet and overgrown stone steps after having had their fill of the Salto do Coro Waterfall
Mondonedo_095_06102015 - Julie and Tahia going past a sign by a trail junction on the way back to the car after having had their fill of Salto do Coro
Mondonedo_101_06102015 - Julie and Tahia almost making it back to the trailhead of Salto do Coro as we could see some small pastures in the distance. Note how overgrown the trail was in this section
Mondonedo_102_06102015 - Finally back at the parked car thereby ending our short adventure to the Salto do Coro

join-booking-970x240-1.jpg


To reach Salto do Coro 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.

Next, we 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).

Mondonedo_011_06102015 - The road that we took with grass growing up from its middle, which ultimately led us to the trailhead for Salto do Coro
The road that we took with grass growing up from its middle, which ultimately led us to the trailhead for Salto do Coro

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”.

Mondonedo_013_06102015 - The informal trailhead, where we stopped the car and took the short trail up to the Salto do Coro
The informal trailhead, where we stopped the car and took the short trail up to the Salto do Coro

Then, we continued 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.

Mondonedo_006_06102015 - This fountain (Fonte Vella) in the town of Mondoñedo was kind of a useful landmark for us to enter the Barrio Dos Muños en route to the surprisingly hard-to-find Salto do Coro
This fountain (Fonte Vella) in the town of Mondoñedo was kind of a useful landmark for us to enter the Barrio Dos Muños en route to the surprisingly hard-to-find 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.

Mondonedo_007_06102015 - Beyond the fountain Fonte Vella in Mondoñedo, we followed this narrow road to enter the Barrio Dos Muños en route to the surprisingly hard-to-find Salto do Coro
Beyond the fountain Fonte Vella in Mondoñedo, we followed this narrow road to enter the Barrio Dos Muños en route to the surprisingly hard-to-find Salto do Coro

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.

Checking out the tranquil falls and its lush surroundings

Related Top 10 Lists

No Posts Found

Tagged with: mondonedo, galicia, lugo, santiago, compostela, a coruna, spain, waterfall, ribadeo



Visitor Comments:

No users have replied to the content on this page


Share your thoughts about what you've read on this page

You must be logged in to submit content. Refresh this page after you have logged in.

Visitor Reviews of this Waterfall:

No users have submitted a write-up/review of this waterfall


Have you been to a waterfall? Submit a write-up/review and share your experiences or impressions

Review A Waterfall

Nearest Waterfalls

Johnny Cheng

About Johnny Cheng

Johnny Cheng is the founder of the World of Waterfalls and author of A Guide to New Zealand Waterfalls. Over the last 2 decades, he has visited thousands of waterfalls in over 40 countries around the world and nearly 40 states in the USA.
Read More About Johnny | A Guide to New Zealand Waterfalls.