Spectacular tour through the stunning canyons of the Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites.
Suggested period: Daily from May 15th to September 30th
Suggested departure time: 10.00 am
Elevation gain: 250 m
Elevation loss: 250 m
Length: 9 km
Estimated time: 3 hours
Physical effort: Mild
Suggested minimum age: 12
Drive north towards Dobbiaco. 800 m after Hotel Fiames, turn left into the narrow road leading to the entrance of the Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites.
Park the car and walk along the paved road for about 1.5 km as far as a small bridge over the amazing pond created by Rio de Fanes torrent: this area is called Pian de Loa.
From the bridge, continue on the dirt road uphill leading to Fanes Waterfalls. In 30 minutes and some rather steep stretches, you reach Ponte Outo (high Bridge, 1380 m asl) over the Rio Travenanzes canyon.
Just above, near a few benches on your right, wear your via Ferrata equipment and start exploring the waterfalls and the canyons along this amazing loop route (equipped on exposed sections) that will take you back to this point.
The confluence of Fanes and Travenanzes valleys towards Pian de Loa’s bowl offers one of the most spectacular natural beauties of the Park: the high waterfalls and deep canyons that the streams cascade down the slope to cover the drops left by glaciations on the valley floor. The environments created by the powerful running waters are unique in the Dolomites.
The equipped trail is suitable to every hiker, however there are some exposed sections that should be avoided by those who suffer from vertigo. The safety iron cable will lead you along an exposed, though level, trail that runs behind the first lower waterfall of Rio Fanes. The trail goes beyond the waterfall and down a short stretch on rock equipped with iron ladder for an easy climb.
From the bottom of the canyon, you will see the second and highest waterfall, cross the stream over the small iron bridge and climb back to the start along a beautiful exposed ledge, well equipped for protection.
The way back is along the same route.
Did you know that….Ponte Outo (literally High Bridge) is a suspended bridge at about 80 m over the canyon. The view on Fanes canyon is terrific: the very deep and breathtaking canyon carved by Rio Travenanzes at its confluence with Rio de Fanes. The site is linked to a 15th century legend which tells about a young noble knight from Marebbe valley who fell in love with Simonia, the daughter of the lord of Botestagno castle. Their relationship was not looked favourably by the Ampezzo people who would set ambushes that the nobleman regularly dodged. Eventually, the Ampezzo people decided to knock down the bridge but the young knight noticed the trap, spurred his horse and leaped onto the opposite ledge avoiding his persecutors.
Ristorante Fiames ( Loc. Fiames 13) 0436 2366
Fiames can also be reached by local bus or by e-bike.