The Rus Trail
The Rus Route, which connects Capdella to Taüll via the Rus pass (2,657 m), is one of the walking routes into the Aigüestortes National Park. Besides providing wonderful examples of Pyrenean scenery, it is also notable on account of its cobbles and dry stone
walls. The Riqüerna valley is one of those little Pyrenean valleys that will seduce you with its charms.
Once at Capdella, trekkers should go to the upper part of the village
where they will find the starting point of the route. The first stretch of the path passes through a wood of hazel and oak and conserves
patches of cobbled path and dry stone walls. On leaving the wood, the path levels out and runs through meadowland. The path then climbs up the mountain side until it reaches the waterfall at the head of the River Riqüerna. After crossing a bridge, the path then climbs upwards to the point where the first signs of the GR are visible. From there, trekkers can return by the same route, continue on to their left until the Port de Rus pass, or turn to the right and head towards the Estany Gento. This was the main gateway to the Boí valley before the modern roads were opened and it once saw an important traffic of people and goods.
The Rus Path has many stories: one explains how a piano, which
was to be delivered to the Caldes spa, was carried up here on the
back of a mule; another tells the story of a couple who lived on
either side of the Rus pass and who had to climb up to the pass in order to meet. The many footprints going up and down the route have made the Rus Path somewhat magical, laden with history and very much alive.
Port de Rus