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View down the Bavona Valley from the back (San Carlo)
Small Church of Gannariente between San Carlo and Sonlerto, built 1595.
Village of Sonlerto, house is built against the boulder.
Village of Sonlerto
Foroglio with the 50m Waterfall.
Village of Foroglio
50m Waterfall in Foroglio
Homes are built into and against the boulders.
Homes are built into and against and under the boulders.
San Carlo (Bavona) - Sonlerto - Foroglio - Fontana - Cavergno - Bignasco
Published/updated on 19.05.2016 by GabrielleMerk | 26552 points | Date of Tour: 16.05.2016 | Favourite Entries (4)
This captivating hike down the Bavona Valley (a side valley to the Maggia Valley) has so much to offer! This U-shaped glacier valley is lined on both sides by magnificent steep cliffs, and the valley bottom is so lush and green and...
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This captivating hike down the Bavona Valley (a side valley to the Maggia Valley) has so much to offer! This U-shaped glacier valley is lined on both sides by magnificent steep cliffs, and the valley bottom is so lush and green and wild with overgrown vegetation. And yet there are a number of charming villages along the way; this valley is so full of rocks from a multitude of landslides, that the natives built their homes of stone, in, on and adjacent to the boulders!
The first half of the hike, from the village of San Carlo at the back of the valley to Foroglio with its 50-m high waterfall proceeds mostly along forested paths, crossing the road a few times. From Foroglio to Bignasco at the end of the valley, the trail changes to a very rocky one: in fact, the trail is called “Sentiera della pietra” or “Trail of stones”. There are several uphill and downhill portions through chestnut forests, in, around and through piles of huge boulders deposited here thousands of years ago. Along the way are information boards describing the uses the locals made of these boulders, such as building stone walls across the gaps to keep their goats safe while grazing in the forest, or even planting meadow grass on top of them as fodder for the animals.
This link has some additional very interesting information about the history of this valley: http://www.ticinotopten.ch/en/trekking/bavona-valley
The trail markers for this valley are very misleading, and give very short times, probably the time required to walk along the road. Plan for at least 4 hours of walking time, plus extra to discover the villages and possibly to climb the steep hill behind Foroglio to the waterfall
NOTE: There are very few buses that run in the valley so it is recommended to start in San Carlo. At the end of the tour, the Maggia Valley bus from Cavergno or Bignasco runs more often, about once an hour.
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