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Sima de Nivar: caving and rappelling with a guide

Why don't you join Rafael, an expert in rappelling and climbing itineraries, in this underground adventure in the caves of Nivar? A unique trip suitable for all the family near Granada and Sierra Nevada.

Sierra Nevada

1 Day

May - Aug


Sima de Nivar offers an absolutely unique caving and rappelling experience and that’s why I’d like to share it with you.

Just outside Granada there is a magic place for the enjoyment of this great outdoor trip. My invitation consists in a guided caving day in which you’ll rappel about 20 meters to enter to the caves.

The caves of Sima de Nivar are located in the Nivar municipality, overlooking the Sierras of Parapanda and the famous Sierra Nevada. My top reasons why I think it is a unique trip are:

  • You’ll have the chance to explore the amazing Spanish underworld;

  • I will give you all the instructions about how to progress and abseil in a cave;

  • The natural dark landscape given by the caves will surprise you;

  • You’ll take a digital album with the main shots of you in action.

Please find here below a sample itinerary or this caving and rappelling day in Sima de Nivar. Remember that I can adjust any item according to your wishes and technical level.


I will pick you up from central Granada, driving to the locality of Nivar. Once in there, we’ll have a short introductory talk. I will teach you some basis of the use of the equipment.

After that, we start the walk over rocky terrain until we reach the entrance of the Nivar Cave. Here the best part comes! Itineraries of sliding, navigation and rappelling are waiting for you. You will count on my help and guidance in order to enjoy this experience to the fullest and in a safe way.

In addition, you’ll see many rock formations along the way, such as stalagmites and stalactites. The underground world will never stop to amaze you! When we get to the end of the cave, we’ll have a deserved rest and drink a cup of tea or coffee with some snacks. Finally, a transfer will take you back to the city center of Granada.

Regarding the physical condition, keep in mind that you must be able to walk on unpaved or uneven terrain. If you and your group are in a good physical shape, there’s nothing to worry about. It’s a trip suitable for families with children from 12 years old and up.

Finally, don’t forget to wear comfortable clothes and hiking boots. I always recommend to bring a change of clothes, just in case they get wet.

For any other doubt or if you want to book your place, please contact me. I will be happy to guide through this unique experience in the caves of Sima de Nivar!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back

- Drinks

- Tips


What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel Casa 1800 Granada Granada Spain
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About the guide

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I'm a lover of adventure sports, with 23 years of experience in almost all its modalities. My passion is climbing, although my profession is more focused on another of my passions: the canyoning. I'm ICOpro Instructor (the only one in Spain), which allows me to join my two passions, sport and teaching.
I have climbed and done canyoning in many countries of the world like Indonesia, Morocco, Argentina, France, Switzerland and India. And what my travels have truly taught me is that what really matters is the people and what they can teach me. I learn from each of the people I lead and I love that.


Portuguese | Italian | French | English

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What people are saying about Rafael


Excellente journée avec nos deux hôtes. Les paysages sont époustouflants et les guides ont rendu l’activité accessible et amusante. Merci!


Es hat wirklich viel Spaß gemacht! Und auch wenn ich etwas ängstlich bin, habe ich mich immer sicher und in guten Händen gefühlt. Die Sprünge sind wirklich nicht verpflichtend, aber die Gruppe ("La Familia") hat mir Mut gemacht und ich habe mir alles zugetraut :) Man kann auch immer erst einmal schauen, wie es die anderen machen ;) Die Guides geben einem stets die Möglichkeit, einen anderen Weg zu gehen. Das war jedoch nicht nötig. Wichtig: Unbedingt die Packliste ansehen! Schuhe für's Wasser sind verpflichtend und Wechselschuhe für danach sind wirklich gut. Wenn der Van geparkt hat, geht's in Badesachen etwa 45min bergauf bevor man die Wetsuits anzieht und das Canyoning startet. Good to know: Die Guides haben eine wasserfeste GoPro dabei, um Fotos von der Tour und der Gruppe in Action zu machen ;)



Booked half day Via Ferrata - it turned out to be 1.5 hours via Ferrata and 1.5 hours travelling. Was disappointed with the amount of time actually doing the activity



More information required from Rafa before the trip - we did not know that we would have to drive for 30 mins off-road to get to the start point. We were in a hire car and I was very concerned about damaging the car. We also had 21 people in our group - this is far too many. The trip took about 7 hours because we moved so slowly with so many people.



Rafa, is a terrific guide. My family had a fantastic time on the via feratta route he took us on in Archidona. I found Rafa to be professional, friendly, client-centered and safe. You will have to initiate the majority of the contact, but the experience is likely to be the highlight of your trip to southern Spain. I plan on recontacting Rafa when we are next in the area. He provides all the needed equipment.

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