El Camino Secreto (English title:The Secret Path) is a Mexican telenovela produced by Emilio Larrosa for Televisa in 1986.

El Camino Secreto
Created byJosé Rendón
Written byJosé Rendón
Directed byJosé Rendón
StarringDaniela Romo
Salvador Pineda
Carlos Ancira
Gabriela Rivero
Leticia Calderón
Pedro Armendáriz Jr.
Claudio Brook
Theme music composerJuan Gabriel
Opening theme"De mí enamórate" by Daniela Romo
Country of originMexico
Original languageSpanish
No. of episodes120
Executive producerEmilio Larrosa
Running time21-22 minutes
Production companyTelevisa
Original release
NetworkCanal de las Estrellas
ReleaseSeptember 1, 1986 (1986-09-01) –
February 13, 1987 (1987-02-13)

Daniela Romo and Salvador Pineda starred as the protagonists, while Claudio Brook, Patsy and Mar Castro starred as main antagonists. Leticia Calderón, Gabriela Rivero and Carlos Ancira co-starred in supporting roles, with Ancira receiving special praise.

It was the last acting role for Carlos Ancira, eight months before his death from a brain tumor on October 10, 1987.



Mario and Santiago are both in love with the same woman, Martha. Martha becomes pregnant by Santiago and together they raise two daughters, Gabriela and Julieta. Mario and Santiago are involved in a diamond smuggling ring headed by Adolfo Ávila, who murders Martha and blackmails both Mario and Santiago into taking the blame for it. Santiago flees with his young daughters, using his skills as an actor and master of disguise to assume the new identity of Fausto Guillén and the girls grow up unaware of his past as Santiago.

Twenty years later, the now wealthy Mario discovers that he is dying, so he seeks out Santiago and asks him to take his place. But Adolfo murders the ailing Mario and Santiago is forced to hastily adopt Mario's identity in order to throw Adolfo off track, while keeping from the girls that he is not Fausto, but Santiago. Meanwhile, Gabriela meets Santiago's adopted son, David, and they fall in love with each other. But Gabriela's physical resemblance to her mother Martha attracts Adolfo's attention, placing everyone's lives in deadly danger.[1][2]



Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1987 5th TVyNovelas Awards Best Telenovela Emilio Larrosa Nominated
Best Actress Daniela Romo
Best Actor Salvador Pineda
Best Antagonist Actor Claudio Brook
Best Leading Actor Carlos Ancira Won
Best Female Revelation Gabriela Rivero
Best Original Story or Adaptation José Rendón
Emilio Larrosa
Best Direction José Rendón


  1. ^ "El Camino Secreto" (in Spanish). univision.com. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  2. ^ "El Camino Secreto in Alma Latina" (in Spanish). alma-latina.net. Retrieved January 29, 2015.