Barranco de las Vacas

Barranco de Barafonso

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Location: Temisas, 35270 Agüimes, Las Palmas.
GC-1 exit 23, towards Cruce Arinaga GC-100, at Agüimes turn left on GC-551, then right on GC-550 to Temisas.
(27.912783, -15.474675)
Open: no restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: GorgeGorge
Light: n/a
Guided tours: self guided, D=1.5 h.
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Barranco de las Vacas.
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1933 construction of the Temisas highway over the gorge.


Barranco de las Vacas (Gorge of Cows) is a misnomer, this is actually the Barranco de Barafonso, actually the lower part of the canyon is called Barranco de las Vacas. But as it is known under this name we decided to do the same. The gorge is quite popular, and it is recommended to visit it early or late in the afternoon, because it is very crowded. But thats all word of mouth, as the site is not officially advertised or developed in any way. As a result the number of parking spaces is very limited and there are no signs. Just follow the GC-550 and look for parked cars of other visitors. The best starting point is the 18th century stone bridge, a remains of the old road to

This is one of thos narrow gorges, also called slot canyons, with vertical walls, 10 or 15 m high, but at some points only 1 or 2 m wide. The river bed is dry during summer, and so it is quite easy to walk through the canyon for a few hundred meters. The floods after the rare rains have dug fast and deep into the soft volcanic rock. The yellowish and redisch rocks form curves and there are some artificial cavities dug into the soft rock.

The site is quite spectacular, but it requires walking shoes and surefootedness. We recommend sun protection and enough water.