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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hike 27.07.13 Barranco Azuaje to San Andres

Left Dutch Link at around 0900 hrs on Saturday 27 July to catch the 0940hrs Nr210 bus to Arucas from where we would take the 1015hrs Nr 123 bus direction Moya. However on discussing this with the bus driver, we were advised to take the more direct 0950hrs Nr 234 bus to Moya instead as this was more likely to arrive in Arucas in time to catch the 1015hrs nr 123 bus - the only bus making this route on a weekend.
We realised belatedly that we should really have taken the 0840hrs bus to ensure that we arrived in Arucas in time - however luck was on our side and we arrived at exactly 1015 at the Arucas Bus Station and the Nr 123 Moya bus was 5 minutes late - phew! but parked next to our Nr 234 bus - a long story but may save someone a disappointment - next time we do a walk requiring thes buses we will go mid week - there are more buses.
Got off the bus just before the bridge over the Barranco Azuaje (see below phot0) at around 1045hrs, ready for our hike, Nr 10 in the Sunflower Gran Canaria Guide Book

The hike begins by crossing the bridge and taking the track to the Barranco floor

After a few minute we pass the ruins of an old Spa

and a few minutes later arrive at a picnic are - ideal for 11'ses
  Looking up the Barranco

the track is in places a bit overgrown

and criss-crosses the little stream
under overhanging rock faces
past delightful little waterfalls and rock pools

Some parts require a bit of scrambling up steep-ish rocks - someone has thoughtfully provided ropes to hang on to secured by rock bolts

more rope assisted scrambling
At this point we realise that we have probably gone too far - our hike is supposed to end at a waterfall - which we have not seen - but the track continues climbing towards Fontanales, a few kilometers away.
The Barranco opens up to a fertile area which people are farming

Decide to retrace our steps.

We decide that the original objective of the hike most be in this area - rock pool and small waterfall just visible behind some thick foliage - super place for lunch.
After returning to our starting point, we follow the track under the bridge towards San Andres on the northern coast.
The 4-wheel drive track ended at an abandoned farm complex (much further than indicated in the Sunflower Guide) and continued as a ridge path around the walls of a farm

The track took us through areas overgrown with bamboo/ cane

sometimes it was a bit difficult to find the path - a sign indicating that this was actually a "Camino Real" was very reassuring?

After a while meandering through the "jungle" a 4-wheel drive track reappeared winding its way between high walled banana plantations
Eventually we arrived at the San Andres football pitch and the motorway
A hundred meters or so to the right was our bus stop - we were very fortunate - within 5 minutes our bus (nr 103) to Las Palmas arrived.
This proved to be a very enjoyable varied hike.


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