Gran Canaria Walking Festival

30 / October / Route 4

Following the last footprints in Guguy

Sunday

30 october

Following the last footprints in Guguy

Sheltered by cliffs and ravines, what is now the refuge of tabaibas and cardones (different species of spurges) was once the refuge of the pre-colonial population known as the Canarii. Protected by the Guguy massif, this route is a hike in the "Far West" of Gran Canaria, full of history, legends and majestic landscapes. Get ready to enjoy this magical place on a hard but full day of hiking.

In this last journey along the trails, we will start in the village of Tasartico, where we will meet one of the defenders of these ravines, Tasarte, who together with Bentejuí took part in the famous battle of Ajódar, not far from these immense western ravines. Although history, legends and myths have blended into our reality, this route is vital for the conservation of our culture, flora and fauna.

After a first ascent of about 2.5 km with a considerable slope, we will enter the Guguy massif, which will give us the first impressive views of the Guguy Grande ravine. We will then descend for about 3 km on a steep path down to Guguy Beach, one of the most beautiful spots on our coastline and a unique place on Gran Canaria.

There, we will have the opportunity to go for a quick swim in the refreshing ocean, weather and time permitting. After a 30-minute break at this beautiful beach, we will make our way back along the same trail we used on our way in.

TECHNICAL DATA


PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY

High

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY:

High

TRAIL TYPE:

One-way

DISTANCE:

11,2 km.

DURATION:

6 h

CUMULATIVE ELEVATION GAIN:

1.085 m+

CUMULATIVE ELEVATION LOSS:

1.085 m-

Track

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ELEVATION PROFILE


1  %
tramo urbano - urban section - STADTGEBIET
2  %
pista forestal - forest track -FORSTWEGE
97  %
sendero - path - WANDERWEGE

Although this route is very difficult due to the steep slopes up and down, the technical aspects of the terrain and the exposure to the sun, walking through these lands is a singular experience for several reasons. This area is of vital importance for the conservation of the Tabaibal-Cardonal (mixed plant formation located in the lowland and coastal area of the Canaries), and other numerous endemic species of flora and fauna that add to the beauty of the landscape of this region. For these reasons, the Government of the Canary Islands has proposed that the area become part of our National Parks Network, as it is a unique geological and archaeological area in the Canary Islands.

Walking this route is undoubtedly an experience full of magic, an adventure where we will conquer mountains to get to the coast.

THIS ROUTE INCLUDES:
  • Civil liability insurance
  • Accident insurance
  • Picnic
  • Guided route and interpreter of the natural, ethnographic and cultural values of the island
  • Transport to and from the start and end points of the route (from Las Palmas G.C or Playa del Inglés)
  • Specialised guided tours in several languages
  • Snack-type lunch

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This is a route with a high level of difficulty. You will be directly exposed to the sun, as the vegetation of the area does not provide any shade. The terrain has some technical aspects that also make the itinerary quite challenging, the ground is stony and there are steep slopes both uphill and downhill. It is also the longest route of this edition.

There are no alternative paths for this route, we therefore offer the possibility to go back in the first 3 and 6 km of the route, with support staff to return to the starting point.

It will be a long and hard day of hiking, but of breath-taking beauty, as well as the environmental and cultural value of the area are simply unique. Although your safety will be guaranteed at all times, we recommend that beginners to hiking refrain from signing up for this route.

Finally, as on all the routes, you must bring water - 3 litres minimum for this one -, as well as water purification tablets if you don't want to bring an additional 2 litres. You should also bring sun protection and a hat, and be aware of the weather forecast, in order to have waterproof clothing if necessary.

During this route, we’ll have the opportunity to swim in the ocean, weather and time permitting, so we recommend bringing a swimsuit and towel, and a dry change of clothes for after the swim.

Accompanied minors from 16 years of age can participate. It is nevertheless important to consider the duration of the routes.

INTERESTING SPOTS

the Guguy ravines, Playa de Guguy, La Aldea.
PICK-UP

TIME

MEETING POINT

06:45 h

Alfredo Kraus Auditorium- Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

07:00 h

Tourist information Office, next to the CC Yumbo Centrum- Playa del Inglés

Arrival

TIME

MEETING POINT

20:30 h

Alfredo Kraus Auditorium- Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

20:45 h

Tourist information Office, next to the CC Yumbo Centrum- Playa del Inglés

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