Barranco de Benchijigua

Barranco de Benchijigua

La Gomera

Route: Barranco de Benchijigua

Area: La Gomera

Date of walk: 3rd February 2016

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 9.9 miles

Ascent: 2,600 feet

Weather: sunny and very hot

The island of La Gomera is the second smallest of the Canary Islands and its unique geology makes it a paradise for walkers. From its central peak, the Garajonay, there are numerous deep ravines (‘barrancos’) which are ideal for walkers but a nightmare for roadbuilers and so a network of paths has built up over the years enabling the locals to travel from one area to another

On our first day here we decided to explore one of these ravines, the Barranco de Benchijigua. We parked our hired car near the hamlet of Taco and after walking along the road for a short distance turned right to follow a rough path uphill. The next couple of hours were hard going in the heat, and the climb seemed to go on forever, but eventually we reached the far end of the ravine at Benchijigua and started out on the return leg

The views along the valley were superb all the way and we arrived back at the start hot but happy after a fantastic walk which was full of interest. We’d learned a valuable lesson though – we’d taken water supplies with us, but not nearly enough, and we were completely parched for most of the return section. We resolved to take as much water as we could carry on our future walks

It had been a great introduction to what is a new walking area for us, and we were full of anticipation as to what might lie ahead

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