(05) Barranco de Chijas Return (Arona)

Barranco de Chijas (Arona)

Route Summary

main-summaryThis short, there and back, walk into the depths of Barranco de Chijas from Valle de San Lorenzo provides a fascinating insight into the traditional means of supplying water to the island. Some rough rock scrambling involved.

Duration: About 2.5 hours.
Route Overview
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Duration:
About 2.5 hours.
Transport/Parking: Quiet roads for parking. Titsa 416 from Los Cristianos.
Length: 3.71 km / 2.32 mi
Height gain: 276 meter
Height loss: 276 meter
Max Height: 727 meter
Min Height: 471 meter
Surface: Very rough
Child Friendly: No
Difficulty: Medium
Dog Friendly: No
Refreshments: Good choice of cafes in San Lorenzo.

Description

8-rock-poolThis short walk into the depths of Barranco de Chijas from Valle de San Lorenzo provides a fascinating insight into the traditional means of supplying water to the island. The walk described here starts on Calle El Parral high above the centre of San Lorenzo. If using public transport (Titsa 416) then you will walk upwards from the main street on Camino La Longuera (opposite BBVA), left (briefly) onto Calle La Tosca, then right up Calle El Patio, veering left up to our start point. This fairly steep ascent adds about 1,800m to the walk, there and back.

Some rough rock scrambling is involved when you reach the narrow ravine of the Barranco. This is quite manageable for the average walker but, of course, you can always turn back when it suits you! Although the walk is “there and back” the views are rewarding and different in both directions. We believe it is possible to walk up and out of the Barranco from the Galeria Salto del Topo y Chijo point on this walk, a large natural chasm in the rock, where we turned back. This would convert the walk into a conventional circular route. However the route onwards and upwards from the Galeria looked fairly daunting and impenetrable to us!

Links:
Photos from walk
Download GPX file (GPS Exchange Format)
Download Route Guide PDF (with illustrated Waypoints)
Access Walk on Viewranger
Access Walk on Wikilocs

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