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VISITOR CENTRE OF GUAYADEQUE Print E-mail

barranco de guayadeque

The Barranco (ravine) de Guayadeque, located between the municipalities of Agüimes and Ingenio, is one of the most striking landscapes in Gran Canaria, and pretty untouched by tourism. Apart from the valley floors here, the landscape is dramatically arid. Rare plants, mostly endemic to Gran Canaria, - hence it's status as a nature reserve. This area was Guanche territory, evidenced by many of the guanche artefacts found here and now on display in the Museo Canario in Las Palmas.

The Barranco (ravine) de Guayadeque, located between the municipalities of Agüimes and Ingenio, is one of the most striking landscapes in Gran Canaria, and pretty untouched by tourism. Apart from the valley floors here, the landscape is dramatically arid. Rare plants, mostly endemic to Gran Canaria, - hence it's status as a nature reserve. This area was Guanche territory, evidenced by many of the guanche artefacts found here and now on display in the Museo Canario in Las Palmas.

  barranco de guayadeque

Its route covers about 20 km, from Caldera de Los Marteles to the proximities of the beach of El Burrero, and the water has excavated a channel where we can find numerous endemic plants of the Canary Islands. The botanical and animal diversity is favoured by the altitudinal and climatic variety that is registered throughout the channel of the ravine, from its source in the summits, to its opening in the coast. The water is the defining element of the landscape and of the life in this ravine.

 

The different water sources have allowed the cultivation of adjacent lands and the water supply to the nearby towns. The archaeological importance of Guayadeque began to be noticed in the last decades of the XIX century, when the first explorations on behalf of the Canarian Museum. The most famous archaeological elements of this museum are the mummies and the great funeral caves.

  

The historical documentation after the conquest makes reference to Guayadeque almost exclusively in relation to the advantages of its waters, for the supply and the irrigation, or for the transport of machinery of the different mills that were existent until today.

 

The environmental and patrimonial resources of Guayadeque are shown in the visitor, located in a building excavated in the slopes, following the troglodyte tradition of ravine architecture. Here we will be able to travel through time.

 

Barranco de Guayadeque. Agüimes-Ingenio

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 9,00 to 17,00 hours. Sundays from 10,00 to 18,00 hours.

 
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23 February 2018




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