Maspalomas - Ayagaures
- Tarmac: 3,58 km
- Path or track: 12,10 km
Ayagaures - Tunte
- Tarmac: 1,75 km
- Path or track: 10,27 km
Maspalomas - Ayagaures - Tunte: 27,70 km
- Tarmac: 5,33 km
- Path or track: 22,37 km
Level of difficulty Route 1: High
Approximate duration of walk: 8 hours
Our walk starts off at the Maspalomas Tourist Information Office and along various roads running through the tourist area. Over to the right the Avenida de los Estados Unidos takes us to the Avenida de Tirajana where we turn right. The avenue goes up the GC-60. In the distance, we can make out the Islandís huge mountain range. This is where we are headed. The avenue goes up to the fourth roundabout, where we will find a traffic sign which lead us to Fataga. A little further on we come to a junction in the road on a level with the Emalsa water purification plant., at the sight of a signal leading to a quarry (cantera), where we take the road down to the left to the Barranco de los Vicentes, at whose channel we will arrive at the end of the tarmac road. We cross over a dirt track and go into the channel on the left hand side. From here, the path goes around and crosses over the ravine channel several times, We leave the channel, having crossed a reedbed, near the end of the ravine. On our left the path rises quite sharply and, passing over a dirt track, arrives at Degollada Ancha. We continue to the right along this track, descend down to the Cuenca de Ayagaures, from where we can make out the village, reservoir and ravine of La Data in the distance.
It is advisable to stop off in the village of Ayagaures in order to rest and get our strength back.
We continue along a road as we finish crossing the wall of the Ayagaures Reservoir. Along it, heading upwards, we reach the Gambuesa Reservoir. From here, we cross over it and begin a sharp climb up a clay-earth path, surrounded by replanted pine trees, to a narrow path which serves as a ledge overlooking the awe-inspiring Pilancones basin, until we reach the foot of the fountain of Los Descansaderos. Below to our left, we find the remains of what used to be, up to the beginning of 2008, the tallest pine tree in Gran Canaria: the Pilancones Pine. For 520 years this botanic symbol (Pinus canariensis) at a height of 40 metres, stood tall. Its trunk, which lies on the path, reached a circumference of five metres. At the end of this path, also on the ground, we find the trunk of another magnificent example of Canary pine which rose 30 metres above the ground, the Pine of the Lajilla. From this point, the way is marked out by low stone walls.
We make our way up here until we reach a forest path where we make a left turn in order to keep climbing, now more gently, to the Degollada de la Manzanilla.
Letís look back: there we see the steep slopes: on one side, the pine forests of the Pilancones basin; at the bottom, the pine forests of Pajonales and Inagua, and behind us, the Barranco de Tirajana basin, covered with palm trees and olive trees. From here, the path becomes drop away again; at first, very sharply in a zig-zag over loose stones, although it is more than a metre and a half wide, and thereafter somewhat more gently, until it flattens out completely as we approach the village of Tunte. After we have gone down some steep roads, we get to the town centre of San Bartolomť de Tirajana. Further on is the church square of Santiago de Tunte, the end of our first Jacobean stage.