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
Maspalomas – Degollada de Garito
- Tarmac: 2,63 km
- Path or track: 12,37 km
Degollada de Garito – Tunte
- Tarmac: 1,75 km
- Path or track: 10,15 km
Maspalomas – Arteara – Tunte: 26 km
- Tarmac: 4,48 km
- Path or track: 22,52 km
Level of difficulty Route II: High
Aproximate duration of walk: 8 hours
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Of the three island Jacobean routes, this is the hardest, both from the viewpoint of distance to be covered, and from the ascent it takes in from Ayagaures (490 m) to the Degollada de la Manzanilla (1161 m), as well as the difficulty of getting supplies along the way, the beauty of the walk is well worth the effort though. Due to the high temperatures that can be reached in this area in summertime, we recommend you take plenty of water supplies, as along the way it is not easily available, and also to go on the walk in the company of others. In winter, even though there might not be frequent rainfall, the amount of water that can actually fall can make certain stretches of the walk quite dangerous.
Our walk starts in Maspalomas and takes us all the way to the summit, in the middle of the island, from where we will head northwards. We leave behind us the beach, dunes and palm trees of Maspalomas overlooked by the lighthouse, which was built at the end of the 19th century by Juan León y Castillo, and we go further inland to the Pilancones natural park. Here, the Island’s symbol of vegetation, the cardon cactus, a natural endemic species on the island, follows our every step. The ravine’s high walls tower above, their stones shaped and moulded by the ever-present action of the elements through the centuries.
The path heads to the peaks over the southern slopes. Behind us, at the mouth of the ravine, we leave Maspalomas and walk on, in the Fataga Crater, over phonolitic and other volcanic rocks. The humidity drops the further we move away from the coast. The bushes to be found around here, all autoctonous species such as verodes, tederas and tabaibas, bear testimony to this fact.
From the dunes and the sea we reach the Tirajana Basin. This is an enormous crater with a circumference of more than 40 km worn away by erosion over millions of years and which opens up to the south by means of a ravine going by the same name. The Tirajana Basin through its sheer monumental size and arqueological importance, is one of Gran Canaria’s natural and historic sanctuaries. San Bartolomé is at the end of the first stage. In Tunte, with its prehistoric name, and by which its population is known, we come to the church of San Bartolomé Apóstol, where we find the image of James de Apostle, or along with the Gothic cemetery, buildings and other places which are a must see on your visit; the hamlet of Ayagaures; the Arteara necropolis or the typical houses to be found in Fataga.
We are given two possible routes for the first stage, one which will take us through the Vicentes Ravine to the Ayagaures reservoir, La Gambuesa reservoir, Montaña la Negra, up to Degollada de Manzanilla and from there onto Tunte, and another harder one for its difficulty level which will join us straight up with Tunte without walking on any tarmac road, and which will lead us up the Fataga ravine, Arteara, Degollada de Garito, Degollada de la Yegua, and links up again with the other route in Degollada de Manzanilla.