Barranco de las Vacas – The Antelope Canyon of Gran Canaria

Barranco de las Vacas – The Antelope Canyon of Gran Canaria

Spain
Spain

When Is the Best Time

I was amazed by the beauty of the Barranco de las Vacas. The canyon cannot compete with the Antelope in Arizona, but it is easily accessible and free. The Barranco de las Vacas is a popular sight well know from social media nowadays.

Barranco de las Vacas without any crowds

The best time to enjoy this magnificent photo spot is early morning before 10 am. Also, the sunlight into the narrow gorge is perfect for catching these magical, colourful walls.

The narrow gorge gets pretty busy during the day. Definitely avoid weekends when the Canarios visit this spectacular place as well.

Trailhead to the gorge
This is the steep part; then turn right through the tunnel

Limited parking is the other reason for early arrival. If you arrive too late, you have to line up in the canyon and wait because everybody wants to get the perfect Instagram shot. Honestly, this spoils the entire trip to this stunning gorge! 

The beginning of the famous canyon
Scrambling over huge rocks 

We arrived early and enjoyed this outstanding place alone; when we left the canyon and walked back to the car, a bunch of people asked for directions. 

Parking

Small car park to the right shortly before the trailhead
Park your car here and you can already see the tunnel to the left.

Coming from Agüimes, there are two spaces shortly before the canyon on the right. Google Maps Location If you continue driving a few hundred meters further up there is another small parking for roughly four small cars. 

Best Visiting Time

The shimmering orange colours in the morning

Midweek and before 10 am secures a parking place. Enjoy the shimmering orange colours in the morning and the tranquillity of the canyon before the crowds arrive. 

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Location and Tips

Gran Canary, Agüimes
Spain
Spain

The famous gorge is located 5 km north of Agüimes. The marked location on Google Maps is the beginning of the Barranco de las Vacas which is not as spectacular. Follow this link to find the correct entrance Google Maps Link

Directions to the Canyon

View from the tunnel into the canyon
The view from the tunnel into the canyon

We parked our car on the right at the first parking. Walk on the left for roughly 100 m. Look for a footpath leading down to this tunnel. The road is leading above. This short part of the hike is steep and slippery. Wear appropriate shoes. When you reach the bottom, you walk to the right through the short tunnel to enter the canyon.

The beginning of the famous canyon
The beginning of the famous canyon

Another 100 m and the gorge narrows. Shortly after you reach the main part of the Barranco de las Vacas. This canyon has a dead end and waterfall during heavy rainfall.

The beginning of the famous canyon
The canyon after the left curve

When we visited the canyon, a puddle was left at the end of the canyon. There is a waterfall during and after heavy rainfall. You have to walk the same way back. It took us less than 10 minutes from the parking to the popular part.

Top Tips for Gran Canaria

Playa de Güigüi on a sunny day with a clear blue sky
You have Güigüi Beach almost for yourself

Do you wish to know more about Gran Canaria? Check out 5 Best Beaches, Best Time, and Tips from January 2022.

Maspalomas Dunes and just one person
Maspalomas Dunes in the winter

The dunes can be pretty crowded now and then. If you like to know the best time for your visit read my full Maspalomas Dunes Guide
 

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