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The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock


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16 Jan 2017

“Today you´ll discover the natives secret of how they survived on the island, the capital and a wonder immersed in the ocean.”

 The circular route of the water was created in 2010 and is 16 km long, made of old and new paths, all well marked and with explanation panels, presenting to you the water culture and history of El Hierro.

Starting in San Andrés, you will walk direction Guarazoca into the pine tree forest. Did you know that the indigenous pines of the island don't get destroyed by fire? You will soon reach La Albarrada, the first village of the island, now in ruins, but where the spirit is still alive in its old paths and stony walls. It is a very mysterious town where I use to imagine love stories, discussions and funny anecdotes on its, now silent, streets, only accompanied by skeletal stone walls of houses without roofs.

Ruta del agua, Valverde

Up the mountain, you will pass the Dornajos, containers made of a trunk to collect the rain water for the animals. But more interesting is the view downhill on the right: There is a big perfect green round spot. As the herreños can´t find an explanation for that enigma, they say that an UFO landed there...

Next stop will be the Sacred Tree, “Árbol Garoé”, here the bimbaches picked up their water, that dropped down the tree in their bowls made of clay. Over 400 years ago, the original tree disappeared in a hurricane.

Ruta del agua, Árbol Garoé

An old legend tells a story about the native princess Guarazoca: When the conquerors discovered El Hierro, they couldn't find drinkable water and almost left the island. But princess Guarazoca fell in love with one of them and showed him this so called  “The holy tree”. When she realized what the consequences were, the death of her people, she committed suicide jumping down the cliffs close to La Peña. That is why the closest village to that place has now her name.

Bosque de Laurisilva

Continuing the route, you will pass the “Albercas” (artificial water pools to collect water) and immersing the vegetation, you will get closer to the capital. Here the landscape changes between different kinds of forests and deserted areas that are being reforested. When I spend time on the island I often visit this places because it is really interesting how nature changes so quickly only in a few meters: First the tipical laurisilva forest, then I am like on the moon and then the eucalyptus smell and the sound of the wind in its leaves.

Next stop will be the dam Presa de Tifirabe, far too big. I have never seen it full of water.

Gorona del viento, El HIerro

The last part of the path downhill was mainly used for ranching. Once you arrive at the first houses, the return starts uphill, on the path “El camino de la Virgen”. When you cross the road, you will soon arrive at the viewpoint from which you can see part of the hydro-wind plant. This is a unique project in the world serving as reference point of renewable energy aiming at supplying the whole island with 100% clean electricity.

The smallest village of the island will be the next place you will reach: Tiñor. It is very cute with small houses with geraniums at the doors and only older people living there and always welcoming you with a warm “hello”. After that, two more “Albercas” and soon you will be back in San Andrés.

Ruta del agua, Mancha verde

Once you return from your walk, visit the capital Valverde. With around 5.000 habitants, it is placed on a mountain which is usually being surrounded by crowds (water from the ocean evaporates and, as it ascends, it bumps into this mountains and stays there.) The indigenous lived there, hidden in the cloud and feeling save from Spaniards eyes. Nowadays it is a beautiful town, but not very crowded because of the humidity. Herreños call it “Mordor”.

It has one main street called “La Calle” where you can find most of the shops. It is worse to visit the “plaza” and, close to it, the church “Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción”, with a classicist baroque style, built between 1767 and 1820.

To have a snack, I recommend “El Secreto”, “La Taberna”, close to “La Plaza” or “La mirada profunda”.

Ruta del agua, Valverde

If you want to have a desert, try the “quesadilla”, a typical cheesecake, directly coming out of the wood oven at the factory Adrián Gutiérrez e hijas.

And now, it is time to relax at the beach at Las Playas. Passing Puerto de la Estaca, Timijiraque and the tunnel you will arrive at the beach. In front of you, you will have a huge monument: A rock, like an iceberg, with a whole in the middle, 200 meters tall from its base on the ground of the ocean. This is a perfect place to swim and snorkel around the rock (don´t swim much further than the rock because sometimes there are currents). Under the water there are amazing colorful fishes, amazing blue waters interrupted by the sun rays that try to reach the ground and some round stones polished by the waves.

Ruta del agua, Roque de la bonanza

If you wait for the sunset, you´ll enjoy a wonderful natural performance, perfect for the end of the day.

 

 

 

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Highlights
How to Enjoy Carnival on Tenerife
Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
La Gomera, lush and beautiful
Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
La Palma, a taste of the tropics
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
From a Magic Spring to a Secret Lake, Five Curiosities on La Gomera
Jinama and Charco Azul
Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
Lanzarote sunrises
La Palma: a Treasure Trove of landscapes in One Island
Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
A Hike Around Gran Canaria's Volcanic Hotspot
Fuerteventura, Strong Wind
La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
Lanzarote fishing: Fresh fish for lunch
Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
“Ruta de la Tapa” in Valverde
Driving the Las Mimbreras road
Discover the Beautiful North of Lanzarote by Car
Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
Exploring the San Juan Volcano
Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
Why You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Trekking Masca in Tenerife
Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty
A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde
A Spring Tour Of Gran Canaria
Through the back roads of El Paso
Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures
A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán
Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
The Wild North of La Palma
Tenerife, best locations and the British favourite hotspots
Enjoy the best of Lanzarote at Noches de Jameos
www.hellocanaryislands.com