Discover how to get to the Barranco de las Vacas in Gran Canaria


We want to introduce you to one of the most important geological treasures in the Canary Islands: the Barranco de las Vacas in Gran Canaria. This unique rock formation is comparable to other natural slopes such as the Roque Nublo.

In recent years, the Barranco de las Vacas in Gran Canaria has achieved great notoriety among locals and tourists, who come every day to see this beautiful place. Do you want to discover why?

Barranco de las Vacas: geological treasure

The Barranco de las Vacas in Gran Canaria is made up of a series of rock formations, which have been built for thousands of years by the dragging force of the water, until they become a true geological treasure that takes your breath away due to its forms and colors.

Many tourists and locals often compare it to Antelope Canyon, located in the US, due to its similar appearance.

But, don’t be fooled by the appearance of this canyon! Las Vacas, also known as Las Tobas de Colores, has an area of ​​50 meters that you can travel in a short period of time.

How to get to Las Vacas?

This geological gem is located in the southwest of Gran Canaria, between the picturesque towns of Agüimes and Temisas. There are several options to get to the Las Vacas trail, but you will need to be especially careful when looking for it on the map, because information about this destination is not always easy to find.

To access the Barranco de las Vacas by car, take the GC-550 road until you reach kilometer 14. You should know that there are not many places to park in this destination, so we recommend you arrive in time so as not to have any kind of unforeseen.

In case you do not plan to rent a vehicle or go in your own car, you have the alternative of taking public transport. To do this, you will have to take bus or guagua line 34 (as the bus is called in the Canary Islands) and get off at the Cruce de los Corralillos to get to the path. Next, it will be necessary to walk about 4 km until you reach the entrance of the Barranco de las Vacas.

Essential tips to visit the Barranco de las Vacas in Gran Canaria

Before starting your adventure touring the Barranco de las Vacas in Gran Canaria, we want to give you a series of tips so that you can make the most of and enjoy this amazing place.

∅ Arrive on time

The Barranco de Las Vacas in Gran Canaria has become a true phenomenon of social networks, especially on Instagram. If you look for #barrancodelasvacas you will see that it has more than 5000 publications from different users who have toured this geological treasure and taken their photos.

If you want to be one of the lucky ones to know the Las Vacas trail, we suggest that you arrive early, to avoid any kind of agglomeration that may occur.

What hours are the most convenient? Early in the day or in the afternoon, when the sun is going down. In both times the influx of visitors drops considerably, so it can become a good opportunity to calmly enjoy Las Vacas and take pictures.

∅ Wear comfortable shoes

Although the extension of the Barranco de Las Vacas is not comparable to other emblematic routes on the island such as the Caldera de Bandama with its 400 meters of rocky slope, or the 12 kilometers of hiking that are carried out on that place, we suggest you wear comfortable shoes and clothing to be able to enjoy this unique natural setting in total comfort.

∅ Check the coordinates

Remember that, in this particular case, the indications of map applications may not have totally correct information when you search for the name of this trail in Barranco Las Vacas.

∅ Visit other places in the area

If you are used to doing all kinds of routes, the 50 meters of hiking through Las Vacas de Gran Canaria will not take you more than 5 minutes to cover it in its entirety. That is why we recommend that you prepare an itinerary with different alternatives near the Barranco de las Vacas to take advantage of that day and have a complete plan to spend an unforgettable day.

The island of Gran Canaria has plenty of spectacular landscapes  and places of great beauty to travel from north to south. Discover them all!


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Get to know the picturesque town of Agüimes

If you organize a travel itinerary to visit the Barranco de Las Vacas in Gran Canaria and you don’t know what other places to add to your adventure, we suggest you include to this plan a complete tour of the charming town of Agüimes.

The picturesque municipality of Agüimes has an environment that is worth discovering such as the  Barranco de Guayadeque with its 15 km of extension and the beautiful El Cabrón Beach, which has one of the most spectacular sea beds of the entire Canary Island, which you can explore if you dare to dive in its waters.

Other places you need to know if you dare to explore the municipality of Agüimes are its two main towns on the coast and inland: Arinaga and Agüimes.

In Arinaga you can entertain yourself with the best water sports, while in Agüimes you can spend a day in a more urban environment, touring its beautiful historic center.


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Where to stay if you visit Gran Canaria?

If you are thinking of taking the short path through the Barranco de las Vacas and passing through the emblematic town of Agüimes in Gran Canaria, in the Lopesan Group we have hotels that stand out for their warmth, comfort and diversity of services. To learn more about our packages and offers, contact us; We will be delighted to assist you.



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