Day 2 of GR 132: Contreras – Barranco de la Negra

Track behind Alajeró
Hike essentials See introduction for more info
Distance of this day 25 km
Hiking time 8’30
Contreras 0’00 – Playa de Santiago 2’00 – Alajeró 3’15 – Los Almácigos 1’30 – Barranco de la Negra 1’45

When the sun rises, we’re on our way towards the coast. Ruins along the trail look definitely creepier in the dark than during the day. We soon saw Playa de Chinguarine which is a good spot for a bivi too. When we were there the wind was very strong though and the waves huge and noisy so we were trying to avoid the beaches and rather slept higher up.

Playa de Santiago

We soon reached Playa de Santiago, a touristic town on the coastline. They have an awesome thing on the beach: shower! Its location is a bit unfortunate as it’s literally a dozen metres away from the city square. I have to admit it might look a bit weird when two shabby hikers are taking a shower in the middle of town while people are having their morning coffees but we didn’t have a choice. It was the only one shower there and a red flag had been signalling that the ocean was too dangerous to swim in for the second day in a row.

Barranco de Santiago

Another section to Alajeró is quite tricky and as I discovered later, many walkers skip it. It’s a challenging, 800m plus ascent without any of the spectacular views that you’re used to from the previous sections. I found it just great though. It’s very relaxing and beautiful too in its details when the red dry soil is slowly turning into green valleys full of palm trees.

On the way to Alajeró

The dry section also gives you a very good base for things which are about to come: Barranco Charco and Barranco de la Negra. They’re absolutely astonishing, roughly shaped wild canyons, the most incredible ones I’ve seen. The valley bottoms are covered by palm trees and random terraces covered by green grass glazing all the way up to the trail. The trail is tiny and cut through the middle of the 200m tall slopes. At the first sight they look vertical but after a while you can spot short terraces here and there in unbelievably remote places. It’s hard to imagine that someone could live there or even plant something!

Typical grassy terraces of the Baranco de la Negra

When we came to a viewpoint of the whole valley and even the ocean with a few grassy terraces, we agreed we couldn’t go any further and that we needed some time to absorb La Gomera’s magic.

Panrama og Barranco de la Negra

We pitched a tent and when we were about to go sleep, another unbelievable thing happened: we heard frogs singing. Frogs? On the top of a dry barranco? Not possible. I went to check it out anyway and believe it or not, there was a small cave with water dripping into a small pond and a bunch of frogs staring at me with what’s-up-bro look. Oh, more of the local magic!

Barranco de la Negra

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Michal
I lived pretty common life for a while. I did my studies, my second studies, my third studies, my first job, my second job and my third job. I wasn’t really sure what’s going on so in 2014, I left my home country to learn about the world. I’m still not sure what’s going on but I enjoy it much more.

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