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Barranco de La Aldea, Gran Canaria, Canary islands.

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Photo Title: Barranco de La Aldea, Gran Canaria, Canary islands.
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Perhaps the most impressive of all the canyons of Gran Canaria is the Barranco de La Aldea. Originating as a number of steep tortuous ravines near to the town of Tejeda in the center of the island, the canyon runs in a westerly direction to the coastal town of San Nicolas de Tolentino. The canyon is incredibly deep and at some points very narrow with vertical walls rising almost 300 metres. This unspoilt wilderness is of exceptional beauty, that of a very beautiful, rugged and mostly inaccessible landscape, with the only sounds being the “piuuuuh” of the Eurasian Buzzard (Buteo buteo insularum) which are relatively common here, often seen drifting high above the rocky ridges. As a result of the frequent winter rains along the island’s summits, numerous springs come to life, resulting in a stream flowing within the canyon for two or three months and a sudden bloom of myriad wild flowers.
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