The Barranco de las Penitas (Penitas
Ravine) is one of the most interesting natural areas of
Fuerteventura, and for me one of the 4 most beautiful places on
the island, and includes a small space a large number of
attractions that makes it obligatory to visit, although "the
great unknown of the island. "
Besides being a very nice area, also has one of the few water
reservoirs that exist in the island, has a path through
it safely from Vega de Rio Palmas to Buen paso, and also find
the small chapel of the patron saint of Fuerteventura, the Virgin
of the Rock , where there is a pilgrimage every year.
If we make the tour of this area from the south (from Buen Paso
towards Vega de Rio Palmas), the first thing we find is a group
of giant palm trees (looks like a Oasis), some of them sick, so
they are being treated by the council for recovery.
this small forest, we take the path
that runs through the gorge by the side of the left, or we can
cross the ravine on track, although there are some areas
of difficult access. The Chapel of the Virgen de la Peña, is
accessed from the trail above and is more or less in the
middle of the ravine. At the end of the gorge are the Penitas dam,
built after the Spanish Civil War, and is now wasted because it
is filled with sediments that have accumulated over the years, so it just collects water.
This area is one of the best for climbing, so it is common to
see climbers in this area in the sport.
The entire route of this ravine is part of one of the most
interesting trails Fuerteventura, which runs from Vega de
Rio Palmas to Ajuy.
This is one of the most attractive of Fuerteventura, and its
route is simple, without long distances or steep slopes, making
it suitable for almost everyone, with appropriate precautions.