Exploring Barranco Tamadaya by holly & alan
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Walk No. 1 From El Contador
On 25 January
we aimed to see the top of the
Barranco. We drove to Contador, a scenic drive above Arico. It is a
formal recreation area set out with seating tables and several blocks of
four BBQ places. We have seen it on a good weekend being enjoyed by
several family groups, but today, although the weather was sunny, there
was no one.
We set off walking about 11.30.
and found the route well signposted. There was a particularly
beautiful almond tree in full
The route went by the farm house and we
waved to the farmer who was driving off in his car. He was the only
person we saw on this trek apart for some people we saw on or way
back, whose antics amused us. More of this later, The farm house
turned out to be a closely spaced conurbation of four or more houses;
one of which had an old tiled roof in disrepair.
Past the houses,
the path went down a small barranco and up the other side. We took
photos of the buildings from across the barranco.
|The path continued mostly up crossing a
vehicle track several times. We considered using the track which was not
so steep but it was going to be longer that way and we may have taken a
| The views were excellent, we could see right down to
Montana Roja on the coast. We eventually reached a point were we could
look down into BarrancoTamadaya. It was very deep. Although the
path continued it was steep and we did not fancy a long steep climb. So
we rested and had a snack.
| We took about 2 and a half hours to get to
this point, but going back only took about one and a quarter as it was
mostly downhill and a lot fewer photos were taken.
The amusing incident happened when we were
again at the farmhouses The vehicle tracks, although not as steep as the
footpaths, can be quite steep and gravelly. There were four people negotiating a steep part of the the track in a small van some distance
from us. Attempt one. The driving wheels lost grip on the loose gravel
so they slid to the bottom. Attempt two. Three passengers got out and
walked to the top of the slope. The driver still couldn't make it so he
had attempt three, driving up backwards. It's better if the driving
wheels at at the back. Still no success. After a good start he has just
a cloud of dust to show for his efforts. He was not to be beaten. Attemp
four with one of his passengers waving to direct him he raced at full
speed up the hill backwards. Success!!! His passengers got in and they
continued their journey. We didn't see them again.
Steep gravelly track
We stopped at the recreation area and had our
BBQ, prawns, pork chops, cold potato salad, lettuce and tomato salad.
Other photos we took on this
Road to El Contador and
Montana Roja in the distance
Bend in track seen from
Path down to bottom of
barranco and up other side,
above head of Tamadaya.
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