Cubo de la Galga

Cubo de La Galga, Puntallana
Cubo de La Galga

Cubo de la Galga is a very pretty walk along the bottom of the Galga ravine, between Puntallana and Los Sauces. By Palmeran standards, it’s an easy walk.
Cubo de La Galga, Puntallana
Cubo de La Galga
Cubo de La Galga, Puntallana
Cubo de La Galga

There is now a car park at the beginning of the walk, on the road at km 16. You’re unlikely to get lost for the first kilometre or so, because the path’s actually asphalted, never mind signposted. It’s a matter of taste, but this part was a bit too tamed for my taste, and I was glad when the asphalt stopped. In fact the path is currently so smooth you could actually walk for a couple of kilometers in stilettos, if stilettos are your thing. (I bought a pair of stilettos just before I came to La Palma. I’ve used them so little that twenty-two years later, they still don’t even need heeling.)

 

 Cave in the ravine wall at Cubo de La Galga, Puntallana.
Cubo de La Galga

There are caves in the ravine walls. This one has a wall built across the mouth. at the time we wondered whether people had lived there at one time. Now I wonder whether it mightn’t be the “windows” in the water channel, the Canal de Estado.

The place would be famous if it weren’t so close to Los Tilos. The path criss-crosses the stream bed (a trickle in May) and the ravine walls and trees tower over you.

This means that the roots are at eye-level.

Tree roots inthe ravine walls at Cubo de la Galga, Puntallana
Cubo de la Galga

When the signpost seemed to indicate that it was time to turn back, we carried on a little, up a much rougher path.

Cubo de La Galga, higher up
Cubo de La Galga, higher up

Grass flower in Cubo de la Galga, Puntallana
Cubo de la Galga

The path went under a little aqueduct.

Acquaduct at Cubo de la Galga, Puntallana
Cubo de la Galga

Just above there is a flattish space, where we stopped to eat our sandwiches. Above that, the path divides. According to Charles Davis, you can make your way back to the road by another route, but we weren’t sure of the way and I had to get back for the babysitter. So I can’t tell you whether there are still fallen trees over the track.

Maculada de Canarias butterfly, Pararge xiphioides at  Cubo de la Galga, Puntallana
Maculada de Canarias butterfly, Pararge xiphioides

Throughout the walk, there were lots of butterflies, mostly sitting still until the camera focused, and then fluttering off. But I got lucky eventually. This one is common in the western Canaries, but lives nowhere else.

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Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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