The Barranco de los Encantados (Ravine of the Enchanted), also known as Barranco de los Enamorados (Ravine of the Lovers), is found inland in the north of Fuerteventura, creating one of the most unique features of the island, and at the same time, one of its least known.
The harmonious figure and impossible shapes drawn by these sedimentary rocks create an incredible setting that very few know about.
The trail departs from Esquinzo ravine and follows a circular route 6km in length that returns to the start point.
It’s recommended to only walk the south-eastern part of the track and return the same way, as the southeast is where you can best appreciate the sandstone formations that characterise the area [see route].
Fuerteventura is the oldest island of the Canarian archipelago, which makes it very interesting on a geological level, with diverse rock formations and many fossils.
The unique rock formation of the Barranco de Los Encantados originates from ancient accumulations of sand from under the sea, when the north of Fuerteventura ended in what is now the town of Lajares. Following a drastic drop in the sea level, these accumulations were left to be discovered, resulting in this extraordinary scenery forming over time.
The area is rich in shells, root remains and honeycomb, which signals that the area used to be much more humid than it is today.