Nature and caves

Unique natural environment.

Transport yourself to pre-Hispanic times

In Ingenio you can visit natural and artificial caves from pre-Hispanic times

The territory of Ingenio has a unique natural environment for that reason 56% of the municipal term is classified as a protected natural space.

In Guayadeque, a Natural Monument and Asset of Cultural Interest, and other Monuments and assets of Cultural Interest such as El Barranco del Draguillo, El Palomar, Granero Cuevas Varios, Montaña Las Tierras, Caldera de los Marteles Special Natural Reserve, etc …, It is possible to appreciate a multitude of natural and artificial caves that during pre-Hispanic times had the function of necropolis, granaries and houses.

You can visit all of them through a wide range of trails and routes.

Archaeological sites and complexes of Ingenio

Natural Monument of the Canary Islands and
Asset of Cultural Interest with the category of Archaeological Zone. It has a Special Protection, Conservation and Restoration Plan.
Collect 13 sets of burial caves, which form an important necropolis of the ancient Aboriginal civilization, as well as granaries and rooms of the primitive inhabitants of the island. The Ethnographic Inventory of the Canary Islands locates in this area more than 100 assets of high historical-cultural interest.

Set of artificial habitation caves, to which an important collective barn is associated.

These caves served as housing, necropolis and silos – granaries.

Necropolis caves with room caves and granary caves.

It consists of 49 natural and artificial caves, which served as a dwelling, a burial ground and a barn with silos.

It is a pyroclastic cone of the post-Roque Nublo volcanic cycle.

Flora and fauna

Discover why our flora and fauna are unique.

The Barranco de Guayadeque stands out for being one of the greenest and most impressive valleys on the island. Cacti, pitas, poppies, palm trees, Canarian pines and almond trees, as well as more than 80 endemic species, grow in abundance on its steep slopes.

Kunkeliella canariensis

Ingenio has unique natural elements, practically exclusive to the area, such as the Guayadeque brush (Kunkeliella canariensis) and the hanging bird beak (Kickxia pendula). It is also home to one of the largest lizard species in the world, the Canarion Lizard.


Guayadeque mummies

Immerse yourself in time by visiting the Interpretation Center.

The most extensive information in relation to the funeral practices of the canaries that inhabited the Barranco de Guayadeque are in texts of the 19th century researchers.

“… in the caves in which (the mummies) were found, they stood in two ways: some were upright and leaning against the wall, with their clubs and ganigos at the foot, and others, which were more beautiful, as they were lined with many furs of all colors and sewn like the front of a fine shirt, were found stretched out on a pine board, with highly polished and painted ganigos and clubs placed at their headboard: that some were as if they had just died, with their hair and the perfectly preserved beard: that the women had their hair tied in braids intertwined with large colored reeds and vases of butter and others made of wood with dried honey “.

G. Chil y Naranjo (1876)

Guayadeque ravine

It has the most outstanding archaeological heritage of Gran Canaria

Walking trails

Getting to know Ingenio from a different perspective

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