Where is the Barranco de Badajoz?
The Barranco de Badajoz is a ravine in the Güímar area of Tenerife and it is well-known for all sorts of paranormal activity and phenomena reported there. It is just past the town of Güímar, which is famous for its Canary Islands pyramids, and you can either reach the barranco by taking the road going further south in the direction of Fasnia, or it is possible to get there on foot via the suburb of San Juan where there is a hermitage.
I set out with my friend Dennis to investigate Barranco de Badajoz and we went on the latter route. It is quite an uphill climb up a side road to San Juan and then a dirt track leads to the ravine itself and is signposted.
I had told Dennis all about its paranormal history and although he is sceptical about such matters he was going to keep an open mind and enjoys walking anyway.
It became very clear to me that we were embarking on what was turning into a psychic quest when Dennis spotted a parked truck with "UFO" painted on it and also "Elyman." I am known as the Bard of Ely and am interested in UFOs but what were the chances of those words being used in conjunction independently of anyone talking about me? Ely is an English city or Cardiff council estate and hardly anyone from Tenerife would know about the estate in Wales I am from.
Not only that, but the initials SA appear after "Elyman" and they are mine because my name is, of course, Steve Andrews."
Psychic questing and Andrew Collins
British best-selling author Andrew Collins is famous for being an expert on the subject of psychic questing, and some of his books are based on this. Such a quest can take many forms but synchronicities and signs to follow are often an important part of questing.
There were a number of other things we were to find later on that I felt were part of a psychic quest and in some way related to me personally. We passed a door to a property as we left San Juan that had horseshoes on it and next to it on the wall was the image of the seven Canary Islands. Both horseshoes and the number seven are associated with luck. It was a good start to our walk!
Barranco de Badajoz photos
Mysteries of the Barranco de Badajoz
Barranco de Badajoz has had a great number of past reports of sightings of mysterious beings, UFOs, ghosts, balls of light and orbs, and the strange tale of the "Girl with the Pears". Also winged beings, disembodied voices and other sounds have been reported, and weird images have been caught on camera.
Many local people are well acquainted with the stories that have circulated and Barranco de Badajoz has been featured on Canary Islands TV as well as being the subject of many videos and website reports in Spanish.
To add to its reputation the paranormal researchers Francisco Padrón Hernández and Fernando Jimenéz del Oso also carried out investigations into the mysterious ravine.The late Francisco Hernández, was also known as Paco Padron. Besides being a popular journalist he published a book about his UFO experiences entitled Luces de Medianoche ("Lights at Midnight").
Amongst notable stories that have given the ravine its reputation is the account of how in 1912 two workers saw three mysterious white beings in one of the water galleries in which they had been digging. One version of this story claims that the terrified workers ran to the Civil Guard headquarters in Güímar to report what had happened, and other versions say that the beings communicated with the mine-workers and told them where they could dig to find water.
Another famous mystery that is said to have occurred in the Barranco de Badajoz is that of the Girl with the Pears. It is said that at some point between 1890 and 1910 the parents of a girl who lived locally had sent their daughter to look for fruit growing on trees in the ravine, but she didn't come back and despite extensive searches could not be found. The little girl returned decades later looking the same age as when she had vanished and thinking she had only been away for a short time.
This Rip Van Winkle aspect to the story is also a common feature of modern UFO abduction cases where there has been missing time. Also like the stories of meetings with aliens, it is said that the girl had encountered a tall white-clothed being who took her through a cave into a garden where there were more entities of his type. After she had spent a short time with them the girl was led back to the ravine.
Moving forward in time to the night of 1 July, 1991, a group of people including photographer Teyo Bermejo were in the ravine when they heard a sort of fluttering noise above their heads. A photo was captured of what some say is some sort of winged being.
More Barranco de Badajoz photos
What we found in the Barranco de Badajoz
Dennis and I were on the lookout for anything of interest in Barranco de Badajoz and I was showing him edible wild plants as well as rare flora such as the shrub Bencomia caudata, which is actually a member of the rose family that only grows in a few locations in Tenerife.
We spotted several caves and entrances to water galleries where miners had worked in the past. Water from this ravine used to serve the nearby town of Güímar.
It was in one of these caves or galleries that the strange white beings had been seen. And according to the legends, it was into another that the Girl with the Pears had once been taken.
I had told my friend about how the ravine was thought by some people to be a doorway to other dimensions and that spirit orbs had also been reported as well as the mysterious beings. Dennis said he would love to really find a portal to another world! Now that would be something!
We found a few things I thought might well be signs for me from the point of view of a psychic quest including a red cross painted on a rock and just a little way from it a discarded picture of a red rooster. I told Dennis about how I am born under the sign of Aries which is ruled by Mars, the Red Planet and God of War.
I explained to him that I had noticed before that there are many herbs and plants ruled by Mars that grow on Tenerife and have written about this subject. The ancient herbalist Nicholas Culpeper had decided which herbs were governed by which planets based on physical characteristics. Herbs of Mars had red colouring like blood or were poisonous or spiny, symbolising the warlike qualities of the deity for that planet.
I thought maybe the red colouring was meant for me to pick up on on a personal level. I happen to do a cover of the blues song made famous by the Rolling Stones entitled Little Red Rooster and had found an image of one here. We also found some graffiti with a red Maltese cross. Had it been painted by some occult practitioner we wondered, or was it just some teenage graffiti?
Quite far up the barranco we passed some old buildings that had been once used by the workers there. We thought that the mists that shrouded the cliffs above added to the spookiness of the ravine but we hadn't had any sightings of strange beings or UFOs to report.
A couple of times we thought we had reached the end only to find that the winding path went onward. Towards the real end though we had to climb up some loose grey volcanic earth in big mounds and the part of the track is not that easy.
You have to watch your footing here or you could easily take a tumble. It is worth it though if you want to get right to where the path finishes with a wet rocky wall towering above you.
Well, we had reached the end successfully and now had to turn and make our way back. We noticed several patches of writing or graffiti on the rock walls of the ravine. We stopped to try to decipher them but failed. We thought one piece of writing was in Greek maybe from the letters but couldn't be sure.
In another place we found what looked like some sort of rune that had been chiselled into the rock, although it might have been a natural feature. Purple lettering and an eye in a triangle caught our eyes too but again we were unable to work out what the words said.
Walking back we talked about the pink flowering bushes or small trees we could see high on the cliffs above. I said they must be almonds and pointed to an almond tree in flower at the lower level we were on. The mystery was though: how did almonds get planted high on the cliff-face and if it was done by people, then why on Earth would they want to climb with difficulty right up there to plant the trees? There are no squirrels or nut-eating birds on Tenerife to have taken almonds there so it must have been people!
Another mystery was a peculiar sound we could both hear clearly but were unable to say which direction it was coming from for sure. Dennis said it reminded him of the bells of herd of goats. Was that what it was? The ghosts of a herd of goats and some Guanche shepherd perhaps? The ravine was used by the Guanches who lived in the area long ago.
We walked on and were so deeply immersed in conversation we somehow missed the path we had entered the ravine from and found ourselves approaching the road leading out of Güímar. We walked back into the town that way and eventually had gone full circle because we were back at the turning we had taken for San Juan.
We were ready for a cold beer before we caught the bus back to Santa Cruz but before we went to get one Dennis said:"You remember I said I would find a portal?"
"Yes," I replied "but we haven't found anything like that apart from the weird noise we heard."
"Look across the road," Dennis responded and pointed over to where there was a building with a sign outside saying "Portal A".
Video of Barranco de Badajoz
Barranco de Badajoz links
- El barranco de Badajoz. Naturaleza encantada. Tejiendo el mundo
- Barranco de Badajoz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- El Barranco de Badajoz (Chamoco)
Psychic questing link
This is a portal for people interested in the pursuit of Psychic Questing focussing on the works of Andrew Collins, Alex Langstone and others.
© 2011 Steve Andrews
Steve Andrews (author) from Tenerife on April 07, 2011:
Interesting comments, Teresa! Maybe I will go back in a couple of weeks time when I have a friend over here on holiday?
teresa8go from Michigan, USA on April 05, 2011:
I have to agree with Lou Purplefairy. You have got to go back soon and check out the caves and other places as well. But mostly the caves.
I took a digital photgraphy class in 2006. My teacher was a professional photographer and is an American Indian. She told me that she was told by an Elder; when you see faces hidden in a photograph they are actually spirits making themselves known to you. I went through all your pictures and I see some very intresting faces. Even one with Alien eyes.
Steve Andrews (author) from Tenerife on April 05, 2011:
Now I understand! Thanks for spotting me! lol
teresa8go from Michigan, USA on April 05, 2011:
In the photo "Path up the barranco", just under the UFO writing on the truck photo, isn't that an image of the Bard of Ely wearing sunglasses? It's on the right about in the middle.
Steve Andrews (author) from Tenerife on February 17, 2011:
It's a really interesting place on many levels! It even has purple writing for you! lol
Lou Purplefairy from Southwest UK on February 17, 2011:
awesome and exciting Steve. As you know I have been questing for over 25 years. I could see how youwere excited by beig "told" immediately, that you were on the right track, I feel that the caves were of some significance, with the plants for you. Perhaps youwill go back and investigat the caves soon! Maybe you will find another world there! brilliant hub, and glad that I was there on the island with you in some small way ;P