Hike in Barranca Masca

Hike in Barranca Masca

In the grip of volcanic rocks to the oce

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Time: 8:00 h

Masca Gorge begins in the village bearing the same name. Most ordinary tourists overcome the 600 meter descent to the ocean, from where they will be taken by pre-arranged boat to one of the nearest tourist centers. But Masca is not only about going down and back. In the narrow ravine of the gorge, which is hemmed by several hundred meters high rocks, there is a microclimate even without any breeze and water supply is a must. You will be rewarded by fantastic views of the rock formations, beautiful bay and good feelings from the hike, which is shown in guides as one of the most difficult in Tenerife.
 

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Mountain road

To Masca village, located to the southwest of the island, leads a narrow mountain road from Santiago de Teide. For the driver, it's an interesting experience especially while avoiding oncoming cars. On the road there are sometimes stones fallen from the surrounding slopes.

 

Mountain road

Mouth of the gorge

The starting point of the hike leads along a small ridge towards significant rock formation: then turn left sharply down into the gorge. The last few years there is a sign indicating the danger of landslides possible heavy rain showers.

 

Mouth of the gorge

Masca

Descent along the stone pavement in the village of Masca precedes the descent into the gorge. It is frequently visited by tourists and there are also souvenir shops and buffets here.

 

Masca

Masca from the gorge

The path initially sharply falls. It is possible to get down relatively quickly, so nobody usually thinks about the final ascent in the opposite direction during the afternoon return.

 

Masca from the gorge

Inside the gorge

The narrow path is sometimes almost lost in the rugged terrain full of subtropical vegetation. Above your heads are endless rock walls.

 

Inside the gorge

Lagoon

Recent rains have created several small lagoons at the bottom of the gorge. They are pleasant refreshment in overcoming some parts of the way, when the air is still and the temperature rises.

 

Lagoon

Amid the rocks

After a while the gorge expands a little and it seems that you can hear the ocean surf. But instead of looking at its frothy levels there are more and more twists of rock walls.

 

Amid the rocks

Bay of Masca

Suddenly, the gorge miraculously opens into the bay: rocky beach, high cliffs, well-deserved relax.

Bay of Masca

Volcanic rocks

The volcanic landscape is always interesting and exotic. This is also true for the rock formations in the gorge. The gradual ascent on the way back through an attractive environment is problem-free after resting in the bay. Just water supplies are dwindling.

Volcanic rocks

Masca gorge

The way back offers new views that you may have not noticed during the morning descend through the gorge. Also, the ascent is slower and requires more stops, during which you can explore the surroundings.

 

Masca gorge

The village of Masca from the gorge

Finally, the destination appears: the village Masca. However, you still need to ascend a steep slope.

 

The village of Masca from the gorge

In the shade of palm trees

The final look back into the gorge: a little effort brought a wonderful day spent in beautiful gorge full of volcanic walls and interesting vegetation.

In the shade of palm trees



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