Masca Gorge is a unique space located in Teno Rural Park, where the landscape and the views literally take your breath away. The trail begins and ends at the Visitor Centre. It is also an enclave that harbours some very fragile life forms, some exclusive to this location.
Timetable: Visits to this environment are regulated with a maximum daily capacity; hence you must make a prior booking at www.caminobarrancodemasca.com. The summer timetable to begin the trail or descent, from March to October, is from 8:30 to 11 am (you may only descend and ascend, not the other way round or only complete one direction). The timetable the rest of the year is from 8:30 to 10:30 am. The trail is open from 8:30 am to 6 pm. The Masca Visitor Centre opens its doors half an hour early to control entry.
Trail: The trail can either be walked by yourself or by hiring the services of a specialised hiking company; accordingly, we recommend you contact one of the following (click on the link of hiking companies).
Difficulty: It is important to take into account that the gorge is not a gentle stroll, but involves tough and difficult sections; hence you need to be in good physical shape to hike it and wear mountain clothes. The difficulty level is higha.
Distance: 10 kilometres (return trip), lasting some seven hours (three to descend and four to ascend).
Opening days: Groups are small in number and the trail can only be hiked on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
Rules: Please consult the indications on the gorge website regarding such aspects as footwear, which must be appropriate for mountain terrain. Children under the age of 8 are not permitted.
How to arrive
There are few parking spaces at the site, so we would recommend that you arrive by public transport from Buenavista del Norte or Santiago del Teide so as not to lose your booking. Given the lack of parking in Masca, a municipal bylaw exists that limits parking from 8 am to 2 pm to a maximum of two hours.
Más información: www.caminobarrancodemasca.com