Time to get the hiking boots on and head to the North West of Tenerife, the Teno mountains. Picturesque that is certain and lush with greenery amongst the rising rocks.
The place I needed to head was a little, very remote village called Masca. In fact so remote that it was not connected by road until just 1991. This particular road itself is an adventure. Winding, sharply around the mountainside, hairpin bends and too narrow for big coaches.
Then, suddenly, there it is before you, the village of Masca. Its houses (150 inhabitants) perched on a dramatic mountainside. What a view to start with.
The hike? Well. From this village runs a narrow and gorgeous ravine down to the sea at Masco Bay. Off you go and….. down.
Pictures cannot show the expanse of it all. The mountains either side of the gorges towering above you. The ravine gets to just 20 metres wide in parts. Rock formations creating great visual distraction. It was sheer wonder.
To keep you company there are the thousands of little lizards that dart into the grass as you approachs, coloured songbirds, with their song amplified in the echoey rock walls. greenery each way you look and pools, waterfalls. In fact there are too many things to see and talk about, it truly is an experience to undertake.
The trek down takes about 2.5 – 3 hours. And there you are at the bottom, a hidden bay (Masco Bay) only accessable by boat any other way. What a place to stop and rest.
Now then, what to do about getting back to the car? Well, as a hiker I did the turn around and climb back up. Its good for me, I loved it and I got to see all in a different perspective with sun moving around too since.
However, the other way is catching the arranged boats that come collect from the bay and ship you round to Los Gigantes. Many hotels can arrange a coach to Masca and then pickup from Los Gigantes after your journey. That way you don’t have to hammer yourself back up the mountain but still enjoy the ravine.
One of those hikes I would definately do again!
Tomorrow? Out on the Atlantic in a glass bottomed boat to where the dolphins and whales are. Best practice the trigger finger on the camera.