The Masca Gorge Trek is basically a 7.5 km hike following a stream bed down a ravine ( like a bijou grand canyon) that leads to the sea at Masca Bay. It is not technically demanding but you do need to be reasonably fit and reasonably sure footed.
Most hikers start at Masca - there is a yellow sign just down from the car park and bus stop - and follow the path at the side of the yellow sign and walk down the gorge to Masca Bay. This sign does over emphasize out all the dangers and states that the path is blocked, but most people ignore it. At Masca Bay there is a boat taxi service to Los Gigantes, but this should be pre-booked (eg 10 euros per person @ Maritima Acantilados, Los Gigantes harbour, tel 922861918) and collects from the bay at 13:30, 15:30, and 16:30.
Marvellous views on the upper half of the gorge, so you will need to allow plenty of time for photo shoots and breaks - be safe and don't rush, we stopped quite often and the trek took us around 4.5 hours - by halfway down the gorge becomes quite narrow and spooky, with the occasional rock falling. At one point in the lower gorge it is necessary to use a ledge above the stream, holding onto a wire rope for safety, which is not too tricky but is probably unsuitable for someone that suffers from vertigo.
There are few signs along the route, but generally you need to follow the stream, which can be heard trickling even when you can't actually see it. However, I saw a couple go dangerously off route and follow a contour that led them high above the stream bed. It is a marvellous trek and if you want to be completely relaxed it is possible to join a guided trek (eg Sunholidays, tel 922864106). I think the park authorities should get their act together and clearly mark the safest route, which can change when rocks fall or boulders move, and they should provide an information leaflet!
Don't attempt the trek after rain (it does happen occasionally) as the gentle stream can grow into a raging torrent - the boat taxi people will advise re the weather.
You do really need some suitable kit:
A walking pole, old leather gloves, small rucksack, snacks, water (at least 1.5 L per person), first aid kit, good hiking footwear (the route is often rough, dusty and a bit slippery), light jacket for the boat taxi, sunhat (should use a protective hat but nobody does) and shirt to prevent sunburn.
The road from Los Gigantes to Masca is extremely steep and twisty, with numerous hairpin bends that my wife doesn't like, so we took a taxi (cost 23 euros) from Los Gigantes to Masca, and briefed the driver to take it easy - he did a marvellous job.
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