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“Masca Gorge Trek - Great experience but be prepared.”
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9 hour Trekking Tour of Masca Village in Tenerife...
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Reviewed 19 May 2012

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.

Date of experience: May 2012
83  Thank Pete2345
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Reviewed 7 May 2012 via mobile

Amazing scenery & good info given by guid hope to visit again. Melania, UK. 16/04/12

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Reviewed 29 April 2012

An opportunity exists to trek down (andd back up if you want) Masca gorge, from the village of Masca. There is conflicting advice on the subject. Some like to take an organised tour utilising a mini bus, out of Los Gigantes for example. Published prices are around 49 - 55 Euros. However, we elected to simply take a taxi from Los Gigantes to Masca for 25 Euros (on a Sunday) and perform the hike in our own time, which turned out to be 4.5 hours. You could do it quicker. A return boat transfer to los ginates from Masca beach, where the trek ends is 10 Euros, and you don't necessarily need to book in advance unless you will be later than about 4 pm (there are usually a couple of stands on the beach were you can pay for your return. There is a little company called Safari Boat Hire at Los Gigantes harbour who are willing to pick you up at whatever time you specify, if you don't want to conform to the set time-table - that will need to be booked ahead, and be sure to take their phone number with you. Going back up will allow you to use your hire car instead of being collected by boat - but it probably is not worth the effort.

The trek is not that difficult. I saw one local girl complete it in cheap flip flops - which is NOT to be recommended! Very good trainers at least are essential. Boots ideal. Take a hard hat if you want to be safe from the risk of falling rocks (hardly anyone bothers), and I recommend a pair of thin gloves with rubberised palms for grip and confidence that you are not going to rip your hands if you fall. Take one hiking pole only (you will need the other hand free), and a small backpack, with a litre of water and maybe a small first aid kit. Be aware, the temperature can vary wildly depending on cloud cover, wind speed and time of day.

The trek is NOT well marked, but going wrong leads only to a back-track. Just follow the water flowing down the gorge. If in doubt take a path that is higher than the water bed. There is a significant risk of losing your footing throughout the trek - either because the stones are covered in lose soil, or your boots get wet, in which case the going becomes extremely slippery.
The scenery doesn't change a great deal, but stays the right side of boring. You will see pleasant small waterfalls and pools and very rampant Bamboo, as well as towering rock face.

Just remember, it is not a theme park. There are no lavatories. No services. be slightly cautious about the organised tours, as there are reports of them taking excessive time to get onto the trek.

Date of experience: April 2012
19  Thank skylinepigeon_9
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Reviewed 26 April 2012

we took a 10 euro tour this was subsidised by a bed company we didn't know this and had to sit for 1hr while they tried to sell us a mattress? anyway if you can sit through this its well worth the trip up the winding roads of the mountain fantasic place a must see!

Date of experience: April 2012
4  Thank Mary C
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

We went to the beautiful Masca Valley in late march, wow! We really recommend it to anyone interested in stunning beauty! The roads are a little scary but that adds to the fun! Its just beautiful.

Date of experience: March 2012
Thank GemmaLeeGM
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