Travel

Hiking near Barranco del Infierno

On our first full day in Tenerife, we drove to Adeje (10 minutes from the coast further into the mainland).  We wanted to hike the Barranco del Infierno, which is a ravine that lead’s to the highest waterfall in Tenerife.  Unfortunately, it was closed for the day.  In 2009 there was a rock slight that resulted in the death of a hiker.  After putting in safety measures the hiking trail was reopened earlier this year.  We believed that in the case of rain or wind, they keep the trail closed & only open it in good weather.  On this day there definitely was a chance of rain.  One of the local guys directed us to a hiking trail that started near the Barranco del Infierno.  We had hopes that it would eventually lead us to the waterfall, just in a different way.  That didn’t work out but we had a nice hike anyways. 

We had views down to the coast.

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When we got to the top of the hike it was very foggy & we didn’t have any views.  It started to rain while we ate our lunch, so we quickly packed up and started to make our way down.  Unfortunately, we didn’t bring our rain jackets so we got wet! 

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It was our first taste of Tenerife’s landscape in the south, the dark volcanic rock & the desert-like plants. 

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The rain let up but it was still pretty foggy at the bottom of the hike.  We drove back to our apartment and it looked as if it never rained there & was bright and sunny. 

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We attempted to hike the Barranco del Infierno again during our stay.  Before we even got to the trailhead, a German family said it was closed and not to bother to put our shoes on!  We looked up on the Internet and learned that there was another rock fall early in the week and a German lady was killed.  That was really sad to hear & probably a good thing that we didn’t hike the trail.  I believe that this hike will probably not be re-opened after such tragedies. 

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