Rough, spectacular, wild…only a few attributes of this exhilarating Pirates trail
I did some travelling since my visit to Tenerife and although I saw some beautiful places, Tenerife remains one of my favourite places. Sure, Portugal is also running for this place but Tenerife and Portugal are two different experiences…
There were many things which made me adore Tenerife but this time I will talk about the most spectacular trail I EVER DONE, Masca Gorge.
Masca Gorge is part of Teno Rural Park placed on the west of the island. It is one of the most sensational parts of the islands and if you happen to land at Tenerife Sur airport during the day you cant miss it. When approached by car is not less spectacular, the road is winding through some scenic landscape. Indulge yourself with some adrenalin by crossing the park taking the road from Santiago del Teide to Buenavista del Nte. It will be worth it. If you add some fog , wind and twilight the fun is guaranteed. Proceed with cautious, though. The road is appealingly beautiful but none the less dangerous.
Well, let’s return to Masca shall we…Masca is one of the villages from Teno Rural Park and the trail which starts from the village is a descent for 8,5 km through some breathtaking ravine. It will take almost 3 hours to be complete and is definitely not a walk in the park. Despite being a popular hiking this trail can be quite difficult and your joints will feel the challenge none the less.
Personally, I had the time of my life, because is more difficult for me going up than going down so in my case it was an ideal trail. Also, according to the local legends the gorge use to be the hiding place of the pirates so if you will have a deep feeling of “Pirates of the Caribbean“ you aren’t very far from it. Although it should be named the “Pirates of the Canaries“
Deepening in the ravine is like walking through a lost world. The gorge being the product of wind erosion and rain looks like it was chiselled by a mad artist. With an alluring beauty, it draws you on its path coiling around steep rough cliffs . The entire trip gives the sensation that the trail is passing through some stone giants which are looking down on people passing by.
The trail ends on a rocky beach, hidden one of the Acantilados de Los Gigantes coat folds. Boats are coming regularly from Los Gigantes to pick up or bring in tourist. Because some might want to hike the trail starting from the beach climbing to Masca village. The boat trip which brings you back to civilisation is not the end of the adventure. It is sailing along Acantilados de Los Gigantes which are looking like some tall impenetrable stone walls.No wonder Guaches named this “Wall of Hell“. Seeing its unfriendly appearance and the waves smashing constantly against it suddenly makes sense why the pirates choose this part of the island for a hideout.
Masca Trail can be done either using one of the many travel agencies around the island which are offering guidance also the service of drop off and pick up, or by taking the bus. In both cases is better to check the weather in advance because if the waves are too strong there might be no boat coming to the beach in bad weather conditions.
A jaw dropping experience making this trail to be like a travel into lost and forgotten worlds. The weathered cliffs are bearing the wounds of millennials passing by. Bitten by erosion looks like naked bodies touched by the entropy. It has a touch of dangerousness and beauty and this is what makes of Masca Trail a fascinating silent world…