Hiking in the Masca Mountains
Impressive hike through the Masca Mountains
A hike that I really wanted to do, was starting from the small mountain village “Masca” (at 670 meters in altitude), through the deep gorges between the “Los Gigantes” up to a small bay on the coast, which is claimed to have been a pirate hideout.
After breakfast we packed our backpacks with water and sunscreen – of course I had my camera with me again – and took a taxi to “Masca”. The drive was about 30 minutes. At first we went along the winding mountain roads already familiar to us, then we got to a very narrow street with incredibly tight corners. The taxi driver honked before every curve to alert any oncoming traffic – a great idea, I thought.
Impressions from Masca
In “Masca” We got out and followed the marked trail down the valley. Left and right of the road there were countless cacti and palm trees. Wherever we looked, every stone on the floor was bustling with lizards. From a distance, we perceived the bleating of a goat and discovered it on a ledge in steep terrain.
The deeper we ventured into the gorge, the greener the vegetation grew. The trail through the Masca Mountain featured a wide variety of green plants and ferns – just wonderful!
On a rock we spotted a cat, which had its eye on a lizard. The Reptile had already dropped its tail and feared for its life, while the cat was having fun playing with it.
During our walk we met some other tourists – mainly from German speaking countries. Since we were walking a very fast pace, we passed a few other hikers and managed the tour in 2 hours and 10 minutes. Upon arriving at the Bay, we explored it and refreshed ourselves in the cold, clear sea water. A water taxi took us and some other hikers to the port in “Los Gigantes” and from there, another taxi brought us back to the hotel.
It was a nice and successful outing – I can wholeheartedly recommend this hike!