Hiking in the Masca Mountains

Teneriffa 2016 - Flora and fauna along the hiking path

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!

Credits

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Teneriffa 2016 - From afar we can see "Los Gigantes" Teneriffa 2016 – From afar we can see “Los Gigantes” Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - View from the boat Teneriffa 2016 – View from the boat Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Crystal clear water Teneriffa 2016 – Crystal clear water Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Tiny bay (end of the hike) Teneriffa 2016 – Tiny bay (end of the hike) Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Wildlife Teneriffa 2016 – Wildlife Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Fence of stones Teneriffa 2016 – Fence of stones Bianca Traxler CC BA-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Rock formation of the gorge Teneriffa 2016 – Rock formation of the gorge Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Joy in hiking Teneriffa 2016 – Joy in hiking Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Flora and fauna along the hiking path Teneriffa 2016 – Flora and fauna along the hiking path Bianca traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Flora and fauna along the hiking path Teneriffa 2016 – Flora and fauna along the hiking path Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Flora and fauna along the hiking path Teneriffa 2016 – Flora and fauna along the hiking path Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Flora and fauna along the hiking path Teneriffa 2016 – Flora and fauna along the hiking path Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Masca Teneriffa 2016 – Masca Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Winding mountain road Teneriffa 2016 – Winding mountain road Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Animal hustle and bustle on the sea Teneriffa 2016 – Animal hustle and bustle on the sea Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - View from the boat Teneriffa 2016 – View from the boat Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Our water taxi Teneriffa 2016 – Our water taxi Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Boat dock Teneriffa 2016 – Boat dock Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - The last few meters to the bay Teneriffa 2016 – The last few meters to the bay Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Wildlife Teneriffa 2016 – Wildlife Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Rock formation of the gorge Teneriffa 2016 – Rock formation of the gorge Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Rock formation of the gorge Teneriffa 2016 – Rock formation of the gorge Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Flora and fauna along the hiking path Teneriffa 2016 – Flora and fauna along the hiking path Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Flora and fauna along the hiking path Teneriffa 2016 – Flora and fauna along the hiking path Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Flora and fauna along the hiking path Teneriffa 2016 – Flora and fauna along the hiking path Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Flora and fauna along the hiking path Teneriffa 2016 – Flora and fauna along the hiking path Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Vendor in Masca Teneriffa 2016 – Vendor in Masca Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Winding mountain road Teneriffa 2016 – Winding mountain road Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa2016_523 Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0