The diabolical Hell Canyon

Teneriffa 2016 - Hiking route with a view to the sea

The diabolical Hell Canyon – Barranco del Infierno

Since I have a small faible for waterfalls and really want to see at least one on any trip, we spontaneously went to “Barranco del Infierno” (English: “Hell Ravine”) on Friday, 29 August, to hike to the falls from there. Since 2004, an admission fee has been introduced for this tour,  and the maximum number of visitors is limited to 300 people per day in order to protect the environment.

The trail to the waterfall and back is 6.3 km long and has a vertical drop of 200m – therefore, an easy path to end our journey with. Since there are some overhangs on this tour, we had to wear helmets.

The first three-quarters of an hour, we walked in the blazing sun and the vegetation looked desert-like. There were  plenty of cacti, rocks, sand – and more cacti to see. Contrary to the walk through the Masca Mountains, we hardly spotted any lizards. After 45 minutes we arrived at a shaded area where the vegetation abruptly changed – plants, ferns, palms and trees all grew here – very impressive!

The waterfall drops about 80 meters in depth, with the amounts of water it carries depending on the season. It certainly does not hold up next to the Niagara Falls, being more of a trickle – considering the conditions on the island, however, it has plenty of water. 😉

On the way back we noticed the red cactus fruits and wondered if they might be edible. We did not deliberate long, picking an overripe fruit and simply having a go at it. Sucking out the inside, we found – it was actually pretty tasty.

It was yet another beautiful hike with impressive flora and fauna, that I can recommend to everyone.

Translation from German: Serena Nebo

 

Credits

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Teneriffa 2016 - Sucking out the inside Teneriffa 2016 – Sucking out the inside Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Cactus fruit Teneriffa 2016 – Cactus fruit Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Hiking route with a view to the sea Teneriffa 2016 – Hiking route with a view to the sea Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Flora & fauna in Barranco del Infierno Teneriffa 2016 – Flora & fauna in Barranco del Infierno Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Flora & fauna in Barranco del Infierno Teneriffa 2016 – Flora & fauna in Barranco del Infierno Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - We reach the waterfall Teneriffa 2016 – We reach the waterfall Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Walking in the blazing sun Teneriffa 2016 – Walking in the blazing sun Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Picking the fruit Teneriffa 2016 – Picking the fruit Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Hiking route with a view to the sea Teneriffa 2016 – Hiking route with a view to the sea Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Flora & fauna in Barranco del Infierno Teneriffa 2016 – Flora & fauna in Barranco del Infierno Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Flora & fauna in Barranco del Infierno Teneriffa 2016 – Flora & fauna in Barranco del Infierno Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - The waterfall Teneriffa 2016 – The waterfall Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Ancient cactus Teneriffa 2016 – Ancient cactus Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0
Teneriffa 2016 - Beginning of the hike Teneriffa 2016 – Beginning of the hike Bianca Traxler CC BY-SA 4.0