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Hiking Masca Gorge and Dolphin Watching (3.5h)
Hiking Masca Gorge and Dolphin Watching (3.5h)
Hiking Masca Gorge and Dolphin Watching (3.5h) 3.5 hours
The most popular hike on Tenerife combining hiking down the beautiful Masca gorge, swimming, catamaran ride (dolphin watching) and gigantic sea cliffs - all packed nicely in 3.5 hours. Lunch and drinks included. Level=medium.
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Water Taxi Masca --> Los Gigantes
Water Taxi Masca --> Los Gigantes
Water Taxi Masca --> Los Gigantes 20 minutes
Masca is certainly one of the most beautiful hikes in the Teno Mountains. Many hikers choose to go to Los Gigantes after the hike down the gorge. The fastest and most scenic way to do this will be by water taxi/ taxi boat.
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Sea kayaking Masca - Los Gigantes
Sea kayaking Masca - Los Gigantes
Sea kayaking Masca - Los Gigantes 2 hours
Fantastic kayaking tour exploring the amazing scenery and nature along the giant vertical cliffs of Los Gigantes. Swim and snorkel in the crystal clear water of Barranco Seco beach. A great add-on to your hike down the Masca gorge.
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Travel Inspirations - Masca

This tiny, beautiful town is nestled amongst the Teno mountain peaks with stunning scenery. Masca has been titled the ‘lost town of Tenerife ’ due to its remote, unique setting. Breathtaking, rocky ravines fall away from the edges of paths and houses which, mixed with plush foliage and flora, provide excellent photo opportunities.  Until recently, this picturesque town was only accessible on foot or by donkey. It is now, however, connected to the rest of the island by road. Whilst this is a lot easier than the previous choice of transport to Masca, the road consists of hairpin bends and narrow corners. Therefore, less confident drivers may wish to opt for the public bus that, miraculously, makes the trip four times a day.The link to the modern world has rocketed this virtually unknown town into a haven for tourists and walkers who want to see a different side to the island. Despite the influx in attention, the town has lost none of its charm and character. It is told that the cove of Masca bay was a hot spot for pirates but, fortunately, they never attacked the village. You can follow the mildly challenging, yet spectacular trail down the gorge to the secluded bay where the pirates would have docked ship. For those up for the challenge you can hike down and up, a six hour round trip. However, for those who are not so enamored with the three hour trek back up, it is possible to get picked up by boat. Masca is one of the five villages that are set in the Teno Rural Park. Marvel at the construction of buildings, resting precariously in narrow crooks of the ravine whilst indulging in a coffee on the terrace of the restaurant opposite the village church, which holds only eight people. Not even 150 people are still resident in Masca today. See them wandering through steep, cobbled paths and watch them work on the traditional crafts of weaving and painting. The tiny scale of the village in comparison to the interest of tourists and Canarians means that parking can be tight. If you choose to drive follow the road north until you reach the mirador café. From here, the walk down to the village gives you a great panoramic of the area and takes about 25 minuets, maybe a bit longer on the way up.   History The rural park that Masca is situated in is thought to be one of the oldest geological sites on the island. The staggering ravine and rock formations were results of the numerous volcanic lava emissions. This has caused a number of endemic plants to flourish in the hills, some of which are exclusive to the area. The Masca Museum tells the rich history of the town and how it came about. The building is speculated as being an old school for the Guanches, the native inhabitants of Tenerife . Until the village was connected to the main road system of the island, the way of life was very traditional and rural. With the improvement in transportation a number of villagers moved out of the town and those remaining have altered their way of life to cater for the daily stream of tourists. In July 2007, devastating forest fires raged across Tenerife , burning homes and destroying thousands of hectares of pine forest that are home to some of the islands' unique wildlife. The vulnerable village of Masca was one of the affected. The fires are known to have been started deliberately, although the motives are not apparent. Emergency teams consisted of several hundred people and over 40 vehicles, including 7 helicopters and hydroplanes were ordered in by the Ministry for the Environment. The army were called in to assist the fire fighters to combat the archipelago's most devastating blaze in 50 years. Fire fighters first concentrated resources on the upper villages in El Tanque , Garachico and the Masca mountains in the Buenavista district. Every effort was made to impede the flames and protect Masca hamlet and the Laurisilva forest reserve at Monte del Agua. As winds changed, fire fighters were unable to hold back the flames and the inhabitants of the historic hamlet of Masca were evacuated in an emergency operation. There were only minutes to spare as people were forced to leave their homes and belongings behind, hastily loaded onto vehicles to escape the approaching flames. Fed by high winds and unseasonable temperatures, the blaze affected an estimated 15,000 hectares on Tenerife , leaving a smouldering, grey landscape. Approximately, 150 inhabitants of Masca village were forced to camp out in a sports pavilion after their village was hit by the devastating surge of heat and fire. Many homes were left charred. There were, fortunately, few injuries. Thankfully nature is robust, and the island, including the valley of Masca, has begun to recover. The community of Masca has redeveloped the infrastructure of this beautiful village, and continue to successfully restore its charm.   Culture Although Masca has become a top tourist spot, the traditional culture of the island has not changed. Ancient traditions are still followed such as celebrations of livestock and folk story dances for San Antonio Abad. Festivities are also held for the patron saint Virgin of Los Remedios in October.   Economy Tourists now flock to the area so tourism is the main economy for the town. Its cafes, restaurants and bars keep tourists fed and watered besides acting as a meeting spot for guided walks and hiking groups.  Alongside this, the souvenirs trade of locally made jams, chutneys, sea salts as well as handmade woven goods, trinkets and walking gear is also very successful. Farming production in Masca includes potatoes, wheat and a small quantities of fruits and vegetables, which grow well in this fertile mountain village. Many younger residents of the village have moved away to larger towns, however the village still has a population of around one hundred.   How to get there By Bus: If traveling by bus you need to first reach Buenavista. If traveling from Puerto de la Cruz take the 363 bus every half an hour between 07:00 and 22:15 (except for hourly departure during lunch hours and after 17:00) during the weekend and every hour in the weekend.  It takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach Buenavista. From Buenavista, take the 355 bus towards Valle Santiago. Four buses leave each day, the first at 06:15 followed by one at 09:30, 11:45, 14:20 and the last at 15:45 and 17:45. Due to the narrow, mountain roads the 355 bus is relatively small so make sure you are firm about getting a place on the bus to avoid having to wait for the next one. Buses doing the return journey leave Masca at 06:45, 10:55, 13:10, 14:50, 17:15 and 19:35. Remember to obtain the latest bus timetable from one of the major bus stations.  By Car: If traveling by road from Puerto de la Cruz take the route using TF-5 and TF-82, which takes about a hour. When traveling from the North of the island, follow the route to Puetrto de la Cruz and then join the route described above. If traveling from the south, for example Adeje , take the TF-82 heading towards Guía de Isora.
      Masca Church This tiny church is white washed and stands out against the greenery of the mountain backdrop. The scaled down church holds only eighty people and its steps lead on to the village square, which is a balcony over the soaring ravine beneath you – an excellent spot for taking photographs.   Masca Museum This museum displays primal tools, artifacts and living conditions of the isolated Guanche settlement. It is unique in its position and makes a great addition to a visit to the mountaintop town.
There's no better way to enjoy the beauty of Masca ravine than walking and hiking. Many fantastic rock structures and views are only accessible by foot. A typical way to explore Masca and its surrounding would be to hike down the breathtaking gorge (and up, if you are fit). You can then have a swim to cool off at Masca beach before being picked up by a boat taking you to Los Gigantes . From the boat, the views of the giant vertical sea cliffs is truly amazing. Some boat trips offer dolphin watching. It is advisable that you booked your boat trip in advance, especially during busy season. It isn't difficult to hike down the Masca gorge on your own, but there are some parts which are a little tricky. In general, the area is well sign-posted. There are excursions you can join with transfer included. For those who are not keen on hiking, there are also boat and catamaran excursions (usually from Los Gigantes  and resorts towns in the south of Tenerife ) which takes you on a nice and relaxing journey exploring the beautiful coastline of Los Gigantes  and Masca Bay. Usually these include dolphin and whale watching, swimming and snorkelling (on longer excursions) with drinks and food/ snacks included in price, perfect for the whole family. For the adventurous/ speed lovers, you can explore the coastline of Masca and Los Gigantes  on a jet ski.   Masca Ravine Walk This slightly challenging walk takes you from Masca village down the steep ravine to the Masca Beach. The route can be rocky and steep so good hiking shoes are advisable, along with sun hat as you will often be exposed to direct sunlight and warm temperature. The towering rock formations that loom above you are utterly spectacular. It takes three hours to get to Masca Beach and six hours for the round trip, bearing in mind that the way back is all up hill (difficulty: high). For those who don’t fancy the round trip, boats traveling to Los Gigantes  stop at Masca Beach to pick up weary walkers. If you are planning on getting a boat to Los Gigantes , it is advised that you book a place onboard in advance in order to avoid disappointment. Depending on services offered, boat tickets tend to range between €10 and €20. There are also a number of tours that will collect you from your hotel taking you up to the Masca town, guide you down the ravine, organize boat collection and after arriving into Los Gigantes , drop you back to your hotel.
Masca Beach The mouth of the gorge opens out into a secluded, narrow beach with black sand and cool, simmering sea. From the sand, volcanic rocks soar and curl around the bay, giving the beach a lagoon feel. There are a number of rocks that you must climb across to get to the sand. Therefore, it is not suitable for very small children or those who have difficulty walking. However, you can still witness the beauty of the cove from the boat trips, some stop off to let passengers swim and snorkel in the crystal clear sea. You might even spot a dolphin on your way!
Festivals The Catholic village is very traditional and all important island fiestas are celebrated here. These include the religious celebrations like Virgen del Carmen, Festival of the Cross, Corpus Christi, as well as big annual occasions such as Nochebuena and Navidad and Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve, Christmas Eve and Christmas and New Year’s Eve).   Restaurants Considering the size of this small town there are quite a few restaurants to choose from. They all provide traditional cuisine and have spectacular views. A great spot to start your day in Masca is the bar opposite the village church. Have a coffee or ice cream whilst basking in the sun-trap of the courtyard terrace, which has dramatic views. La Piedra This bar and restaurant is perched at the head of the Masca gorge. The pretty establishment surrounded by lush greenery serves snacks and Canarian specialities. The comfortable bar is great for sheltering from the sun, whereas from the terrace spectacular mountain views can be admired. A boat ticket from Masca beach to Los Gigantes can be bought here for €10 per person.    Nightlife There is not much in the way of nightlife in this rural retreat other than watching the sun disappear behind the mountains at one of the roof terraces of the village restaurants. However, if you are in the area and are looking for something a bit more dynamic your best option is to visit Puerto de la Cruz or south of the island. Arrange a taxi or drive as public transport to the area finishes after the early evening.   Shopping A number of local, handmade and handcrafted products are on offer. You can purchase these from a tourist souvenir shop whose arched openings lead into a cliff face shop that is crammed with goodies. Alternatively, a smaller and similar collections of goods can be purchased from some of the cafes and restaurants around. Occasionally you will see craft men and women at work under the shade of the tree in front of the church