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Offline janey

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  • coming over in january, would like to do the masca walk. please has anyone any tips/advice on whether a guide is a must, foot wear, etc etc.? we are quite fit.

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  • Go on a guided trip first time. Wear a good pair of walking shoes/trainers, take food and drink, and a towel to dry off after a swim when you get to Masca bay. Don't forget to take a camera and marvel at the scale of it. Enjoy it. When you've done that walk try the walk down the barranco from Santiago del Teide to Los Gigantes, takes about 4 hours, but stunning views.

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    coming over in january, would like to do the masca walk. please has anyone any tips/advice on whether a guide is a must, foot wear, etc etc.? we are quite fit.
     
     
     
    You do not need a guide, keep walking downhill towards the sea, a stout pair of flipflops will do, take plenty of water the small /spring pond on the way down may have dried up! Make sure you have arranged to pick up a boat at the bottom/sea shore, you would not want to walk uphill all the way back!
    Ask me how I know! the wife got very heavy carrying her back up!
    It is well worth doing.

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  • Flipflops!!!
    Not adviseable.

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  • I agree, definately not flip flops.

    The Masca Walk should be renamed the Masca treck.  There is no footpath, its 6km, and for almost all of the time you are walking over very rough ground.

    I am not trying to put anyone off.  It is an absolutely beautiful experience, the scenery is stunning, but it is not for the unfit and I strongly recommend a good pair of walking shoes.

    www.maritimaacantilados.com (boats Gladiator U and Nashira Uno) based in Los Gigantes will organise a taxi up to Masca village for you and book you on one of their boats to bring you back from Masca beach.  Tel Angela on 922 861918 for more information.

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  • I do a lot of hiking in Tenerife and agree that the Masca trek should not be underestimated.  There have been many serious accidents on that route over the years, often involving people doing it on their own and straying off the track (very easy to do).  Walking boots are essential, particularly if it's wet as it gets very slippery in places.  No responsible guide would ever allow anyone to go without proper walking boots.  I have taken many groups on this walk, but have always worked through Hans who is extremely experienced and arranges transport to Masca and the boat trip back to Los G.  Hans leaves leaflets at the bus stop at the tennis courts.  I believe Thursday is Masca day.  It is a unique and fabulous walk, not to be missed, but take care!  The boat trip back under the cliffs is all part of the experience.

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    coming over in january, would like to do the masca walk. please has anyone any tips/advice on whether a guide is a must, foot wear, etc etc.? we are quite fit.
     
     
     
    You do not need a guide, keep walking downhill towards the sea, a stout pair of flipflops will do, take plenty of water the small /spring pond on the way down may have dried up! Make sure you have arranged to pick up a boat at the bottom/sea shore, you would not want to walk uphill all the way back!
    Ask me how I know! the wife got very heavy carrying her back up!
    It is well worth doing.

    That has to be one of the most rediculous pieces of advcice on this forum...ever.  Good walking boots are a must

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  • I was stupid enough to take Davymars advice and do the walk in flip flops and the evidence is here for all to see !



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  •     The other walk that was mentioned by dabler, Santiago del Teide to Los Gigantes.
     Where exactly does this start and is the walk down on an obvios track.

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  • thank you for all this advice.  i think i may just forget the flip flops



    not an appealing look with a bikini   ;D

    i think i shall look into a guide. hans??  is there a website?

    and, i too would like to know more about the santiago teide barranco walk.  (feeling very ambitious now)
     

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  • Start opposite El Patio Bar in Santiago del Teide, footpath is clearly defined most of the, just keep walking down hill, there are several detours on the way, one in particular leads to spectacular views down a barranco to the sea. I found it in a booklet of splendid walks in the Santiago del Teide area that I got from the tourist office in Playa de la Arena, all the walks in the booklet are clearly explained, easy to follow and can be done by using busses to reach them. If the whole walk is too much in one go it can be done in 2 stages, Santiago del Teide to Tamaimo, then Tamaimo to Los Gigantes. There are many beautiful walks in the area, I usually try and find one that ends near a tapas bar. The Tourist Office in Playa de la Arena, is a gold mine of leaflets on what to see, what to do and where to go walking in the area.

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    That has to be one of the most rediculous pieces of advcice on this forum...ever.  Good walking boots are a must
     
     
     
    Are you a bit daft? If I told you to put your hand in the fire would you? It was a JOKE!
    By the way, you spelt ridiculous wrong, Red is a colour :)

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  • Last time I checked with the Santiago del Teide Tourist Office they were definitely not recommending the final kilometer of the Santiago del Teide to Los Gigantes walk (below Tamaimo) because there was dispute over rights of way.  A friend of mine was attacked by an unleashed guard dog as he passed the banana plantation just before reaching Los G.  It would be advisable to check with the Tourist Office first.

    In reply to Janey, Hans's web site is www.hans-wanderclub.com.  It's in German but, like I said, you can pick up his leaflet in the village (at the bus stop and several other places), it's called "Wander-Club" and has a picture of Hans and Thomas on the front.  It's available in several languages.

    There are many, many wonderful trails and paths in the Santiago and Guia d'Isora areas as well as further afield.  The Tourist Offices have maps and many of the trails are clearly marked.  There are also several books and detailed maps available.  For example, the recently constructed Centenary Walk around Chinyero is excellent.  It's 5.7 kms long and starts near Km 15 on the Tamaimo to Teide road.  It is clearly sign posted and marked.
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  • Tanemara, thanks for reminding me, lovely walk from Guia de Isora to Chio and beyond. Great walks between Puerto de la Cruz and Las Aquas along the coast, all " doable " by using the bus services. Had some great days out and some wonderful photos to remind me. The other must do for walkers is Barranco del Infierno if it's open again,

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  • Dablar, the Baranca del Infierno was still officially closed last week, but people have been walking round the barrier.  I guess the Council are protecting themselves against being sued if someone gets hurt.  I heard the danger is from falling rocks and pathways damaged by storms.  Hopefully they will find the funds to open it up again officially soon.  Great restaurant at the start of the walk.  There are many walks in the Santiago area that can be accessed via the bus routes.  If you want to try a mountain walk as a change from the coast, the circular walk around Montana Gala, just beyond Santiago del Teide, is excellent.

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  • Sorry to hear it's still closed, beautiful walk, and the chicken in the restaurant ( Ortello ? ) is the icing on the cake. I've spent hours rambling about the Santiago del Teide area with my camera and bottles. of water. Favourite time is February when the almond blossom is out and the snow is on Mt Teide, finishing the walk with a bowl of Rancho Canario in El Patio bar before getting the bus back. Already planning some jaunts for my next visit at the start of the new year, might even manage a night or so at Taganana, or on La Gomera.

    Harry Mojo

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  • Re: Hans www.hans-wanderclub.com. just click on "Translate" top right of the website and it all comes up  in English!

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  • Re: Hans www.hans-wanderclub.com. just click on "Translate" top right of the website and it all comes up  in English!

    Thanks for that - I didn't spot the language options.  I can strongly recommend Wander Club and Hans as an introduction to walking in the area.  Hans uses the Titsa bus service (not always for Masca) and speaks good English.  There are usually quite a few Brits on his walks and Hans is very informative on the local flora, etc.

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  • i should like to e mail hans before we go to arrange a trip - would anyone have an e-mail address for him. it is not shown on his web site. :(

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  • It's on his leaflet.  hans.wanderclub@web.de.  Tel: 616646407 or 639354792 and 922862187, or meet him at the bus stop at the tennis courts at 10.40 a.m. on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  You should try to pick up a leaflet as this provides good descriptions of the walks on offer.

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  • thanks everyone for your help. :-*

    Caroline

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  • My hubbie did the Masca Walk in August this year - not as part of a guided walk, but with a friend.  They booked it via the taxi rank next to the hotel, taxi up to Masca and then the water taxi home - very reasonable price.  They left at about 9am and were back drinking a well earned beer on the LG harbour by 5pm (ish).  Neither of them are experienced walkers/hikers, but both are reasonably fit - which you definitely need to be I think - they both suffered aching muscles for a couple of days afterwards (thighs were the worst as they were trekking downhill).  They took plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen and hats - both wore proper walking footwear.

    They say that the route is well marked and were glad that they did it under their own steam as they could go at their own pace - which was definitely quicker than a tour group they saw struggling down the barranco - having to wait for some slowies.

    The photographs they took on the way down are absolutely staggeringly beautiful - wish I'd gone with them.

    Their highlights were the scenery, a swim in Masca bay to cool off after the walk and then a well deserved beer or 2 when they got back to LG.