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Walker airlifted after fall in Masca Barranco

Posted by dolly diver on July 26, 2009
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A man who fell while hiking down the notorious Masca Barranco had to be airlifted to safety earlier this week.
A helicopter managed to land in a safe area among the steep slopes of the barranco near the man. He was then evacuated by stretcher and flown to the helipad in Adeje, where an ambulance was on standby to take him to a local hospital.
His condition was described as non-serious by hospital staff.

Tenerife at your feet

Posted by dolly diver on January 29, 2009
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 	hikingAn outdoor activity company El Cardon, based in Buenavista del Norte, are offering a wide range of themed hiking routes, as well as several other activities in the best natural areas of Tenerife. The walks are specifically aimed at tourists. The company have been established for 10 years and their professional guides, environmental educators, will enhance the walks by telling you about the history, nature etc.

Some of their activities are:-
The laurel forests every Tuesday in the Monte de Agua.
El Teide is on the first Saturday of the month.
Masca ravine on the second Saturday of the month.
Caving in the world famous San Marco cave on the third Saturday of the month.
kayaking off Punta de Teno on the fourth Saturday of each month.

Check out their web site (it’s in English)

Tel. 922 127 938 or email

Fire victims complain at lack of support

Posted by dolly diver on July 31, 2008
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MascaThe first anniversary of the forest fires, which affected many people in Northern areas of Tenerife, has been chosen as the time for the affected people to vent their anger at the lack of aid received.

The authorities promised that compensation would be paid immediately to hundreds of people, particularly farmers who lost land in the fires that broke out on 30 July 2007.

Residents of Los Realejos and Masca say that little help has been received in helping to clear potentially hazardous scrub to prevent a the blazes of last year happening again.

The accusations have been rejected by the island authorities, who insist that applications for assistance have been processed in full except for a small number of claims.

The rebirth of Masca

Posted by dolly diver on June 23, 2008
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Life may finally change, in the near future, for those who lost their homes in the devastating Masca fire, almost a year ago.

The whole area is protected, which means that to rebuild they have to conform to strict regulations to ensure the new buildings integrate into their surroundings. Therefore residents have another level of bureaucracy to deal with on top of the normal rubber stamping. Architects and draftsmen have at last finalised their plans, agreed with owners, and all permissions have been issued. It is still to be decided who will be given the contract to rebuild.

Some improvements have been granted within the plans.  Colin and Susana will have a water tank of their own, as well as a large tank for the whole village to prevent any further problems, as this is the second time the village has been damaged by forest fires.

Sadly, many hundreds of beehives, which were scattered over the areas, were burn out during the fires.  Apiarists have received some help from the central and regional governments, councils and their insurance companies, but so far the Cabildo has failed to respond to their plea.

The problem not just acquiring more hives and bees but the bees’ natural habitat has been destroyed. There is no pollen, therefore no food for them, and a problem has arisen by homeless bees swarming and trying to nest in local homes.

The cost of walking to paradise

Posted by dolly diver on June 18, 2008
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If the Cabildo get their way, visitors will have to pay for the privilege of walking down the Masca ravine.

The official environmental reason is clear, the paradise needs protecting and that costs.

A similar toll is paid to walk through Hell’s Gullie, el barranco del infierno, on the south side of the hills.

Forty years ago the village of Masca was almost com¬pletely isolated. In recent years it’s become such a tourist at¬traction that the paths on the walk are becoming badly eroded and the main bridge was burnt through in the fires.

The other reason may be economic. The mayor of Buenavista, the mu¬nicipality to which Masca belongs, is also keen to do his bit for the environ¬ment but his council could benefit even more from the proceeds from the paying walkers. Ecologist groups like Ben Magec see that economic sideline as the main reason behind the initiative. They are op¬posed to having to pay to walk anywhere.

Others, like the guided walk organisation Patea tus Montes, are entirely in favour of a charge to walk down the Masca ravine. According to their spokesman the damage caused by people walking has been brutal. These guides already charge €18 a head for transport to and a guide during the Masca walk. Anyone who can’t face the walk back up the barranco can pay €10 for a boat trip to Los Gigantes marina.

Nature Centre at Masca now open to the public

Posted by dolly diver on April 10, 2008
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The newly opened Nature Centre at Masca, inaugurated on 27 March, aims to provide information that will bring the area, its culture and people to public notice in the rest of the island and to visitors, while preserving a privileged environment, Teno Rural Park, for future generations.

The centre is open to the public and is destined to providing information about Barranco de Masca (ravine) and Teno Rural Park. The exhibition is essentially theme-based and is equipped with multimedia material about the area surrounding Masca and its main natural, environmental (geology, geomorphology, fauna and flora) and cultural values and is displayed through a series of informational and interactive panels and audiovisual media. A guide is also present. Read more