The road to the gorge - one of the most beautiful places of Tenerife. It is very narrow (in some places on it are leaving the car with difficulty), but well renovated and equipped with reliable guards, so safe to travel. Road to the mask is built only a few decades ago - back in the 70s of the last century here it was only possible to reach on their own - on foot or by mule. Description of sights, a brief historical background Gorge mask is on the west coast of Tenerife, in the rocky cliffs of Los Gigantes (App. "Rock Giant"). The cliffs are part of the ten-Teno mountain range, which is not descent to the sea. The name they have received for similar steep mountains with backs of giants. These cliffs - the highest in Spain. As for the name of the village, something about its origin and there are many legends that tell all about a girl named Mask (daughter of the tribal chief of the Guanches), throw in the valley from the cliff. In various legends of the reasons for this girl were different - and unrequited love, and pride, and a reluctance to marry the Spaniard, but the ending is always the same story. According to legend, the gorge opened by Christopher Columbus, and later it was chosen by the smugglers and pirates who used the space to store the loot. It is quite apart, you can get here only by sea or going down to the village - this feature of the gorge, and made him so attractive for pirates.
Banner of the famous pirate Hajredin Barbarossa, who allegedly was hiding in these places.It starts from the gorge Mask beautiful village of the same name, in which there are only one hundred and fifty inhabitants. Its colorful houses, surrounded by exotic plants, as if clinging to the slopes of the mountains. Length pirate trails, from a height of 650 meters above sea level to the beach, is 6 km away. Get down on it is usually in groups of 15-20 people. Typically, this path is overcome 2.5-3 hours (the record is 58 minutes), but the guide can increase the transition time at the request of tourists and do in the way of extra halts. Along the route is better to go slowly, admiring the beautiful rocky landscapes. These mountains - of volcanic origin, in the valley everywhere found frozen lava flows and pieces of basalt rock. Near the footpath there are many caves and grottoes. The largest of them are usually satisfied with the last halt on the way to the ocean. A hundred-odd years ago, it was used by pirates for storing supplies. Hence, they watched the ships sail on the island of La Gomera and attacked them. Legend has it that in the caves and caverns located there, hidden great treasures of pirates. Bay, where the gorge ends - the most beautiful on the island. To get to it can only be descended down the ravine or on a tourist boat - they swim here, so that tourists can enjoy the frozen lava flows. What to take to the road On the way to the sea has to pass several streams. If you have recently been heavy rains, streams turn into small rivers and they have to overcome by jumping from rock to rock. In addition, the path will have to go through the tunnel, at the bottom of which water also flows. It should also bring along suitable shoes for long walks, the best - waterproof, sturdy shoes on a corrugated-soled shoes. On the route there is a suspension bridge, across which you have to hold on to the rope. In order not to hurt the hand, it is desirable to bring a glove. Be sure to take sunglasses, a UF filter cream, drinking water. It is advisable to carry a small first aid kit. Be sure to grab a camera or camcorder - Gorge passes through places of great beauty. In good weather on the horizon as La Gomera Island. Possible additional costs Visit the museums in the program is not provided, but in any case is to take a small amount of money. The mask has small shops where you can buy beautiful souvenirs. If the weather suddenly turned bad, here you can buy warm scarves and raincoats. The tourists can also shop offer free tasting vaunted Canarian sauces and jams. In the village there are also small restaurants where you can grab a snack or enjoy a coffee. Preparing for the trip Excursion to the mask takes the whole day, so you should agree at the hotel on an early breakfast and a late dinner. Lunch tourists get in the way, in the town of Los Gigantes. Some prefer to go down the path on their own, without a guide. Typically, these tourists take a car and go to the mask, which left him in a parking lot. In this case, you are sure to find out when the bay comes last tourist boat - or will have to sleep on the beach. The descent takes no less than 3, and even 4 hours, while the rise - a lot more. For this reason, the guides leading a group to the ocean begins to resemble no later than 8 o'clock in the morning. If you still began to descend later to take with an additional outer clothing or sweaters, especially during the cold season - hardly looks in the afternoon sun in the valley. Who came into the bay boat can take single tourists to the nearest fishing village, Puerto da Santiago. Taxi from him to mask, which usually leave the car, costs 19 euros. It should be remembered, and that the mountain road to the village Mask is quite complicated. Therefore, if your driving experience is insignificant, it is better not to risk it. Self-guided tours in the canyon of Mask We arrived by car to the port of Los Gigantes. Parking. We are looking for a taxi. 40 min. Las Americas Going from Los Gigantes by taxi to the village Mask. 20 minutes. and 25 € We go down the gorge. 3-4 hours, at the bottom you have to be before 16:00 Sail on a boat to Los Gigantes to the car. 20 minutes. and 10 € per person Ticket for the boat from the masks you will probably offer to buy another taxi driver. Tickets are available in the village itself. There you can see the schedule. Usually, the last boat leaves near four o'clock in the afternoon.