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“Top hike in Europe”
Review of Masca Walk

Masca Walk
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

One of the best short hikes in Europe, in a wonderful gorge. I hiked down then back up to my car. Please note for people who have difficulties with such trails that upwards is actually easier. But there is no real difficulty. 2 hours 15 down, 1 hour 45 up.

6  Thank Pierre W
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

The best tracking path, I've ever seen. It wasn't so easy, like we've expected, and we've managed to go through only in 3.5 hour ( including taking photo). Be sure to have some water and food with you and wear mountain boots or good tracking snickers.

1  Thank Dmitry P
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

We went on this walk after we picked up a leaflet from the hotel reception and the sound of the excursion really made us excited. Without trying to cut right to the end of describing what this trip was like, I would whole heartedly say that although it was amazing, this trip should come with warnings on the leaflet (several mainly fitness related. When we booked at the agents who run it themselves we were told absolutely nothing about what was about to happen. Their leaflet shows a picture of a secluded village nestled in the mountain tops and claims it will offer wine tasting, a 'walk' in the village of Masca and a look at the 1000 year-old Dragon Tree.
Firstly, as we now know, the wine tasting is actually a half-way stop on the bus en route to the top of the mountain. The 'wine' is samples of jam and other local produce. This lasts for about 5 minutes after which the journey continues.
Also, because there is absolutely no mention of what the walk actually is, we turned up with fairly okayish walking shoes. The agent gave us no information so it was quite a surprise that once we left for the trip the guide told everyone on the bus that we were going to stop for a shoe check and anybody with unsuitable shoes will have to hire a pair out for 3 euros in addition to the recommended sticks and backpacks they offer. In hindsight, had we not taken out the shoes, we would've probably died falling on some steep rock but the idea is that the information should have been given out well before setting off.
Secondly, the thousand year-old tree isn't anywhere to be seen because it's not even in the village of Masca. It's actually situated in another village miles away and there is a separate trip package available for that. Why they claim to offer viewing it on this very trip is beyond me.
The 'walk'lasts about 4.5 hours if you're in a group of mixed abilities. Once setting off, they give you a 10-minute cooling off period during which you can decide if you are able to do the 'walk' or not. At this point your money is obviously theirs and you have made a near enough unnecessary jour ey. Also, the test walk at the beginning is no real sample of what is about to happen so organisationally speaking, they are conning people into a false impression.
Apart from all the mis-selling the trip is an absolute must if you want to see untouched nature and feel very very very fit. We met several people on the trip who have climbed Kilimanjaro and are regular rambler who said they had never seen anything this tricky. the rocks are often so high an experience climber would keep away from negotiating them and there is hardly anything to do about the deep rivers you have to jump over or just walk through. Needless to say, the sense of achievment this trip gives you is unbelievable.
I would strongly urge the company who run this excursion to review their leaflet, be honest about what they offer and make sure people know what they are getting into.
Finally, despite all negatives, as we said we had an amazing time trying to get down from the top and had very good company including our guide who lashed out on us every time we talked and kept making evil jokes about how much was left to climb until the end.

2  Thank Adelydee
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

We took the bus from Santiago del Teide to the start of the walk. The MascaExpress (the small boat that takes you back at the end of the walk) has a very informative branch in Santiago del Teide where we bought our tickets for the boat later and were told which buses and taxis to take. After the short bus journey to the start of the walk we began. The walk in general is very good but make sure that you come properly prepared with water and food and never leave at 13:00 like we did. We did the walk, held up by some of our peers, and were 15 minutes late to the boat. luckily they were expecting us and we all got on safely and got back well. The walk can be challenging at some times and during the last half, it got increasingly difficult to find the way the path was going. In addition , it was raining for the whole walk, but it is definatly something worth doing while in Tenerife

1  Thank Lucas317
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

We visited Masca as the final stop on a day jeep safari which also went to the Teide National Park. The drive down is just spectacular, with phenomenal views plus steep road and hairpin bends making it an experience all in itself. Unfortunately by the time we reached Masca itself it was raining quite heavily so we didn't go far, just stood admiring the fantastic scenery, looked round a few local shops and tried to imagine living somewhere so remote - what it must have been like before 1972 I just can't think! Definitely a must in Tenerife!

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