Start Location: 28.101013, -16.687554
Situated very close to the AWdF site, there is a small winding canyon with breath-taking views. Head up the street (with the AWdF building on your right) until the end of the road, turn left and continue until the end of the road. Turn left again and walk until there is a right turn between two houses. This is where the walk begins.
Difficulty: Intermediate/difficult walk.
To the experienced walker or boulderer, this walk may seem easy enough. However, the dangers that occur on this route mean that it can be dangerous to the novice level or careless walkers. Great caution is required as these paths can be loose and may cause serious accidents and injury even to an experienced walker.
Although short, this walk is rewarding and can show a part of Tenerife that the average tourist just doesn’t see. It also provides a peaceful area to take a book or even to reflect.
There is a small path that is easy to follow down into the main canyon. You will be met with a large drop on your left but on the left side of the cliff there is a small path that will lead you into the heart of the hills. This path is a scramble and will lead to a small drop that requires the hiker to hold the rope to get down. From here it’s a beautiful walk with cliff sides towering on either side as it guides you down the path of a dormant seasonal river. At first glance, there are little signs of life but once you take a closer look, you can see the hidden life within. If you remain quiet, you may hear and see the birds of prey screeching and hunting above and catch a glimpse of the geckos and lizards frantically trying to find cover below. Throughout the walk there is plenty of floral life ranging from small flowers to towering cacti. Soon enough, you will be faced with a natural rock formation in the form of a slide down further into the canyon followed shortly after by another drop. It is recommended that only experienced walkers pass this point unless accompanied by a coordinator/guide as it requires a short rock climb to get back up with NO ropes.
The canyon will begin to widen, and a small man-made aqueduct will be visible overhead followed by the halfway point of the walk. Past the aqueduct is a large cliff which is not to be climbed as it poses great danger without climbing gear. This is a nice place to kick back and relax in the sun and have a water break before turning around and heading back. The walk back is slightly more challenging as it requires climbing up vertical walls and challenging the natural rock slide formation on top of an overall incline with trip hazards at every step. The route is exactly the same but reversed, meaning it is easy to find your way back to the AWdF site.