You can begin the Masca Gorge trail from the hamlet of Masca at the head of the gorge or from the inlet at the ravine’s mouth. In general, the preferred option is to do it downstream, which is from the hamlet. If you wish to go uphill, due to the difficulty of coordinating the different means of transport, we recommend that you do so with one of the authorised Active Tourism companies.
The road into the hamlet of Masca is narrow and winding with steep slopes in some sections. It is also difficult for vehicles when passing. On the other hand, parking spaces are very limited in the hamlet. For both reasons, a management system has been implemented, enhancing group transport to reduce road traffic and improve safety conditions as well as the tranquillity and satisfaction of the visitors accessing the hamlet.
The route takes a few hours. For this reason, and given that there are very few or no car parks in the Masca hamlet, it is recommended to travel to Masca by public transport so as not to lose the reservation and the amount paid.
HOW DO YOU ACCESS THE ROAD?
- Through the services of an Active Tourism company, which in addition to managing all transfers, will make the most of your experience, helping you discover all the natural and cultural heritage that the gorge hides. Check the list of collaborating Active Tourism companies here.
If you are making your own way and your chosen option is either descent only or round-trip:
- You can travel to the hamlet of Masca preferably by taxi or public transport (guagua).
- Please arrive at the Masca Visitors’ Centre at least half an hour before to go through access control.
- Please note that you must also ensure a means of transport back from the landing port.
If you are making your own way and your chosen option is ascent only:
- You can travel to the landing port using sea transport services.
- Please arrive at the Checkpoint 3, in the bay of Masca, at least half an hour before to go through access control.
- Return public transport (guaguas) to the starting point of your choice. Check the TITSA website here for the lines that link with the rest of the island and its schedules. Here is an outline of the main lines that link Masca and the port of Los Gigantes, as well as Punta de Teno:
Here you can check the schedules of the bus lines marked on the map above.
- Route 325 Puerto de la Cruz - Icod - Los Gigantes.
- Route 355 Buenavista - Masca - Santiago del Teide.
- Route 363 Puerto de la Cruz - Buenavista - via Icod de los Vinos.
- Route 365 Buenavista - Masca.
- Route 369 Buenavista - Punta de Teno.
- Route 460 Icod de los Vinos - Guía Isora (bus station) - Costa Adeje (bus station).
- Route 462 Guía de Isora - Valle Santiago - Los Gigantes.
- Route 473 Los Cristianos - Costa Adeje (bus station) - Callao Salvaje - Los Gigantes.
- Route 477 Costa Adeje (bus station) - Los Gigantes (direct).
- Taxis from the main towns: Buenavista, Santiago del Teide and Los Gigantes port. Check with your nearest tourist information office or click here.
- Boats between the Masca Bay and other nearby points such as Los Gigantes port, Puerto Colón or Punta de Teno. You can access the list of some companies that offer this service here. It is also possible to arrive by kayak.