Masca gorge. Organise your excursion
To enjoy the trek of el Barranco de Masca you will need first to get to Masca. If you decide to drive you will take the road from Santiago del Teide to Masca. The road is in good condition but with lots of bends. There are some fantastic views along the way. If you are not a very confident driver it may be a better idea to get a bus in Santiago del Teide.
At the end of the trek, once you get to the Masca beach located in the middle of the imposing Los Gigantes cliffs, you have basically two options. The first one is not our preferred option: coming back to Masca. The second option is to take a boat or a kayak, enjoy the Los Gigantes cliffs and end the excursion in Puerto de Santiago. From there you will need to grab a taxi to Masca (estimate 30 Euros). An alternative is to park in Puerto de Santiago before you enjoy the trek, and then take a tix to Masca having left your car in Puerto de Santiago.
Due to its beauty and the fact that Masca can be accessed by car, many people may consider this trek is already too touristy. The barranco´s beauty is undeniable and there is the added pleasure to catch a boat at the bottom once you get to the sea. The boat will take you to the port of Puerto de Santiago and on the way, you will enjoy the fantastic views of the cliffs of Los Gigantes, one of the top sights in Tenerife.
Since the logistics of getting back from Puerto de Santiago to Masca get a bit complicated it makes sense to join one of the day excursions that get transportation organized for you.
Combined with a boat trip or a kayak excursion, we find the Barranco de Masca trek one of the best touristic treks in Spain and a good example of how nature, local culture and tourism can co-exist and be enjoyed in a responsible manner.