Barranco del Infierno. Costa Adeje, Tenerife Sur

Barranco del Infierno

Nature > Barranco del Infierno

CAPRICHOS DE LA NATURALEZA, overwhelming, singular... Protected area of high environmental value.

The Barranco del Infierno, which takes its name from its abrupt character, is a Protected Natural Area that along with other ravines and rocks in the area, constitute the Special Natural Reserve of Barranco del Infierno.

At 350 meters above sea level the trail begins by a natural balcony with magnificent panoramic views of the landscape. Always with the town of Adeje in the background, and you will find a variety of species, both plants and animals, some endemic to the island of Tenerife, including unique species in the world that have found in the Barranco del Infierno their last refuge.

This hiking tour will take approximately three and a half hours, between the outward and return, and the total distance will be approximately 6500 meters. With a medium-low difficulty, it is advisable for the journey to have suitable footwear for slippery and rocky terrain.

The altitudinal landscape ranges from 100 to 1300 meters approximately, which conditions rainfall and temperatures that vary as you ascend in altitude. The same happens with the vegetation. In the lower parts you will find formations of cardonal and tabaibal while in the middle zone you can find remains of thermophilic forest where you can find hawthorn trees, almácigos, dragon trees, wild jasmine and even a palm tree and in the highest areas appear pine forests whose main element is the Canary pine that coexists with some shrubs such as broom, always above 600 meters above sea level.

The Reserve is also home to a rich and diverse fauna, both vertebrates and invertebrates, richness evident due to the considerable variety of endemic species in both terrestrial and aquatic forms. Among the vertebrate fauna you can count on more than 40 localized species. The group of birds of prey that can be observed flying over the place is represented by the common kestrel, the harrier, the raven and the sparrow hawk among the diurnal birds and of the nocturnal ones it is worth mentioning the short-eared owl that takes advantage of the hollows of the land to establish its nests. We can also find other birds such as the turtle dove, hoopoe, swift unicolor, robin, partridge and canary among others.

The trail starts at the highest part of the Calle de los Molinos and, following the old pastoral path, you will pass through a series of points enabled as viewpoints, some beehives and an old mill. As you advance, you are walking along the bed of the ravine, which narrows inward and its vertical walls seem to close in on you. The trail ends when you reach a spectacular waterfall of more than 200 meters high.

It is essential to book in advance to visit it, because it has a restricted access of 300 people per day. In adverse weather conditions, with rain and / or wind, the ravine is dangerous due to frequent landslides so if it is closed, for your safety, respect this restriction.

Reservations: through the website:

Difficulty: medium-high. If you suffer from vertigo you may feel its symptoms in the first part of the trail, about 30 minutes. Duration: 3.5 hours (round trip). 6.5 kilometers. Difference in altitude: maximum 200 m. Footwear: suitable for hiking. Beach sandals are not allowed.

How to get there?

Bus: from the tourist area you have to take bus 417, 447, 460 or 473 towards Adeje. The trip takes about 15 min. When you arrive in the town of Adeje, you must get off at the stop "Adeje City Center". Once there, the signs to the ravine are perfectly signposted. By car: Take the TF1 freeway towards Adeje Guía de Isora. After about 10 minutes take the exit that leads to the village of Adeje.

More information:

Start and finish: end of Calle de los Molinos, Adeje.

Access limited to 300 people per day.

Distance: 6.5 km (round trip)

Duration: 3.5 hours (round trip)

Level: maximum 200 m

Difficulty: medium - high.

Access hours: 08:30 to 13:00 hours

Contact telephone: 922 780 078

Information and reservations

  • Children under 5 years of age are not allowed.
  • Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Wearing shoes adapted to rocky terrain is mandatory.
  • Helmets must be worn at all times (provided at the meeting point).
  • It is not permitted to enter with animals as this is a Special Protected Nature Reserve.

For your safety, don't forget to check the weather forecast.

In case of emergency, call 112.