Photo: Tenerife Cabildo.
As many will know, the Masca barranco is closed along with the jetty at the beach until further notice, but the Tenerife Cabildo says that other barrancos in the same area (Teno) and the cliffs of Los Gigantes themselves have zones where public access is either prohibited or restricted because they are conservation areas, vital homes for species unique in the world like the giant Tenerife lizard and the guincho – an endangered osprey.
The Cabildo advises anyone who practises barranquismo – barranco walking – that they could be endangering local fauna unwittingly. Anyone who would like to know more can do so, entrance free until full with no need for prior registration, on one of three information events to be held by the Environment Department. The first is this Monday 22 April in the Los Cristianos Cultural Centre; the second is on Wednesday 24 April in the Pabellón Insular Santiago Martín in La Laguna; and the third is on Monday 29 April in Los Gigantes itself, at Aptos Poblado Marinero: all are 6.30-8.30pm.
For those who can’t attend, those who are thinking about walking in the Teno area (or indeed any barrancos really) should check at least with the relevant Ayuntamiento (Teno Rural Parque is in Buenavista del Norte, Los Silos, El Tanque and Santiago del Teide municipalities) to ensure that their planned route is permissible, and whether there are any environmental considerations that should be taken into account if it is.