We’ve lived on Tenerife long enough to know that until something actually happens, there’s a decent chance that it might not happen at all, so we’re cautious about spreading news about situations that are still in the ‘planning’ stage.
However, there’s a lot of interest in Tenerife’s most popular walk through the Barranco del Infierno above Costa Adeje and there have been more and more reports about it re-opening this year.
So what is the actual situation?
Barranco del Infierno to Open in 2013
At the end of July Spanish newspaper reports ran a story about the Barranco del Infierno re-opening before the end of 2013.
The second most popular attraction has been closed for four years as Adeje Council and Tenerife’s Cabildo (Government) tried to reach agreement where both were satisfied that the barranco was safe enough to open to walkers again. The Cabildo have felt that the walk should re-open again for some time, but politics being what they are on Tenerife, things have progressed very slowly.
Finally, both parties have now agreed that the walk can re-open. But there are a few things to be ironed out first.
The number of people will be limited to 300 a day, there will be guided walks for those who want them and there will still be a charge to access the Barranco del Infierno.
However, what that charge will be nobody knows and there is still the little matter of putting the management of the barranco out to tender.
The announcement that the Barranco del Infierno will open before the end of 2013 is a positive one.
So was the announcement at the start of 2012 that it would re-open before the end of that year.
Despite the news reports, the message on the Barranco del Infierno website remains – ‘Closed for safety reasons’.
Whilst the one on Adeje Council’s website states – ‘El sendero del Barranco del Infierno permanecerá’ (The Barranco del Infierno walking route will remain closed).
All in all, it does seem that the Barranco del Infierno will finally be open again to the public. The big question is when?
If it happens before the end of 2013, we’ll be gob-smacked.
We shall keep you up to date as soon as actual details are agreed. Don’t hold your breath in the meantime.
Jack is co-owner, writer and photographer for Walking Tenerife and the Real Tenerife series of travel websites as well as a contributor to lots of other places. Follow Jack on Google+