I’m being a bit premature here as the Barranco del Infierno isn’t actually due to open to the public until Wednesday 6 May. And here on Tenerife, there’s no such thing as a sure bet.
But, if everything goes to plan, one of Tenerife’s most popular walking routes should once again be back in business after being officially closed for eight years.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is there have been some changes. Adeje Council have contracted with a private firm to ‘run’ the Barranco del Infierno to help ensure it is a safe as possible for walkers.
This has resulted in quite a hike in the cost to enter the Barranco del Infierno. For non-residents it will be a whopping €12. For residents it’s €5.50 and for anyone who lives in Adeje it’s a far friendlier €1.50. For the first 15 days there will be a 50% discount and it will be free to Adeje residents. There’s also a 50% discount for children under 12.
Why the hike in price? A lot of money has been invested in making the barranco suitable for walking. Plus it seems that now walkers will be split into groups and will have a guide accompanying them. That means you get more information about Hell’s Ravine than before. But for people like us who like to walk on their own, the idea of being stuck in a group is not as attractive. Additionally, the company responsible for the management of the Barranco del Infierno have to pay 10% of earnings back to Adeje Council.
Less of a walking route and more Barranco del Infierno Inc.
There will be a limit of 300 people a day, but at the prices quoted they might find they don’t always meet that magic 300 figure as much as they hope.
I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a bit of a price re-think before too long. Criticisms from locals are already flying about on the web and it hasn’t even opened yet.
What about the practicalities? How do you book a place? Is there a website? Telephone number or email?
This is Tenerife. The council’s website still shows the Barranco del Infierno is closed until further notice. Things such as practical information will be last in line.
We should know more soon and will update this post with useful information as and when it filters through.
Note: Thanks to Guy (see comments below) for pointing out there is a Barranco del Infierno website where you can book online. Proof will be required to show resident status. The slots will be between 8am and 2.30pm and the barranco will close (feels an odd thing to write) at 7pm.
The website reminds walkers to wear suitable shoes and to dress appropriately (they used to be quite serious about enforcing that). It also reminds people to bring a camera, food and drink and to make sure your mobile battery is charged. Suppose you don’t have a mobile?
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