The news about one of Tenerife’s most popular walks isn’t good. The Barranco de Infierno in Adeje closed last August for a bit of TLC for a month…and has never re-opened.
The Barranco was almost ready to be opened to the public in February this year and then disaster hit in the shape of torrential rains which caused serious damage.
Since then news about the re-opening has been sketchy…until now.
It transpires that the people involved with the Barranco del Infierno have gotten cold feet about opening up to the public because of what happened in Los Gigantes last November when a rock fall on the beach resulted in the death of two sunbathers.
There are concerns that if the Barranco is opened to the public and there’s an accident, officials could be left open to prosecution for negligence. And nobody wants to take the risk of putting themselves in that position.
The idea that an accident in the countryside could be classed as the fault of the authorities seems ridiculous, except for one thing. Unlike other walking areas on Tenerife, there’s a charge to enter the Barranco and by levying this, Adeje is accepting responsibility for the safe being of anyone who pays to walk through Hell’s Ravine.
As the officials who are responsible for maintaining the Barranco del Infierno cannot guarantee safety, they simply won’t open it. By turning the ravine into a money making enterprise they’ve ended with the one bit of Tenerife’s countryside that is unavailable to everyone.
As of this moment, it is closed indefinitely.
Watch this space.