Lush scenery along the Barranco del Infierno

What is the Barranco del Infierno?

The Barranco del Infierno is a popular hiking trail that takes you through some of the most beautiful parts of Tenerife that most visitors don’t even know exist. Away from the sandy beaches, volcanic terrain and modern resorts that people usually associate with the island, Barranco del Infierno is a verdant ecosystem brimming with all forms of magical life. From charming native creatures to stunning tropical flora, this relatively easy walk provides loads of wonderful vistas and is a must for anyone who wants to catch a glimpse of the more natural, untouched side of Tenerife.

Due to the delicate nature of the Barranco del Infierno, only 300 people are allowed to complete the walk each day to ensure the environment is preserved and kept as beautiful as it is today for as long as possible. Tickets must be booked (either online from the official website or at the Barranco del Infierno) and are €8.50 for adults and €4.25 for children under 12 years old. Walks take place 14 times each day, every 30 minutes between 8am and 2:30pm.

Birds at the Barranco del Infierno
Some of the wildlife you can expect to see at the Barranco del Infierno.
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Barranco del Infierno highlights

  • Predator birds: common hawks, sparrow hawks, eagles and ravens.
  • Caves: the Barranco del Infierno walk passes by 100s of caves originally home to the island’s aboriginal inhabitants.
  • Highest waterfall in Tenerife: finding water inland in Tenerife is incredibly rare, making this waterfall extra special.
View of Adeje from Barranco del Infierno
The view of Adeje from the Barranco del Infierno.
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Where is the Barranco del Infierno?

The Barranco del Infierno is in Adeje in the southeast of Tenerife. The walk is circular and begins and ends in Calle los Molinos.

If you’re got a hire car and are planning on driving to the Barranco del Infierno, you’ll need to plan your parking ahead of time because there is no parking provided onsite. The guides recommend you park nearby at designated car parks close to Calle Castillo and Calle Tagoror and walk the short distance to Calle de los Molinos.

The Barranco del Infierno is also really easy to access by public transport. Any taxi driver will be able to drop you off right at the starting point, but you can also get there by bus. From Playa de Las Americas, you can catch the bus 417 or 460 and from Playa de Los Cristianos, you can catch the bus 447 or 473 to the Barranco del Infierno.

Take a look at the official map and directions for more details.

 

The highest waterfall in Tenerife
The highest waterfall in Tenerife.
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How long does it take to walk the Barranco del Infierno?

The complete walking trail is 6.5km long and although the official website claims it takes around 3.5 hours to complete, most people do the walk in around 2 hours. The tour guides recommend that you arrive at the meeting spot at least 15 minutes before your tour begins, so give yourself plenty of extra time otherwise you might be denied entry.

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What do I need to walk the Barranco del Infierno?

Even though the walk is fairly straightforward, you still need to prepare a basic hiking kit to take with you. We recommend you take:

  • Sturdy, closed-toed shoes: hiking shoes are suitable, as are trainers. Because of the lose terrain, flip-flops and sandals (even hiking sandals) are not permitted.
  • Water: temperatures can soar into the early 30s in Tenerife, so it’s vital you bring plenty of water to keep you hydrated while walking the Barranco del Infierno. 1.5 litres of water per person is recommended.
  • Snacks: hiking can be hungry work. Keep your energy levels up and pack some healthy snacks to nibble on along the way.
  • Sun tan cream: since most of the walk is outside, there’s a good chance you’ll burn if you’re not used to the sun and don’t protect yourself. So play it safe and bring some sun tan cream.
  • Sunglasses: you’re provided with a helmet when you begin the walk, so you won’t need a hat. But a good pair of sunglasses will definitely come in handy when protecting your eyes from the sunshine.
  • Jumper: the air can get cool when you reach the highest part of the walk. Take a jumper or some similar warm clothing just in case.
  • Camera: the Barranco del Infierno is an absolutely stunning trek, so make sure you take your camera to capture all the beautiful highlights.
  • Your confirmation and ID: if you show up without a ticket or ID, you won’t be allowed to do the walk. Either print out your confirmation or show it to the guide on your smartphone, along with your driving license, passport or other form of photo ID.

 

Lush scenery along the Barranco del Infierno
Lush scenery along the Barranco del Infierno.
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Extra tips for the Barranco del Infierno

Booking is recommended. You can’t walk the Barranco del Infierno unless you’re part of a tour. And while you can just show up and hope a spot is available for you, you could be left disappointed. Instead of risking it, log onto the official Barranco del Infierno website and book your ticket online in advance.

  • Visit early in the morning. Try to book your walk for between 8:30am and 10am. During this time the air is coolest and nature is at its most beautiful.
  • No young children. Only children aged 5+ are allowed to do the walk and any children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Rent 2 trekking poles. If you’re not confident on your feet, you can rent 2 trekking poles at the Barranco del Infierno for €4.
  • Avoid wet weather. Sometimes the tour guides cordon off parts of the Barranco del Infierno during light rain. To avoid disappointment, check the weather forecast and plan your walk for a dry and sunny day.

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