The Arona-Adeje Walk - taking in the Barranco del Infierno

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To get to the starting point of the Arona-Adeje walk from Los Cristianos or Las Americas, use the buses 342, 480 or 482. You begin the hike already at an altitude of nearly 2,000 feet and will be ascending to around 3,250 feet.

The walk is not too strenuous, so is ideal for the less experienced walker.

So, you set off from Arona, initally following the Arona-Ifonche walk, aiming for the area behind Roque del Conde and Roque Imoque. There is an old track you can follow, used in the past by goat herders.

This brings you out at the quaint village of Ifonche. It is an old farming community, with traditional Canarian farms dotted about its outskirts, some still working, some abandoned.

Barranco del Infierno
Barranco del Infierno
(Photo: Christoph194)

From Ifonche, the walk will take in the famous Barranco del Infierno. You can do this in two ways. You can take a footpath that leads up to the edge of the pine forests, where you'll be up over 3,000 feet. This takes you round the head of the impressive gorge, winding through the forest, until you reach a point looking down upon the town of Adeje. A steep, cobbled track takes you to this destination and the end of the walk.

The other option would have been to descend into the gorge. Unfortunately, since late 2009, the authorities have seen fit to close the Barranco to the public, due to the danger of falling rocks and possible injury to hikers.

At the end of the walk, you emerge at the top end of Adeje just near a restaurant called Othello's. Famed for its Canarian chicken, it's a useful place to enjoy a well-earned drink and a bite to eat.

Remember the Rules
take plenty of water with you
wear a hat with a wide brim
use plenty of sunscreen
wear clothing in layers - the higher you go, the colder it gets
wear appropriate shoes!

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