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simon3: Track 1446 in area near Spain, Canary Islands ()
NW Tenerife, near Masca
Length: 12.6km, Creator time taken: 5h42m, Ascent: 575m,
Descent: 884m

Places: Start at Lon -16.8152, Lat 28.2944, end at Start
Logged as completed by 1
Starting from the village of Santiago del Teide, this route climbs quickly to reach a long ridge and then descent into the picturesque mountain village of Masca. Parts of the walk are liable to be in hot sunshine, parts on the northern side of the ridge under cool trees.
The landform around Masca is magnificent as can be seen from say the Google Physical layer.
According to Wikipedia this area wasn't always so peaceful. On 5 September 1797, an attempt was made by the British Navy to invade in the Puerto Santiago region and was repelled by the inhabitants of Santiago del Teide, who threw rocks at the British from the heights of the Cliffs of the Giants (Spanish: Acantilados de Los Gigantes).
(An earlier attack further south led by Horatio Nelson, led to him loosing his arm. Hero or villain - a bit like Falklands/ Malvinas or terrorist/ freedom fighter.)

Back to the present day: returning from Masca can be problemetical. There is a bus (number 355) which is infrequent which will take you back to Santiago del Teide and the mainer bus routes or you can get a taxi. Walking out would be highly problematical because of the effort and the dangerous nature of the roads (dangerous that is to car drivers never mind walkers!).
The rewards of this track are astonishing views of the ridges and extreme valleys leading to the sea.

Uploaded on: Sun, 18 Mar 2012 (14:23:45)
Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/track/1446/  
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