At last got some free time to organise, edit, upload and describe photos from the recent (Monday 18th Feb) Masca trekking! I know that some of you might have done it already, – some even a couple of times! – but for me it was a first time experience that was a part of training for #Transgrancanaria2018 where I’ll be running 30k’ and my boyfriend – 64 km race… (we’re both freaking out but that’s another story.. hehe)
The route: from Masca village down to the Playa de Masca, small break and back up to the Masca village. More or less accurate trail was uploaded on Wikiloc (click here to view details or see below):
But first things first: we’ve started with coffees and ‘motivation’ (which was a donut!) after driving in the rain from Santa Cruz to Santiago del Teide and then to Masca.
Teide covered with snow, but sadly couldn’t be seen properly as it was too cloudy that day
A bit blurry (due to the driving) image of Santiago del Teide valley
Almond trees in full blossom
And here we are – Masca has heartily welcomed us with a rainbow :)
Houses are literally built on a slope as there’s hardly any flat surfaces in the village
Another shot of this popular view.. :)
And the ‘tourists’ :)
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Sad lil doggy as ginger as a carrot!!
Beauty around (and beneath) us
The ginger stray dog and local cafeteria with The View
For all tastes & nationalities
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These blossoming almond trees (and their guardian bees) are everywhere thanks to rain and sunshine that are typical for the place in winter.
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Cliffs, cliffs, cliffs whichever direction you turn your head..
Green and dark, bald and thriving, beautiful and scary..
Starting point of trekking
If you see these cane bushes – be sure there’s a water spiring nearby!!
After two hours finally blue sky and a sight of the ocean.. Hallelujah!
Down on the Playa de Masca
…the ocean never looked so good and inviting ;)
Water feels goooood on tired feet
…And if you’re brave enough to jump into cold ocean, you’ll be rewarded with the best feeling ever, as if you could fly! =)
Remember you don’t have to do both ways up and down, instead you can just hire a boat that will bring you to the marine of Los Gigantes (might need to check or book beforehand though!)
On the way back when leaving la playa, you’ll get a small furry blessing =)
Another almond tree in a full blossom but unfortunately out of focus (sorry)
Above.. and underneath <3
Hey hey) By Edu Acaso <3
After we’ve finally managed to get back where we started, it was really nice to go and spend an evening/night in a hotel close to Masca! We’ve booked ‘La Casona del Patio’ in advance to avoid long driving back home after what felt like a week of hiking, – and it was definitely a smart decision!
Hotel ‘La Casona del Patio’ from the parking
A free one-hour tea ceremony is held daily from 6pm to 7pm for the hotel guests
..and a toilet selfie)
Was pleased to have a welcome drink and card in the room…(Gracias!!). Image on the right: a tree with blue lights that looked like a crazy night sky!. <3
Morning view from our room – isn’t it beautiful?!.
And a quick brekkie before heading back home!
Next post: Carnival in Santa Cruz with some random, a bit psychedelic pics ;)
Today’s running path was in the mountains of La Esperanza close to Las Lugunetas (map). To say it was beautiful is to say nothing. This path starts in the forest and goes uphill for ca. 4km, then to somewhat looking like a flat area with fantastic opening views from the top; around the top and back down to the other part of the forest.
Literally every 3-5 minutes landscapes are changing their sceneries, colours and ‘decoration’ details, so that it is nearly impossible to run by without stopping (and catching a breath, lol).
We’ve seen quite a few cyclists passing by, but no other runners than ourselves. And – which was rather pleasing! – no cars at all as the way is too unprotected and narrow at times. Perfect for trekkers, in other words!! :)
Christmas holidays approaching!!
Pine and fir cones all along the way
The result: ca. 16km, speed around 7:50 – and around double faster & longer for my handsome guide who I am so thankful for showing this <3 Thanks a lot babe xx
Another FUNtastic day spent hiking with my love and taking snapshots on iPhone (all photos presented here), walking around 14 km with the crazy altitude between 0 and 1 km above sea level… Ah, why can’t we do it all day every day?! :)
The itinerary: left car at/ started walking from Playa Benijo – El Draguillo – Punta Baja de las Palmas to Roque de Dentro (Roques de Anaga, Las Brenas) and all the way back with a short but very much needed pause at the beach with some coffee & munchies that we prepared beforehand. Again, when it’s too hot everywhere in the world (except Russia only, perhaps?!)), head to the North and stay cool ;)
See the little piece of rock on the top right corner? THat’s our rock that we’ve walked to!
In the beginning you think it couldn’t be any easier than this..)
..and we take lotsa pics
Playa Benijo left behind as well as the feeling that it’s not gonna be too difficult (in fact it is not, Im just way unprepared / unexperienced with mountain walks…)
Sort of middle of the way at El Draguillo village
Literally few houses of El Draguillo village, and the road divides in two: one to Chamorga (see the post here), another one to our destination point at Roques de Anaga
This is where I started shitting myself from heights the road gets higher, wilder and narrower with breathtaking views down at the coast and the ocean’s distant roar…
Btw, we were super lucky with the lighting conditions and weather: windy and cloudy, perfect for a hard walk!
OK, this was an almost Fake Thumbs-Up moment, lol (I felt like i was gonna die any minute from a heart attack, if too lucky…)
More real one
We are always lucky with the friends along the way :)
Apathetic donkey Perico, very friendly local Francisco, scary but super friendly doggy Husan and the love of my life Eduardovski :)
His majesty Roque de Dentro :) Beautiful and lonely, we’ll have to get back there to walk in a low tide to discover him better!
One of the last pictures on the way back. Surprisingly, it was much faster and less scarier :)