The tour on this trail begins 350 m above sea level, in Adeje, a natural balcony with magnificent views to the landscapes in the south of the island. This hiking trip will take approximately three and a half hours and the whole tour will be of approximately 6500 meters. Because of the low-medium difficulty tail, it is recommended that you bring appropriate shoes for slippery and stony grounds.
We will start from the higher part of Calle de los Molinos, following the old pastoral trail. We´ll pass a series of viewpoints, some hives and an old mill and as we move forward we´ll walk along the riverbed of the ravine which will narrow towards the inside until its vertical walls will seem to close above the walker.
The altitudinal landscape goes from 100 meters to approximately 1300 meters, that is why there´s a probability of rain and the temperature can change as we move higher. The same happens with vegetation. In the lower parts we´ll see formations of cardons and tabaibal while in the middle part there will be remains of thermofils forests where we can see thorn bushes, mastic trees, dragon trees, wild jasmine and also some palm trees. In the higher parts there will be pine groves whose main element is the canary pine that shares the area with some other trees like the lucerne or broom tree, always at over 600 meters above sea level.
The nature reserve also shelters a rich and varied fauna, both vertebrate and invertebrate, a richness that is due to the great variety of endemic species both terrestrial and aquatic. The vertebrate fauna consists in over 40 established species. The predatory group that can be seen overflying this place is represented by the common hawk, the eagle, the raven and the sparrow hawk among the diurnal birds and among the nocturnal ones the small owl stands out, it takes advantage of the hollows in this place to build its nest. We can also encounter other types of birds such as the turtledove, the hoopoe, the single-coloured swift, the robin, the Moorish partridge and the canary among others.
As for the invertebrate we can see around 416 species among which the groups of arthropods, millipedes, arachnids and molluscs stand out.
The trail ends when we reach an outstanding waterfall, higher than 200 meters.
In order to visit the park previous reservation is essential due to the fact that the access is limited to only 300 people a day. On bad weather conditions, such as rain and/or wind, the ravine is considered dangerous because of the landslides so if you find the ravine closed please consider the restriction for your own safety.
Remember that bathing in the riverbed is forbidden as it will negatively affect the flora and fauna. To contribute to the tranquillity and preservation of this place, making your visit more comfortable, please stay on the trail, don´t litter, avoid making unnecessary noises and don´t take or damage any element in your surroundings.
|START||The end of Calle los Molinos|
|ACCESS||Limited to 300 people/day|
|DISTANCE||6500 m (round trip)|
|DURATION||3,5 hours (round trip)|
|OPENING HOURS||Summer opening hours (June 1 – September 15): 08:30h – 16:00h|
|Winter opening hours (September 16 – May 31): 8:30h – 17:00h|