If you’ve been looking for things to see and do in Tenerife, Barranco del Infierno (Hell’s Gorge) is definitely a must-see if nature is your thing. The entrance to Hell’s Gorge is located only 100 metres from our apartments.
The gorge was declared a Special Nature Reserve in 1994 and spreads over an area of 1,843 ha. This is an exceptionally beautiful area, not only for the stunning views all along the way but also for the rich diversity of flora and fauna.
One of the most important permanent watercourses on the island runs along this gorge, and there is even a small waterfall which must have been larger at some point in the past, judging by the traces left by the water in the eroded rocks.
Another feature worth noting, particularly from an archaeological point of view, is the hundreds of caves where many Guanches -the aboriginal people of the Canary Islands- used to live and where ancient engravings can still be seen.
Inside the gorge, there are several geomorphological elements of great significance and uniqueness (e.g. several ravines and the rock formations of El Conde, Imoque and Abinque). These are well-known natural landmarks in the south-west of Tenerife which have become characteristic features of the island’s geology. The importance of Hell’s Gorge has long been recognised, as it provides a great source of water.
It was precisely the presence of water which influenced the human settlement and activities in the area, which is why we can say that the town of Adeje is located in such a strategic place.
There are many well-signposted hiking trails with varying difficulty levels.
If you come visit this area, bear in mind that the maximum number of people permitted per day is 300, as a measure to preserve the environment and not to disrupt the development of fauna and flora species, so we recommend booking in advance.
To book your place, visit the following website: www.barrancodelinfierno.es
We also recommend that you download the following app as it will allow you to customise your route to fit your needs: