I managed to sneak off and have a bit of a walk the other day with walking pal Terry. We headed for the tiny mountain village of ‘Vera De Erques’ which is about a 20 minute drive from Garden City in Playa De Las Americas. To the rear of the village is a spectacular mountain gorge (or ‘Barranco’ in Spanish) called the Barranco Erques. At one one time there must have been a considerable amount of water rushing through the gorge but the water is now running through pipes!
There is a clearly defined footpath that takes you down one side of the Barranco, along the bottom for a way and then up the other side. The views throughout the whole of the 3 hour walk are spectacular as we are at about 3,000 feet.
The path can get a bit loose underfoot so care is needed. Terry always uses ‘Ski-Poles’ to walk with and they do make a massive difference to your stability.
At one time this must have been a spectacular waterfall but now there is just a little puddle at the bottom. When there is a heavy downpour (pretty rare for Tenerife) then we might get an idea of what it was like.
Tenerife is often just associated with the “sun, sea and sand” image but literally minutes away from Playa De Las Americas we have very dramatic scenery, beautifully peaceful countryside and varied wildlife. If you want to know more about walking in Tenerife then speak with me personally or any of our staff down at the resort.
All the best - Ivan