Masca – Los Gigantes – Masca – a real adventure — Geocache of the Week

by lacruz18
Islas Canarias, Spain
N 28° 18.089′ W 016° 50.411′
The Masca Gorge is a Nature Conservation Zone

Some Multi-Caches are quick grabs that you can find during your lunch break, while others are much more labor intensive, taking you through multiple neighborhoods, around winding forests, or even requiring a drive to a different city. This T5 Multi-Cache, located in Spain’s Canary Islands, will send you on a three-hour long trek through a basaltic ravine to an isolated beach.

The journey begins in Masca, a small mountain village on the island of Tenerife. Home to only 90 inhabitants, the village is situated 650 meters (2130 feet) above sea level in the Macizo de Teno mountains.

Geocache of the Week - Masca
The town of Masca lies deep in the Macizo de Teno mountains

As you pass through the gorge to the first and second waypoints, you’ll meander over trickling streams, duck through tunnels made of volcanic rock, and admire the wide varieties of plants that flourish in the ravine’s microclimates. The enormous cliffs that form the ravine, known as Acantilados de Los Gigantes (“Cliffs of the Giants”), were formed 5 to 7 million years ago by volcanic lava flows and guide you on your journey to the ocean.

The end of the arduous journey is the picturesque Playa de Masca. If you packed a picnic, you can enjoy it on the rocks after cooling off in the waters of the Masca Bay. This area of the Atlantic Ocean is popular among divers for its exceptional marine wildlife.

At last, the final destination: the Playa de Masca!

After finding the cache, the most ambitious geocachers will turn back and make the long journey back up the ravine to the starting point. For the rest of us, there are taxi boats offering regular rides back to the village nearby. Before embarking on your journey, be sure to stock up on water, snacks, and other necessities, as there are no convenience stores along the way.

Geocache of the Week - Masca
The walk to the cache is gorge-ous!

Keep an eye out for some of these muggles who may be around to greet you on your journey!

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