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Get to know the Carrizales Ravine in Tenerife

By 9 April, 2018 No Comments

It is the most ecologically valuable places on the island and is located in the Teno Rural Park, in the municipality of Buenavista del Norte. Known as The Carrizales Ravine, it stands out for its endless rocky walls that end in a magnificent Restricted Use beach of the “Western Cliffs”.

With approximately 2.5 kilometers in length, it takes an average of 5 hours to complete the route. During the journey, it is possible to find deep pools, which is why it is necessary to carry adequate equipment. 

600 metres of pure nature

The Carrizales Ravine has an approximate depth of 600 meters where it is necessary to rappel at small heights to continue advancing. It is located in the low Carrizal and has a medium-high difficulty.

Being a ravine, it is necessary to respect a series of regulations related to it. It is an area where you can see the famous guinchos or ospreys, a species included in the Red Book of Endangered Species. In the nesting season of this species (from February to June), restrictions may be found in some areas in the ravine, so as not to disturb its tranquility.

Los Carrizales: permission and preparation 

To carry out the descent of the ravine it is necessary to request a permit at the Teno Rural Park offices. This administrative authorization is limited to fifteen people per day, so you have to reserve it in advance.

On the other hand, the experts assure that a minimum of knowledge and skill is needed for its realization since it is indeed an activity very similar to canyoning.

This adventure sport has water as the main element and can be done with different techniques depending on the intensity of the exercise or the geographical difficulty. In addition, it helps maintain physical fitness, contact with the natural environment and to discharge adrenaline.

Essential in canyoning

As indicated, you have to be well equipped to carry out this activity that has been so important in recent years. The material that should not be missing from our team is the following:

  • Harness and rope: necessary to lower abseiling at different heights.
  • Helmet: for protection and safety during the excursion.
  • Neoprene suit: permanent contact with the water requires a suit to protect against the cold.
  • Food and drink: to regain strength during the course of the journey.
  • Clothing of change: in case of not wearing neorprene, to be able to change the wet clothes.
  • Other: optionally you can take other instruments such as a bootie or gloves.

The Los Carrizales ravine is just one of the many ravines that can be explored on the Tenerife island, an experience that many tourists seek every year during their holidays on the island of Chicharrera.