Camino De Teresme, New King Of Adeje Walks

Mon, June 17th, 2013 - By Colin

Three years on from the closure of Barranco del Infierno outdated guide books and web sites still lure walking enthusiasts to Adeje town for Tenerife’s second most popular natural attraction after the Cañadas del Teide. At last a new information panel near the Casa del Fuerte battlements and canon heralds four alternative walks in Adeje, the most immediate and challenging is the Camino del Teresme a 5km steep trek some 807 metres up.

 

Camino De Teresme

 

Turning left from the forlorn, sealed entrance to Hell’s Ravine I took the short tarmac road before finding the sign post for my path to begin. A quick slalom around the intrusive aerial pylons and I was off over the chunky blocks of rock that soon rose up over greener meadows as pine trees began to appear. Adeje spread out below me and to the right the sides of the Barrnco del Infierno looked deep and dramatic as my eye traced them upward toward their source. Water has done much of the carving in this area and my path soon became a meandering bed of a stream.

 

Camino De Teresme

 

 

My surroundings now were more like lush meadows with cactus and plants in flower, the water sources up here are now mainly encased in pipes but years ago were a magnet for farmers and traders. The paths were well used to link the small villages with Adeje long before the current landscape view of Puerto Colon, Playa de Las Americas, and Los Cristianos.

 

Camino De Teresme

 

My walk was close to mid summer and the sun was scorching but as I got higher whisps of cloud floated across gradually obscuring the views below and adding a teasing veil to the volcanic outcrops that the tight corkscrew path now wound around. Up ahead large stacks stood like a fortress as the path wound tighter giving little progress for a lot of effort but once out at the top at Boca del Paso I was looking down a sheer drop with little cloud mattresses at regular intervals.

 

Camino De Teresme

 

This point is a mere 3.9 kms from base camp, the other 1.1 kms of the Camino del Teresme is the stretch to El Aserradero. Walking this last stretch was very strange with the hard packed orange soil and rock, it was cracked and rutted by the weather and man made channels used by the old sawmill that gave El Aserradero it’s name. On this high land the cloud had got a little more dense and combined with the blackened trees from last year’s fires it was like nature’s graveyard. Reaching the shell of the sawmill there was the option to turn onto the Ifonche trail, it’s worth noting that this new 5.8 km route mentioned on the panel down in Adeje is extra to what I had already walked. Ifonche can also be reached on a more direct and slightly shorter walk from the main plaza at Arona town.

 

Camino De Teresme

 

Retracing my steps it was good to climb down through the cloud layer back into sunshine. The walk was not an easy one but a good challenge with differing types of terrain, inspiring views, and a real insight into the historic and economic importance of this link. Arriving back at the start I had a peek over into Barranco del Infierno, it was nowhere near as overgrown as I expected and given the precarious higher paths on this and many other walks I couldn’t help wondering why we are still being denied the daddy of all the Adeje walks?

Starting point is at the top of Adeje town, past Casa del Fuerte; the three hours on the information panel is optimistic, add an hour, especially if you want to stop for photos and rests, and don’t forget to wear sturdy footwear and take water, snacks and sun cream.

Posted : Monday, June 17th, 2013 at 9:38 am
Category : days out
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