Cabido/Council joint body agree on Barranco del Infierno reopening

 

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The joint Cabildo/Council commission with representatives from the department of the environment have told the company charged with care and control and visitor management of the Barranco del Infierno that they may proceed with the reopening of this popular walk once work on cleaning, drainage and path clearance has taken place.
Both sides were in agreement at the need to maintain the strict security measures in place and extend them if necessary, a normal precaution in zones such as these. This will include an obligatory review of the paths following any weather alerts, unexpected weather changes, or other circumstances that could alter the condition of the paths and the rock-faces along this natural reserve.

The decision to reopen was taken following a full review of the value of the zone, the huge demand from visitors to visit the Barranco all year round, and given the fact that even though the Barranco was not open to the public in recent months many people have been walking there with parallel risks as there has been no proper controls in place during the closure.
The Cabildo and Council have therefore said the company may reopen under the strict conditions laid down, including full control of the numbers in the area at any given time with visitors, under the direction of trained guides, made fully aware of restrictions and security measures required to minimise any risk.

The company are expected to announce the actual date of reopening soon, possibly as early as February 15th.

Barranco del Infierno to Re-open

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Last week the Adeje council confirmed that, once negotiations with the Cabildo have been completed, the Barranco del Infierno, the fantastic walk in the borough, will reopen, hopefully before the end of 2013.
The Barranco was the second most visited natural attraction in Tenerife after Mount Teide, but was closed a number of years ago after a walker died following a rock fall. Since then the council have been working hard, in conjunction with the Cabildo and experts to, according to the mayor, “minimise the risks and make sure that any future visitors are informed as those risks”. According to councillor Gonzalo Delgado when the walk reopens anyone wishing to embark on the hike will be informed as to the new set of regulations regarding the walk, there will be a limit of 200 walkers a day, a new control point, guided routes which will reduce the numbers of individual walkers placing themselves in danger, among other new operational norms.
The issue of a fee to do the walk has still to be confirmed, as well as the final decision regarding the management of the walk and the Barranco, which will either be assumed by the council or a private company.