Barranco del Infierno

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The Barranco del Infierno Special Natural Reserve is a protected area located in the municipality of Adeje in the south of Tenerife. This reserve that has 1,843.1 hectares is characterized by the presence of deep ravines, separated by narrow hills and different geological formations of interest such as the Roques del Conde or Ahiyo or Ichasagua, Roque de Imoque and Abinque. The Barranco del Infierno is also known as Franchoja or Choja.

The protected area establishes its limits with the Corona Forestal Natural Park to the north and, to the northeast, with the Ifonche Protected Landscape. All these places belong to the Network of Protected Natural Areas of the Canary Islands. The place presents one of the most important permanent water courses in Tenerife, highlighting a small waterfall at the head of the ravine, which, judging by the erosion observed on both sides of the ravine, must have been greater in previous times. The hydrological network of this environment plays an important role in maintaining the different ecological processes related to the water cycle.

The area is very important at the archaeological level, as there are hundreds of caves that sheltered many Guanche aborigines, as well as caves with rock engravings. The largest collection of mummies and aboriginal utensils found here are in the Museum of Nature and Man of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

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