Yet the most beautiful and spectacular section can be found on the original village link between Santiago del Teide and Masca. This part measures just five kilometres – and nevertheless you can easily plan an hour to drive it. This section is so demanding for the drivers, so exciting, indeed breathtaking for the passengers, that it is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tenerife.
Nearly every day, Tito, Orlando and their bus driver colleagues from Pérez y Cairós, one of the leading bus companies in Tenerife, drive over the pass to Masca. Time and time again, the passengers – mostly tourist groups and day trippers – witness overwhelming views of bizarre rock formations, of the sea 1,000 metres below and of the road’s spectacular course, which closely hugs the steep lava slopes in 13 hairpins and almost another 100 bends. The longest stretch of straight road barely measures more than 50 metres. Mostly less than four metres wide, there are only a few passing points where buses can get past each other without any danger.