- Bar operator “sells” tunnel tickets illegally
- Bar operators attach lock to tunnel
- The charges have been filed – but what will happen to the lock on the tunnel?
- IMPORTANT Therefore, do not under any circumstances pay these people for tunnel crossings, tunnel tickets, equipment such as helmets and headlamps, and the like. And under no circumstances give them your identity cards. IMPORTANT
Bar operator “sells” tunnel tickets illegally
Below Tamaimo is a tunnel that leads into the Barranco Seco. I described it, for example, in the tour Pure Adventure – Dark Tunnels and Breathtaking Cliffs. Some time ago, several readers told me that a small bar with refreshments had opened directly on the Camino Real from Los Gigantes to Santiago del Teide. That didn’t sound bad at first.
But then I gradually learned from more and more people that this small refreshment bar offered more than just drinks. At first, a man who sold fruit and refreshments in the bar approached all the people who wanted to go through the tunnel and passed by there. Some were supposed to pay €10 to pass through the tunnel. He told others that helmets were compulsory in the tunnel. These helmets could be borrowed from him with a headlamp for a fee. In some cases, identity cards should also be deposited as security.
Bar operators attach lock to tunnel
Around this small bar there are 2 men who speak Spanish, English and German. Since they apparently could not relieve enough people of their money in this way, they have now probably attached a lock to the grille in front of the tunnel. It is unlikely that the municipality acted here – as claimed by the men. There is no official sign and the tunnel is only locked from one side. In any case, the two men have the keys. One man is constantly at the tunnel entrance to let people who have paid or those who are coming back in and out. The other man is in the bar and “sells” tickets and rents helmets in addition to refreshments.
When hikers come through the tunnel from the other direction (from the Barranco), they are supposed to pay before the man unlocks and lets them out. Yesterday someone who didn’t want to pay told me that they wouldn’t let him out of the tunnel. He had to go back through the tunnel and find another way to Tamaimo. This is not possible for everyone because of the condition. Therefore, it is not only fraud that is taking place in front of the tunnel.
The charges have been filed – but what will happen to the lock on the tunnel?
Today someone filed a complaint with the police. Allegedly, the construction of the entire house is illegal because there is no building area directly on the Camino Real. But it may take time before a possible demolition order is implemented. The local Spanish police believe that as long as people pay voluntarily, they cannot do anything.
IMPORTANT Therefore, do not under any circumstances pay these people for tunnel crossings, tunnel tickets, equipment such as helmets and headlamps, and the like. And under no circumstances give them your identity cards. IMPORTANT
But what happens to the tunnel blocked by the lock and the tunnel walks? The police will certainly not remove the lock so quickly. To be informed about the current state of affairs, please read the numerous comments on this information. If you have any new information, please be sure to share it with the other walkers here.