Going up to the Teide
The symbol of Tenerife: the volcano of Teide culminating at 3715m! A nice way to go up there is to climb separate in two hikes and in the Teide shelter.
We leave towards noon direction the refuge. The hike is supposed to last 3:30 with about 800 meters going up but we dit it in 2 hours with breaks.
The first part of the hike is on a gently sloping track with volcanic bubbles. It is impressive to think that it was propelled from the crater.
After around one hour of walking we arrive to the hard part: the slope becomes much steeper and it becomes a spiral climb with a breathtaking view of the northwest of the island.
We arrive at 15h at the refuge. There is a main room where It is possible to wait until 5 when check in and dormitory access is allowed. There is a kitchen where it is possible to cook. The dormitory is basic but perfect for one night.
The next morning, we wake up at dawn to be at the top for sunrise. There is still about 1h30 of walking to go and even in the night the path is well indicated. A light is needed but it is easy to walk in the dark.
The sunrise is extraordinary. We are at 3700 m with the view of the whole island and the reflection of the volcano in the sea. Unforgettable moment 🙂
It is very very cold and the wind blows hard! It is necessary to be well covered to enjoy it fully.
La Orotava is a pretty, sloping village with very nice colonial houses with balconies. Unfortunately the village is often in the clouds.
Never been to Machu Picchu but Masca is how I would imagine it (a bit smaller of course!). It is very nice village high in the middle of the mountains. The landscape as much as the village worth to be seen.
The road to get there is impressive and very beautiful.
Icode de los Vinos
This is where cueva de los vinho is located. It’s a tunnel dug by lava.
Visits are organized by the center for 20 euros per person but must be booked in advance.
At the time I was there, an Argentinian-Canarian couple was doing guided “free tour for around one hour visit. I was not convinced but it was actually pretty impressive.
Nice little seaside village in the west coast of Tenerife with seawater natural pool. It’s a nice stop on the way to Masca.
The roads on the northern part of the island give amazing views of the island and the coast. In Bajamar (North-West), there are pools directly on the sea (filled by the waves). At that time, the waves were huge and breaking on the dike. That was a breathtaking nature show.