This route takes you through the typical Canary Island pine forest of the south of the island as you cross through colourful ravines on the way up to the volcanic uplands of Mount Teide.
As you will discover along the General de Arico trail, the pine forests in the south of Tenerife are more open than those in the north, and their undergrowth is less rich in species. However, you will be surprised by the sheer size of some of the pine trees in this area, emerging like giants from the forest mass.
Above the pine forest you will find mountain flora mostly comprising species found only in the Canary Islands, such as the rosalillo de cumbre (Pterocephalus lasiospermus), the alhelí (Erysimum scoparium), Teide white broom (Spartocytisus supranubius) and flixweed (Descurainia bourgaeana).
But what stand out most in the area are the varieties of Echium, known locally as tajinaste: the tajinaste rojo (Echium wildpretii), also known as “the pride of Tenerife” which blossoms into a large, unique and striking tower of red flowers; and the tajinaste picante (Echium auberianum), with an impressive blue flower spike. Together they cover this area with a blanket of bright colours every springtime.
IBP Index: 58.
- Always stay on the marked trail and do not enter private property, hunting grounds, water galleries, wells or caves.
- Be careful when walking along roads used by motor vehicles and hiking trails, and when crossing ravines with water courses.
- Avoid direct encounters with potentially dangerous animals, such as livestock, beehives, and dogs.
- Proceed with caution and watch for obstacles, loose rocks, uneven terrain or steep slopes to avoid accidents and falls.
- Consult our good practice guide and, if necessary, contact emergency services by calling 112.
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