With little elevation gain at high altitude, this route is perfect for observing the most characteristic flora and fauna of the Teide National Park.
It starts at the Portillo Visitor Centre, inside the park, and heads north-west, reaching Cañada de Los Guancheros and ending at the rock face of La Fortaleza.
The well-signposted route takes you past mounds of pumice stone from the eruptions of Montaña Blanca. You will also see plants such as Teide white broom (Spartocytisus supranubius), Teide sticky broom or codeso (Adenocarpus viscosus), Canary Islands juniper and Canary Island pines at the base of La Fortaleza, a rusty-brown massif and remnant of the Cañadas Edifice that bears witness to the vast scale of this part of the island in the distant past.
- Always stay on the marked trail and do not enter private property, hunting grounds, water galleries, wells or caves.
- Pay special attention when crossing or walking along trails used by bicycles, horses or motor vehicles and when walking in 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.
- Check out our guide to hiking in Tenerife and, if necessary, contact the emergency services by calling 112.