This route takes you up through the Orotava Valley to the Teide National Park, discovering amazing landscapes and nature along the way.
You start off in the Canary Island pine forest with an undergrowth of tree heath (Erica arborea), jara (Cistus symphytifolius), codeso (Adenocarpus foliolosus), and tagasaste (Cytisus proliferus) in the more open areas. As you gain altitude, this vegetation gives way to thickets of codeso (Adenocarpus foliolosus), and tagasaste (Cytisus proliferus) and, later, to Teide white broom or retama (Spartocytisus supranubius), accompanied by species such as flixweed or hierba pajonera (Descurainia bourgaeana) and rosalillo de cumbre (Pterocephalus lasiospermus).
At this point the landscape transforms and you will find yourself in the midst of beautiful volcanic scenery dominated by volcanoes and lava flows, such as the nearby Montaña Limón.
During the route you will see the birds that live in the pine forest, such as blue tits, blue chaffinches and the great spotted woodpecker. And when you reach the scrubland you will also be able to spot Berthelot’s pipits, kestrels and Iberian grey shrikes.
And if you do the route in spring, you will be rewarded by the riot of colour brought about by the flowering of the mountain scrub.
- Always stay on the marked trail observing all traffic rules established in the regulations.
- When parking, keep away from water intakes or firefighting water storage tanks, and do not block the passage of other vehicles or access to the track.
- Be extra careful both at junctions with paths and tracks and on sections shared by walkers, horse riders and cyclists.
- Proceed with care to avoid accidents that may be caused by obstacles, landslides and uneven terrain.
- Check our guide to motor vehicle routes and, if necessary, contact the emergency services by calling 112.
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