This route offers spectacular views of the Orotava Valley and the pine forests stretching to the north-west of the island, often shrouded in a sea of clouds.
On the descent through the valley heading west, you will see how the Canary Island pine forest grows lusher as it becomes more humid. You will leave behind tagasaste (Cytisus proliferus) and codeso (Adenocarpus foliolosus) to find faya (Morella faya), tree heath (Erica arborea), acebiño (Ilex canariensis) and laurel (Laurus novocanariensis) as you enter the wet pine forest.
The birds you can spot include blue chaffinches, blue tits, goldcrests, robins and great spotted woodpeckers, and even sparrowhawks and kestrels from the more open patches of forest.
And if you look closely, you will see the countless fragments of obsidian and pumice stone deposits strewn across the terrain.
- 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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