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4.- Pista del Rayo-pista del Fondo (1)
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4.- Pista del Rayo-pista del Fondo (1)
4.- Pista del Rayo-pista del Fondo (1)


This route for motor vehicles is a great way to explore the monteverde forest in its different stages of maturity. 

At the beginning of the route you will be able to observe how the stands of Monterey pine that dot the landscape are giving way to more typical monteverde species, as the native vegetation of the area is being restored. This process of restoration occurs spontaneously with certain species, while others need to be introduced by forestry teams. 

As you continue along the track, you will come across a tall, leafy forest of tree heath (Erica arborea), faya (Morella faya), acebiño (Ilex canariensis) and laurel (Laurus novocanariensis), affected in the past by heavy exploitation, but now also being restored. 

Further on, depending on the lie of the land, you will see a more developed forest, with larger, more scattered trees, accompanied by floral species typical of the undergrowth here, such as follao (Viburnum rigidum), morgallana or Canary buttercup (Ranunculus cortusifolius) and cresta de gallo (Isoplexis canariensis). 

Amongst the trees and bushes you will be able to hear the blackcaps, blue tits and greenfinches, as well as the laurel pigeon, which is endemic to these woods.


  • 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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Prior authorisation through the Reservation Centre of the Tenerife Island Council is compulsory for the following vehicles:

  • Trials, enduro and motocross bikes.
  • ATVs and quads with a handlebar steering system.
  • Off-road vehicles with tyres of 10 to 15mm tread depth.
  • Power-assisted pedal cycles with a power output of more than 0.5 kW, to supplement the muscle power of the rider.
  • Caravan of up to six motor vehicles in motion with a maximum distance of 30 metres separating them.

Check the Regulations for information on prohibited vehicles.

No reservations are required for other vehicles, provided that they meet the recreational use requirements for this network of trails.

More information

Technical information sheet

Route information

Motor vehicle route

Tenerife ON


5,91 km

1 h 30 m

153,74 m

116,11 m

At an average speed of 15 km/h

  • Altitude gain:153,74 m

  • Altitude loss:116,11 m

  • Maximum altitude:1.182,44 m

  • Minimum altitude:1.058,38 m


Route code


Tracks for motor vehicles are marked with blue signs and posts that include:

  • Direction.
  • Route number.
  • Distance to end point.

Route map and profile

Elevation profile

  • Maximum altitude:1.182,44 m

  • Minimum altitude:1.058,38 m

Connections with other routes

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How to get to route end point

Pista La Vica, Santa Úrsula.

Municipalities passed through

  • El Rosario
  • El Sauzal
  • La Matanza de Acentejo
  • Tacoronte

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