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VM 9. Pista General de Arico

VM-9

9-. Pista General de Arico
9-. Pista General de Arico
9-. Pista General de Arico
9-. Pista General de Arico

Description

 

There may be closures due to restoration work on the track so please take special care when passing through this area.

 

Most of this route runs through a typical pine forest in the south of the island, where majestic, towering pine trees rise up like giants. 

As you advance along the track you will leave this pine forest behind to enter the realms of mountain flora, consisting mostly of endemic Canary Island plants that have adapted to the harsh climatic conditions at these altitudes, such as rosalillo de cumbre (Pterocephalus lasiospermus), alhelí del Teide (Erysimum scoparium), and flixweed or hierba pajonera (Descurainia bourgaeana). 

You will also be able to see two species of tajinaste in this area, the red and the blue (Echium wildpretii and Echium auberianum), which put on a spectacular show in spring when they bloom. 

Along the route you will also pass lava flows and cones of various colours and textures, from different volcanic periods on the island, such as the black lava of Volcán de Fasnia. 

In this breathtaking landscape you will often see kestrels, blue chaffinches and blue finches.

Tips

  • 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.
Recommendations and tips

Guides

No data available

Permits

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

Linear

21,77 km

1 h 30 m

1.419,94 m

401,28 m

At an average speed of 15 km/h

  • Altitude gain:1.419,94 m

  • Altitude loss:401,28 m

  • Maximum altitude:2.289,58 m

  • Minimum altitude:1.268,56 m

Signage

Route code

VM-9

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

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

Route map and profile

Elevation profile

  • Maximum altitude:2.289,58 m

  • Minimum altitude:1.268,56 m

Connections with other routes

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How to get to route start point

El Contador Recreational Area.

How to get to route end point

The start (km 0) of the TF-514 road.

Municipalities passed through

  • Arico
  • Fasnia
  • La Orotava

Protected Areas

Transit

Parque Natural de la Corona Forestal

The Corona Forestal is the largest protected natural area in the Canary Islands, one of the most extensive forests on the islands, the lungs of Tenerife and the gateway to Mount Teide.  As its name ...

Discover the Protected Area
Parque Natural de Corona Forestal

Weather

Today, sunday, in Arico


Clouds
Wind

6 km/h

Temperature

20ºC Maximum

15ºC Minimum

Rain

0%

3 day forecast

monday

20ºC Maximum

15ºC Minimum

tuesday

22ºC Maximum

16ºC Minimum

wednesday

23ºC Maximum

16ºC Minimum

Places of interest

These are some of the points of interest you can find along this route.

Pino_Gordo
Monumental tree

Pino Gordo

The trunk of this pine tree forks at a height of 130 cm and has been used for signs indicating...

Rock

Volcán de Fasnia

Fasnia Volcano is a relatively young volcanic cone that last erupted in 1705. It is distinguished...