The forces of nature had to collide in order to bring to the surface this wonder of nature, Tenerife…
I have to admit, I had Tenerife in my mind for a while now. Most of been the Winter or maybe the fact that last year I was packing my bags, destination..Tenerifeee!!!
The general impression is that Tenerife is an island where one can sit on the beach and enjoy the holiday in some resort. For most people it probably is, but for me, Tenerife represents a fantastic island with the most stunning landscape I ever saw.
Might be its volcanic nature which make it so dangerously attractive to me, or maybe the fact that even while up in the air the volcano Pico del Teide looks like a lighthouse in a sea of clouds letting me know that there, in the vastness of Atlantic Ocean there is an island which has so much to reveal to me. Well.. I can continue blabbering and bore you to death, or I can go straight to the point.
Forget the beaches and get out of the resort and aim straight to Teno National Park which lies at 2000 m altitude straight in the middle of the island with Pico del Teide rising above it with another 1718 m, That`s right you math buff, Pico del Teide is 3718 m high. Pretty big, don’t you think? Needless to say that his longtime companion Pico Viejo it is still partially awake, they do smoke the peace pipe together now and then. To experience its smelliness you can choose either to try and conquer Pico del Teide Peak, you will need a permit for it, or chose the easiest way, the cable car. The view from out there it is worth your entire trip and this is only a part of what this National Park has to offer.
The entire park has an are of 190 square km and it looks like a volcanoes convention taking place in what it use to bean old crater which was active millions of years ago when the island was first forged by the destructive fury of nature. Although, if you think about it, was not that destructive. It gave birth to Tenerife after all… I could continue telling you about the wonders you can find in these 190 square km, but I am not going do it. It is up to you to discover,
This is just a tease. What I can tell you is that you can hike, cycle or drive around you can chose your weapon. In this case, there aren`t any bad choices! Sunsets up there in the park can be some memorable one. Not often can ca see the sun setting beneath a lair a clouds while you have a clear sky above you.
Maybe you think that 190 square km of wonders are enough. I beg to differ. On the west part of the island is Teno Rural Park. Home of the most scary winding roads I ever experience . You probably think I am kidding, try to go on this roads at night time with fog around and strong winds. The scenery here is more dramatic with pointy rocky peaks, also home of Masca Gorge. The hike on the Masca Gorge is one of the most exhilarating experience I ever had, and I had my share of mountain hikes.
It is a 3 hours adrenaline rush descent through a scenery which seem to be out of this world and it is a hard descent by the way. Make sure you have a good weather because the descent it is taking to Masca Beach strategically guarded by the Acantilados de Los Gigantes or the Wall of Hell how the Guanches use to call these cliffs, and from there you have to take a boat back to civilization, meaning the nearest resort Los Gigantes. Otherwise you have to climb what you just descend and take a ride back from Masca village, believe me, you do not want to do that.
This trail, in my books, is nr.1 and it gave me an almost orgasmic experience I might say. You have to try it and then you will agree with me. But Masca Trail is not the only thing which you might be mesmerized by in Teno Rural Park. The Punta de Teno Lighthouse the most western part of the Island. A place that in order to reach it you have to go on a road which has a disclaimer that you are entering the road on your own responsibility, the moment you enter it. Of course this did not kept me from entering and I understood why they had that disclaimer. Because of the higher degree of the erosion of the mountain walls and because of the permanent intense winds if you venture there a fallen rock might become your new accessory on the top of your car. But since we are attracted to dangerous situation I doubt that one you will be there you wil return and say that it is too dangerous to continue. On my way to the lighthouse I felt like tiptoeing through the winds looking up constantly but in the same time so fascinated by the entire scenery. Form my point of view it was worth it. I had another sunset to remember.
It is not the lighthouse which make my journey there memorable but the scenery and the merciless wind which was trying through every means possible to show me that it was its kingdom I entered in.
I have wrote a lot. More than I wanted but I got carried away by my memories. There is still a lot more to cover, but if I would have wrote about everything then what you discover?
I say, go and discover Tenerife and make your journey to be a memorable one!!!!