The Canary Islands
In my view, the mountains and
their culture are the reasons to go to the Canaries.
Dramatic, immense, and varied, they have shaped the way the
people have lived there since people began to inhabit them.
This is Roque de Taborno near
Taganana in the Anaga Mountains. It was a spectacular walk
and not more than a few hours.
This is the highest mountain in
the Canary Islands (and in Spain) at 12,300 feet, Mt. Teide.
This picture is taken from the west on the road from Los
Gigantes. That's fresh snow on top.
There is an 18 km walk from the
eastside of Mt. Teide at El Portillo to the Parador de Las
Canadas. It snowed on us this day, and it was windy.
The elevation where we stand here is about 7000 feet. This
is inside a huge caldera 16 miles round. It's like being
in another world.
Again, inside the Las Canadas
caldera. Striking volcanic formations.
Let's change islands and go to
La Palma, the westernmost island and the most mountainous island
in the world. This is at 8000 feet on the rim of the
Caldera de Taburiente.
On the south side of La Palma,
there is another 22 km walk called the Ruta des Volcanes.
It's long, mostly downhill, and takes you past multiple
volcanoes that have recently erupted.
On the north side of La Palma,
from about 1000 feet to 5000 feet, you'll find many deep ravines
and canyons. Here is the canyon of Los Tilos and it's a
primeval jungle by all accounts.
Dark and misty in the canyon of
Mists nourish the rainforest as
well as the rain.
Back on Tenerife in the Anaga
mountains in the east. The spire in the background is the
first walk we did and the picture of me above. This
picture is taken during another walk. There was a small
pebble beach down there where we sat for a few hours and ate
pictures... Towns and villages...