Discover the natural wealth from the north of Tenerife and its gardens. Ideal for plant lovers and explorers of indigenous diversity. Hide among the roots of a centenary Drago, find the difference between the more than 150 palm trees brought from all over the world. In Tenerife there are also orchids, be sure to admire its singular beauty. If you like plants, do not forget to participate in this tour.
You will depart from the harbor of Santa Cruz and you will drive in direction to Puerto de La Cruz passing by La Laguna, which is the second important town of Tenerife, located in the center of the Aguere Valley and just a few kilometers from the capital at an altitude of 600 yards above sea level. Continuing westwards you reach Tacoronte, one of the best wine growing areas in the island and then El Sauzal. Following the coast road, you will turn south to the Orotava Valley.
Your drive continues to Puerto de la Cruz, which is the bustling holiday town that first introduced them to the charms of Tenerife. This port on the North-western coast of the island occupies an idyllic location where the Orotava Valley reaches the Atlantic Ocean. Your first stop will be for a visit at the famous Botanical Garden, founded in 1788 by King Carlos III of Spain as a stop-over for the hundreds of plants species brought over from America, Asia and Africa. In point of fact these gardens have become assort of "acclimatization" garden for many of these delicate species from others climates. Although many did not survive, there are still more than 4.000 species, some of them grown to incredible proportions, such as the massive "Coussapoa Dealbata" palm, or the "Palo Borracho" (Drunken Log), also from South America. The garden has a Canarian flora herbarium and develops different investigation programs.
Afterwards you continue to visit the garden of "Risco Bello," located in the heart of Taoro Park beside the Casino building. There you will be invited to enjoy a walk in the gardens of dream and discoveries. The poetry of the lakes, the fauna and the aquatic flora are combined with the luxurious Canarian vegetation. You will walk through a grotto and a waterfall, the garden of potteries and a Japanese bridge. Our last stop will be in the very famous Hotel Tigaiga situated in Taoro Park, with their subtropical gardens where you will discover a wide variety of trees, shrubs and plants, cactus from all over the world growing alongside a variety of endemic flora. While sitting in the garden terrace, a coffee, tea or juices will be served. Afterwards, you head back to the pier by the main highway.
Note: Guests must be able to walk approximately 0.6 miles over gravel paths, cobblestone and concrete paved sidewalks. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.