A network of national parks in the Canary Islands attempts to conserve their most characteristic ecosystems. Hence, the Mt. Teide National Park, in the centre of the island of Tenerife, shelters the best examples of the supra-Mediterranean vegetation level. On the other hand, with an average altitude of over 2,000 metres, the Mt. Teide National Park offers one of the most spectacular examples of volcanism in the world and represents the best example of alpine volcanic ecosystem in the Canary Islands.
Leaving the port of Santa Cruz, you'll pass the university town of Laguna, situated in the Aguere Valley and the first capital of the island. Driving along the spine of the island, the road snakes up through the Esperanza Forest with its cool trees of eucalyptus and pine. As you climb higher the greenery turns to ochre, grey, and blue with the landscape turning to lava until suddenly, before you, huge Mount Teide rises stunningly in the middle of a landscape.
Before reaching the National Park of Las Canadas, you'll make a stop for photos and coffee. The National Park was created in 1954, covers an area of 13,571 hectares, and is, in fact, the interior crater of the mountain from which the cone of Mount Teide formed. In lava fields of the Ucana Valley you will admire the "Mirador del Dedo de Dios" - a lava stone formation that looks like a finger and is therefore called "God's Finger." You will have the opportunity for photos before departing for the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Note: Due to the nature of this tour, this tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties, heart disease, high blood pressure and/or vertigo.