Tenerife – Montana Amarilla & Arguayo

20 04 2012

On my second day with the car I planed to visit Barranco del Infierno. Inside my travel guide is written that this is one of the highlights of Tenerife.

I drove to Adeje which is in the south of the island. The entry of Barranco del Infierno, which is a wildlife sanctuary, is located at the north of Adeje. This area is very steep. I was really happy that I had no oncoming traffic and don’t had to stop at this very steep road.

After I parked my car I walked the last meters to the entry. At the entry was a little ticket box where you normally can buy the ticket for the entry. Today the ticket box was closed. I saw a big sign saying that the track is closed because the risk of falling rocks is to high at the moment. I was very disappointed about this information.

Back at the car, I had to plan something new. Inside my travel guide was another short hike at the west of Tenerife which sounds interesting. My next stop was Arguayo. Inside this little town, close to the football stadium the track for this hike starts. Have a look at my GPS-Track from this little hike if you like.

When you stand at the beginning of the walk you can see two mountains. I followed the track until I reached the top of the left mountain. There I had an awesome view over the complete valley. The weather was good and I had the first time a nice view to La Gomera which is the neighbor island. On the way back I found the entry to the “official” hike which is described inside my travel book. This track will bring you around the right mountain. It’s not easy to find the entry. The track isn’t used very often therefore many parts are accrued by nature.

While hiking on this track I was able to see another part of the valley which was very nice, too. On the way back at the other side of the right mountain I must have left the official path (it wasn’t possible to see the official path). Later I had to climb over some rocks to reach the official path again. After finishing this walk I still had enough time for something else.

I decided to drive back to the south. Costa del Silencio was my next stop. This little holiday town is located near Montana Amarilla. This little mountain is located directly at the coast. It was a short walk up to the top with a nice view. I continued my walk along the coast line and found a place which looks a bit like Paisaje Lunar.

Costa del Silencio is located very close to the airport. I was able to see a couple of aircrafts landing. Near the airport is a little mountain which is colored red. I got some really nice shoots from this little mountain while walking along the coast line. Have a look at my GPS-Track where I walked around in this area.

As you could already see on my GPS-Track I walked a bit to the inland before I walked back to my car.

Can you guess what is coming now? Sure I have some panorama pictures for you.




There is another picture which I want to show to you, here you can see how fast the weather conditions can change at Tenerife. On the Arguayo walk I have taken a picture. 18 minutes later you weren’t able to see the Teide because the weather has changed that fast. Have a look at this picture of the Teide National Park.


And last but not least the picture album with some pictures of both walks.




Tenerife – Hike from Vilaflor to Paisaje Lunar

19 04 2012

Today I collect my little car which should make me a bit more mobile for the next week. I received a little Kia Picanto at the car rental station. It’s really a nice, little car. I didn’t drove a Kia before but this car surprised me very positive.

My first challenge was to find from the rental station to the highway. Compared to Germany the road signs are very rare.

After I found the correct highway I drove directly to Vilaflor. Vilaflor is the highest-located city on Tenerife. It’s a very small town built into the mountains at 1420m above sea-level.

This city was the start point for my first hike at Tenerife. The track I choose should bring me from 1400m up to 1971m above sea-level. The highlight of this hike was Paisaje Lunar which is a white moon scape. It’s a very impressive view to see these mountains formed by nature.

On the hike I came across some old buildings which were also very nice and were a good motive for a picture.

When I reached Paisaje Lunar I thought it’s a good time to take a little rest and enjoy the great view there. I realized very soon that I’m surrounded by a couple of lizards. I had some apples inside my backpack and feed some of the lizards with some apple pieces. The came very close and I was able to take some very nice pictures.

After I returned from the hike I sat down for a moment next to the car. I was able to look very far down the hill. In less than 10 minutes the weather changed completely. The sight was reduced by the fog which reached Vilaflor. I was only able to see a couple of meters. It’s really unbelievable how fast the weather can change at Tenerife. It wasn’t the last time that I had such a weather change while I have been to Tenerife.

Afterwards I drove into the Teide National Park. The sight wasn’t that good and I wasn’t able to view very far. At one point I was still able to see the peak of the Teide which is the highest mountain in Spain (3718m).

Some pictures about the Teide National Park will follow in one of my next posts.

If you are interested in the hike I did, have a look at the following map. This displays the hike I did.

I have taken a little panorama shot on my way back.


And here you can find some of my pictures from the hike.