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From Afur to Afur, Tenerife Day 12
 
Some last pictures have to be posted, taken on my last trip on Saturday.
 
Unfortunately, after a very unpleasant journey back home, including a cancelled and heavily postponed flight, a biologically interesting hotel for the additional night, an unbelievable bad and uncoordinated service provided by the airline +Condor Flugdienst GmbH​​​​ at TFS as well at the interims locations and at last a lost day of paid leave, I did not find the time to post until now. Nevertheless, one week later, here are the last pics.
 
 I went from Afur in the north of the island to Afur. A great round trip, starting at 200m high, climbing up steeply to about 610m, falling down to the shore in Taganana, climbing up 250m again, following the steep northern cliffs through old wine yards, decreasing again to the shore at playa Tamadiste, then climb up again to the starting point. With the side trip to Taganana, aprox. 16Km of staircases and great panorama views. And I’m sorry, the sky was blue again...

Overall it was a great trip to Tenerife.

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Starting downtown Las Vegas…, Tenerife Day 11
 
Today I’ve visited Las Vegas, a small village high above the southern shore. The area is characterized by its rural history, terraced fields, former forestry and old hydraulic constructions, all designed to get the most of the short resources in the dry south. When walking the steep caminos between the small fields and the single crofts, one can imagine how exhausting and hart farming has been in earlier times.
 
Today most of the fields are underused while some of them are brought back to operations in ecological winegrowing. The main track leads through this agricultural area most of the time, passing the old fields, water canals, cisterns, and the former entry slot of an old water mill. Overall it’s a great path through this abandoned man-made landscape.
 
There is a nice side trip, 400m up to the Risco del Muerte, an officially permitted climbing area offering some very impressive rock formations. No climbers today, but clouds. Not that nice for clear views, but helpful to relax my red fur.

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Los Organos (Smeagol meets Tyrion Lannister or something…), Tenerife Day 10
 
Today was (again) a very lazy day. I just stick my oppressed feed in the Atlantic Ocean, had some good meals, a good read and supported my sunburn in getting even worse.
 
But yesterday I've visited Los Organos, a green rock formation high above the village of Agumansa, even higher above La Orotrava in the north of Tenerife. The track starts at La Caldera, a secretly hidden place of worship, deep down in the dark woods of the North, where the native Teneriferos are scarifying animals to the dark Lord of the fire, preferably every Saturday and Sunday as well as on every public holiday, with slt and pepper and loads of mojo. The path separates in four unique sections. The first section follows a forest road for about 3 Km. Then in section two the path rises very steep and high, up about 550m in the pine/laurel/eucalyptus forest (section four is nearly the same but fortunately downhill). While section one is a nice walk and section two and four are more or less sporty challenges, the third part is the interesting one. For about 5Km the track follows the profile of the eroded mountains, nearly keeping its high, always on a narrow path, mostly about 0,5m wide, often smaller, through the steep cliff. Often covered with a carpet of pine needles, rocky and gravelish on the exposed peaks, sometimes even a little muddy and following slippery, moss covered rocks deep in the valley cuts. A little thrilling (the track was officially closed because of rock slides) with a steep wall on one side, the abyss on the other. There’s one picture showing the tip of my shoe, just to have a reference to estimate the geological circumstances.
 
While climbing up I’d still hoped for some sun on the top, but the wind became dead calm and the clouds remained nailed to the woods. Until today I never had the chance to do this track with a clear view to the northern shore, but nevertheless it’s a fantastic walk and especially when covered in clouds this path has a nearly mystical appearance. Guess this will always be my path in the clouds.
 
I’m still unsure where to go tomorrow. Guess I’ll have to have an hour with the hiking guide…

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Teno Alto to Punta de Teno, Tenerife Day 9
 
The original plan was to go to Teno Alto, hike down to Punta de Teno the northwestern end of Tenerife and than climb up again. Unfortunately, the upper Teno Mountains where covered in clouds and therefore, I drove down to Punta de Teno, had a really nice time in the sun, chilled a little bit while looking out for La Gomera in the hazy southwest as well as the steep cliffs of the western shore and capturing some Atlantic waves.

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Up in the very north, Tenerife Day 8
 
Today I’ve visited the very north of Tenerife. The last street ended somewhere in Charmorga, 450m above the shore. An old camino connects Charmorga with Roque Bermejo, a solitaire rock in the Atlantic and a very small town with the same name. Roque Bermejo is only reachable via feet, the camino I’d walked down, or by boat. I’d planned to have a nice walk and a nice time down at the lonely beach of Roque Bermejo. Unfortunately, after following the camino down the Baranco de Bermejo and reaching the village, there where now room to chill on the beach. High and really impressive waves flushed all over the small band, making it impossible to stay there. Furthermore, an old lady stands waving and shouting on the patio of one of the few small houses and after snapping some words like “…inseguro… las olas… peligrosa…”, I decided to leave the shore and instead, buy some sugary drinks for the way back up. First good decision of the day, because I had a very funny hands and feet conversation with this old and constantly smiling lady at her improvised bar (tin of coke only 1,25€, while in this middle of nowhere she easily could take 4€ and still would sell). After explaining my plans to go back up to Charmorga following the baranco, she pointed me to a second way up, passing the Faro di Anaga. The third good decision that day, after accepting her invitation to have a free cortado, was to follow her suggestion.

Yay! I guess I have a new favorite track in the northern area of Tenerife. Climbing 600m up on a 2,5Km long route, constantly following the wet, green steep of the northern Anaga mountains, with great, impressive views directly down to the northern shore and changing impressions on every turn of the path… Just amazing! Thanks old improvised bar lady for your great suggestion.

Even the different sounds one can hear on that track are impressive. Losing the typical sounds of the small village Charmorga, barking dogs and crowing roosters, the burbling baranco takes over, supported by a bunch of chirping birds and the omnipresent rustling of some scared lizards. When reaching Roque Bermejo, the rolling thunder of the waves is the dominant impression. Then, after passing the Faro di Anaga, the chirping is back, together with waves deep down and some nagging goats.  

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Montaña Guajara, Tenerife Day 7
 
Yesterday was a lazy day. I’ just stick my feet into the Atlantic Ocean, had a good read, a good drink and a great dinner.

Therefore, I decided to do a little more challenging walk today and I visited the Montaña Guajara, besides the Teide massive, the next highest peak of Tenerife and even an eye catcher due to its Wild-West-like-Table-Mountain look.

Starting at about 2100m, the first part of the track follows a wide gravel road, normally boring to walk but this part offers great views to the impressive rock formations at the base of the Guajara. Then steeply up to a first pass (2385) and then following, the gravel fields on the south side of the Guajara, up to the top at 2718m. For the way back one has three options.

Walk back the way you came. Boring…

Slide down some loose gravel on the eastern flank of the Guajara, enjoying the same view as on the way up. Boring…

Take the northern flank, climb a little bit, think about every step you do and enjoy the fantastic view to the Teide mountain and across the complete Cañada area between Teide and Guajara.

I took option three. Great view, a little thrilling, especially during the first third of the way down, but really impressive.
Anything else? Yes, sunburn…

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Tenerife Day 5
Roque di Tarborno
 
Still cold and hazy in the north, but nevertheless today was Roque-di-Tarborno-time.

The Roque di Tarborno is a monolith north of the small village with the same name, up in the northern Anaga mountains. Circling this rock is a nice walk of about 6Km with some thrilling sections. Sometimes the path is wet and muddy, sometimes rocky and wet, sometimes not even existing. But ignoring these obstacles you may find a fantastic viewpoint in the very north of the track. 600m of almost vertical cliffs above the northern shore with a fantastic view, down to the Atlantic breakers.

Back in downtown Tarborno I suggest to have a cortado at “Villa di Tarborno”. A small bar with nice people and good coffee, directly at Taborno main street ;)

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Tenerife Day 4
fly, no … walk, no wait... äh… stairclimb me to the moon! 
 
Today I stayed at the south flank of the Teide massiv and took the 14Km/5h walk from Vilaflor (highest village on Tenerife at aprox. 1450m) to the Paisaje Lunar (1950m), a natural monument that impressively shows what the power of time and water will do with volcano rocks. I’ve been to Tenerife several times but until today I never walked up there.

Even if those rock formations would look a lot more impressive if one would stand directly below, the direct access to those stony cones is prohibited. Presumably previous dickheads could not resist to carve their names in to this monument…

The first part of the track leads through derelict farmland areas and some almond groves, the upper part through light pine woods with some blooming Teide broom. The upper part is more like a walk in the park with some steep gravelish sections while the lower part of the track is more or less like a constant walk in the staircase. Hey, might be good for my shape…

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Tenerife Day 3

Plans are made to be revised. So due to heavy rain, cold 8°C and strong winds in the north I cancelled my plan to go to Tarbono today and went south, enjoying the unique flavor of a wet forest, pines and eucalyptus in La Esperanza and drove up to the Teide massiv again. La Fortaleza, a steep cliff in the north east of the Teide mountain was covered in bright sunlight and was chosen to be the destination of today’s track. I had a great 4h walk up in the volcano area.

And don’t miss the intrusive lizard Mr. Big-Fat-Black-Headed-Boss-Of-The-Pebble and his Lizarnettes at the end of this gallery…

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Gravel, pines and blue Skies, Tenerife Day 2
A walk around Volcán de la Botija

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