Volcano

Volcano!

We took a bus tour from Santa Cruz de Tenerife (sea level), to the highest mountain in Spain – the volcano Teide 3,718 m asl (12198 feet). This picture is taken from the bus, which gets you to the bottom of the volcano. If you want to go higher up, you can take a cable car.

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up

The girls were game so we took the cable car up…

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walk

…and then walked along a wobbly, lava-rock trail.

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lava

The peak is another 160 meters up, and air was very thin, so we did not feel up to climbing to the top.

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rest

Instead, we all walked slowly, and rested a lot…

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view

…and admired the view a lot…

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gasp

…and eventually the girls decided their xylems and phloems might explode if they walked any more – we were way above the tree line after all, so I carried them the rest of the way.

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Pico Viejo

At the end of the trail we saw the multicoloured cone of an old eruption, and further in the distance you could get a sense of the “sea of clouds” that forms between 600 and 1800 m asl on Tenerife, and creates a moisture-filled zone part way up the volcanic slopes.

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Down

We enjoyed the volcano very much, but were glad to return to the more oxygenated foot of the mountain!

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sea

And further down the mountain we stopped in the sea of clouds…

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Fringilla teydea

…and were lucky enough to spot a Tenerife Blue Chaffinch – endemic to the Canary Islands!

Click here for more information about this bird…and we recommend the trip to Teide if you visit Tenerife!

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6 thoughts on “Volcano

    • The girls did feel a little worn out after the hike…it wasn’t that long a walk, but it was strenuous because of the altitude! We were so glad we made it up to the volcano, a highlight of the trip to the Canary Islands!

  1. Just reading and seeing the photos made MY pegs ache! But what a view!! Thank you for sharing the girls adventure with us “stay at homes”.

    • We will never forget this trip! Constance has hiked across the Spanish Pyrenees, so she thinks this was a very nice way to get to the top of the highest mountain in Spain!

  2. The photos of your Hittys hiking up the lava were adorable. I’m glad they knew when to call it a day…
    just goes to show that both humans and Hittys can experience altitude sickness.

    • Constance, Tansy and Aurelia really enjoyed their trip up the mountain, and were extra happy to see the Blue Chaffinch! We weren’t actually sick, fortunately, just feeling the altitude!

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