an eroded rock formation
fresh snow with in the background the Las Canadas caldera rim
near the visitor center you have a fantastic view of El Teide with Roque Cinchado in the forefront
stilled lava flows
the cable car will lift you to 3555 meters
above 2000 meters the vegetation changes to endemic shrubs and plants
the balancing act of Roque Cinchado
The main part of Teide National Park
is situated inside the caldera
of the Las Canadas volcano that violently exploded and collapsed
200.000 years ago.
The jagged rim of this ancient caldera is still very visible in the southern part of the park.
volcanoes have formed and subsequently exploded since, burying the northern caldera rim in thick lava layers.
Presently the park sports
two active volcanoes, El Teide
and Pico Viejo
, with the summit of El Teide peaking at 3718 m.
The last major eruption was in 1906
but fumaroles emanating from the top suggest there is something broiling deep inside...
Flora and fauna have adapted to
the arid conditions in the park and you may spot Atlantic canaries
and endemic lizards.
But the 4 million visitors per year mostly
come here for the fantastic scenery of weirdly looking rock formations like Los Roques de Garcia
and the balancing act of colorful
. And always there is El Teide in the background.
Weather permitting, a cable car
brings you to an elevation
of 3555 m for a spectacular overview.
We visited the park in February 2013
the southern slopes of El Teide can sometimes be a bit foggy
soon we see the first lava deposits
people are dwarfed by these huge rocks
from the restaurant's terrace you have an unobstructed view of El Teide with a delicate layer of fresh snow
the colorful Los Roques de Garcia