21st December 2001 -
and El Teide
27-11-1999 until 5-12-1999
0th day: 27-11-99
Got to the airport at 6:00 a.m. but our flight
was 45 late so we missed by one minute our connection flight
in Madrid. We waited 3 hours for the next one and arrived
at Tenerife around 3 p.m.. Checked out the competitive prices
for a car and made a deal for 8 days for 19.500 Pts, quiet
good. Then we hit the road and drove to Punta de Teno, arrived
there at sunset and slept in the car.
1st day: 28-11-99
A nice road movie day, circled the island
and arrived in the afternoon in Puerto de la Cruz. With
a very good diner and a nice wine in the Bodeguita and
a beer at Color Cafe we finished the day.
The morning was really cloudy and we
were not very optimistic to have a nice walk at the
Las Caņadas. So we asked some guys from the National
park and they told us, that it should be better to try
the climb of Teide.
After a short discussion we deceided to go
for the summit right away, as time was running out.
We were one of the last people to start the
trek on this day so we had to hurry a little bit. First a
smooth climb on a dirt track, passing the first snow, clouds
were coming in. We reached the foot of the volcano, which
marked the starting point of the climb. There seems to be
only one way up, no technical problems, but exhausting because
of the big height we had to gain.
2nd day: 29-11-99
Started slowly the day, did some shopping
and drove up slowly to El Portillo. The weather wasn't very
good, cloudy with a little rain, but we had to start training
and trekking a little bit to be better prepared for the pico.
So we drove to the direction of the Centro Astrofisico and
made there a walk for two hours. As we had to start early
the the next morning we decided to sleep in the car at El
Portillo, was pretty cold. As the stars came out we wondered
how this dogs could survive ?
3rd day: 30-11-99
More or less in the middle of the way is a
mountain hut at 3000 m, a great place to have a rest and take
a look around.
|Finally we reached the upper
platform of Teide, 3500 m and not to far away the station
of the Teleferico. As we saw no activity at the teleferico
we were concerned that it was closed. We asked another
trekker and he confirmed it, the station was closed because
of maintainence work. So we had to forget immediately
the crater, which was still 200 meters to go and began
This was good fun and in the
dawn we arrived agian at the car.
As the last night was very cold
we were eager to sleep at a lower altitude, but didn't consider
a hotel because we had no hope to find a hotel in the night.
So we drive back to O. and slept in front of wood retailer.
4th day: 1-12-99
After a unpleasant night in the car we decided
to have a rest day in Puerto de la Cruz. Did some eating and
sleeping and had some drinks at night.
5th day: 2-12-99
After this very boring day yesterday we wanted
to hike a bit again. Got into the car and drove to the other
side of the island to walk the nice and easy Barranco del
Infierno. Very touristic in the begining it gets better as
you get deeper in the canyon. In the second part the vegetaion
becames denser and at the end you find a nice waterfall.
Back in the car we checked out the last road
to the Teide, which approches from the west. At dawn we found
a very nice rest area in the middle of pine woods, volcanic
ashes and strange rock formations.
6th day: 3-12-99
Got up early and drove to to the parador and
started the walk through the Las Caņadas. We made good progress
and so had the time to walk back again to the car, avoiding
to wait for the bus at El Portillo to go back to the car.
Drove back to Puerto de la cruz, had dinner
and another cup at color cafe.
7th day: 4-12-99
Easy goin on the last day. Another roadmovie,
nice and easy, enjoying again the fantastic coastline with
a stop in the very nice village of Icod with it's famous dragon
8th day: 5-12-99
Well, got to the airport, dropped the car
and several hours later we were back home.
Last updated: 21-08-2000