Duration: 3 hours
Despite just being within our 10 km limit, this walk provides a gentle introduction to walking in the Teide National Park. Setting out from the Parador hotel, the route skirts the base of the southern end of the Caldera rim, dominated by the bulk and striking cliff-faces of Montaña Guajara. Here there are successions of bold and fascinating rock formations close to the track, with a dizzying array of metallic colours and eroded shapes. Although surrounded by high mountains, your eye cannot help but be drawn to the towering cone of Pico Teide and its close neighbours – Pico Viejo and Montaña Blanca. The turning point of the walk is an intriguing collection of buildings at a mid-point in the volcanic plain between Teide and Guajara. The main set are named El Sanatorio, intended as a location to treat patients with lung problems, but never operational. See the story here - https://goo.gl/CXBHET. On the final section of the return leg there are great views down over the Parador to the iconic Roques de Garcia. This walk follows sections of the National Park routes 4 and 16.