An initial relaxing stoll through martian landscapes takes you to the base of Mount Guajara where you then follow steep winding trails up to it's grand summit and remains of the worlds first observatory.
The great hulk of a mountain behind the Parador, Guajara is your goal today.
Rising to 2715 metres, this walk should not be underestimated but is within most keen walker’s abilities as you start from 2200m at the Parador and an evening there will have given you the chance to acclimatise to the high altitude. Reaching the plateau on the top, enjoy views over Mount Teide, the caldera and cloud-cover permitting, the neighbouring islands of Gran Canaria and La Gomera.
If you're a keen photographer remember to pack your equipment, the photo opportunites are endless.
As you are walking on high mountain terrain we strongly advise you check weather forecasts and pack for any eventuality, even if the conditions look calm when you set out. If you're starting out later in the day take note of what time the sun sets as the route back may look very different in low light conditions.
Remember to keep back from cliff edges as they can be very unstable in this area.
A pair of sturdy walking boots are advisable for this walk as the terrain is quite rough and steep underfoot. Along with the rest of your usual gear for a day outdoors remember to pack sunscreen, insect repellant and plenty of water. A water/windproof/thermal is always a good idea to keep handy especially when walking in the high mountains, and be sure to double check weather forecasts before heading out.
Food & Drink
If you would like to take a packed lunch with you on today's hike then please speak to reception at the Paradores to arrange this. There are no other options in the area.
Points of Interest
Guajara is the highest mountain within the "Cañadas border range", which surrounds the Cañadas Caldera. Standing at 2715m it's the third highest mountain on the entire island, boasting fantastic views to the coast line, the ocean and the neighbouring islands.
On the summit of Guajara you will see the low stone walls which form the remains of the first high mountain astronomical observatory in the world. Originally constructed by Sir Charles Piazzi Smyth in 1856 and later reused, and expanded, by the French astronomer Jean Mascart to study and photograph Halley's Comet.