Walks Blog – Sep 2017

Walk (55) Villa de Arico-Teguedite Circular (Arico)
It’s always a pleasure to walk amongst the golden stone terraces and dry stone walls in the Arico area. Rural plots and terraces, gushing water channels, reservoirs and aqueducts are everywhere. In addition to enjoying the rural detail, there are many “big sky” views to enjoy along way. The small town of Villa de Arico has many old buildings, including the fine church, built in the mid 18th Century … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/zsw3rp , 29th September 2017

 

Enjoying Arico #1 …
Walking a circular route from Villa de Arico earlier today water channels, reservoirs and aqueducts surrounded us for the most part. Along with yellow stone terraces, pine forests and the high mountains. Bonny kind, right enough …
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/BCSJuZ , 27th September, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying Arico #2 …
It’s always a pleasure to walk amongst the golden stone terraces and dry stone walls in the Arico area. Today, the walk was short, the sun shone, and there was a fresh sea breeze blowing all the way up to the hills where we were … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/dB9ETf , 27th September, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (54) Los Poleos-Views of Montana Chinyero Circular (Santiago del Teide)
This walk provides a gentle introduction to hiking in the Montaña Chinyero area above Chio and Santiago del Teide. Chinyero is the site of the most recent eruption on Tenerife in 1909. The walk is mostly on easy forest trails amongst the pine trees. There are marvellous views of Chinyero, Teide, and the southern side of the Teno Mountains. There are some old photos of the Chinyero eruption in the downloadable PDF guide … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/3df1XA , 25th September, 2017

 

 

 

Views of Chinyero …
I’m rockin’ a wee hip-flexor injury right now, so it was a nice and easy, flatish walk in the pine forests for us today …   We chose one of the very few days in the year when the sun decides not to shine up there. It was glorious all the same …
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/JpuqwE , 23rd September, 2017

 

 

 

Walk (53) Tajao-Barranco de Vijigua (Arico)
An easy walk from Tajao on the south east coast. We make a fascinating exploration of the quirky volcanic geology around and about nearby Barranco Vijigua, including a very large eroded stone arch. A series of information boards assist interpretation of the physical and human history of the area. There are fine coastal views … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/Sfe6Mr , 22nd September, 2017

 

 

 

 

Bright and Breezy …!
The east coast here is very dry and often very windy. It has its own beauty, though, and walking conditions were perfect earlier in the week …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/EkppZD , 21st September, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (52) Arguayo-Las Manchas-La Hoya Circular (Santiago del Teide)
This is a strenuous hike involving 525 metres of overall ascent. Initially, the narrow path rises up past numerous abandoned terraces, eventually reaching an area of mature pine forest with great views of Teide and Pico Viejo. Soon, the views change to a marvellous prospect of the southern Teno Mountains and Santiago del Teide. The return from Las Manchas climbs over a flank of the La Hoya hillside, passing high above the El Bicho tunnel openings on the TF-1. Again, the views here are consistently spectacular … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/d47jKV , 20th September, 2017

 

 


Stones On The Road …

Today, the quirky volcanic geology around and about Barranco Vijigua, on the windblown east coast, made for quite a change from our recent hill walks up amongst the black lava and green pine woods … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/UDv58U , 19th September, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Historic Neighbour
We popped up to Guia de Isora yesterday to recce a future walk starting point and found ourselves in the midst of celebrations for the Virgen de la Luz! This country town has some lovely old buildings …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/ZcGfVE , 18th September, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contemplating Acojeja and Barranco de Guaria
We checked out the sleepy little hamlet of Acojeja, near Guia de Isora, yesterday afternoon. We have a walk on our to-do list that crosses this impressive looking barranco (de Guaria) … twice! It’s one we will be keeping for cooler weather, that’s for sure …!  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/gq4hii , 18th September, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

(51) Vera de Erques-Las Fuentes Return (Guia de Isora)
A very satisfying hike to the isolated “lost village” of Las Fuentes. The last permanent inhabitants of Las Fuentes departed in 1973, but some of the terraces and plots are still farmed for potatoes, vegetables and vines. There is a stunning view of the magnificent cliffs of the Barranco de Guaria and wonderful panoramas unfold in all directions throughout the walk … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/TwTTNC , 17th September, 2017

 

 

 

Quite a Strenuous Stroll …!
Another great walk in the Santiago del Teide area yesterday. Around the villages of Arguayo and Las Manchas. It sounds like a stroll but, with a 530 metre height gain along the way, it really wasn’t …  😬
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/HbxqSy , 17th September, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweating Out The Toxins …!
The morning after the night before! After a very special evening celebrating the marriage of Anja Gore and Bryan Gore at the Papagayo Beach Club in Las Americas, the perfect antidote to all that beer, champagne, red wine, and whisky was today’s fabulous circular walk from Arguayo to Las Manchas … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/8acCit , 16th September, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Are The United Nations …!
So happy for this fab couple. 14 nationalities enjoying each other’s company here today. Wonderful …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/G9w39n , 15th September, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rest and Relaxation Time …
Enjoying a beer at our local bar, Puesta de Sol …  
Facebook post:  , 13th September, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

The First Rains …
There were definite signs that Spring has sprung (and it’s only just Autumn!) on our walk up in the hills from Vera de Erque to Las Fuentes today. Helped, I think, by heavy rain – the first of the season – up here yesterday morning. Love this area …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/ZZ9G5o , 13th September, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaving Las Fuentes …
Today we walked from Vera de Erques to the farming hamlet of Las Fuentes, 1,000 metres above where we live on the west coast of Tenerife. Some of the many terraces are still farmed, but the last of the permanent inhabitants left way back in 1973. Some fifty years earlier the population is estimated to have been around 200 … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/hsnnbS , 13th September, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (50) Ifonche-Fuente de las Pilas Circular (Adeje)
For the 50th in our series of self-guided walks, a short walk in a rural farming and vine-growing environment surrounded by the wonderfully spectacular natural features of deep and rugged barrancos, and the towering eroded cores of ancient former volcanoes such as Roque Imoque and Roque del Conde. There are great views down to the coast at Costa Adeje and upwards to the pine forests. The focal point of the walk is the green and tranquil Fuente de las Pilas, a natural spring seeping from the rocky cliffside inside Barranco del Rey. If you are lucky you may see paragliders take-off from the airy vantage point near the Nariz de Garcia rock … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/KwuZLA , 12th September, 2017

 

Change of Season …?
Shades of late summer sunset. The North airport is closed tonight due to fog and rain. Counting our blessings here …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/fr6pfs , 11th September, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who’s Counting …?
Our hike yesterday was a little bit special as it was the 50th we’ve completed and documented here on the island. We publish the walks, all under 10 kilometres, because we love them and we’d love other people to enjoy them if they want to … and,  another 50 or so yet to do….!  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/HX7Str , 10th September, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riding High …!
On yesterday’s walk from the highland farming hamlet of Ifonche we passed the main launch pad for paragliders in the south of Tenerife. It’s a rocky escarpment perched above the immense nose-like Nariz de Garcia rock formation, about 1015 metres (more than 3,300 feet) above sea-level. Paid-for tandem flights, with a pilot, take about 20-30 minutes to glide down to the landing spot at the Enramada beach in La Caleta, Costa Adeje. The passengers on the take-offs we witnessed were celebrating a birthday, and the pilots alternatively shouted, in encouragement, “corre” (run!) and “feliz cumpleanos” (happy birthday!) at their passengers as they careered down the steep hillside before rising into the air. Of course, experienced solo pilots can stay aloft for as long as they like, riding the thermals …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/jvjg89 , 10th September, 2017

 

From On High …
Some great views way down to the coast from our walk yesterday. To Callao Salvaje, Playa Paraiso – the Hard Rock Hotel dominating the skyline – La Caleta, Costa Adeje and around to Las Americas …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/5R3K4W , 10th September, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Going Green …
Walking from Ifonche today, we encountered every shade of green, pine forests, the heather mountain (Roque de los Brezos), fresh springs and ferns, and dined on fresh figs. If we needed a reminder (which we don’t ) that Tenerife isn’t the “desert” many people believe, we sure had it. Breathtaking …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/y7sbqo , 9th September, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (49) Charco del Pino-El Frontón-Barranco Orchilla Circular (Granadilla)
This walk provides good exercise in an interesting and scenic environment. At the mid-point on the route there is a tremendous viewpoint at the little church and plaza in El Frontón, particularly of the most spectacular section of the rugged Barranco de la Orchilla …
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/DbBbEp , 8th September, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambling Around Arguayo …
A few shots around and about the pleasant, and apparently prosperous, western hill town of Arguayo on this beautiful late-Summer afternoon. The town is famous for its centuries-old tradition of women potters, a craft still practised today in artisan and modern styles at the pottery museum. We were there to check out the start and end points for a very promising-looking upcoming walk. On the final descent we’ll be looking down towards the entrance to the 1km El Bicho tunnels, which have transformed the journey to nearby Santiago del Teide … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/gNa7bK , 7th September, 2017

 

Flying High …
Only the first of these photos from yesterday’s hike, looking down on the Caldera del Rey, reveals how close we are, as the crow flies, to the holiday city of Los Cris/Las Americas/Costa Adeje …! 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/g3kCcV , 6th September, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Village Flora …
When checking out Agua Dulce and Piedra Hincada, a couple of nearby villages, today these flowers caught our eye. How could they not …!  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/x2aeFs , 4th September, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (48) Tamaimo-Guama Circular (Santiago del Teide) 
Although not long, this is a strenuous walk involving a considerable overall ascent/descent of 505 metres. Setting off from the old town of Tamaimo, we climb up to the Degollada del Roque ridge where stunning mountain views open up of the southern Teno region. We then follow a narrow and, at times, rocky and precipitous path above the wonderfully scenic Barranco Manchas de Las Diaz. On the return section of the walk, there are extremely good views from the peak of Montaña Guama of the Tamaimo area, the western coast, and up to Teide. Before embarking on this walk, please read the full description and consider if it is suitable for you …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/71PVst , 2nd September, 2017

 

 

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