Walking Los Organos of Orotava
I first walked Los Organos in April this year, and was thrilled with the mix of plants I could see close-up, as well as the amazing path and good views. So I was glad of the opportunity to revisit the walk last Friday. It was a good warm day, when I hoped we might avoid the cloud that could obscure the views. Unfortunately, this was not the case, there was a layer of cloud below us preventing us seeing the views to the coast, but we did enjoy the sunshine above it, and the views to the mountains.
Of course, in April there were lots of flowers to see, including those of the Golden houseleek, (Greenovia aurea), Smith’s houseleek (Aeonium smithii), Tenerife Vipers Bugloss (Echium virescens), Tenerife bird’s foot trefoil (Lotus campylocladus), Shrubby burnet (Bencomia caudata), Canary Islands purple orchid (Orchis canariensis), Canarian shrubby plantain (Plantago arborescens), Sticky broom (Adenocarpus foliosus), mountain carrot (Todoroa montana) and lots more. At this time of year, though, there were relatively few flowers, but it was lovely to see the few that were out, including a few odd flowers of Cruzadilla – reflexed St John’s wort (Hypericum reflexum), Canary wall lettuce (Tolpis lagopoda) and a campion which I am having trouble identifying.
There were, however, quite a few fruits to see, including the orange round fruits of the madroño (Arbutus canariensis), the blackberry-like (in appearance) fruits of the faya (Myrica faya), some berries on a couple of moralito bushes (Rhamnus integrifolia), and, on the bottom track, some sweet chestnuts (Castanea sativa).
In April, we walked the circuit from La Caldera in a clockwise direction. This time we walked it anti-clockwise. We had intended to shorten the walk a bit by going up the Camino de Candelaria, the old pilgrimage path from the Orotava valley to Candelaria on the south coast, but we turned up a path too soon which came out at the Choza Chimoche and walked along from there. It is amazing how different a walk can look by walking it in the opposite direction, though the light and time of year also mean you notice different things. It was a great walk, involving just over 600m of cumulative climbing, and took us nearly 5 hours.