Walking Los Organos of Orotava

The view to Mt Teide from the path

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.

Looking back where we had walked just before the descent

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.

Close-up of the flowers of the campion family (Silene sp)

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).

The berries of the moralito (Rhamnus integrifolius)


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.

About Sally Whymark

When I retired and moved out to Tenerife a few years ago, one of the things I really wanted to do was go walking in the mountains. The scenery is very dramatic, and varied. The views are amazing. The native birds and butterflies and other fauna are remarkable. But the flowers - they're just stunning. Little did I know how this would fire up my interest in plants. While living in England, I had always had an interest in flowers and plants, indeed I ran a plant nursery with my husband for many years, but had not spent a great deal of time pursuing botany. But when walking in Tenerife, I noticed all the unfamiliar shapes of the local flowers, and longed to find out more about them. There are literally hundreds of species endemic to just Tenerife (or even just one part of it), the Canary Islands, or Macronesia (the Atlantic Islands, including Madeira, Canaries and Azores). They are so exciting, and so many of them are really showy as well. So I have started this blog to share with you my excitement at all the great sights I see when walking in Tenerife. I hope you'll enjoy it - and want to come here and experience it for yourself.

Posted on October 16, 2011, in North Tenerife, Walks in Tenerife and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Camino Joco is one of my favourite walks. It changes all through the year. If you can get to the other end, near to the carretera dorsal, there are some stunning views and diques. Enjoy the blog very much.

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