A short circular walk from Arico Nuevo

The view of Barranco de los Caballos between Arico Nuevo and Villa de Arico

The path crossing the Barranco de los Caballos

We started this walk from the square in Arico Nuevo, where there are signboards about walks going in every direction.  We took the street opposite the church, walking in the direction of Villa de Arico.  We began with a gentle downhill walk on a road passing houses, until the tarmac suddenly ended and we continued on a track.  We had a yellow/white waymark to confirm it was a path and continued downhill, soon overlooking an attractive barranco, the Barranco Lere or de los Caballos.  This is the same ravine followed in the Poris de Abona to Arico Nuevo walk, but a bit higher up.  Despite the long spell of dry warm weather, the barranco looked surprisingly green and had a fair selection of plants, although few are in flower at the moment.

The Marguerite local to coastal regions (Argyranthemum frutescens)

The path as we climbed out of the ravine had a few flowers bravely blooming in the damper spots, including Canary lavender (Lavandula canariensis), the local Marguerite (Argyranthemum frutescens),  Canary madder (Rubia fruticosa), the local Bird’s foot trefoil (Lotus sessilifolius) and the ubiquitous Pitch plant (Psoralea bituminosa).

The Bird's foot trefoil local to coastal areas of the Canary Islands (Lotus sessilifolius)

Fagonia albiflora, at the base of a terrace wall, a common creeping plant of dry coastal areas

The path finally joined a tarmac road, and although the yellow/white marked trail went left, we went right up the road to join the main road.  We had to walk along the road for some couple of hundred metres till we had crossed the barranco again on the road bridge.  Then immediately after the bridge a path went left to go along the right side of the barranco, and then climb a rocky surface to a wooden cross.  A short walk beyond this we joined a tarmac country road, continued across it past a house with barking dogs, and then joined a white pumice track going to the left, which continued between the barranco and some terraces, climbing gently and bending round to the right.  On the way I noticed the Vinegrera (Rumex lunaria) bushes were in flower.  This common shrub is widely used for animal fodder but most of the year it is difficult to relate it to the dock family, but when it is in flower the relationship is obvious.  Eventually, about 1.25 hours from the start in Arico Nuevo, we arrived at the top of the village of La Sabinita.  We went right, again following yellow/white markers, down a wide street, left at the little church and arrived at the plaza with several benches.  There we ate our picnic lunch before continuing following the yellow/white markers down through the rest of the village.  As we left the village we kept to the left of the road, to follow the yellow/white markers onto a path which cuts off a loop in the road by going straight down to the village of La Degollada.  Walking straight through this village,  and straight on down a cobbled street, following the yellow/white markers, we arrived again at the square in Arico Nuevo.

The flower of the Vinegrera (Rumex lunaria) a Canarian endemic of the dock family

The walk was 6.8km long and took us 2.25hrs, with a climb of around 350m.  I have put the GPS track on Wikiloc, where you can view it on a map, and download it:


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 January 22, 2012, in South Tenerife, Walks in Tenerife and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. A very pleasant walk, the botanical information was very interesting. We got a bit lost on the last part of the walk, going up to la Sabinita- couldn’t find the path and ended up walking up the road- but still very good.

    • Sorry to hear you got lost. I suspect it was near the house with the barking dogs (they are all chained). If you did not want to walk past it, you could go to the right a short distance and then go left onto the pumice track behind the house. It’s always pleasanter to be able to walk not on a road. Anyway, glad you enjoyed it. Sally

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