Las Vegas circular walk revisited

The village of Las Vegas in its beautiful valley

The village of Las Vegas in its beautiful valley

A full description of this lovely circular walk is in the book ‘Tenerife Nature Walks’ as Walk 22, so I am not giving detailed instructions here. However, today’s weather was so beautiful with sunshine and blue skies and clear views that I thought it worth putting up some extra photos. Also the plants we saw today in flower are quite different from those in the book to accompany this walk, as they were photographed in the spring.

A view to Mt Guajara and the other mountains around Las Cañadas del Teide.

A view to Mt Guajara and the other mountains around Las Cañadas del Teide.

This time we walked the route in the anti-clockwise direction (in the book it is described in the clockwise direction). This always makes you see different things on a familiar walk.

Part of the path in the early part of the walk

Part of the path in the early part of the walk

We also ended the walk slightly differently, by taking a path which descends a ridge slightly nearer the starting path. This descended to exactly where we had left our cars, near the ‘Las Vegas’ sign at the entrance to the village.

The view as we entered the Barranco for the lower crossing

The view as we entered the Barranco for the lower crossing

The walk took a group of 12 only 3 hours, and was 7.3 km / 4.6ml long (slightly shorter than in the book because of the different ending) and involved around 370m / 1215ft of ascent.

Umbellate Asparagus (Asparagus umbellatus) scrambling on a prickly pear (Opuntia sp.)

Umbellate Asparagus (Asparagus umbellatus) scrambling on a prickly pear (Opuntia sp.)

Sea squill (Drimia maritima) in the foreground with Verode (Kleinia nerifolia) (with yellow flowers) behind

Sea squill (Drimia maritima) in the foreground with Verode (Kleinia nerifolia) (with yellow flowers) behind

The junction of paths where we deviated from the route of walk 22. The path with the line of stones across goes straight down to the bend in the road just before the village

The junction of paths where we deviated from the route of walk 22. The path with the line of stones across goes straight down to the bend in the road just before the village

A sparse flowering of Canary Islands alyssum (Lobularia canariensis) on the path entering the village

A sparse flowering of Canary Islands alyssum (Lobularia canariensis) on the path entering the village

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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 6, 2013, in South Tenerife, Walks in Tenerife and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Thank you for this. We are coming back to Tenerife next week so would like to purchase a copy of this book “Tenerife Nature Walks” but from where please Thank you David Gale.

    • The book should be available at Barbara Libreria, the bookshop in Los Cristianos, and at Bookswap in Puerto Colon, also at Tenerife Outdoor in Granadilla, the boot and outdoor equipment shop. I will also be doing a book signing at the Swallows coffee morning on Mon 28th October.Regards Sally

      > Date: Sun, 6 Oct 2013 12:17:10 +0000 > To: sally_whymark@hotmail.com >

      • Thank you for the feedback about the signage. I was last up in Las Vegas a couple of months ago, but I had heard there was new signage up there, though I had not heard that they changed the colour!

        Glad you enjoyed the walk
        Sally

  2. Hi Sally, did the Las Vegas circular yesterday on a lovely bright sunny day (up there!). Really enjoyed the walk, some great views and lots of interesting plants etc. One comment for upgrade purposes. Your book states white and green markers but the green has now been overpainted by yellow. I expect you have noted that for any further reprints of your book.
    By the way, I like your book very much indeed with good instructions, pictures and information. Many thanks

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