Dramatic circular walk from the Parador around Mt Guajara
On Wednesday, 25th March my friends and I did this walk which is mainly Walk 31 in the book, except we did not go to the top of Guajara, and, instead of walking down to Vilaflor, we turned right half-way down, to walk up the Ucanca valley back to the Parador.
The route we took uphill back to the Parador is shown on the map for Walk 31, as an alternative route, in purple.
We turned right at the path junction for the lunar landscape walk, using a small path marked with a cross. This little path, as we had expected, took us through the woods roughly on the contour to meet the Ucanca valley path, and by so doing we saved ourselves walking further down to the main path junction, and then having to walk up again.
At this time of year, especially as it has been both dry and cold this winter and spring, there are not yet many flowers. In fact the only ones I saw were the Mountain shrubby plantain (Plantago webbii), some Tenerife birds-foot trefoil (Lotus campylocladus) in the pine forest above the Lunar landscape, and some Teide marguerite (Argyranthemum teneriffae), on the way back down to the Parador.
However, later in the spring and summer this route, especially through the Ucanca valley, has plentiful flowers, including, in May and early June, many of the huge red-flowered Teide Viper’s Bugloss known in spanish as Tajinaste rojo, (Echium wildpretii).
So Wednesday’s walk was just a feast of dramatic landscapes, shown at their best because we had glorious sunshine and blue skies all day, despite much of the rest of the island, lower down, having a cloudy day!
The mountains were just enhanced by a light sprinkling of snow they received in the last week.
The walk took us 5hrs 20mins, was 15.3 km long and involved 880m of climbing, unfortunately mainly in the second half, but although it was lovely sunshine, it was not hot, and there was a pleasantly cooling breeze too. In summer you might find it takes longer, and be sure to take plenty of water. There is one place where you can get water, but it is not guaranteed to be of drinking water quality, though if you were short it would probably be worth the risk!
A GPS track of the walk can be viewed on maps, and downloaded from the following link:
Posted on March 27, 2015, in Teide National Park, Uncategorized and tagged GR131, hiking, Montana Guajara, Mountain shrubby plantain, Parque nacional Teide, Plantago webbii, senderismo, Teide National Park, tourism, Ucanca valley, Valle de Ucanca, walking. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.