Canary Islands, trekking to the Pico Viejo. Surely unknown to many but surely seen by all who went to Teide, in Tenerife, the Pico Viejo or Chahorra Mountain He is the little brother of the highest peak in Spain and Tenerife, the Teide. The Pico Viejo has a height of no less than 3,155m above sea level, which is not bad, since next to Teide are the only mountains or volcanoes that exceed this altitude in the Canary Islands.
Hiking to the Pico Viejo
The volcano is located in theTeide National Park in a lonely place away from the hustle and bustle of the Teide. In it there is no cable car or tourists in flip flops wanting to reach the top without doing an apex of sport. In him there is loneliness, the occasional mountaineer,Tajinastes and above all an incredible view of Teide that makes it an incomparable setting.
The Old Peak was formed 200,000 years ago, it seems like yesterday, and just over 200 years ago it erupted forming the famous Noses of Teide, where tons of lava and volcanic material were thrown for months.
View of the Pico Viejo and Teide
Today he is still eclipsed by his older brother, the cable car and the hostel, and if this situation does not change, it will remain what it is, a huge crater 800m solitary that maintains the essence of a Tenerife without tourists or anything that degrades the environment. It is not surprising that he emphasizes this aspect, since this national park is the one that receives the most visitors from all over Spain.
We leave early from a hotel on the coast to the Teide National Park. As we climbed with the car we let buses full of tourists and people in swimsuits looking like Northern Europe, giris of course ... After an hour, we arrived at Cañadas del Teide, a valley located at 2,100m where these two impressive volcanoes are located. Before starting the ascent on foot we stopped at one of the postcard sites, the Roques del Teide, possibly the most important and classic postal rock formation on the island.
After getting around, one, two, 100 tourists, we took a breath and went to the starting point of the ascent, which starts right behind Los Roques surrounding them on the right.
As you go through this arid and rugged terrain, your boots lose bits of rubber because of how abrasive the ground is. Lizards and the odd mouse can be seen, but always in the shadow of Teide, which at all times we will always keep in mind on the right.
The 5 and a half hours of ascent are always under a scorching sun, water is a necessary asset, so if you do not have it, do not follow, there is no water on the entire route and worst of all, nor any shade to give you a little bit of peace. All this sounds bad, but walking through a volcanic landscape, overlooking the sea once you are on top and always having a colossus of more than 3,700m on your side, on an island and less in Spain, you do not do it every day . Any trekking in height that you do in these islands you will have the possibility to be able to the sea and some of the nearby islands.
Once in the crater a huge lunar space is shown as if we had at the end of the world, without noise, with hardly any vegetation, just some lonely Tajinaste. Right there, after half an hour surrounding the crater we decided to stop along the way to eat, since it is one of the few places where you can find some shade.
Once back on the road of Las Cañadas del Teide we decided to return to Los Roques, since the night is one of the best times to take photos in a place like this, but this is another trip and it is another story. Javier Blanquer
When to go?
Any time of the year is good, but if you want to see something different on the island from January to May it is possible to see snow on the Teide. We remember the Route of the Volcanoes in La Palma, but with a view of the color, the Teide.
How to get?
You have to take the TF-21 direction Teide and look for a sign indicating the Roques. The route leaves from the Los Roques car park.
What to wear
You can not miss water in this trekking and a good cap. Throughout the route it is a terrible sun.
Where to sleep?
We sleep in a hotel on the coast, but get wet with a good hotel in Tenerife with all that it offers…