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Arenas Negras

On the edge of the central caldera

Milan Kment
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Arenas Negras
Inserted: 24.01.2019
Author: Milan Kment © gigaplaces.com
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A circular route through the eastern part of the central caldera will take us into an attractive volcanic landscape with nice views of the dominant stratovolcano Pico de Teide.

Vegetation

We start at the visitor center of the national park, from where the marked path No. 4 leads, leading along the southern edge of the central caldera. After about 300 meters we turn left onto road no.2. The light of the low December sun highlights the local vegetation.

Vegetation
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Astronomical observatory

We are constantly ascending and white buildings with domes appear in front of us, hiding the equipment of the Izaňa astronomical observatory.

Astronomical observatory
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Arenas Negras

After the turnoff, from which the road leads to the astronomical observatory, we turn sharply to the right and after the final ascent we reach the saddle, where the peak of Montaňa del Cerrillar (2346 m above sea level) is west of us, east of Montaňa Maja (2361 m above sea level). Teide reappears in front of us.

Arenas Negras
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Volcanic landscape

We turn sharply back west. The Fortaleza ridge appears and the gorge and the rock wall of the Risco de las Ventanas begin immediately in front of us.

Volcanic landscape
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Central caldera

We begin a relatively sharp descent to the bottom of the central caldera, whose southern walls in the afternoon sun contrast sharply with the azure sky.

Central caldera
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Cerrillar Mountain

We leave the top, which we gradually walked around, behind. Road No. 2 clashes with Road No. 4 and after 1.5 km another walk we return to the information center of the national park.

Cerrillar Mountain
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