To the foot of stratovolcano through vol
Ascent to Montana Reventada is an ideal acclimatization hike, during which you ascend to a height of 2,231 meters asl. At the same time it may also be the first and very attractive introduction to the volcanic landscape of the island Tenerife. Ideal access path is a road leading to the central caldera from the west from town Guia de Isora. After a relatively quick ascend though the curves appear the view of stratovolcano Pico de Teide and soon also a parking place, which serves as an outlook point. Here is very often overcome the wall of trade wind clouds, which is at altitude around 900 to 1200 m asl. Above them is an amazing world of Parque Nacional del Teide.
The upper edge of the forest
The path leads from the parking place slightly upward along the road through the top edge of the forest. Canary pine needles sharply contrast to the volcanic landscape and snow cover of the highest island peaks – stratovolcano Pico de Teide (3 718 m asl) and the neighboring volcanic cone of Pico Viejo (3 135 m asl).
The remnants of vegetation
The road becomes far away and distant surface of the ocean appears in the southwest and west direction.
In the grip of volcanoes
It may easily happen with increasing vertical meters during the winter months that further ascent is increasingly accompanied with snow or even ice.
Pico Viejo seems to be much larger than Pico de Teide. But appearances can be deceptive. But even so it's a monumental mountain, on the top of which is hidden a wonderful crater, which is about 100 meters deep and 400 meters wide.
Although the top of Montana Reventada (2,231 meters asl) does not give a monumental impression, but only here you can enjoy the surrounding apocalyptical countryside. The last phase of the ascent can be sometimes made difficult by fresh and constantly blowing wind.
If you are looking to the southwest direction toward the ocean, you can clearly see the nearest neighboring island of La Gomera. More to the west are the peaks of mountain range Teno.
To the wall of Teno mountains climbs from the town of Santiago del Teide a narrow mountain road, which later descends in numerous very sharp switchbacks to unforgettable village of Masca.
Descent and return back to the road can be chosen by an alternative pathway that bypasses the dominant small volcanic hill from the other side. It is almost impossible to lose the way, except in situations when is the surrounding landscape veiled in trade wind clouds.
Snow is disappearing and the first vegetation appears, sometimes very exotic-looking. There are many other alternative routes and paths in this section, through which you can further explore this area on the western edge of the National Park Teide.
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