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Article Ascent to Guajara

An inconspicuous peak

Marian Gabor
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Ascent to Guajara
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The ascent to this 2,718-meter-high peak begins at the Cañada Blanca information center, while the descent continues to the village of Vilaflor. In total, it will climb less than 600 meters during it, but then it is necessary to descend by 1,400 meters. The route, with a total length of approximately 16 kilometers, passes through several vegetation zones and is also interesting from a geological point of view.

Introduction

The ascent begins with a gradual ascent from the parking lot towards the top, which bypasses from the left.

Introduction
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Volcanic landscape

The whole road passes through a beautiful landscape created by the eruption of volcanoes that lifted the island from the bottom of the ocean.

Volcanic landscape
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First points of interest

After a few minutes' walk, wonderful views of the surrounding countryside open up.

First points of interest
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Volcanic rocks

The whole road is lined with interesting volcanic formations. Most of the trek passes through open country without the possibility of hiding in the shadows.

Volcanic rocks
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Pico del Teide

The top of Pico del Teide has been hidden in the clouds since morning, but the view of it is still impressive.

Pico del Teide
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The first climb

The first and most difficult ascent begins after about an hour of walking and it is necessary to ascend to the „saddle“ from which the ascent to the top begins.

The first climb
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Ocean view

During the ascent there are wonderful views of the ocean.

Ocean view
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Geological attractions.

Along the way you can see the deposition of layers of volcanic dust that was deposited in different periods which can be seen very nicely based on the changing color and structure of the layers.

Geological attractions.
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Morra del Río

Opposite is the less visited peak of Morra del Río.

Morra del Río
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The top of Guajara

The peak of Guajara is larger than most of the hills and it is possible to walk here and enjoy the views of the surrounding countryside.

The top of Guajara
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Views from the top

In the background you can see not only the ocean and clouds, but also the neighboring island of La Gomera.

Views from the top
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Endless desert

When looking into the interior of the island, one feels that one is in the desert or on Mars.

Endless desert
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The first forests

On the way from the top to the village of Vilaflór, the first sparse coniferous forests appear in the background.

The first forests
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Black "sand"

The road gradually passes not only through the „yellow desert“ landscape but also through the black „sand“.

Black "sand"
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Symbol of Tenerife.
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Symbol of Tenerife.

Snake (Echium wildpretii) is an endemic that grows only in the interior of the island of Tenerife in its driest areas at altitudes around 2,000 m above sea level

Black desert

Gradually, the route passes through an area formed by black colored volcanic dust.

Black desert
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Pine forests

The road passes through very sparse pine forests, which provide occasional shade.

Pine forests
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Dense forests

At lower altitudes, more and more trees are gradually being added, which brings new and fascinating views of the surrounding landscape.

Dense forests
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Distant views

At the end of the trek to see in addition to the beautiful surrounding landscape, the ocean and the agglomeration located on the south side of the island.

Distant views
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Hard life

As the road comes to civilization, the first terraced fields appear on which in the past the locals tried to grow agricultural crops.

Hard life
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Vilaflor

After 6 hours the journey ends in the small village of Vilaflor.

Vilaflor
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