The trip to the National Park of Teide in Tenerife made a deep impression on me.
I had never been to a volcano before, and I didn't know what to expect.
It was so interesting how the landscape constantly changes on the way up there.
After passing through the town of Orotava, you drive through a pine forest,
from about 1000-2100 meters above sea level. The suddenly at one point, there's no more trees,
and you enter a desert that varies from sand, to small stones, to bigger stones to
enormous rock formations.
The park is centered around the highest peak in Spain, Teide, of 3718 meter,
third largest volcano in the world from its base. It is currently dormant.
The landscape constantly varies in colours from sandy beige, to green, to red,
to brown, to black. Very fascinating and so beautiful.
For the aboriginals of the Canary Islands, the Guancehs, Teide was a place of worship.
It was decleared National Park in 1954, making it one of the oldest National Parks in Spain.
Apparently there are significant similarities between the planet Mars and the landscape of Teide National Park, which makes the park ideal for testing instruments that will travel to Mars!
I took way too many pictures up there, but I just couldn't help myself- it was so beautiful.
A perfect day trip when in Tenerife!