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Parque Nacional del Teide

The Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide) on the island of Tenerife is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that shelters more than 700 species of plants and animals and offers adventure to outdoor-lovers. Hop on a bicycle and pedal around the mountain bike routes, or hike up the available footpaths. Camp underneath the stars, go bird watching, caving, and rock climbing. Photograph the rich landscapes and rock formations in stunning shades of black and red.

There are several things to look out for in the park. The green stained rocks called Los Azulejos are like the blue tiles placed in Spanish houses. Due to volcanic activity, Los Azulejos acquire a deep green stain. Some people cannot resist the challenge of climbing the Roques de Garcia, strangely shaped rock formations that stand as tall as 150 metres.

Trek to the Volcan Pico Viejo where the cone of the Teide volcano shows traces of dark lava from the 1798 eruption. Or ride a cable car from the peak and get a few great shots of Las Cañadas Crater in all its glory. Among other visible beauties are the rest of the Canary Islands. In the winter, the view of the mountains and the snow are also spectacular.

Visitors to the Parque Nacional de Tenerife are drawn to a “sea shell shaped object” or something that looks like a giant clam on the peak of Mount Teide, not far from the cable car station. The Zapatilla de la Reina is a rock formation that looks like a shoe. It is made of volcanic rock sculpted by nature herself and stands at a hundred metres tall. The Roque Cinchado is the most popular rock formation, and was once on the 1000 peseta note. It's a pile of rocks with the largest on top and the smallest below. It’s a wonder it hasn’t toppled over!

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