14. Alto de Guamaso

Technical information

Trail description

This is an easy hike around a lovely volcanic cone and into the crater. It also provides fabulous views over the Valley of La Orotava and the sea of clouds that sometimes covers it. This is a great place from which to observe the transition from the thriving Canarian pine forest to the mountain bush. The cone is made up of various kinds of volcanic matter, but the most striking are the volcanic bombs dotted all over its slopes. Since this is where the pine forest meets the broom bushes, the Park's most common birds, such as the Canarian chiffchaff, the Berthelot's pipit and the spectacled warbler, coexist with woodland birds, such as blue chaffinches, blue tits, blackbirds and robins. You might also catch sight of a sparrow hawk, which are more often found in forest areas than open landscapes. Among the many invertebrate species that live here, one of the most interesting is locally known as the "pine caterpillar" (Calliteara fortunata). This impressive caterpillar with long hairs and bright colours lives happily in the broom bushes or in the pine trees.


Altimetría 14. Alto de Guamaso 

For your own safety, don't forget to check the condition of the trail.

The competent authority will be responsible for informing you if the trail is not recommendable in the wake of adverse weather conditions, as well as if the trail or part of it is closed, etc.

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Weather Today
Maximum: 25º
Minimum: 18º
Orotava (La). It will be good weather on Wednesday morning. As the hours pass by, sunny skies. Temperatures will remain unchanged.
Remember: Prevention, Information and Knowledge are the key to avoiding unpleasant situations.
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  1. Make sure you always have somebody else to walk with, stick to the marked footpaths and respect the way of life, privacy and property of the local inhabitants.
  2. If you keep your noise levels down, you will discover just how much life there is all around you.
  3. Take any rubbish with you, even organic waste. This will help preserve the beauty of the scenery and prevent the proliferation of rodents in the area. Take special care with cigarette butts.
  4. Picking up plants, animals or other items from the environment may entail the loss of irreplaceable resources.
  5. The people who take care of these Protected Nature Areas would be very grateful if you let them know about any incidents you may have noticed on your walk. To do so, contact the Environmental Department of the Island Council of Tenerife:

    Área de Medio Ambiente del Cabildo Insular de Tenerife


  6. Remember that the Island's environment is as unique as it is unpredictable. It must be enjoyed responsibly and sensibly. Take special care in natural areas and don't forget that accidents can happen at any time.
  7. Pay attention to signs.
  8. Check the weather forecast to make sure the conditions are suitable.
  9. Wear suitable clothing and footwear for hiking and always pack your mobile phone, sunscreen, a hat, a coat, a waterproof, enough food and plenty of water in your backpack.
  10. Let your family and/or friends know which route you will be taking and bear in mind how many daylight hours you will need to complete it.