1. LA FORTALEZA - Trails - Tenerife

1. La Fortaleza

1. La Fortaleza
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Trail description

This relatively flat trail is perfect for discovering the Park's most common plant and animal species, where shrikes and pimelia beetles thrive. From the start of the trail to La Cañada de los Guancheros, you will walk over a series of hillocks made of piles of pumice stones, most of which were caused by the eruptions of Montaña Blanca. Here, brooms and laburnums dominate the landscape. La Cañada de los Guancheros is a sedimentary plain. Brooms and laburnums share this habitat with summit roses, a local species of catmint and flixweed. The end of the trail takes you past the foot of the ridges of La Fortaleza, where the vegetation is of the kind that typically grows on escarpments, such as moralitos and Canarian cedars. The latter can often be seen growing amidst the Canarian pine trees at the foot of this mountain. La Fortaleza (meaning The Fortress) is the only remaining vestige in the north of the Park of a ridge that was known as the Cañadas Edifice. This red giant was formed from very dense phonolite lava which gathered and solidified over the eruptive mouth instead of flowing down.

Hypsometry

Altimetría 1. La Fortaleza 

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.

  • Competent authority: Teide National Park
  • About the competent authority: 1. La Fortaleza

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Remember: Prevention, Information and Knowledge are the key to avoiding unpleasant situations.
  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.

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