Lookout points in the Two Valleys
Don't miss the views from one of the lookout points you will pass on your way through this area.
The Humboltd lookout point (La Orotava). This is where Alexander Von Humboldt fell in love with Tenerife. This spot provides the perfect view of the area where part of the Island crumbled away to form the vast valley of La Orotava.
El Lance lookout point (Los Realejos). This spot affords a different point of view over the lush valley of La Orotava. Here stands a huge bronze statue representing the king of the Guanche people known as Mencey Bentor, who chose to jump to his death instead of succumbing to the Spanish conqueror when all hope was lost.
Rosa de Piedra lookout point (Corona Forestal Natural Park). A huge stone rose lies on the ground, with perfectly aligned petals. How was it formed? As a tongue of basalt lava comprised of columns flowed steadily down the ravine, it began to slowly curl over itself creating a spiral shape that then cooled to form what now resembles a huge rose.
Mount Guamazo lookout point (Teide National Park). This 33,000 year-old crater stands at an altitude of 2,000 m (6,500 ft). Around it is the Cañadas mountain range... or what was left of it after it collapsed. It used to tower at a height of 4,000 m (13,000 ft).
El Valle lookout point (Teide National Park). The valley was formed by one of the landslides that swept away part of the Cañadas mountain range. After that episode, a new series of eruptions began to fill the gap that was left, which now provides one of the most striking examples of the Island's constant process of destruction and reconstruction.
La Crucita lookout point (Corona Forestal Natural Park). From here you will get one of the best views of what remains of the huge volcanic ridge of Cho Marcial. Its enormous structure slid towards the sea, leaving the peak of Caldera de Pedro Gil as a memory of what it once was.
Chivisaya lookout point (Protected Landscape of Siete Lomas). From this scene of huge geological unrest you will get a clear view of how structures that once towered 2,000 m (6,500 ft) high collapsed and crumbled away. And you will also see how the farmland has flourished over the ruins, growing grapevines, chestnuts and potatoes.