Walking in Las Canadas. The Caldera round El Teide MapsWalking in Las Canadas. The Caldera round El Teide Maps
We got the bus from the coach station up to El Portillo, and had a look round the visitor center, which explains the volcanic features of the area.
We walked route 4 from opposite the visitor centre to the Parador de lasCanadas. This is a gravel track, well signed, and gently rising and falling. There are no steep sections, but even though we are fit walkers, used to this distance, we found we had to cut our pace in the thin air. It is high enough to notice that the air is thin.
There are no facilities of any kind until you get to the end, so take plenty of water, suncream, and dark glasses and a hat are essential at any time of year. The sun is very hot and bright even when the air is cold.
Follow the track round its hairpins at the end or you will miss a good view point. When you get back to the road, a path will take you directly back to the Parador- again, don't try cutting down to this..
We walked all day in bright sunshine and caught the bus back from the Parador. As we were passing through El Portillo where we had started the people were shivering in thick mist and drizzle. The next day there was snow on El Teide.
If you enjoy looking at the volcanic features, this is a fantastic walk.