Trip Start Jun 12, 2007
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Today we head for the interior of the island and within minutes of leaving we were climbing up into the mountains. The landscape here was totally different to either of the mountain areas we have been in over the last two days - the road climbs through pine forests and huge rockfaces.
Our first stop was in the village of Vilaflor, which is said to be the highest village of the Canary Islands
We went to a restaurant on the plaza where John tried a fish on the menu called Abadejo, which I have since had translated as Pollock. We ordered Canarian potatoes to go with it - Canarian potatoes are unpeeled new potatoes, boiled dry in salt water and are delicious. The mojo sauces that we have received with most of our meals also arrived. Mojo is a sauce that originated in the Canary Islands, generally either red or green, the red one being hotter.
After lunch we started to make our way over to Parc National del Teide, which is home to Mount Teide a huge volcano, lava fields and volcanic cones. The road continued to climb from Vilaflor and our surroundings started changing again - every twist and turn of the road bought something new. There were several viewpoints along the way where we stopped to take pictures and admire the views. It's amazing how few people we saw along the way and more staggeringly the amount of people who merely pulled into the viewpoint to jump out of their car, click the camera button once and dive back in the car to continue on. The only way to describe the scenery when we reached the national park is awesome. The superlatives would flow easy, but I'll post some pictures and hope they go some way to describing it. Its one of those places where you keep taking photo after photo hoping to capture the feel of it. Every time the sun went in or came out the lava and rock formations would show different colours - red, purple, orange, brown, green, it was totally amazing
We spent hours in the crater, in total awe of our surroundings, we just stood looking and looking again and again and again, magnificent. The sun goes down around 7.30pm and once again the daylight ran out on us - I tried to get pictures of the sun going down as we left the park, but we were never really in the right position and it disappeared once more behind the mountains. By the time we got back and parked up near the apartments it was already late, so we decided to leave our stuff in the car and go in search of something to eat
Recently through the TravelPod website someone who has been living on the island for over 16 years got in contact with me and gave me some advice on places to go and see the 'real' Tenerife, she offered to meet up with us the day we go over to Garachico and be our unofficial guide. I thought it was a great idea, so I rang her today to let her know we are going there tomorrow and we've arranged to meet, so I'm looking forward to meeting the name from the e-mails.