Santa Cruz (Tenerife), Canary Islands, Spain
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Approximately 7½ Hours
On this full-day tour, you'll travel through mountains and valleys to experience the 'moonscape' of Las Cañadas, the greenery of La Esperanza and the lush fields of the Orotava Valley.
Proceed along the freeway that bisects the island to the picturesque village of La Esperanza, which marks the edge of the forest of the same name. The road winds westward along the crest of the mountain range that forms the backbone of Tenerife.
Pause for photos at Mirador de Otuno, offering a panoramic view of the northern coast of the island, and enter Cañadas National Park through the gateway of El Portillo Las Cañadas at more than 6,600 feet above sea level. The park features a huge volcanic crater devoid of life. Your coach will wind through unusual landscapes before skirting the enormous peak of Mount Teide. The latter dominates the area at 12,270 feet tall. It is the highest point in Spain and its territories. The volcanic rocks found there are surprisingly colorful -- black lava, red magma, white pumice and the bright green rocks through which the road is cut.
Stop at the Humboldt Viewpoint for lunch, and visit Puerto de la Cruz.
Before leaving the area, visit the Botanic Gardens founded in 1788. A huge variety of palms grows here, and the centerpiece is an enormous South American fig tree whose branches and roots form an outlandish tree house.
The tour concludes with the drive along the northern freeway back to the harbor.