Teno and the Ponds of Erjos

Highlights

This circular route begins at the ponds of Erjos, these small lakes created by excavations of the rich fertile soil are now a haven for many species of birds, including herons, ducks and bald headed coots.

Our route takes us past the lakes and through old farm fields before climbing up and passing around Pico de Gala, which overlooks the Santiago Valley. We pick up a track through some Pine woodland before making our way up a rocky path towards Cumbres de Bolico. A short detour allows for an ascent of Pico de la Mesa and spectacular views of the Masca Valley.

The return is via an unmarked path through some of the densest parts of the ancient Laurel Forests in the Teno Massif. The Laurel Forests are very humid and damp, a complete contrast to other parts of the island, moss grows on rocks, fungi emerge from fallen trunks and the trees form a dense canopy where all plants underneath are competing for light.

Species you can find include include the Canary Islands Geranium Geranium canariense, the pink daisy Pericallis echinata and the Canary Islands buttercup Ranunculus cortusifolius.

This is a walk of staggering contrasts and varied ecosystems that you wouldn’t think possible in such a small area.

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