Are you looking forward to enjoy your holidays to Tenerife? Are you looking for adventure? Do you want to feel that great adrenalin rush? If yes, then you may want to slip into your hiking boots, strap on your backpack, and extend your trekking pole to climb Mount Teide.
Mount Teide is an active volcano situated on Tenerife in the Canary Islands. At 3,718 meters, it is the highest point in Spain and the highest point above sea level in the islands of Atlantic. Summiting the mountain would be a great personal accomplishment considering that it is the third highest volcano in the globe when measured from its base on the ocean floor. Mount Teide is the main geological component of the Teide National Park, an 18,900-hectare protected area that was officially named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on June 29, 2007. Its magnificent natural beauty makes it one of the most frequently visited national parks in the globe.
The nutrient- and mineral-rich soil around the park makes the park a perfect place to support a large number of plant species. In fact, there are 168 vascular plant species in the park, 33 of which are endemic to Tenerife.
There are forests of Canary Island Pine covering the volcano’s slopes. The weather at higher altitudes provide sufficient conditions for fragile trees such as the Canary Island cedar to flourish. Flowering plants such as white broom, wallflower, daisy, and violet, all of which have adapted to the extreme conditions on the volcano, are the dominant species.
The park also has a large variety of invertebrate fauna, more than 40 percent of which are endemic species. You may be able to spot strange and unique spiders, beetles, hemipterans, dipterans, and hymenopterae. Birds such as the blue chaffinch, Bethelot’s pipit, wild canary, and kestrel rule the skies around Mt. Teide.
You may see the rare endemic reptiles such as the Canary Island lizard, gecko, and skink. There are also mammals that make the mountain park their home such as bats, mouflon, rabbit, house mouse, black rat, feral cat, and Algerian Hedgehog.
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