News and Photos from Las Galletas Tenerife
We spent 9 days in
On Tuesday 24th November we set off on a 4
hour sail south to Bahia de Abona, halfway down the east coast of
Yesterday, Thursday 26th, we hired a battered old car and drove around the island, through Parque Nacional Del Teide, and finally made it up the 3718m volcano! The views form the top were stunning with the volcanic valley spreading out majestically below. We were both a little cold and light-headed at the peak – oxygen is a little shorter up there than at water-level! The national park is amazing - full of rough badlands (deeply eroded barren areas), smooth pahoehoe lava (looks like twisted taffy) and pebble-like lapilli, with volcanic pipes and cones, and the occasional steaming hole (where if you put your hand inside, its surprisingly warm). We then drove through beautiful pine forests and varying vegetation in the north. The day ended with a 3 hour supermarket stock-up, so Talulah is now stuffed with water, cans and rice in every nook and cranny, and is sitting a tad lower in the water. (And we still haven’t bought fresh produce yet for the 3 week (?) crossing (but you need to stock up for 6 weeks incase…). We are looking to set off in the next 3 days, will keep you posted!
So this is what they mean when they talk about a craggy landscape! Ali hiking through the lava up El Teide, Teneriffe.
It’s a long way down. The valley below El Teide.
More dramatic landscape, but safely down again.