Leaving the port of Santa Cruz, we pass the university town of Laguna, nestled in Aguere Valley and the first capital of Tenerife.
Driving along the spine that divides the island, the road meanders through the eucalyptus and pine trees of Esperanza Forest. Climbing ever higher, the greenery turns to ochre, grey, and blue as the land turns to lava. Suddenly, Mount Teide looms in the middle of the landscape. Before reaching the Las Cañadas National Park, we make a photo stop.
The park was created in 1954 and covers an area of 13,571 hectares/135 km2. It is in fact the caldera of a former volcano in which Mount Teide later formed. In the Ucana Valley lava fields you see the "Mirador del Dedo de Dios" - a lava stone formation that looks like a finger, and is therefore called "God's Finger”.
You have an opportunity to take more photos before we depart for the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.