Chinyero volcano

Chinyero volcano

To date, Chinyero is the last volcano to erupt in Tenerife, it happened in 1909 and spent 10 days spewing lava uninterruptedly. The eruption has left us with a beautiful landscape of contrasts. The route of the Chinyero trail is one of the best hiking routes in Tenerife, it is a circular route and is not too demanding. The distance of the route is 6.5 km and it takes about 2 hours.

 

El Chinyero is a 1,561-metre-high volcano located in the so-called Chinyero Nature Reserve, very close to El Teide, and belongs to the municipality of Santiago del Teide. To get to the start of the trail, take the TF-38 road, which runs between Guía de Isora and Santiago del Teide, and continue towards Chío until kilometre point 15, where the route begins.

Along the way you will be able to contemplate one of the most impressive volcanic landscapes in Tenerife. It is also a route of contrasts, as you can walk along a shady path under pine trees or through volcanic lava and continue along a path of ashes or pyroclasts. It is advisable to take warm clothes in winter, as we are already at high altitude. In summer the sun is intense in some sections, as at times we will be in the shade of the pines.

The route is perfectly signposted as a PR type, a short distance footpath with white and yellow signs. Therefore, if you come across two parallel horizontal rectangles of these colours it means that you are going in the right direction. However, if the sign is in the shape of a cross, this is the wrong direction, so we should not follow it.

Since a large part of the route runs through a forest of Canary Island pines, we can see the contrast between the green of the trees and the black volcanic soil. It is highly recommended and without any difficulty.

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