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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hike Gran Canaria 11 March 2012 Artenara to Cruz de Tejeda

Caught the 08.15 Nr 220 bus from Telmo Bus Station , Las Palmas arriving at Artenara around 10.15hrs.
Our 8.5 km hike from Artenara  to Cruz de Tejeda is described in the below website:-

The information board in Artenara
Artenara is a pretty little village on the edge of the Tejeda Caldera
As the walk is quite short, we decided to treat ourselves to coffee & cakes before we started
The route follows the edge of the caldera, the first part passing between the part cave houses clinging to the cliff sides
and passes the Ermita de la Cuevita cave church

and continues passed the houses
all along the route there are superb views of the Tejeda Caldera
with the peak of Mount Teide on Tenerife 60 miles away, clearly visible

A break with aview over the cliff
Mike enjoys his Kindle with views of Roque Nublo on the other side of the Caldera
 Stopped to inspect the Cuevas Cabellero which re reputed to have housed women who practised witchcraft in prehispanic times
 Entry into the caves is prohibited

 View from the caves to Roque Nublo
Some ancient? sculpture
 Roque Nublo in the background

 On arrival in Cruz de Tejeda at around 1700hrs, we discovered that we had misunderstood the bus timetable and that we had just missed the 16.18 hrs bus. The next and last bus would not arrive until 19.18hrs.
So, as the weather was fine and warm, we decided to have a meal on one of the cafe terraces and relax. We were rewarded by a magnificent sunset over the caldera.
 with Mount Teide silhuetted against the pink sky
So, despite the long delay, all in all we had a fantastic day in the hills.

Caught the 19.18 nr 18 bus to Vega san Mateo and and then transferred to the nr 303 bus to Las Palmas - arriving around 2200hrs on Dutch Link.

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