Lunar landscape of the Corona Forestal

An astonishing volcanic location in south Tenerife
Those who still doubt that there is no better artist than nature herself should visit this landscape of incredible random shapes hidden the highest slopes in the south of Tenerife. The Lunar Landscape is formed by numerous conical shapes with a stylised appearance that looks, for all the world, like a very modern cathedral. Over thousands of years erosion has chiselled the slopes and the thousands of beige layers of fine volcanic ash. The result is a spectacular sight which is out of this world – hence the name.
Trek from Vilaflor to the Lunar Landscape
The only way to reach this hidden spot among pine-covered slopes is on foot, during a 13-kilometre walk classed as medium-high difficulty, which starts out from the mountain village of Vilaflor. The path takes you up through the natural forests of Canarian pine and along stony pathways that date back centuries. On clear days you can make out the southern border of Las Cañadas del Teide, and below that the southern slope of the island all the way down to the Atlantic Ocean, with the mountains of neighbouring island Gran Canarian appearing to almost float on the water.
Height
1.364 m
Flora interest
Trekking routes
Wildlife interest
Localidad
Vilaflor

TENERIFE

TENERIFE

GRAN CANARIA

GRAN CANARIA

FUERTEVENTURA

FUERTEVENTURA

LANZAROTE

LANZAROTE

LA GRACIOSA

LA GRACIOSA

LA GOMERA

LA GOMERA

LA PALMA

LA PALMA

EL HIERRO

EL HIERRO
Sustainability
Sostenibilidad
- Never leave waste of any type lying around, including cigarette butts. Leftover food leads to a proliferation of rats and wild cats, which pose a serious threat to the fauna.
- Respect the animals. Do not bother them or feed them. If you see an injured specimen, you can call the emergency number: 112. Do not pick flowers or plants.
- Do not pick up or take away stones or any other item from the natural environment. And do not move them to pile them up into sadly famous 'towers'.
- Do not walk in areas where it is not allowed and respect the signposting along trails. Leaving the set paths causes damage to the environment and could also be dangerous for you and anyone with you.
- Do not light fires outside the permitted areas and be especially careful during the summer months.
- Try not to alter the peace of the environment with excessive noise (loud music, yelling, etc.).
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