Tenerife. Monkey Park and Paisaje Lunar. Day 1-2
Русская версия On the arrival in Tenerife (how we got there), we were shocked by its weather. Tenerife is considered to be an island of eternal spring, probably, Estonian in our case:
Having had enough rest after the flight and stress of renting a car for the first time in our life, the next morning we were ready for new adventures!
The aquaintance with Tenerife started with Monkey Park, a small zoo where one may enter the cage with monkeys.
You can also feed monkeys there – buying food in advance in the supermarket or at the cashier desk in the zoo. We bought wholesome food in the shop: bananas, cherry tomatoes, tangerines, etc. But the first animal we met in the park was a crocodile:
There were many of them, all hungry. A big one was trying to keep off the smaller ones and did not let them meet us. But we tricked him (or her): we were both holding food and the evil marmoset could not get two offerings at once:
They learned to make funny faces, and ask for a treat afterwards:
Every chimpanzee behaves in its own way. For example, this is a racer:
We had a great time there and on the way back through lemurs’ cage noticed how indifferent they became, too full. Come there by the opening, otherwise monkeys will be fed and not interested in any interaction:
After visiting the monkeys, we decided to go to a famous Paisaje Lunar or Lunar Landscape. First, we got to the village Villaflor 1,5 kilometers over the sea level. At the end of the village there was a beautiful mirador (scenic view point). As we learned afterwards, miradores are everywhere in Tenerife, they are marked with special signs on the road.
The weather and mood were great, the road was easy to follow, the only doubt was on how much time it would take. On our way, we met two German ladies who admired the landscape they had seen and assured us that it was not a long way. We were thus inspired to walk further enjoying the views…
The path was very well-groomed and truly beautiful:
The path was definitely longer than declared 3.6 kms. When we finally reached Paisaje Lunar, we were soaked to the skin, and still had to get back. Maybe that is why the landscape itself did not seem that unique and gorgeous:
Finally we got to the car, turned on the heat, but still were shivering all the way home.
Still, at least turning right at the beginning was wise since this path there was uneven and rocky, and climbing it was better than trying to get down (especially in the rain). The road we took back (to the left) was wide and even, you can even ride a bicycle on it.
Next day we went to mysterious village Masca (where we caught the rainbow!), cut Montana la Sahora, and well-known Arboretum.