Photo running challenge // Беговые заметки натуралиста

Today’s running path was in the mountains of La Esperanza close to Las Lugunetas (map). To say it was beautiful is to say nothing. This path starts in the forest and goes uphill for ca. 4km, then to somewhat looking like a flat area with fantastic opening views from the top; around the top and back down to the other part of the forest.

Literally every 3-5 minutes landscapes are changing their sceneries, colours and ‘decoration’ details, so that it is nearly impossible to run by without stopping (and catching a breath, lol).

trail running

running, happy, fun

We’ve seen quite a few cyclists passing by, but no other runners than ourselves. And – which was rather pleasing! – no cars at all as the way is too unprotected and narrow at times. Perfect for trekkers, in other words!! :)

canarian pines

salomon runners

Christmas holidays approaching!!

canarian mountains

mountains, trekking, path

green forest, clouds

pine fir cones, tired runner

Pine and fir cones all along the way

tree roots

dry, seco


The result: ca. 16km, speed around 7:50 – and around double faster & longer for my handsome guide who I am so thankful for showing this <3 Thanks a lot babe xx

For the love of hiking

Another FUNtastic day spent hiking with my love and taking snapshots on iPhone (all photos presented here), walking around 14 km with the crazy altitude between 0 and 1 km above sea level… Ah, why can’t we do it all day every day?! :)

The itinerary: left car at/ started walking from Playa Benijo – El Draguillo – Punta Baja de las Palmas to Roque de Dentro (Roques de Anaga, Las Brenas) and all the way back with a short but very much needed pause at the beach with some coffee & munchies that we prepared beforehand. Again, when it’s too hot everywhere in the world (except Russia only, perhaps?!)), head to the North and stay cool ;)

Started here

beach, rocks, Benijo, playa, Tenerife north, waves

See the little piece of rock on the top right corner? THat’s our rock that we’ve walked to!

road, mountain road

In the beginning you think it couldn’t be any easier than this..)

selfie, blonde, rocky road, view

..and we take lotsa pics

mountains, beach, playa, roques, Almaciga, Anaga, Taganana

Playa Benijo left behind as well as the feeling that it’s not gonna be too difficult (in fact it is not, Im just way unprepared / unexperienced with mountain walks…)

El Draguillo Tenerife, mountain life, house in mountains

Sort of middle of the way at El Draguillo village

El Draguillo, mountain village, горная деревушка, север Тенерифе

Literally few houses of El Draguillo village, and the road divides in two: one to Chamorga (see the post here), another one to our destination point at Roques de Anaga

view from above, ocean, Tenerife, high, высоко, страшно, scary dary

This is where I started shitting myself from heights the road gets higher, wilder and narrower with breathtaking views down at the coast and the ocean’s distant roar…

Roques de Anaga, Punta baja de las Palmas

Btw, we were super lucky with the lighting conditions and weather: windy and cloudy, perfect for a hard walk!

hiker, walker, mountains, sporty, fit, blonde, smile, thumbs up

OK, this was an almost Fake Thumbs-Up moment, lol (I felt like i was gonna die any minute from a heart attack, if too lucky…)

hard walk, tired, still happy, pain, no pain no gain

More real one

man, beard, dog, happy, smiley dog, hipster, handsome, Love him, legs, Salomon, #timetoplay

We are always lucky with the friends along the way :)

donkey, doggy, man, local people, authentic, smiley, friendly

Apathetic donkey Perico, very friendly local Francisco, scary but super friendly doggy Husan and the love of my life Eduardovski :)

Roque de Dentro, high tide, waves, Atlantic, ocean, wildness

His majesty Roque de Dentro :) Beautiful and lonely, we’ll have to get back there to walk in a low tide to discover him better!

picture of taking picture, rock, cliff, bushes, man, ocean, nature, thank you mother nature

One of the last pictures on the way back. Surprisingly, it was much faster and less scarier :)

Thank you, mother Nature, we’ll be back! =)

Hiking in Barranco de Chamorga to the Roque Bermejo beach // Хайкинг в Ущелье Чаморга на пути к пляжу Роке Бермехо

Second (and the last) part of hiking day in Chamorga mountains! // Вторая (и последняя) часть про хайкинг в горах Чаморги!

This is the left side of the beach // Это левая сторона пляжа.  Processed with VSCO with h2 preset

And the right side, Roque Bermejo beach. // И правая сторона, пляж Рóке Бермéхо. Processed with VSCO with h2 preset

Тhe whole ‘village’ is just 6-7 houses that are mostly occupied in summer time and, apart from the mountains, are only accessible by dingy boats that are cruising from Santa Cruz. Price around 10-12€ per person for a 20 min trip. // Вся деревушка – не более 6-7 домов, которые по большей части являются летними дачами, и доступны, помимо горного пути в 1-2 часа, в основном благодаря маленьким моторным лодкам, курсирующим из Санта-Круса. Цена 10-12 евро с человека. Время “полета” 20 минут.  Processed with VSCO with h2 preset

That part of the way reminded of Lanzarote… <3 // Эта часть пути напомнила о Ланцароте… <3  Processed with VSCO with h2 preset

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Quick stop in one of the local bars – if not the only existing one!! – where we were lucky to get our batteries re-charged with some snacks and water, and to witness some sort of fiesta (which perhaps takes place every Friday or weekend.. :) // Быстрая остановка заправиться водой и снэком в одном из местных баров (если не единственном по всей деревне)), где нам довелось лицезреть некую фиесту и праздник жизни. Хотя возможно такой праздник жизни там случается каждую пятницу и выходные.. :)

Life aquatic mountainic looks like that. Church is a must. :) // Настоящая, пост-кризисная Ж-З-Л по-канарски выглядит примерно вот так. Церковь обязательна. :)

Overall we’ve covered 8 km both ways and around 700 m altitude. The way back was a bit difficult as it was mostly going up, but there isn’t a better way to discover all beauty of those mountains and to see what your body is capable of. Especially when you think about FOOD and oncoming dinner after all that exercise !! ;)

Всего мы “покрыли” 8 км туда-обратно и около 700 м подъема. Путь обратно был сложнее потому что все время вверх, но только так можно увидеть и насладиться всей красотой этих гор, только так можно понять на что способно твое тело и сколько оно может выдержать. Особенно когда все мысли о ЕДЕ и предстоящем ужине после подобных нагрузок!! ;)