Caldera de Tejeda

It’s 6 p.m. and I am walking on the edge of the Caldera de Tejeda. In front of me I can see the result of 14 millions of geology evolution. At this time of the day the light emphasises the shapes of all mountains and valleys in front of me.

I feel small when I look this immense landscape. I also feel in peace with myself while I enjoy of this view. These peaceful moments become a contrats with the inmense violence this area of Gran Canaria suffered during millions of years: volcanic eruptions, cataclism, and an agresive erosion.

On the west side, over the clouds, is Mount Teide, the highest mountain in Spain. On the other side, I can see the sacred rocks: Roque Nublo and Roque Bentayga, elegants and misterious.

The natural phenomenon is grandious…. I wish it doesn’t become dark. I am walking on the “100 Valleys’ Viewpoint Route”.

This fascinating sight inspired the Spanish filosopher Miguel de Unamuno when he described the area as a “petrified storm”

This is one of the most beautiful sunsets I have seen in my whole life, I wish I could stop the time, but I can’t.

Far away I can now see the little lights of Tejeda and even further away I can see the lights of the isolated village of La Aldea.

When I have reached this point I have left behind Cruz de Tejeda, Riscos de Chapin, the sea of clouds, the canarian pine forest, the caves where I saw the remains of the Canariis and the path followed by the herds during their seasonal migration.

Finally I reach the little village of Artenara, the end of today’s route. Relaxed, I think about what I have experienced on the way: an unforgetable walk.

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