Climbing through the pine woods to reach the plateau where we visited the Teide, Spain's largest mountain (and once a very active volcano).
We met with a big-ass tree along the way. Cool fact: these trees contain so much resin that they can survive forest fires. An important trait on the south part of the island.
Distant view of the Teide. The plateau is 2000+ meters high, the Teide reaches an extra 1000m on top of that.
A quick visit to Masca is pretty much impossible. It's a desolate 3-part village located on steep flanks. Only one road leading to it, not wide enough to pass cars coming from the other side.
The town square of Masca was pretty charming, but not very big. There's a tree, a church and that's about it.
You get a great view in Masca, but it makes you wonder who would want to live here. It almost looks like an outtake from Jurassic Park.
Loro Parque is one of the fanciest animal parks in the world. They go through great lengths to rebuild the natural environment of the animals living there.
Moray eels are some of the ugliest fishes around, not sure why they would put themselves into the spotlight like that. Cool fish though.
White tigers ... I'm sure it's one of the most beautiful animal species I've seen to date. All big and fluffy and white.
No vacation is complete without a trip out to sea. We went pilot whale spotting on a giant catamaran.
Close-up shot from a family of pilot whales. The little one was about two days old. Pretty endearing.
Our second trip out to sea, only this time we went below the surface. First time in a submarine, definitely an experience.
Some spots are completely empty, others are swarming with fishes. This sure beats visiting and aquarium.
To watch one of these in their natural environment was pretty cool. Not as cool as diving between them, but the closest you get without actually getting wet yourself.
This big rock was the perfect guidance when travelling around the south coast. Visible from almost everywhere, it was hard to get lost.