Los Tilos ForestWalk in the wooded landscape that dinosaurs knew
Credit: Turismo de Canarias
The forest canopy of Los Tilos, in the northeast of the island, offers pleasant shade from the heat of the sun. Birds sing and water drips and gushes from the rocky walls. It's one of the world’s last laurisilva forests, full of enormous ferns and broad-leaved laurels, the sort of vegetation that covered the planet millions of years ago. Kids love to learn that this is the type of terrain that dinosaurs inhabited.
This sub-tropical cloud forest with mist dripping from fronds of foliage is a Biosphere Reserve, and home to rare species. From the visitors’ centre there are several trails of varied lengths, from a hard-core hike via rocky tunnels and steps up to springs and a waterfall, to a wide path up to a vertigo-inducing viewpoint high on a narrow rock promontory jutting out over the trees below.
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