December 30, 2009
After being on the island of Tenerife for five days, we finally had the opportunity to see more than just our hotel. Today we went on a Teide and Island Tour. It was another early morning as we had to meet the bus at 8:10am. After the late night, it was difficult to stay awake on the bus as we traveled around to different hotels to pick up more people. The worst part was sitting at one hotel for 30 minutes waiting for someone that never showed up. It also didn’t help that our tour guide was not as interesting to listen to as our guide on the La Gomera tour. Her explanations were rather monotone. She would talk in English first and then go on in Italian and Spanish. I wish she had been as interesting to listen to as she dressed!
Another sign that this tour was not quite the same quality as the other one was the fact we had stopped for coffee twice before we stopped for our first photo opportunity. The main reason we took the tour was to see Mt. Teide, the dormant volcano in the center of Tenerife, and the national park surrounding it. We were disappointed that the bus only stopped once in the national park.
After leaving the park and stopping for coffee again, we drove to Puerto de La Cruz on the north side of the island. Here we had about two hours of free time to eat lunch and explore a little. The tour guide led us to a buffet and told us it was one of the cheapest places to eat in the area, but we quickly dismissed it and went to look for another restaurant. We found La Casona right along the city square where we sat at an outside table and enjoyed the food and the people watching. After lunch we had some time to walk to the seafront before meeting the bus.
Our next and last stop was in the town of Candelaria to see the Black Virgin Madonna, patron of the Canary Islands. From there we headed back to the hotels in Las Americas. Brandon and I both took naps on the way back, but I don’t think we missed anything.
We just relaxed the rest of the evening, enjoying dinner at the buffet and some time on our computers. Overall, the day was a lovely way to spend our third anniversary.
To view more photos from today, visit my Picasa Web Album.