After a small break we decided to descend on the TF-24, with an initial stretch of great spectacularity and again asphalt in lousy state, to link later with the TF-523 towards Arafo. The descent itself is done by a very busy and hilly road, with an asphalt in perfect condition that allowed us to really enjoy the motorcycle for the first time. In Güímar you access the TF-28, a road without charm that takes us to Santa Cruz avoiding the boring Autopista del Sur.
Day 2. Santa Cruz - La Orotava - Cliffs of Los Gigantes - Santa Cruz
One of the strengths of the day was the descent from Teide on the TF-21 road to La Orotava, which would allow us to see for the first time the northern slope of the volcano, wilder and with a much more violent fall towards the sea than the southern part.
After a small stretch of highway to San Cristóbal de la Laguna -the tiltiest highway in Europe, by the way - we link to the TF-24 to reach the northern end of the Teide caldera and turn right onto the TF-21. The ascent is made by a wide and forested road, with fast curves and the asphalt in good condition. The only danger is the remains of vegetation that we found scattered on the asphalt and that demanded to maximize attention.
As we noticed from the foot of the mountain, in the middle of the climb the fog made an appearance. It was a fog so thick that the road ran through a kind of completely white tunnel, although the visibility was not all bad and the asphalt was still dry. When we reached the top, the fog was at our feet and offered us a fascinating natural spectacle.
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The descent to La Orotava on the TF-21 did not disappoint us at all. The road is technical and fun, although the asphalt is far from being in perfect condition. From La Orotava you can access the TF-342, which allows us to reach the western tip of the island avoiding the boring North Highway and crossing many villages almost hanging on the mountainside.
Cliff of the Giants. Image of Tuquetu hosted on Flickr