The last stop of the overview excursion around the island was viewing point to Garachico. It was the principal port of Tenerife till 1706 when a long eruption poured lava into the bay and effectively destroyed it.
I already mentioned it was always raining since we started to descend from volcano Teide. And so all we could see was:
Butterfly Garden, Mariposario del Drago, is located close to Parque del Drago. When you enter the garden, you get to a tropical forest where colorful butterflies from all the world fly around your head. You can also see how butterflies grow and turn from caterpillars into beautiful butterflies.
On the second day after we got to Tenerife, we were at an overview excursion around the island and ascended to Teide.
At first landscapes were quite usual: earth is burned by the sun, on rare occasions succulents are seen. The higher we ascended, the more landscape changed. At clouds height there’s coniferous forest of Canary Island pine at Tenerife. Its needles are up to 30 cm long. The tree traps large amounts of water from cloudy moist air. Additionally this pine is the most fire-resistant conifers in the world: it adapted to life at volcano.
This photo was taken above dense forest. Pines grow right at black lava.
Teide National Park is situated in caldera of the volcano. The size of the caldera is 16 × 9 km. This is what we saw at the first viewpoint: 2
Lava is everywhere, a few plants grow here. In the distance one can see tops of pines.