Fairy Woodland Forest

This mys­te­ri­ous Lau­risil­va for­est is locat­ed in Las Mer­cedes sur­round­ed by the Ana­ga moun­tains. As soon as I entered this dream­like for­est I felt real­ly calm and con­nect­ed to every­thing, I felt real­ly peace­ful and hap­py. Going to Las Mer­cedes from the beach in the south was a true won­der because the land­scape up there in the Ana­ga moun­tains is so dif­fer­ent than in the south­ern part of the island that I could bare­ly believe that this is still on the same island. It felt like we’ve land­ed into the jun­gle of some oth­er place.

Lau­risil­va or Lau­rel for­est is a type of sub­trop­i­cal forests found in areas with high humid­i­ty and sta­ble, mild tem­per­a­tures. The for­est is char­ac­ter­ized by broadleaf tree species with ever­green, glossy and elon­gat­ed leaves, known as “lau­ro­phyll” or “lau­roid”.

The lau­rel for­est in Tener­ife is a type of cloud for­est. Cloud forests are found on moun­tain slopes where the dense mois­ture from the sea or ocean is pre­cip­i­tat­ed as warm moist air mass­es blow­ing off the ocean are forced upwards by the ter­rain, which cools the air mass to the dew point. The mois­ture in the air con­dens­es as rain or fog, cre­at­ing a habi­tat char­ac­ter­ized by cool, moist con­di­tions in the air and soil. The result­ing cli­mate is wet and mild, with the annu­al oscil­la­tion of the tem­per­a­ture mod­er­at­ed by the prox­im­i­ty of the ocean.


 Apart from its daz­zling beau­ty this nat­ur­al puz­zle of shapes and shades of green reveals all the dynamism that is typ­i­cal of a bal­anced eco­log­i­cal sys­tem.

The lau­rel for­est is a real par­adise for dis­cov­er­ing rare wild flow­ers and birds — oh, and wild kit­ties, meow!

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