Roque Chinchado, Spain
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Roque Cinchado is a rock formation. It is a pretty famous spot and visited by millions of people every year. Why you should get there? Well, you have to visit it and get there, then let me know what you think.

When we had our currency, "pesetas", Roque Cinchado was an item in 1000 pesetas bills. (Google 1000 pesetas teide)

In this case, I only can say that at daylight is beautiful. But, when suns goes down, the night sky is just awesome, which is rated with class 3-4 in the Bortle's scale, so you will see with naked eyes larges structures and galaxies like M31.

To get there is easy, pretty easy in fact. You only have to go to Parque Nacional del Teide and be here (google maps: 28.225351, -16.631692)

In that spot, you will find a lot of items to take pictures, not only rock formations but flowers and animls (like lizzards).

Photography Tips

Well, to take pictures there of the Milky Way, is easy.

What do I need?:
-Manual mode
-ISO between 3200-6400 (for me 3200 works fine)
-Shutter speed at least 15 seconds (I can reach 20 seconds with no stars movement).
-White Balance. I use to set at 3500-3800 k. Depends on how I see the sky or the spot.

If you are using lights, I recommend torches with yellow light. Otherwise, if you use a flash or a source of white light, the light will appear blue due to WB. If you don't have a specific torch, you can use yellow paper and wrap your flash with it so the light will be yellow or orange.

Travel Information

To reach there yo only need to follow TF 21 road from la Orotava, TF 24 road (From La Laguna) and then get Tf 21, or Tf 38 from Chío and get Tf 21. Or just simply put the coordinates in google maps.

I suggest to spend the whole day exploring the PN Teide, you will find a lot places to visit and take pictures.

In this spot, you will find parking, and a place to take a rest (even a sleep if you have booked previously). Warning: With coronavirus thing, the Parador de Cañadas del Teide might be closed. So please, take a look at their website and be noticed (

About clothes and that kind of stuff. It is a spot located above 2000 masl so be aware you could need winter clothes in winter, spring or autumn. It is "mandatory" use sunscream and sunglasses. Bring water and food despite just crossing the road you'll find the Parador.

Be polite with nature, and enjoy the location.

If you need more information, let me know and I'll do my best to give you what you need.
Crowd Factor A decent amount of people
Best Timing Spring
Sunrise & Sunset 07:03 - 19:21 | current local time: 04:12
Photo Themes lightpainting milky way rock formation
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