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La Palma walking tour
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La Palma walking tour

La Palma walking tour

Trekking on the Isla Bonita; volcanic landscapes and cloud forest

  • A paradise for trekking: well-marked walking routes through tranquil and varied landscapes
  • The Caldera de Taburiente National Park Lunar landscapes & cloud forests
  • Hand-picked quality accommodation in strategic points of the island for walking
  • Beautiful old quarters of Santa Cruz de la Palma with a certain tropical feel 
  • Book optional nights to rent a car and visit the Roque de los Muchachos Observatorio
  • RETURN TO OUR CLASSIC ITINERARY: All hiking routes (that were closed due to the volcanic eruption of september 2021) are open again

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Route

Start: Los Cancajos        Finish: Los Cancajos

Day 1: Arrival on La Palma
Day 2: Cubo la Galga (7 or 11.7 km)
Day 3: Los Franceses - Barlovento (11 km)
Day 4: From Pico de la Nieve to Virgen del Pino chapel (15.4 or 18 km)
Day 5: La Caldera de Taburiente (14 or 5.4 km)
Day 6: Along the Time ridge to Tazacorte (7.4 or 10.6 km)
Day 7: La Ruta de los Volcanes (17.5 or 7.8 km)
Day 8: End of program

Day 1:    Arrival on La Palma

Arrival on La Palma airport. A taxi will be waiting to take you to your first accommodation, in the lively capital Santa Cruz de la Palma. Your hotel is located in the old towns quarters and opposite to the (black pebble) beach.

Day 2:    Cubo la Galga (7 or 11.7 km)

Early in the morning a taxi transfer is arranged to go to one of the cloud forests that are so typical of the Canary Islands: el Cubo de la Galga. The walk starts on wide forest paths but then changes to paved and unpaved country roads as you reach the coast; covered in with plantations of the Canarian banana: the plátano. You can choose to end the walk after 7 or 11.7km at one of the bus stops where you can get on the Guagua (canarian for public bus) to Barlovento. From this northern most town you walk another km to the comfortable hotel (with indoor and outdoor swimming pool) where you will stay for 2 night. Dinner is included  for both nights

Challenge:  7 / 11.7 km, 450 / 650 m ascent, 400 / 800 m descent, 4 / 6 hrs.

Day 3:    Los Franceses - Barlovento (11 km)

Taxi transfer to the village of Los Machines de Franceses, situated in one of the most remote parts of the island. You will follow the historic “Camino Real de Los Machines”, walking via La Tosca (famous for its magnificent Canary Island Dragon trees) back to Barlovento. 

Challenge: 11 km, 925 m ascent, 725 m descent, 5.5 - 6 hrs.

Day 4:    From Pico de la Nieve to Virgen del Pino chapel (15.4 or 18 km)

Morning transfer to the foot of Pico de La Nieve (2039m). Today’s route is along the edge of the deep Caldera de Taburiente. Then, a long descent along the "Camino Real", begins through pine forests and the so-called ‘Reventón’ until you reach the Virgen del Pino chapel. Then it's only a few km further to the Visitors Centre of the National Park where you take the Guagua to Llanos de Aridane.

Challenge: 15.4 / 18 km, 625 / 650 m ascent, 925 / 1025 m descent, 6 / 7 hrs.

Day 5:    La Caldera de Taburiente (14 or 5.4 km)

After a transfer to Los Brecitos, in the very heart of the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, you begin your exploration of this natural area descending to the bed of the Taburiente River. Walk toward the legendary Roque Idafe, a rock with a strange shape and with a special meaning for the native inhabitants of the island, with its striking Colouful Waterfall, dyed by the sulphur generated by the Caldera. A taxi will be arranged at the end of the route to go back to Los Llanos de Aridane.

If it is very hot and/or there is a high risk of forest fires, the crater is closed off and the standard walk is NOT possible to be done. In that case you can do the alternative round walk from Las Tricias to Buraca, a short but surprisingly varied route.

Challenge: 14 / 5.4 km, 435 / 250 m ascent, 900 / 350 m descent, 6 / 3 hrs.

Day 6:    Along the Time ridge to Tazacorte (7.4 or 10.6 km)

Panoramic route that starts with supersteep climb across ancient lava flow to the western edge of the crater Taburiente. Then you gradually descend over mainly footpaths and unpaved country roads to the restaurant and mirador El Time; end of  the standard walk. The route extension continues further downhill along mainly paved but quiet lanes to the friendly beach town of Puerto Tazacorte. Take your time to have lunch before travelling back to the hotel in Llanos de Aridane by public transport

Challenge: 7.4 / 10.6 km, 250 m ascent, 985 / 1490m descent, 4 / 5.5 hrs.

Day 7:    La Ruta de los Volcanes (17.5 or 7.8 km)

On you last day you’ll do another classic of the island's hiking repertoire: the Ruta de los Volcanes, between the hermitage of the Virgen del Pilar towards Los Canarios (Fuencaliente). Fortunately ,this route is again open to the public, after the most recent volcanic eruption at Cumbre Vieja (in September 2021). It was already a route of great geological interest, and now it is even more so; demonstrating the shaping and destructive force of nature, whose consequences the inhabitants of the Island still suffer daily.

If this route seems too long and hard, ask the taxi driver to take you to Los Canarios so that you can do the last part of the route only, towards the Fuencaliente Lighthouse (supplement to be paid directly on the spot). In both cases you continue in the afternoon by public bus to Santa Cruz where your luggage awaits you at the hotel.

 

Challenge: 17.5 / 7.8 km, 550 / 80m ascent, 1200 / 700m descent, 6.5 / 4 hrs.

Day 8:    End of program

After breakfast your holiday on La Palma ends, unless you book extra nights. Transfer to the airport is included

'standard' hotels

The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. Some of the hotels we work with appear here. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra nights:

Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way..

Holiday Time Hotel (Sta Cruz de la Palma)
Holiday Time Hotel (Santa Cruz de la Palma)

This establishment has a special charm due to its traditional island architecture and  it's location, right between the old towns centre and the newly created black gravel beach of Santa Cruz. Comfortable and functional rooms and good breakfast await you

www.holidaytimehotel.es

Hotel La Palma Romática-La Palma eu
Hotel La Palma Romántica (Barlovento)

Spectacular mountain hotel with a family atmosphere. Located 1 km away of Barlovento, with stunning views to the sea and the mountains and surrounded by the laurel forest. 

www.hotellapalmaromantica.com

Hotel Benahoare- Los Llanos de Aridane
Hotel Benahoare (Los Llanos de Aridane)

Charming modern hotel in the centre of Los Llanos de Aridane, opposite the Arquelogic Museum Benahorita. The hotel has been totally renovated and redecorated in 2020, offering comfortable rooms, a cosy lounge and a roof top terrace with tiny pool. Breakfast is served downstairs in the Café Idafe, open to the public

www.hotel-benahoare.com

practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, throughout the year.

The nearest airport is Santa Cruz de La Palma (SPC)  

On arrival and departure you have included transfers from/to airport to/from your accommodation. 

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners
  • Transfer from airport to first accommodation
  • Transfer from last accommodation to airport
  • Luggage transport on days 1,2,4 and 7
  • Transfers to the start of the walks on days 2,3,4,5,6 and 7
  • Transfers from the end of the walk on day 5 to the hotel
  • Digital detailed route notes and maps in English
  • 24-hour telephone assistance, just a phone call away

Not Included

  • Flights to and from Canary Islands
  • Other meals
  • All transfers by public transport  in the afternoons although they are part of the programme
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, etc.
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the program

Extras

  • Additional night/s can be booked at any of the standard accommodations along the way
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Optional private transport to replace the public bus transfers
  • Shipment of printed documents to the first accommodation (please select this option in the booking form)
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