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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 
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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 km)
Day 5: La Caldera de Taburiente (16,5 km)
Day 6: To the lighthouse of Fuencaliente (9 km)
Day 7: Cumbre Vieja ridge walk (17 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 OR 11,7 km, 450 / 650 m ascent, 400 / 800 m descent, 4 / 5, 5 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 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 km, 420m ascent, 1420m descent, 6 hrs.

Day 5:    La Caldera de Taburiente (16,5 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.

Challenge: 16.5 km, 250m ascent, 900m descent, 6 hrs.

Day 6:    To the lighthouse of Fuencaliente (9 km)

Today you can decide by yourself if you want to relax at the hotel, take a bus to the beach at Tazacorte or do another superb walk. We recommend taking the bus to the village of Fuencaliente (also called Los Canarios), which is located high above the southernmost point of the island. From here you walk to the volcano San Antonio. From the top you can see the Teneguia vulcano that erupted in 1971. Via one of the lava flows you walk to the lighthouses of Faro, where a traditional salt extraction company is also located. At the lighthouse you take the bus back to Fuencaliente / Los Canarios and then (after a transfer) continue to los Llanos

Challenge: 9 km, 60m ascent, 760m descent, 3 hrs.

Day 7:    Cumbre Vieja ridge walk (17 km)

Once and again, a taxi takes you to the start of a walk: at the foot of the Pico Birigoyo, at El Pilar recreational area. Here begins a dusty walk along the many volcanoes of Cumbre Vieja, with impressive views and a superb perspective of the craters on La Palma. The route ends in Fuencaliente where you take a GuaGua to Santa Cruz de la Palma in the afternoon, where your luggage is waiting for you at the hotel.

Challenge: 17 km, 550m ascent, 1200m descent, 6-6.5 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 Romática (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 Valle de Aridane- Los Llanos de Aridane
Hotel Valle Aridane (Los Llanos de Aridane)

Centric hotel, renovated in 2012, and located in Los Llanos de Aridane, just 3 km away from the beach Puerto de Naos. It has functional rooms with ensuite bathroom. Every morning they serve a Continental breakfast in their splendid terrace with spectacular views to the National Park of the Caldera de Taburiente. 

www.hotelvallearidane.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 according to programme 
  • 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 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
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