Trails of La Palma: La Isla Bonita

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  • Exploring the lush northern gorges and central volcanoes of La Palma on foot
  • 360° views from above the clouds over the ’Island Bonita’
  • Feasting on local ingredients— almonds, bananas, citrus fruits and avocados
  • Staying in sea view properties with a relaxed and rural authentic charm
  • The famed ‘Ruta de los Volcanes’ and exploring the Caldera de Taburiente Park
La Palma is known as ‘La Isla Bonita’ for good reason; this beautiful isle is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, filled with deep gorges, laurel forests, dramatic cliffs and coastline. You can easily explore all of this thanks to La Palma’s superb network of walking trails. This trip contrasts the jungle-like wild gorges of the north with the volcanic wonders of the centrally-located Caldera de Taburiente National Park, where you’ll explore one of the largest erosion craters on Earth. Hike in the sunny shelter of a natural amphitheatre nearly 2,500 metres high. You’ll stay in the lovely capital of Santa Cruz and charming rural villages, including at a traditional finca; relaxing at the end of the day with fantastic sea views.

What To Expect

La Palma’s spring-like climate is perfect for walking at any time of the year. Combining pleasantly warm weather with superb trails, La Palma will appeal to any avid walker. If you’re itching to escape to warmer climes, like the idea of contrasting coastal, forest and volcanic scenery, then you can’t beat this unspoilt and authentic Canary Island.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Multi Center Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking tour

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Coastal & Island, National Parks & Trails

Activity Level & Terrain

As this is a self-guided walk you will be responsible for navigation, decision making, and safety during your trip. It is graded moderate, and the longest day is 18.5km.  When walking between hotels the most elevation gain is 750m  and the biggest descent 1300m.  You’ll be walking for around 3h30– 6 hours, so you should have a good level of walking fitness.

The walks involve sections that are rough underfoot and steep and so you should have a good head for heights and sure footing, and be comfortable walking on cobbled trails and around rocky obstacles, although the walk is not technically too difficult.

The crater edges demand a head for heights but can be avoided if necessary.

Navigation

There is good way-marking on this walk, and we will provide you with detailed maps, GPX tracks, and comprehensive route notes so you can easily find your way.  As this is a self-guided walk you will be responsible for navigation, decision making, and safety during your trip.

Accommodations

7 nights accommodation is included in your trip, staying 4 nights in  3* hotels, 1 night in an apartment, and 2 nights in an authentic Finca guesthouse. All rooms have private bathrooms, some have sun terraces and some have a swimming pool.

We carefully select small friendly properties that offer great value, food, and warm welcomes. The accommodation we normally use is detailed in the itinerary, however, if unavailable we may need to offer alternative hotels, and we will inform you on booking if this is the case.  

You can add extra nights at any point during your stay —please contact us for details. 

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This trip is available to solo walkers and there is a supplement as some of the costs are then not shared. Single rooms are available and again a supplement is payable.

Meals

7 Breakfasts are included. Packed lunches* are available from your accommodation (order the night before) or you can stop and buy a picnic on the way. Please be aware that the food offerings at Pension Finca Franceses are very basic. Should you wish to be taken to a nearby restaurant for food then this can be arranged at your welcome meeting. Drinks* are not included but normally available at all overnight accommodations. The *Exception is the apartment accommodation—drinks and food are available nearby.

Included
  • 7 Nights in 3* hotels, a finca and an apartment
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Transfer from Santa Cruz airport to first hotel
  • Transfer from last hotel to Santa Cruz airport
  • Luggage transfers as per itinerary
  • Route notes, daily maps, GPX tracks and detailed information pack
  • All necessary transfers as per itinerary to the start/end of the walks
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office and local partner
Excluded
  • Travel to and from La Palma and Santa Cruz
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk.

When To Go

You can start your La Palma hiking trip on any day of the week, year-round, as the weather is very pleasant and ‘spring-like’ at any time of the year.  The summer months of June, July, August are hottest and if you are walking at this time of year it is important to keep hydrated and wear plenty of sunscreen!

Getting to the Start

By Air: Santa Cruz on La Palma is the best airport for the start of the tour. From the UK, you can fly direct (seasonal) with charter airline Thomson into Santa Cruz, or fly indirect via Madrid or Tenerife. Find airlines serving Santa Cruz, La Palma here.

Return airport transfers on La Palma are included in your arrangements. Details will be given in your pre-departure information pack.

Getting from the End

By Air: Santa Cruz on La Palma is the best airport for the end of the tour.  To the UK, you can fly direct (seasonal) with charter airline Thomson into Santa Cruz, or fly indirect via Madrid or Tenerife. Find airlines serving Santa Cruz, La Palma here.

Return airport transfers on La Palma are included in your arrangements. Details will be given in your pre-departure information pack.

Luggage Transfer

Baggage transfers are included on this tour, as per the itinerary, so you only walk with a small back-pack.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.

Equipment

Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Santa Cruz Day 2 The North East: to San Andrés - 14.5 km 9 miles / 14.5 km Day 3 Los Sauces, Herradura Gorge, Barlovento - 8 km 5 miles / 8 km Day 4 The North: Walk to Franceses - 15 km 9.5 miles / 15 km Day 5 The Far North: Walk to Roque del Faro - 9.5 km 5 miles / 9.5 km Day 6 Crater rim walk, Roque de los Muchachos to Pico de las Nieves - 12 km 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 7 Ruta de Los Volcanes - 18.5 km 11.5 miles / 18.5 km Day 8 Onward travel

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