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Self guided walking holiday Mount Teide to the Coast
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Highlights

  • Walk through the lunar-like volcanic landscapes of Mount Teide National Park
  • Stay in the Parador Hotel at the foot of Mount Teide
  • An exhilarating ridge walk to the tiny mountain hamlet of Masca
  • The colourful town of Garachico on the rugged north coast
  • Try some mouth-watering goats cheese in the traditional village of Teno Alto

Walk from Vilaflor in the south of the island to the volcanic centre of Tenerife, Mount Teide National Park, before transferring to the dramatic green hillsides of the Teno mountain range and the wild north coast.

Start in the traditional town of Vilaflor, surrounded by pine groves and vineyards, and enjoy a walk to the “Paisaje Lunar” on a trail passing bizarre rock formations with fantastic colours. Continue into the volcanic centre of Mount Teide National Park, walking along the Las Canadas crater, to be met by the fantastic sight of the magnificent Mount Teide. Staying in the stylish Parador de las Canades, you have a choice of fantastic walks, including the summit of Mount Teide.

Complete your journey with three nights based in the colourful town of Garachico on the rugged north coast. From here, enjoy exhilarating walks in the Teno Natural Park, including a spectacular ridge walk to the tiny mountain hamlet of Masca.

Day 1: Arrive Vilaflor

Arriving at Tenerife South Airport, you will be transferred to the town of Vilaflor (30min). Perched at 1400m above sea level, this charming little place is in an idyllic location surrounded by pine forests. Wander through it’s cobbled streets and soak up the typical Canarian slow pace of life before enjoying a glass of delicious wine from the local vineyards.


Overnight: Vilaflor


Day 2: Loop walk to Paisaje Lunar

An easy walk today to the “lunar landscapes” of Paisaje Lunar near Vilaflor. Wide paths lead you through the scented pine forests, with great views of the surrounding mountains including Guajara. Arrive at the bizarre rock formations created from volcanic explosions and which have been shaped by the elements over millions of years to create moon-like structures. Descend back to Vilaflor through the forest and enjoy another night relaxing in your boutique hotel.


Walk: 12km, 3-4hrs, 600m ascent/descent


Overnight: Vilaflor


Day 3: Walk to Parador de las Canades, Mount Teide National Park

A longer challenging walk awaits you today, with a steep ascent leading you towards Mount Teide National Park. The panoramic views over the “top hat” of Sombrero de Chasna, followed by majestic Mount Teide and the Las Canadas crater, make the climb all very worthwhile!


With the trail heading through the volcanic malpais (solidified lava), “bombs” (large rocks from volcanic explosions) and tropical plants such as the Teide knapweed, the feeling may rather be that you have stepped onto another planet. Finish your walk at the fantastically located Parador de las Canadas Hotel at the foot of Mount Teide. Evenings spent here are quite an experience, with the clear and clean night skies providing wonderful star-gazing opportunities and the restaurant serving Canarian specialities such as Canarian Puchero, a tasty stew.


Walk: 16km, 1200m Ascent, 515m Descent, 7-8 hours.


Overnight: Parador Las Cañadas del Teide


Day 4: Choice of walks from the Parador

You have a choice of walks for today. The great hulk of a mountain behind the Parador, Guajara is one of your options.  Rising to 2715 metres, this walk should not be underestimated but is within most keen walker’s abilities as you start from 2200m at the Parador and an evening there will have given you the chance to acclimatise to the high altitude. Reaching the plateau on the top, enjoy views over Mount Teide, the caldera and cloud-cover permitting, the neighbouring islands of  Gran Canaria and La Gomera.


The second option is to climb Mount Teide itself. You can do this by taking the cable car to cover 2000m of the ascent up to the ascent at 3718m with just a short one hour walk to the summit from the cable car station. Or the other option is a longer loop walk, taking the cable car up to the summit before walking back down via the Altavista Refuge.


An easier 4km option is also available for today if you prefer to rest the legs a little, with a short walk to the pinnacles of the Roques de Garcia and the iconic Catedral rock formation.


Loop walk to summit: 10km, 160m Ascent/1350m Descent, 7 Hours


Walk from upper cable car station to summit: 1.5km, 150m Ascent/Descent, 1 Hour


Walk to Roques de Garcia: 4km, 200m Ascent/Descent, 2 hours  


Day 5: Transfer to Santiago del Teide, Walk to Masca, Transfer to Garachico

Take a short transfer this morning to Santiago del Teide on the west coast, from where an exhilarating ridge walk over the Cumbre de Bolico (the meteorological divide between the north and south) leads you to the colourful mountain hamlet of Masca, deep in the heart of the Teno mountains.


Quite often referred to as the most beautiful village in Tenerife, its steep ravine walls and stone houses make for quite the finish to your walk today. Enjoy a coffee taking in the views before a transfer takes you to Garachico on the north coast.


Walk: 8.5km, 400m ascent, 700m descent, 3- 4 hours  


Overnight: Garachico


Day 6: Loop walk to San Juan del Reparo

Enjoy an easy walk today along an old camino  to the village of San Juan del Reparo, with great views down to the coast and colourful houses of Garachico. The landscape above Garachico is fascinating, with different lava flows formed from the eruption of the Montana Negra volcano in 1706 which destroyed Garachico.


As this is a short walk, you will have time in the afternoon to explore the town. During the warmer months, a dip in the natural pools are very refreshing or simply relax in the bustling square with restaurants serving fresh fish and seafood.


Walk: 6km, 500m Ascent/Descent, 2-3 Hours.


Overnight: Garachico



Day 7: Loop walk from El Palmar to Teno Alto

A quick 20min transfer brings you to the village of El Palmar, the ‘capital’ of Teno Rural Park. Life moves at a slower pace here with locals mainly working on agriculture, wickerwork and the production of gofio, a delicious roasted grain flour. A lovely walk takes you through the lush El Palmar valley and into the Monte del Agua forest. Arriving at the little town of Teno Alto, we highly recommend stopping for lunch at one of the little bars serving the delicious local goats cheese.


Continue onto the ridgeline of the Cumbre de Baracan where far reaching views down the deep barrancos and on to the coast are quite spectacular, before finishing your walk back down in El Palmar.


Walk: 10km, 650m Ascent/Descent, 4-5 Hours


Overnight: Garachico


Day 8: Onward Travel

Check out after breakfast and make your way back to the airport for onward travel connections.


Accommodation

7 nights accommodation in 3 and 4 star rural boutique hotels are included in your trip. The accommodation we normally use is detailed below. We may sometimes have to use alternative hotels subject to availability but if this is the case we will always let you know when confirming your booking.


We can arrange extra nights at any point on the itinerary for you. Prices for extra nights at the Parador are on a request basis.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is not available to solo walkers due to the remote nature of some of the walks. Single rooms are available and a single supplement is payable.


Meals

7 breakfasts are included and usually consist of breads, fruits, cheeses and meats. Lunches and dinners are not included but you will find suggestions in your route notes of local places to eat. Expect Canarian specialities which include grilled meat dishes such as puchero canario (a meat based soup) and papas arrugardas con mojos (boiled potatoes with dipping sauces).






Hotel Spa Villalba - Vilaflor

A beautiful rural spa hotel, the Hotel Spa Villalba sits in a spectacular setting next to the pine forest. Built around a typical Canarian style inner courtyard with panoramic windows, the fabulous rooms are decorated with Victorian tiles and solid wooden furniture. They also have a wonderful swimming pool and spa in which to relax at the end of the day as well as a restaurant serving delicious Canarian specialities.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Parador Las Canadas - Las Canadas del Teide

An overnight stay at the amazing Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide is an experience you will never forget. With panoramic views of Mount Teide, its location cannot be bettered, and on top of that you can enjoy their swimming pool and terrace as well as a fantastic restaurant.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Gara Hotel - Garachico

The Gara Hotel is a charming rural hotel located right on the seafront, built in a Canarian house from the 17th century. As well as it’s idyllic location, you can be sure of a warm welcome from the friendly owners, who love to make you feel at home.


 

 

 

Availability

You can start this tour on any day of the week subject to availability between September and June. Please note that due to mouflon hunting restrictions in the Mount Teide National Park, at certain times of the year during the spring and autumn months, you will only be able to start the tour on certain days. This will be displayed to you as part of the booking process.


Please note that this tour is only available for departures from Sept 2019.


Time of Year

Tenerife experiences a year-round dry, and sunny climate. We do not offer this tour in the summer months as it would be too hot for comfortable and safe walking then. You can expect average temperatures of between 16 and 25 degrees between September and March, with it beginning to heat up a bit in the springtime. There can be some rainfall in the winter months of November to February but the showers do not usually last long.


Being at a high altitude of 3718m, there can be snow on Teide any time between October and May so you should always be prepared with warmer clothes if you do plan to summit Teide.


Mount Teide

f you would like to visit Mount Teide you will need to book cable car tickets and/or a permit to ascend to the summit in advance. Details of this will be included in your information pack.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is not available to solo walkers due to the remote nature of some of the walks. Single rooms are available and a single supplement is payable. .


Grade & Terrain

This walking tour is graded moderate overall with a couple of the walks - from Vilaflor to the Parador, and the optional walk from Montana Blanca to the summit of Teide being graded as strenuous. Walks are between 3-8 hours on a mixture of rural tracks, footpaths and animal trails. Some of the terrain is quite rocky (particularly in Mount Teide National Park) and you may encounter some loose rocks or muddy/slippery sections in wet weather.  The higher areas may even have a dusting of snow during early spring or winter so warm clothing should always be taken with you.  Ascents are between 400 and 600m on most days, with the long walk between Vilaflor and the Parador involving around 1200m of ascent or if you choose the longer ascent to the summit of Teide this involves around 1300m of ascent. This tour is not suited to anybody who suffers from vertigo as some of the paths do have steep drop offs and narrow paths and therefore require a good level of sure-footedness.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps


The routes on this trip are generally well way-marked but we will also provide detailed route notes and maps. You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone’s GPS so using this combined with the provided route notes and maps means you should have no problems finding your way.


Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight stay. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


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.


Accommodation Location

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in your itinerary. Occasionally, because of limited availability, there is the option to be accommodated at an alternative location. In the unlikely event that we have to accommodate you elsewhere we will advise you of this before confirming your booking.


General Information

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

Getting to Vilaflor

By Air: Tenerife South Airport (TFS) is the closest airport to Vilaflor. There are regular flights here from across the UK and Europe with airlines including British Airways, Thomas Cook and TUI as well as the low cost airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet.

You will be collected from the airport and an included transfer will take you to your hotel in Vilaflor.




Getting from Garachico:

By Air: Tenerife North Airport (TFN) is the closest airport to Garachico. There are no direct flights to Tenerife North from the UK, but you can fly there with various airlines from the rest of Europe including Iberia, Vueling and Air Europa.

From Garachico, you can take a direct bus to Tenerife North Airport (approx 1h 20m).

We can arrange private taxi transfers to either North or South Airport for an additional charge.

Included

  • 7 Nights in 3 and 4* rural hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfers as per itinerary
  • Transfer from Tenerife South Airport to Vilaflor
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Detailed route notes, maps and pre-departure information pack
  • GPX tracks and access to our smartphone app
  • 24/7 emergency telephone support

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Tenerife South Airport and from Garachico
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the tour
  • Single room supplement if required
  • Transfer from Garachico to Tenerife North or South Airport

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the accommodations we use have limited rooms and therefore fill up quickly. However, we will always try our very best to accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

This walking tour is graded moderate overall with a couple of the walks - from Vilaflor to the Parador, and the optional walk from Montana Blanca to the summit of Teide being graded as strenuous. Walks are between 3-8 hours on a mixture of rural tracks, footpaths and animal trails. Some of the terrain is quite rocky (particularly in Mount Teide National Park) and you may encounter some loose rocks or muddy/slippery sections in wet weather.The higher areas may even have a dusting of snow during early spring or winter so warm clothing should always be taken with you.Ascents are between 400 and 600m on most days, with the long walk between Vilaflor and the Parador involving around 1200m of ascent or if you choose the longer ascent to the summit of Teide this involves around 1300m of ascent. This tour is not suited to anybody who suffers from vertigo as some of the paths do have steep drop offs and narrow paths and therefore require a good level of sure-footedness.

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.

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