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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. It is one of the most beautiful islands of the Canaries.
There is an undeniable thrill to exploring beautiful La Palma, land of dramatic volcanoes, tropical forests and beaches of fine black sand. The differences between the lush, tree-clad north and the starker, volcanic south of the island are striking, and the barrancos (ravines) which have been carved into the landscape make for such dramatic scenery that you never know what to expect as you round the next bend.
Day 1 : Arrival in La Palma. Transfer from La Palma airport to the green north of the island. Your accommodation for the first two nights is in Barlovento, a charming hotel *** B&B.
Day 2 : Walking time 4h50, +500 m, -500 m
The “camino real” of the North. Starting directly from the hotel reach the huge “dragon trees” of La Tosca and from its panoramic view you can enjoy the marvellous coastline of the island. Six canyons lead between La Tosca and Franceses (450m). Overnight in Barlovento hotel *** B&B.
Day 3 : Walking time 5 h, +250 m, -900 m.
The Biosphere Reserve of Los Tiles. Transfer to ‘Casa del Monte’ (1100m). This amazing route crosses several water tunnels (bring a torch) to the springs of ‘Marcos’ and ‘Corderos’, which provide large parts of La Palma with fresh water. From there descend through pine and laurel forest to the biosphere reservation visitor centre (400m). Transfer to centric located hotel *** in Santa Cruz.
Day 4 : Walking time :4 h, +500 m, -200 m.
Crossing the peaks of the Caldera. Transfer to the beginning of the route. Walk along the highest mountains of La Palma from “Pico de la Nieve” (2235m) to “Roque de los Muchachos” (2426m). Fine views into the basin of La Caldera and to the neighbouring islands of Tenerife, La Gomera and El Hierro throughout the walk. Transfer back to Santa Cruz, hotel *** B&B.
Day 5 : Walking time : 4,5 h, +600 m, -750 m.
Crossing from East to West. Transfer to the “Mirador de la cumbre”(900m), where we start walking along the historical path which connected the most important harbours of the island, Santa Cruz and Tazacorte. From “Reventon” pass (1450 m) we enjoy the changeable landscapes from the humid east to the dry west. Transfer to Los Llanos, and your accommodation hotel *** B&B for the last three days.
Day 6 : Walking time : 4h50, 4,5 h, -900 m.
The National Park of Taburiente. A 4×4 taxi will take you to the starting point within the National Park (1200m). Through pine trees the footpath leads to the most beautiful region of La Palma: a deep basin surrounded by the Caldera peaks, springs, waterfalls, rocks and very singular vegetation. Descend through the canyon of “Angustias” and transfer to Los Llanos; hotel *** B&B.
Day 7 : Walking time 5h5 / 5,5 h, +500 m, -1200 m
The volcanic tour. Transfer to Refugio El Pilar (1450m). Walk along the volcanic area of Cumbre Vieja, where there were a number of eruptions last century, to the village of Fuencaliente (750m), famous for its wine. Transfer to Los Llanos, hotel *** B&B.
Day 8 : Transfer to La Palma airport.