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Route:

Technical Characteristics:

Route Profile: Medium.  Daily hiking tours lead you along relatively rocky paths and trails, a good basic fitness level is required for tours with walking times of up to 5.5 hours. Surefootedness is especially required for the hike through the Masca gorge. Wherever possible, you can choose between a challenging itinerary (pointed out in the text) and a more relaxed one each day. Discover Tenerife’s diversity along magnificent mountain and coastal paths.

Total Distance: 70 km

Travel Season: Departures Fridays and Saturdays from January 7 to December 11, 2022
Season 1: July 3 – September 10
Season 2: January 7 – March 19 and May 29 – July 2 and September 11 – October 22
Season 3: March 20 – May 28 and October 23 - December 10

Accommodation:

Category: very nice, typical 3* and mostly 4* hotels (some with a pool)

Starting from the roaring Atlantic Ocean in the North West, this multifarious week of hiking takes you across the unique mountain scenery of black volcanic rock into the sunny south west. In the enchanting little coastal town of Garachico you enjoy breathtaking views onto the vast Atlantic Ocean and the green northern coast of the island. You cross several vegetation areas – each emanating its unique charm – and delve into the alpine world of the Teno mountain range. The hike through the Masca gorge is an extraordinary highlight to look forward to, with its steep towering rock faces and unique flora. In the south west you walk along ancient bridle paths and stay overnight at the highest point of the Canaries, where the grand finale of your hiking holiday is an impressive walk through the biggest National Park of the island.

Itineraries

Day 1

Individual arrival at Garachico

Garachico is located on the roaring Atlantic coast in the north west of Tenerife. The old part of town boasts beautiful mansions, churches and the ‘Castillo San Miguel’. The volcanic rock pools invite to a refreshing plunge.

Day 2

Circular Hike Garachico, Coastal Views 14 km + 990 m – 990 m

You hike through the very recent volcanic area of Garachico along historic paths. The strenuous ascent to the Ermita de San Francisco is rewarded with a stunning view onto the town situated below, but first and foremost onto the Atlantic Ocean and the entire northern coastline. After a short break in San Juan del Reparo you descend across the fertile landscape past colourful flowers cacti and agaves back to the sea again.

Day 3

Garachico – Santiago del Teide, Laurel Forests 11 km + 990 m – 250 m

An amazing hike from the sea into the uplands. Hiking through remote gorges, characteristic cultivated land and laurel forests you reach the tranquil mountain village of Erjos. You continue along alpine paths through the Teno mountain range until you arrive at Santiago del Teide. On today’s hike you walk across several vegetation areas – a true paradise for flora and fauna enthusiasts.

Day 4

Circular Walk Teno Mountain Range, Green Uplands 13 km + 900 m – 500 m

Enjoy panoramic views on your transfer through terraced cultivated areas, while passing grazing herds of goats, to the magical Teno mountain range. Initially the route takes you up to a mountain ridge from where you can enjoy a marvellous panoramic view. Then you proceed along the ridge over to the Tabaiba pass and onwards to Mount Pico Gala. From here you have an extraordinary view onto the western coastline and the mighty Masca gorge with its black rocks. Passing the two Gala Peaks, you return to Santiago del Teide.

Day 5

Santiago del Teide – Los Gigantes, Masca Gorge 5 km + 0 m – 600 m

From Santiago your journey leads to the remote mountain village of Masca, with its impressive unique location amidst green volcanic scenery and jagged rocks. After a short ‘cortado‘ coffee break you start your hike through the Masca gorge, which enthralls every hiking enthusiast with its rugged beauty. From Playa de Masca by boat to the holiday resort of Los Gigantes, where you stay overnight by the sea. Optionally to the Masca gorge hike, you directly walk down to Los Gigantes along the charming‚ Königs-path’.

Day 6

Los Gigantes – Vilaflor, ‘Säumerpfade’ (bridle paths) 14 km + 750 m – 300 m

Transfer to the neat village of Adeje, from there you proceed along ancient bridle paths, which were used formerly to transport goods across the mountains, across remote mountainous areas. The route offers ample panoramic views alongside terraced fields and forests, leading you high above the infernal gorge towards Ifonche. You continue along varied trails to La Escalona, an idyllic mountain region situated below the mighty Teide massif.

Day 7

Round Trip Vilaflor, White Lunarscape 13 km + 600 m – 600 m

On today’s tour you experience yet another one of Tenerife’s unique landscapes. You walk up to a viewpoint located at over 1800 m in altitude just below Mount Teide, from where you can spot the ‘white lunarscape’. Let your imagination go wild whilst watching these bizarre sand stone formations on the slopes created by wind, water and the weather. An amazing contrast compared to the black volcanic rock of the past few days.

Day 8

Individual departure or extra days

Prices

    Included:

    • 7 overnight stays
    • Breakfast
    • Welcome briefing
    • 1x evening meal (Los Gigantes)
    • Luggage transfer
    • Transfers according to programme
    • Boat trip Playa de Masca – Los Gigantes
    • Carefully elaborated route description
    • Detailed travel and tour documents 1 per room
    • App for navigation and GPS data available
    • Service hotline

    Not Included:

    • Journeys by public buses, approximately EUR 10 per person is not included
    • Any visitor’s taxes, payable locally
    • Airport transfer Tenerife South – Garachico approximately 1.5 hours 120 euros per person, booked and payable in advance

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