28 Oct La Palma: Hiking Paradise
La Palma hiking tours
The island of La Palma is one of the most coveted destinations for hikers worldwide. La Palma hiking tours are known throughout the archipelago as the most beautiful in the world. The route of the volcanoes and its mythical hiking trails on La Palma are on the list of routes coveted by experts and novice hikers all over the world.
The eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano has turned the eyes of the world on La Palma. Nature has shown once again that when it manifests itself it does so without mercy or courtesy. Volcanic eruptions, despite leaving a trail of destruction in their wake, are a natural spectacle worthy of global admiration.
Hiking tours on La Palma
But La Palma is much bigger than the devastation caused by the volcano and is eager to show the world that it has a lot to offer. Adventure tourism, hiking and direct contact with nature promises to be the island’s rock to hold on to. A way of touring the island with the utmost respect for the power of nature and which keeps us in touch with its strength.
La Palma is one of the best hiking and nature tourism destinations in the world. In 708 square kilometres we have one of the greatest biological diversities in the world, an open-air natural museum eager to welcome hikers from all over the world.
On the island we will discover such impressive destinations as the Caldera de Taburiente, the Route of the Volcanoes or the caves of Marcos and Cordero. But we will also discover the most unusual, little-known routes that will take your breath away. Let’s take a look at the most impressive hiking tours on La Palma.
The top 3 must-haves:
3. The Caldera de Taburiente
In the heart of the island, the Caldera de Taburiente is one of the 3 most important hiking trails on La Palma. With a medium-high difficulty, it is a route full of adventure and steep sections but crowned with the most idyllic views of the Canary Islands.
Starting at the Mirador de los Brecitos, this route begins at 1076 metres above sea level. It has a panoramic view of one of the most spectacular pine forests of La Palma.
The total distance is about 28 kilometres through the Barranco de Las Angustias ravine, which, contrary to its name, is a fairly gentle route. It is worth stopping at the Barranco de las Piedras Redondas ravine and the Mirador del Lomo de Tagasaste with a formidable view of the Pico Bejenado.
The Caldera is home to the oldest trees in Spain, pines estimated to be over 700 metres old and more than 40 metres high. The Cascada de los Colores is a gift to the senses and recharges the hikers with its magical energy to finish the hike.
2. The Volcano Route
The Volcano Route is one of the most iconic hiking destinations in the world. It’s on every ‘to do’ list of the best hikers on the planet. It’s a route full of adventure, breathtaking scenery and trails that look like something out of a fantasy book.
The length of the route means that most hikers decide to split it into two sections of roughly the same distance. One route can be done from Refugio del Pilar to Los Canarios and a second section from there to Fuencaliente.
One of the advantages of this route is that the uphill section takes place in one of the lushest forests on the island. This provides a natural shade that is ideal to lessen the effect of the sun and the heat.
The first volcano to be seen is the Hoyo Negro Crater, an impressive natural spectacle. From this point you can see Teide without interruption, as well as the islands of La Gomera and Tenerife.
The second volcano we come across is the Volcán de Martín, followed by the Parador Turístico de los Canarios. In the second part of the route you can see the Teneguía Volcano, the last of the volcanoes on the route. Passing the Canarian vineyards and the salt flats of Fuencaliente, we reach the lighthouse, which marks the end of the route.
1. Marcos and Cordero
One of the most important biosphere reserves on the planet, the Marcos y Cordero trail is one of the best hiking tours in the world. Considered one of the most demanding routes on La Palma, we will be able to cross the Bosque de Los Tilos, one of the most beautiful spots on the island.
We will also walk through the water tunnels, a marvellous natural spectacle that culminates in the springs of the Marcos and Cordero springs.
The Marcos and Cordero route takes us through a microclimate of subtropical rainforest that contrasts with the rugged volcanic landscape of the island. The trail takes us through a fast-paced path full of lush vegetation and water…lots of water!
Passing through the Bosque de los Tilos takes us through one of the largest laurel forest reserves in Europe, an enigmatic and mystical landscape. One of the largest vegetable lungs of the Canary Islands where the scent of the laurel trees captivates us.
La Palma in one week
After the succession of catastrophes experienced in La Palma (pandemic, volcanic eruption, pandemic again…) we have decided to organise a hiking group in Easter 2022 so that you can get to know and travel around La Palma in one week.
This is a guided group hiking programme, in which we organise accommodation and the 5 most essential routes on the island. On the map below you can see the route of each route. And if you go to our website, you will see the details of the whole package.
La Palma Hiking Tours: come and discover them
Undoubtedly, the beauty of the landscape of the Marcos y Cordero route is a reward for the effort of the hikers who walk it. An idyllic setting to get to know the most lively island in the whole of the Canary Archipelago.
The island of La Palma
has the greatest variety of hiking tours in the Canary Islands, with more than a thousand paths of different distances and difficulty.
There are wooded routes such as Marcos and Cordero to the more rustic and rugged routes such as the volcanoes route.
The map of short, medium and long routes on La Palma is one of the largest in the world, with a route for every level of experience. From short, flat, flat routes suitable for the whole family to more demanding routes suitable for experienced hikers.
It is now also possible to hike independently on La Palma. The most representative routes are of a linear nature. It used to be difficult to organise your own vehicle. But now there are organised transfers to the starting point of each hike. And the return journey can easily be made using the guagua (regular bus).
With a 30 minutes transfer from Los Cancajos or Santa Cruz de La Palma, we take you to the forest of Los Tilos. And there, with 4×4 vehicles we transport you to the Casa del Monte, where you can start your route. At the end of the route, from Las Lomadas, you return to Cancajos or Santa Cruz with bus number 100 (every hour). You can see more details in our ACTIVITIES section.
Here the transfer is a bit longer (50/60 minutes) and the route is quite demanding. But it is worth the effort as the scenery is spectacular. The route runs along the ridges of La Caldera and ends at the El Paso Visitor Centre. From there you simply have to wait 1/2 hour for the next bus.
Only 20 minutes drive from Santa Cruz, the Cubo de La Galga offers you an easy circular route through the densest and leafiest laurel forests of La Palma. An impressive route for a leisurely walk at your own pace. And what’s more, at the end of the route you will find the bar El Recuerdo. Mari Luz cooks like an angel and it is worth trying her goat meat stews. You can also get back on the 100 bus (every hour).
We will take you to the Mirador de Los Brecitos, the gateway to La Caldera at 1050 metres above sea level. The path is semicircular, in permanent descent. A spectacular setting to enjoy an extraordinary hiking route. The route ends at La Viña, at the end of the Barranco de Las Angustias ravine. From there, another transfer will take you to Los Llanos de Aridane, from where you can return to your hotel by regular bus (every 1/2 hour (line 300).
The Volcano Tour
And from March onwards, the Volcanoes Tour will also be possible, if the volcanic risk situation ends. An exceptional route that starts at the Refugio del Pilar and goes along the Cumbre Vieja to Fuencaliente. And also from there, the return is by regular bus (200 and 201).