the 5 most iconic routes

5 hikes on La Palma

WITHOUT GUIDE - ON YOUR OWN

5 hikes on La Palma

145 € per person

We organise the return transfers to your car after or before each walk, for the 5 most emblematic hikes of La Palma. Walk one week safely on your own with precise indications and discover the Enchanted Forest in Cubo de La Galga, enjoy the GR 131 along the rim from Roque de Los Muchachos or get inside the Caldera de Taburiente crater. We also organise for you a 4WD transfer to reach Marcos & Cordero springs, with helmets and torches, as well as taking you to Refugio del Pilar for the Volcanoes Route.

Hiking on your own in La Palma:

5 Key Routes in 1 Week

Getting to the starting point of each hike in your hire car

With organised transfers to bring you back to your car

5 independent hiking routes, using your rental car to get to the starting point of each route. And at the end of your hike, we will pick you up to take you back to where you left the car.

Have you already booked your accommodation? All you need to do now is to choose the right activities. And these are the ones we suggest:

1- The gorges of the north part

2- Along the Roque de Los Muchachos rim

3- Inside the Caldera de Taburiente crater

4- Through 13 tunnels to Marcos & Cordero springs

5- Crossing the Volcanoes Route to Fuencaliente

We transfer you back to your car, after each route.

Ruta por el GR131 en La Palma desde el Pico de La Nieve hasta el Paso

Self-guided hiking route

Any date is possible

2 persons minimum

What does this 5-route package include?

  • Detailed information on each route – with detailed day-by-day explanations.
  • Information material  – map of La Palma with all the footpaths of the island.
  • GPX Tracs –  to follow your tourss with your mobile device
  • Taxi transfers – to return to your car, outward or return.
  • 4WD transfers – to access the Marcos & Cordero springs.
  • Support 24h – we keep permanently in touch with you throughout your stay to solve any problem or doubt you may have.

Any date is possible

You decide which route you prefer to do and on which day. We just need to know the day before to organise things.

The Enchanted Forest at Cubo de La Galga 

Hike through the north-eastern ravines, in the gorge known as Cubo de La Galga. Undoubtedly one of the best routes on La Palma. A protected natural area of enormous botanical interest. Endemic species live and develop in a very humid environment. The landscape takes us back to the lush forests of the tertiary era. But fortunately the dinosaurs are missing.

Los Tilos bosque de laurisilva en La Palma
Along the Roque de los Muchachos Rim

It is the highest point on La Palma. Several astronomical observatories have been set up around it. Along the ridges of the Roque we find the GR131, an extensive long-distance footpath of 84 km. And near the Roque de Los Muchachos we will find splendid viewpoints from where we can observe La Caldera and the whole island from a bird’s eye view, as well as La Gomera, El Teide and El Hierro. Without a doubt, walking parts of the GR131 is to walk along one of the best routes on La Palma.

Vista desde el Roque de Los Mucahchos hacia la Caldera de Taburiente
Caldera de Taburiente

It is the heart of the island, not only because of its shape. It is situated in the very centre and was declared a National Park in 1954. La Caldera is a huge erosion crater. Its volcanic activity dates back to a very remote past. The walk inside the crater is one of the best routes on La Palma. It starts at 1050 metres above sea level and descends steadily until it reaches the ravine. The old tobacco farms are still tended by hermit dwellers. The high cliffs of La Caldera favour a favourable climate with little rainfall. However, abundant springs provide enough water for the whole Aridane Valley.

Las monjas en la Caldera de Taburiente La Palma
The Marcos & Cordero springs

From “Casa del Monte”, 1,400 metres above sea level, the route starts along an old canal. But before reaching the Nacientes you have to travel along a rough track in 4×4 vehicles. This is a journey that takes almost an hour and starts in the neighbourhood of Las Lomadas, on the opposite side of the ravine between Los Sauces and this neighbourhood. The path from Casa del Monte to Los Nacientes crosses 13 tunnels and takes a good hour.  After passing the water tunnel, the twelfth, it follows a small steep slope next to steep walls from which streams of water flow. We are at the first spring, that of Marcos. And following the path we will still find one last fairly long tunnel. Then the second spring appears, that of Cordero. Now the path descends steeply, crossing the entire Los Tilos forest until it reaches the Visitor Centre, the end of this spectacular hiking route on La Palma. 

La Palma ruta de Los Manantiales de Marcos y Cordero por los tuneles - self guided walking tours on La Palma
Crossing the Volcanoes Route

A legendary hike starting at Refugio del Pilar, 1,450 metres above sea level. From there, the path takes us to the south of the island through a splendid volcanic landscape. In addition to the historical volcanoes such as Hoyo Negro or Durzanero (eruption in 1949), you can now see the recent eruption of Cumbre Vieja in September 2021.  A great route that culminates in Fuencaliente. 

senderismo en La Palma por el GR131 desde el Refugio del Pilar hasta Fuencaliente
Santa Cruz de La Palma

But don’t forget to take a day to explore the narrow streets of our capital, Santa Cruz de La Palma. A city of exquisite Atlantic-colonial architecture, with numerous nooks and crannies and small squares, as well as an extensive urban beach and many places where you can eat well and immerse yourself in the local bustle.

Vista a la Caldera de Taburiente desde el camino GR131
  • Destination
  • Included
    Liability and accidents insurance
    Maps and printed descriptions
    Transfers by taxi and regular bus
  • Not Included
    4WD transfer
    access permissions
    Aperitivo
    Arrival transfer
    Bebidas
    Bed & Breakfast accommodation
    beverages
    Bicycle rental
    Bus transfers
    Cable-car
    Car Rental
    Courtesy lunch
    field telescope
    Guide
    Half board accommodation
    HAVEN hanging tent
    in/out Airport transfer
    Local flights + Ferry
    Luggage transfer
    Lunch
    snack
    Tasting
    Transfer by ship
    Traslado en 4x4
    Two nights in a hotel

TOUR LOCATION

Walk on your own the 5 most emblematic hikes of La Palma. Access to the starting point (or end point, depending on each route) in your rental car. We organise the necessary transfers to return to your car, after or before your hike. For the Caldera and the Marcos & Cordero walks, we organise 4WD transfer to the start point of each route.