Independent Hiking Tour

The Springs on your own

Transfer

The Springs on your own

19 € per person

Transfer to Casa del Monte, from Santa Cruz or from Las Lomadas, to walk the Marcos y Cordero route on your own, self guided. The trail follow an old canal, crossing 13 tunnels until reching the springs from Marcos & Cordero. At present, as the path to Los Tilos is closed, it is necessary to return to the Casa del Monte and from there follow the PR LP 6 descending steeply to Las Lomadas. Don’t forget to bring a torch. You must cross some of the tunnels where it will be pitch dark.

Tunel en el sendero a los Manantiales de Marcos y Cordero en La Palma

Transfer from Santa Cruz or from Las Lomadas

Depart from Santa Cruz: 08:45 / and from Las Lomadas: 09:30

Main road transfer: 30 minutes / 4WD transfer : 45 minutes

Self guided hiking tour

Return with public bus, Line 100

Transfer available every day, from 2 persons onwards

Difficulty0%

Hiking tour to the springs of Marcos y Cordero

The hiking tour to the springs of Marcos y Cordero is linear tour. This is a strenuous walk (5.5 hours) with steep slopes. Some tunnels could cause claustrophobia. And some parts of the path could cause vertigo, if you are affected of it.  But the descent to Los Tilos is quite steep and requires good physical condition.


Self guided Tour

This is a walking tour to be done in two different ways:

  • If you have a car and you can drive to Los Tilos, we offer you a transfer from Los Tilos Forest to Casa del Monte, in 4WD vehicles. And from there you walk on your own.
  • We provide you detailed description of this tour and will assist you by phone, if necessary.
  • PRICE per person:  19 €  (minimum 2 people)

 

  • But if you don’t have a car, we will take you from Santa Cruz de La Palma to Los Tilos. And from there, by 4WD vehicle to Casa del Monte, the starting point of your walk.
  • We provide you detailed description of this tour and will assist you by phone, if necessary.
  • PRICE per person:  34 €  (minimum 2 people)
  • The return to Santa Cruz de La Palma will be done on your own, using the public bus (ticket price not included).

If you are a family group of 5 people or more, take advantage of our group discount! Just enter the number of people and a 15% discount will be automatically applied on booking.

More than 14 people? Contact us directly for group rates.

YOUR ATTENTION:

At the present it is not possible to walk down to Los Tilos due to a landslide in the last part of this path. Therefore, the transfer user, after walking to the Marcos & Cordero springs, must go back to Casa del Monte and walk down to Las Lomadas.

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The path to Marcos y Cordero

From Casa del Monte, the walk begins towards the springs of Marcos y Cordero along a trail parallel to an old water channel. And this first part of the path is fairly easy. The slope is non-existent, although the high walls with steep drops can make you feel a little dizzy.

The tunnels

There are 13 tunnels to cross along this stretch. Some are so short that you can see the light at the end of the tunnel as soon as you enter them. But others are long enough to make it completely dark inside them. It is therefore important to have a headlamp or torch, which we can provide you with.

Tunnel 12 is the water tunnel. A large stream of water flows from the vault and will force you to pack a rain jacket. The ceiling of the tunnel is low and the walls are narrow. This makes it easy to get your head bashed in if you don’t protect it properly. Helmets are available to make this easier for you.

The springs

As you emerge from the water tunnel, a natural spectacle suddenly opens up. You have reached the source of Marcos. The water flows in great cascades from the vertical walls next to the path.  And the path climbs up a small steep slope until you reach a viewpoint.  It’s time for a short break before continuing the route.

All that remains is to cross the last tunnel to reach the source of Cordero. And now the descent to Los Tilos begins, crossing a lush ravine and entering the leafy laurel forest.

On the map you will see the 4WD route from Los Tilos to Casa del Monte (marked in red) and the trail from there to the springs of Marcos y Cordero and back down to Los Tilos (marked in green).

SEE MAP

The Tunnels

More than 100 years ago, Marcos y Cordero painstakingly carved tunnels in the rocks to transport the precious water through a system of canals to the terraces where bananas are still grown today. And we walk through 13 tunnels to the Marcos y Cordero waterfalls. Occasionally it drips from the roof of the tunnel and in tunnel 12 a small downpour awaits us (bring your rain jacket).

Los Tilos Forest

After the last spring and a well-deserved sip of the fresh spring water, the path now descends steadily and leads through the water ravine to the laurel forest of Los Tilos. And the giant ferns line our path. Rays of light fall towards us through the biosphere reserve between the steep walls of the ravine. The scent of the laurel trees surrounds us and we breathe deeply of this clean, moist and warm air. Again and again we climb over stones, old tree trunks and huge boulders. At the end of our demanding descent we reach the visitor centre of the biosphere reserve.

The Route of Marcos y Cordero

Caution: The path runs along very steep slopes. Throughout the whole route there is a risk of falling stones and accidental landslides. Each hiker assumes his or her own risk when undertaking this route.

The track to Casa del Monte

The reason why this track is in such a bad state is to be found in its ownership. The track is private and belongs to the whole neighbourhood of Las Lomadas. And the maintenance receives no help from the institutions and during the summer many visitors use it, altering its situation.

YOUR ATTENTION:

At the present it is not possible to walk down to Los Tilos due to a landslide in the last part of this path. Therefore, the transfer user, after walking to the Marcos & Cordero springs, must go back to Casa del Monte and walk down to Las Lomadas.

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Departure place :

Pick up in Santa Cruz de La Palma (check pick up point and time in the booking calendar)

Difficulty0%

Total ascent : + 150 m.

Total descent : - 950 m.

Walking time : 5 h

Walking distance : 13 Km

Important !

We recommend suitable hiking clothing and sturdy footwear. During the routes, it is necessary to have enough food and drink, as well as sun protection, cap, light windbreaker and warm clothing in the winter months.

Unexpected changes

Due to weather conditions or unforeseen issues, there may be changes to the tour itinerary. You will be informed as soon as possible.

Further questions ?

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail or telephone:

+34 922 433 001

We will be happy to help you and answer any questions you may have!

Do you better want to do this walk in a guided group? 
…and walk together with friendly people enjoying the guide knowledges
  • Destination
  • Dress Code
    Comfortable clothing / sturdy shoes
  • Included
    4WD transfer
    Bus transfers
    Traslado en 4x4
  • Not Included
    access permissions
    Aperitivo
    Arrival transfer
    Bebidas
    Bed & Breakfast accommodation
    beverages
    Bicycle rental
    Cable-car
    Car Rental
    Courtesy lunch
    field telescope
    Guide
    Half board accommodation
    HAVEN hanging tent
    in/out Airport transfer
    Liability and accidents insurance
    Local flights + Ferry
    Luggage transfer
    Lunch
    Maps and printed descriptions
    snack
    Tasting
    Transfer by ship
    Transfers by taxi and regular bus
    Two nights in a hotel

TOUR LOCATION

Transfer to Las Lomadas - then transfer on 4WD to Casa del Monte - Return on your own from Las Lomadas (with public bus, line 100, every hour).

YOUR ATTENTION:

At the present it is not possible to walk down to Los Tilos due to a landslide in the last part of this path. Therefore, the transfer user, after walking to the Marcos & Cordero springs, must go back to Casa del Monte and walk down to Las Lomadas.
...And for the return, take the public bus line 100 (every hour), from LAS LOMADAS
  • Public Bus 100 – Barlovento - Santa Cruz de La Palma


  • from Monday to Friday  (timetables from Las Lomadas)
    • 06:20  /  06:50  /  07:20  /  07:50  /  08:50  /  09:50  /  10:20  /  10:50  /  11:50  /  12:50  /  13:20
    •  13:50  /  14:50  /  15:50  /  16:50  /  17:50  /  18:50  /  19:50  /  20:50  /  21:50

    Saturday & Sunday (timetables from Las Lomadas)
    • 06:20  /  07:50  /  09:50  /  11:50  /  13:50  /  15:50  /  17:50  /  19:50  /  21:50

1st  Type on calendar the day of your tour

2nd  Type the number of participants (min. 2 persons)

3rd Select the pick-up place

  • "En tu coche - With your car" ( if you are driving your car to Las Lomadas)  ........................ price  19 € per person
  • "Santa Cruz de La Palma" (if you don't have a car and we take you to Las Lomadas)  .........  price  34 € per person

If you are a family group of 5 people or more, take advantage of our group discount! Just enter the number of people and a 15% discount will be automatically applied on booking. More than 14 people? Contact us directly for group rates.

YOUR ATTENTION:

At the present it is not possible to walk down to Los Tilos due to a landslide in the last part of this path. Therefore, the transfer user, after walking to the Marcos & Cordero springs, must go back to Casa del Monte and walk down to Las Lomadas.  

Once you have made your booking, you will receive a detailed description of this route by email, in PDF file.

Wanderwege Markierungen La Palma

Although the paths are perfectly signposted, we provide you with a very detailed description sheet so that you can do your walk safety and relaxed

And we'll keep in touch with you throughout your walk to make sure everything goes smoothly. We provide you a phone number permanently reachable.

Doubts? Just call us!

GPX tracks available for mobile devices

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