Self Guided

La Palma FANTASTIC

Independent Hiking week

La Palma FANTASTIC

695 € per person

Experience the magnificent landscapes of La Palma walking independently. 6 splendid routes through the most representative parts of the island. Enjoy an unforgettable experience camping one night in the heart of La Palma in a comfortable HAVEN tent. Discover the magnificent volcanic scenery in the south of the island and see the new cone of the last volcano from above. 6 days of self-guided trekking on the GR 130 and GR 131 will make your experience on La Palma unforgettable.

Walking holidays on La Palma

6 days hiking and one night camping:

Discover the best walking routes on La Palma !

Includes 6 nights in a charming hotel in Santa Cruz de La Palma and one night camping in the Caldera de Taburiente. 6 days hiking to enjoy and get to know La Palma in depth, with all necessary transfers.

 

1.- Through the Laurel Jungles

2.- On the Caldera Ridge

3.- Downwards toward Fuencaliente’s Lighthouse

4.- Into the National Park

5.- The Caldera in depth

6.- On the Volcanoes Route

La Palma Fantastic Mapa

SELF-GUIDED walking tours

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This programme is for you if you usually do sports and have a good physical background; if you can walk steep slopes up and down and don’t have health problems; if you love nature, are environmentally friendly and are a regular hiker. 
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traslados en bus y taxi

taxi or bus transfers

transfers on arrival & departure, as well to each tour, by taxi or public bus

El Galeon Recepción

accommodation - 6 nights hotel

for your stay on La Palma we have selected a small charming hotel in Santa Cruz de La Palma.

Acampada en La Caldera de Taburiente en La Palma

... and 1 night camping

in the heart of the Caldera de Taburiente, to enjoy a spectacular starry sky.

What does this programme include?       

  • Accommodations – 6 nights in a small charming hotel through out your saty on La Palma, B&B
  • Camping – 1 night camping inside the National Park.
  • Information – face-to-face and personalised information, on your arrival day
  • Information material – maps to be picked up at the hotel reception, upon arrival
  • GPX Tracs – to follow your tourss with your mobile device
  • Taxi transfers – all necessary transfers for each route
  • Support 24h – we keep permanently in touch with you throughout your stay to solve any problem or doubt you may have

…and enjoy the best walking holidays on La Palma 🙂

Choose your dates and book now !!

Cancellation Policy
– Up to 14 days before the date of arrival, 100% refund without justifying reasons.
– Between 13 and 7 days before the arrival date, 75% refund or free of charge dates change.
– Between 6 and 3 days before the arrival date, 50% refund or free of charge dates change.
48 hours before the arrival date, 0% refund or date change with 20% penalty of total amount.
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Travel Insurance

Take out a Cancellation Insurance for your trip just for a few pounds and get a full refund of everything you would have paid, including your flights.

Other walking tours for a different walking holidays on La Palma

The island of La Palma, with just 724 square kilometres, rises majestically to 2,426 metres above sea level and is one of the most rugged in the world.  The central mountain range that divides the island generates different microclimates that differentiate the vegetation on each side. On the east side, we see evergreen heather and fayas.  In contrast, the west side has Mediterranean-type forests, with pine forests and scrubland such as rockrose.

The recent eruption

Although La Palma has recently suffered a very devastating eruption, the damage is confined to a small strip of the island in the southwest. The entire northern half of La Palma has lived relatively untouched by this eruption and its effects are not felt at all today.  The trails in the north of La Palma still offer the same scenery as before and remain as beautiful as ever. Our FANTASTIC programme offers you the 6 essential routes in the north of La Palma:


routes and trails for a walking holidays on La Palma
Along the coast and the cliffs of the northeast.  

Puntallana is the starting point. The GR130 is a long-distance footpath that runs along the north coast and crosses one ravine after another. At 400 metres above the sea, the path leads gently towards the coast. We will pass over Los Nogales beach and cross the Barranco de La Galga ravine on our way to San Andrés.Walking holidays on La Palma

The laurel forests of Los Tilos 

The forest of Los Tilos was the forerunner in the subsequent declaration of Biosphere Reserve for the whole island.  Its enormous botanical interest, formed by rare endemic species with a flora typical of the tertiary era. From there, the path leads slowly towards Barlovento, crossing a plant world of extraordinary beauty.

The dragon trees of La Tosca, from Barlovento to Franceses

Barlovento is the most northeastern village of La Palma and is situated on a promontory, 600 metres above the sea. From there, the GR130 takes us through the Dragos de La Tosca, crossing the trails in the north of La Palma. After leaving the village of Gallegos behind, we cross the most exquisite ravine before reaching Franceses.

The north in depth

From Franceses, situated in the perfect northern half of La Palma, we have a spectacular view of all the cliffs of the north. And from there our trail leads us to Roque Faro, experiencing the deep north of La Palma. It is a circular trail that then descends towards El Tablado and returns to Franceses, showing the most beautiful side of the villages and ways of life in the north of La Palma.

Walking along the northern coastline

Today we continue along the GR130 towards Santo Domingo de Garafía, enjoying unparalleled scenery. We pass Don Pedro and enter El Mudo, a sparsely inhabited area regularly dominated by the wind. The path continues its gentle descent, crossing many goat enclosures until it reaches the village of Santo Domingo. 

Walking along the ridge of La Caldera de Taburiente

The Roque de Los Muchachos, at 2426 metres, is the highest point on La Palma. It is home to the Astrophysical Observatory, a compendium of telescopes of different nationalities. The GR131 footpath crosses all these sites on a long, 84-kilometre trail, which can be walked in sections. The various viewpoints along the entire crest area offer splendid bird’s eye views.  It is an indescribable spectacle, with La Caldera at our feet as well as the whole island. But even in good weather it is possible to see the islands of La Gomera, El Teide and El Hierro. All the trails in the north of La Palma end up at crossroads leading to the Roque de Los Muchachos.

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  • Destination
  • Included
    Bed & Breakfast accommodation
    HAVEN hanging tent
    in/out Airport transfer
    Liability and accidents insurance
    Luggage transfer
    Maps and printed descriptions
    Transfers by taxi and regular bus
  • Not Included
    4WD transfer
    access permissions
    Aperitivo
    Arrival transfer
    Bebidas
    beverages
    Bicycle rental
    Bus transfers
    Cable-car
    Car Rental
    Courtesy lunch
    field telescope
    Guide
    Half board accommodation
    Local flights + Ferry
    Lunch
    snack
    Tasting
    Transfer by ship
    Traslado en 4x4
    Two nights in a hotel
1
Day 1

La Palma Fantastic MapaArrival to La Palma

Transfer to the hotel in Santa Cruz de La Palma.
Accommodation + breakfast:  Hotel El Galeón
2
Day 2

noreste de La Palma para el senderismoThrough the Laurel Jungles  

After a short transfer to Cubo de La Galga, the first route begins by entering the lush laurel forests of the northeast.  The path runs through a humid ravine where enormous ferns and centenary trees grow. These are plant species that have survived from a remote era and are of enormous botanical value. But from San Bartolo the route undergoes a metamorphosis as it continues along the Camino Real de La Costa (GR 130) until it reaches Puntallana, offering spectacular panoramas by the sea.  The return to Santa Cruz de La Palma will be by regular bus (line 100 - every hour).

Niveau 3       12,7 km |  +754 m / -928 m


Accommodation + breakfast: Hotel El Galeón
3
Day 3

Tajinastes Ecchium wildprettii en el Roque de los Muchachos La PalmaOn the Caldera Ridge  

Today we will take you to Pico de La Nieve (2239 m), from where you can enjoy an extraordinary landscape with views of the interior of the National Park. The route follows the GR 131 along the edge of the central mountain range, constantly descending towards the centre of the island. Throughout the entire route you will be accompanied by a magnificent view of both sides of La Palma with the silhouette of the peak of Teide on the horizon and the neighbouring islands of El Hierro and La Gomera. The various observatories of Roque de Los Muchachos are left behind as the trail continues its descent towards the El Paso Visitor Centre. Return to Santa Cruz de La Palma by regular bus (line 300 - every 1/2 hour).

Niveau 4      16,8 km |  +615 m / -2058 m


Accommodation + breakfast: Hotel El Galeón
4
Day 4

Downwards toward Fuencaliente's Lighthouse   

By public bus (line 200 or 201) today you will head towards Fuencaliente from where you will walk through the volcanic lands of the south. A place where the Teneguía volcano erupted in 1971, creating an impressive lunar-like landscape. The path forms part of the last section of the GR 131 and on its descent it crosses lava fields and vineyards until it reaches the Fuencaliente lighthouse, on the southern tip of La Palma. Next to the old salt pans there is now a sophisticated restaurant, ideal to fill your stomach before our taxi picks you up.

        6,1 km |  +10 m / -700 m


Accommodation + breakfast: Hotel El Galeón
5
Day 6

La Palma zona de acampada en La Caldera de TaburienteInto the National Park

Today you will leave the hotel for an overnight stay in La Caldera. Your driver will take you to the west of La Palma, heading towards Los Brecitos, the gateway to the National Park. At 1040 metres above the sea your trail starts, which runs gently into the heart of La Caldera.
In the camping area, next to the Taburiente River, you will find an ideal place to hang your tent between two trees. Afterwards, freed from the weight of your backpack, you can explore the most relevant spots of La Caldera, going up to the Cascada Desfondada and even further, to the Hoyo Verde. And at dusk, get ready to enjoy a spectacular starry sky in the immense darkness of La Caldera.

Niveau 3         13 km |  +1260 m / -1485 m


Overnight stay : Haven Tent Hanging Tent Camping Area - Caldera de Taburiente
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Day 5

Rio Taburiente en el Barranco de Las Angustias de La PalmaThe Caldera in depth    

After a frugal breakfast and with your tent packed up, you will leave the camping area and head down El Reventón, passing by Roque Idafe until you reach the Barranco de Las Angustias ravine. Here it is worth making a stop to visit the Colours waterfall and, perhaps, take a refreshing bath in the pools and waterfalls that form next to the waterfall.
The path continues its descent along the bed of the ravine, crossing Dos Aguas and leaving behind the Pilow Lavas, solidified magma coming from the seabed.  When you arrive at La Viña our driver will be waiting for you to take you back to Santa Cruz de La Palma.

Niveau 2   8 km |  +100 m / -385 m


Accommodation + breakfast: Hotel El Galeón
7
Day 7

GR131 en La Palma por la Ruta de Los Volcanes hasta FuencalienteOn the Volcanoes Route  

This is perhaps one of the most spectacular and iconic routes on La Palma. The GR 131 crosses the ridge of the southern mountain range of La Palma, showing a volcanic landscape of enormous drama. The trail starts at 1450 metres above sea level and on the gradual ascent you will be able to observe from the heights the smoking crater of the recent eruption (September 2021). It is a walking route through a succession of contemporary eruptions and ancient volcanic cones from remote times. Las Deseadas are two mounds that, at almost 2,000 metres high, mark the turning point of the route. But there is still the Martin Volcano (October 1646), a beautiful crater that begins to mark the end before penetrating the pine forests to the south and ending in the village of Fuencaliente. Return by regular bus 200 or 201.

Niveau 3     17,2 km |  +660 m / -1400 m


Accommodation + breakfast: Hotel El Galeón

8
Day 8

Departure

Transfer to the Airport for your departure.

TOUR LOCATION

Experience the magnificent landscapes of La Palma walking along ancient Royal Roads, crossing its majestic volcanic landscapes and discovering La Caldera de Taburiente National Park in depth. Enjoy an unforgettable experience camping one night in the heart of La Caldera in a comfortable HAVEN tent, contemplating one of the most spectacular starry skies in the world.

PRICES / SERVICES

  • Price from: 695 € per person 
  • included:
    • 6 hotel nights accommodation with breakfast
    • 1 camping night inside the National Park.
    • in/out Airport transfer
    • 6 Hiking tours
    • Taxi transfers and regular bus transfers
    • Luggage transfer, maps and printed descriptions
    • Meeting on arrival day
Price per person: (double room): 695 € Single supplement: +330 €


ACCOMMODATION

Santa Cruz:

El Galeon 


Additional overnights

It is also possible to book some additional days, before or after the hiking week, or an additional week to relax.

Difficulty

The hiking week is not suitable for vertigo sufferers. Some walks can be considered as strenuous and parts of some trails has narrow passages. Some sections can be slippery due to loose stones and/or wet parts, especially in rainy days. To join the hiking week and enjoy the tours, it is essential to be healthy and to have good physical condition.

Trails

La Palma has a well signposted network of trails, over 1000 km long. All sections where from our tours are perfectly marked. In addition to the detailed map of La Palma, you will get from us precise indications of each route and assistance from the hotline on your walks.

We recommend

Appropriate hiking clothing and sturdy footwear. During the tours, it is necessary to have food and drink enough, as well as sun protection, a cap, wind jacket and, in the winter months, warm clothing. We do offer wooden walking sticks for free.

Singles

The program is suitable for single travelers, although it is subject to an additional charge.

Luggage transfer

We move your luggage from one accommodation to next, so on your hikes you should only carry a backpack with the essentials of the day. For the whole trip, it is recommendable to use a single suitcase, not bigger than 20 kg.
Price do not include flights, dinners, and picnics. 

FLIGHTS

Because we know that flying to LA PALMA is not easy, we help you find the best options:

If you can't find a suitable direct flight, try flying to TENERIFE or to  GRAN CANARIA. From there, you can easily reach LA PALMA by local flights or ferry.

Fly to LA PALMA  (SPC) from Tenerife (TFN) or from Gran Canaria (LPA) with one of these local airlines:

Binter Canarias     or     CanaryFly

... but if your flight lands at Tenerife South Airport (TFS), you may prefer to combine it with a nice fast-ferry sea crossing (3 hours) from Los Cristianos harbour with:

Fred Olsen      or      Naviera Armas

ERGO-Versicherung

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Take out Cancellation Insurance for your trip for few Pounds and ensure you get a full refund of everything you paid, including your flights.

Valid in more than 35 different cases for health, legal, labour or extraordinary reasons.