Arrival in La Palma
Arrival at La Palma Airport. As soon as you arrive, a taxi will be waiting to take you to your accommodation in Cancajos for your first night. In case you arrive very early at your hotel, the best plan that we can recommend is to go by bus to Santa Cruz de La Palma, the capital of the island.
Yes, you can also go to the beach to get some rest or enjoy your first afternoon in the hotel pool.
From Los Franceses to Barlovento
Today, after breakfast, at the exit your hotel will wait for you a taxi to take you to los Franceses , an impressive route overlooking the Camino Real de Gallegos , which is located between the Los Franceses ravine and the Barranco de los Hombres. You will pass through La Tosca , characterized by its historic Dragos.
Your route will end right in the same hotel where you'll sleep tonight and tomorrow night. You have there an outdoor and indoor pool to enjoy the end of the afternoon after a long hike.
Length: 12 km
From La Casa del Monte to Los Sauces
Today from your hotel, we will take you to Casa del Monte, north of the island, where you begin your journey of the day. From there you'll walk through the natural reserve of the Los Tilos Forest a UNESCO Heritage Site since 2002.
You will pass through some very narrow tunnels that take you to the end, you'll have the great satisfaction of finding yourself at the end with the sources of Marcos and Cordero.
If you prefer, you can shorten your route by 5 kilometres if, previously, you request the transfer back from the visitor's centre of Los Tilos to your hotel.
The route ends in the town of Los Sauces, the most urban area of the municipality of San AndrĂ©s y Sauces, where they will pick you up to take you back to the hotel where you will sleep tonight.
From Pico de la Nieve to the Virgen del Pino Chapel
Early today, we will take you to the beginning of the Pico de La Nieve from where you start your route today. On it, you will walk along the edge of the deep Caldera de Taburiente, a protected area of volcanic nature, characterized by a large number of water resources it possesses, both underground and superficial.
Afterwards, you will continue on an extensive descent through magnificent pine groves until you reach the Chapel of Virgen del Pino, inaugurated in 1930 and where the Virgin Mary is venerated under the dedication of the Virgen del Pino, as according to tradition, the image of the Virgin appeared on the Giant Canary pine that rises in the Chapel square.
Finally, you will be transported in a taxi to Los Llanos de Aridane, whose main characteristic, as its name implies, are the small number of slopes that it has compared to other areas of the island of La Palma.
Length: 16 km
Overnight: Los Llanos de Aridane
From Caldera de Taburiente to Los Llanos
Very early in the morning, they will take you to Los Brecitos, in the heart of the National Park of La Caldera de Taburiente, of volcanic nature, where you start your descent until you reach the mouth of the River Taburiente. Afterwards, you will go to the Roque Sagrado Idafe, a rock of phonological structure that was declared a Natural Monument, and that has a very special meaning for the inhabitants of La Palma.
Once there, you can ask any local person. Finally, our main recommendation today is that you enjoy and take all the photos you can in La Cascada de Colores, dyed by the sulphur generated by La Caldera, and whose charm to combine waterfalls with wonderful stones, will be unforgettable. When you finish your route today, a taxi will be waiting for you that will take you back to Los Llanos to return to your accommodation.
Length: 16,5 km
Overnight: Los Llanos de Aridane
From Pico Birigoyo to Punta de Fuencaliente
Once again, in the morning, a taxi will pick you up at your hotel to go to Pico Birigoyo, an ancient volcanic cone located at an altitude of about 1,800 metres above sea level, which is to be found in the El Pilar recreational area.
Here, you will start your route passing around the many Cumbre Vieja volcanoes, enjoying stunning views if the weather is benign. The first option for this route ends at the Bar Parada in Los Canarios.
If you want to continue with the second option, we suggest that you rest and eat something at this bar, and then continue walking to the southernmost point of the island. It's less than two hours travelling, and it's definitely worth it. You will pass through the San Antonio Volcano Visitor Centre, where you can learn about the history of volcanism on the island of La Palma.
After leaving the Visitor Centre behind, you will take the trail until you reach a dirt track, you will skirt around the San Antonio volcano, and on your right you will see 'Roque Teneguía'. Continue your route until you see the Fuencaliente Lighthouse and, next to it, the Fuencaliente salt flats, declared a Site of Scientific Interest.
In the afternoon, an included transfer will take you back to Los Llanos de Aridane. You can take it from Bar Parada, in Los Canarios, or from the Fuencaliente Lighthouse.
Overnight: Los Llanos de Aridane
From El Pico Bejenado to the National Park Visitor Centre
Today you start the last stretch of your hiking route through La Palma. In the morning, a taxi will be waiting for you that will take you to La Cumbrecita, where the ascent begins until you reach Pico Bejenado. Do not worry much at the beginning, it may seem hard and steep, given that in less distance than you think you will get great satisfaction.
You will begin to enjoy the spectacular views of the Teide volcano, on the island of Tenerife, as well as all that the Caldera de Taburiente offers you. Your route ends at the National Park Visitor Centre, where a taxi will pick you up to return to Cancajos and go to your hotel.
Length: 13 km
Return from La Palma
Transfer to La Palma airport to take your flight back to your hometown.*
*Remember that when you book your circuit you can ask us to reserve additional hotel nights for the days after the end of your circuit to lengthen your stay in La Palma on your own.
End of our services.
All the rooms you will find on this hiking trail have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure good comfort.
Our team checks on site the quality of all the accommodation offered in order for all travellers to have an adventure experience always accompanied by nights of absolute rest.
When working with quality accommodations with limited capacity, the exact name of the location will be provided 30 days before the start of the trip.
All our accommodation is subject to availability. In case we can't offer you any of them for reasons of capacity, we'll accommodate you in one of equal or better quality.
Single rooms are available subject to availability. Reservations must be made in advance and come at an additional cost.
Where am I going to stay?
All our accommodation has been selected to ensure tranquillity, rest and enjoyment along your hiking trail:
Accomodation in Haciendo San Jorge - Cancajos
Accomodation in La Palma Romántica Hotel - Barlovento
Accomodation in Valle Aridane Hotel - Los Llanos de Aridane
In order to resolve our travellers' doubts, we answer, to follow, the most frequently asked questions when we receive inquiries about our hiking trails.
If you have any other questions, you can contact us and we will be happy to help you resolve all your doubts.
What is the best time of year to travel on this route?
Thanks to the pleasant temperature of La Palma, also known as Isla Bonita (The Beautiful Island), you can complete this walking holiday all year round.
In July and August, you may encounter slightly higher temperatures, but nothing to stop you from enjoying your days walking. We would just recommend regularly taking on liquid.
How do I get to the starting point?
To get to the starting point of your Walking Holiday in La Palma, we suggest you take a flight to the airport in Santa Cruz de La Palma. If you come from outside Spain, you can transfer in Madrid Airport.
Once you arrive at the airport of Santa Cruz de La Palma, you have transfer included to your first accommodation.
The same thing happens at the end of your walking holiday. Once you have breakfast on your last day, an included transfer will take you back to the airport.
Can I travel alone?
Yes, you can. On most of our hiking trails we offer accommodation in single rooms if the traveller requires it. Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.
This hiking trail is suitable for solo travellers, so you won't have any problems if you're on your own.
When can I start my trail?
You can start your hiking trail any day of the year according to the specifications of your itinerary.
Does this route have an accompanying guide?
All our hiking trails are completed in self-guided mode. Thus, each traveller has the opportunity to advance on their own and at their own pace for each of the routes marked during the full route itinerary.
What does the full route itinerary contain?
The route's complete itinerary is a guide we prepare for you with information on the maps, routes and sights of each hiking route.
You will receive it by email one month before starting the trip along with all the documentation of the trip: accommodation reservations, luggage transfers, among others.
The kilometres of travel and the journey times indicated for our hiking trips are reference values.
It will depend on each walker the fulfilment of these times and distances, according to the speed at which they advance.
What should I consider to prepare physically?
Both sedentary people and those who regularly exercise should physically prepare for any of our hiking trails.
Sedentary people can start with moderate activity and continue progressively. They should start by taking small 20-minute walks, two or three times a week. It is suggested to increase the time until you reach walk about 4 or 5 kilometres every hour.
People with regular physical activity can start by walking from 45 to 60 minutes a day and increase the amount of time and kilometres they travel in the same span of time.
Generally, it is recommended to start training about three months before starting the route.
How far in advance should I make the reservation?
There is no minimum number of days in advance to book, although on certain dates the occupancy of the accommodation is higher, especially in high season.
Therefore, in order to guarantee availability in the best accommodation, we suggest you book as much in advance as possible, so that we can meet all your needs.
What clothes and hiking equipment are indispensable?
For any of our routes we suggest you to bring the following items: light and fast drying clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a pair of shoes suitable for hiking, trekking poles, a pair of shoes to rest in, a jacket that doesn't take up much space and a bottle to carry water.
Depending on the time of year in which you make the route, these items may vary.
Remember that with Santiago Ways, you have included a baggage transfer service between stages, so we will take your backpack from one accommodation to another so that you only worry about walking (maximum 1 piece of 20 kg per person).
For this reason, we suggest you prepare a second backpack, much smaller, that you can carry with you every day with water, sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, documents, some food and cash.
How does the baggage transfer work between stages?
Every day, at 8:00 am, you must bring your luggage, properly labelled, to the reception. One of our carriers will pick it up and take it to the place where you are going to stay on your next stage.
Delivery time varies according to the distance between stages and the carrier's delivery route. Usually, delivery is made before 4 p.m.
Please note that on many routes you sleep more than one night in the same accommodation, so the baggage transfer will not be necessary in these cases.
Should I take out travel insurance?
To make any of our hiking trails it is advisable to have travel insurance with all the necessary coverage, especially emergency evacuation and medical care.
To do this, we suggest you take out the Travel Assistance Insurance and Cancellation Insurance that we offer you in Santiago Ways. If you want more information about it, we will be happy to answer your questions.
Do all rooms have a private bathroom?
Yes, all rooms you book for hiking trails with Santiago Ways have a private bathroom.
Can I sleep alone in a room?
Yes. We offer accommodation in single rooms and double rooms, according to the requirements of each traveller.
Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.
When do you tell me which hotels I'm going to sleep in?
We work with multiple accommodations in all locations which allows us to guarantee the best quality rooms for our travellers, provided that they are booked well in advance.
The name and exact location of each hotel is sent about one month before the start of the trip.
Am I going to share a room with strangers?
No. All the accommodations we book for our travellers have private rooms with private bathrooms in order to guarantee all the comfort and comfort they need to rest properly.
Is the accommodation close to the route I need to follow?
All the accommodation we book is located in the centre of the villages. In any case, depending on availability, if any accommodation is quite far from the centre, they are all accessible on foot.
When necessary, Santiago Ways will offer a transfer to the traveller so that they can reach their accommodation in the most comfortable way possible.
What kind of accommodation do you book?
All the accommodation we book in Santiago Ways offer the necessary comfort to rest after long days of walking. We have partnerships with hotels, country houses, mountain retreats and charming farm stays, always with a room and a private bathroom.