Secrets of Tenerife Walk

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Walking & Trekking
Suitable for:
Age 13+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
W07TE
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Centre-Based
Group size:
6–12
Min age:
13

Crowned by the volcanic Mount Teide with its impressive volcanic landscapes and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and is often known as the 'Island of Eternal Spring' due to its temperate climes. The traditional, picturesque villages and dramatic coastline with idyllic beaches give a fascinating contrast of landscapes to explore.

Using minibus transfers, our expert local guide will ensure you make the most of your time on this captivating island. An area rich in heritage, we're based in the 'Isla Baja' on the quiet north-west corner of the island where traditional towns and villages proudly guard the wild beauty of its dramatic, volcanic mountains and spectacular coastline. We walk along ancient trails with incredible panoramic views linking tiny whitewashed villages and towns. The dramatic volcanic landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage Teide National Park contrasts with the lush green of the cool forests of pine, cork and the enchanting sub-tropical 'laurisilva' of the Anaga Rural Park.

Highlights

  • Elegant boutique run hotel with heated pool and spa facilities
  • Excellent food with wine included with dinner; innovative cuisine
  • Soaring volcanic cliffs, snow-capped Mount Teide, stunning ocean views
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site - Teide National Park
  • Paradise for ornithologists, botanists and geologists
  • Perfect out-of-season walking climate
  • Traditional Garachico with 17th century palaces and pretty cobbled streets

Key information

  • 7 nights single-centre accommodation
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Services of an experienced walking guide
  • Transfers in an air conditioned vehicle
  • Countries visited: Spain

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • All buffet breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches, 1 restaurant lunch and 7 evening meals
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Services of an experienced walking guide
  • Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

5

Days of Walking & Trekking
Terrain:

This guided walking holiday follows mainly well marked paths and trails. You should be a sure footed walker. Some sections of the ridge walks require a head for heights. In order that you see as much of this varied region as possible, transfers (typically 45-70 minutes) are built into the beginning/end of most walking days.

Day by day breakdown
Day 2 14.0km/8.5miles
Day 3 10.0km/6.5miles
Day 4 9.0km/6.0miles
Day 6 11.0km/7.0miles
Day 7 10.0km/6.5miles

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here

Itinerary

Garachico
to
Garachico
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Garachico

    The boutique Hotel San Roque, a former Canadian Mansion is located in the heart of pretty Garanchio, a beautifully preserved traditional town rebuilt after a volcanic eruption destroyed it in 1706. (Staying at San Roque Hotel)

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Historical Volcanoes

    Today's walk takes us to the Chinyero Reserve to view the dramatic volcanic landscapes of the coal black Chinyero volcano and the spectacular El Volcan Negro. We cross lava flows where the first lichens bring colour to the rocks and volcanic ash fields are framed by fragrant Canary mints shrubs, native Canary pine trees and azure blue skies. Some birds like the endemic Canary blue chaffinch or the grey spotted woodpecker frequent this area. Passing through the Arenas Negras (black sands), the air is fresh with scents of pine resin and giant flows of solid lava offer perfect views of Mount Teide.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Teno Rural Park Walk

    Spectacular views today of the Atlantic Ocean, La Gomera, El Palmar Valley, the Los Carrizales Ravine and the crowning glory of Mount Teide. The Teno Rural Park is rich in natural heritage and preserved in time with abandoned terraces, stone circles, traditional farmhouses and cheese factories. We follow shady forest paths to the hamlet of Teno Alto with its tiny church and where we lunch on regional specialities in a local restaurant. We descend on the Callejon de Teno trail down through the fertile El Palmar Valley, passing in front of a unique volcanic cone, through terraces of golden barley and past remote farmsteads. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Teide National Park

    Tenerife's dramatic landscape includes soaring volcanic cliffs and snow-capped Mount Teide, which at 7,500m high from its base on the ocean floor, makes it the third largest volcano in the world. Starting at the El Portillo visitors centre where we can learn all about this volcanic landscape, today's walk takes us through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Teide National Park. A mecca for geologists, look out for lava flows in vividly contrasting colours, pumice and obsidian. We drive back through the magnificent landscapes of the Teide caldera as we return back to the hotel. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Free Day

    In the morning perhaps explore the lava rock pools and narrow streets of Garachico, with its 16th century churches and their beautiful vaulted ceilings. Lunch in the pretty square (payable locally) then back to the hotel to laze by the pool, you are on holiday after all! 

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Anaga Rural Park

    We start our route at the Cruz del Carmen visitors' centre and follow the cool shady paths through the magical sub-tropical laurisilva which colonises the northern part of Tenerife, where the trees tower at up to 1,000m high. Our day also includes a trip to Laguna market to choose our picnic lunch from the local produce available. This is a fabulous day for endemic flora and fauna, with stunning views of Mount Teide and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Cumbre de Bolico Ridge

    Today will take us through the Teno Rural Park, along old shepherds' routes and up through rolling hills to the Cumbre de Bolico Ridge, with dramatic, deep ravines and where we'll be rewarded with lovely clear views out across the Atlantic towards La Gomera. Look out for the migratory birds in the ponds of Charcas de Erjos and enjoy the spectacular 360 degree views of the ocean and snow-capped Mount Teide, then descend passing abandoned farmsteads to the pretty village of Masca. There's time for a refreshing drink in the palm-shaded square before heading back to the hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Leave Garachico

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Spain

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

Canarian dishes tend to be simple and elegant, owing much to sunripened tropical fruits such as paw-paw, prickly pear and bananas, local vegetables such as sweetcorn and potatoes, and fresh fish such as moray and snapper.

Specialities include conejo al salmorejo (slow cooked rabbit with garlic, paprika and chili); rancho canario (a chickpea meaty soup), ropa vieja (chicken, pork and or beef stew); chocos (cuttlefish); and crema de puerros y bubangos (cream of leek and prawn stew). The most popular fish are members of the sea bass family - cherne, cabrilla or merluza are common, and you may find grilled swordfish (espada a la plancha), as well as calamares (squid), gambas (prawns) and pulpo (octopus).

 

Weather

In Tenerife the weather is superb year-round. The sun shines here for more days of the year than most other places in the world. The weather does depend on the time of year and also the parts of the island that you visit. The south is always the warmest and sunniest with the least cloud, the west also enjoys its fair share of great weather too. The north is also very warm, although there can be more rain and cloud her compared with the rest of the island. Also, the closer you climb towards the Mount Teide National Park, Tenerife’s volcanic region and location of Spain’s highest peak El Teide, the more changeable the weather becomes. The weather cools as the altitude rises and at certain times of the year there is some snowfall here while the coast remains sunny.

Tenerife climate

Is this trip for you?

Walking Conditions
Classification: Guided
Average daily distance: 10km (6.5miles).
No. of days walking: 5
Terrain and route:  This guided walking holiday follows mainly well marked paths and trails. You should be a sure footed walker. Some sections of the ridge walks require a head for heights. In order that you see as much of this varied region as possible, transfers (typically 4-70 minutes) are built into the beginning/end of most walking days.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotel

A listed building, the elegantly restored 4 star San Roque Hotel is superbly located just a stone's throw from the old port and the beautifully preserved cobbled streets of Garachico. It boasts just 20 beautifully appointed air-conditioned rooms and suites. Perfect for relaxing after a day's walking, each room has a jacuzzi bath, and customers can enjoy the heated swimming pool and sauna. In the stylish dining room, the chef creates a fusion of Canarian and Mediterranean cuisine using first class organic ingredients, complimented by a superb wine list.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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