Tenerife and La Palma, Hikes and walks

Tenerife

We didn’t have an opportunity to do the hiking we wanted to on Tenerife, the weather was colder and wetter, and snowy atop Mt. Teide, so… We ended up driving from La Orotava to Playa de San Juan. San Juan is on the southwest coast, and is north of the gong show of beaches, where the greatest majority of tourists go. We did one walk a few times, from San Juan beach, north to the town of Alcala. It was very lovely, here are our tracks in google maps:

http://bit.ly/2G9z0HU

Tenerife photos

Tenerife today

and, in case you are curious about driving on Tenerife

La Palma

La Palma is a hiker’s paradise. A great number of the German population has figured this out already, and there are a lot of them here during the winter. Trust me on this one.

Colado San Juan

Our first hike was a loop from San Nicholas to the San Juan Volcano (Colado San Juan). We had done a bit of this hike in 2008, when we were here with my kids, so we started with that on this trip. We had forgotten how very steep this island is, starting elevation at San Nicholas 600 metres, up to 1200 metres when we got to top of the hike at San Juan. Yah, that hurt. We thought we didn’t want to go down the same way, something about screaming thighs, and eccentric contraction… So, via a mapping program Lars has on his ipad, we sought out a more reasonable route. Well, don’t follow us on the way down. There had been quite a wash out at some point, so we were just ploughing through the loose dirt, trying to follow the routing down. We did make it down in the end, where we saw signs saying that the hiking route was closed. What you don’t know…

Still, awesome, no matter what. Our route in Google maps: http://bit.ly/2Eu3h79

Name: SAN Juan volcano
Date: 2018-02-05
Length: 6.26 km
Duration: 03:37:16
Average: 1.7 km/h
Incline: 572 m
Decline: 574 m
Max. Speed: 6 km/h
Max. Altitude: 1190 m
Min. Altitude: 627 m
Alt. Dif.: 563 m

Some photos of this hike:

Pics from La Palma

Puerto Naos to La Bombilla and Beyond!

This is a pretty easy walk – all level, and on the coast. We parked in Puerto Naos, and then stayed on the coast where possible, all the way to La Bombilla, and carried on from there. There are two very nice beaches that had few people on them. The walk was busy, it looked like a popular pathway. Some parts were derelict, while others were paved, and well maintained! At the last, most northerly beach, there is a really lovely restaurant, with large patio and viewing area.  It’s an easy 4km from Puerto Naos. Out and back, an easy 8km walk. We did this walk three times, and here are some pics from these outings. The seas were particularly rough on one of the days. Mesmerizing.

Stormy Seas near La Bombilla

Our route in Google maps: http://bit.ly/2ExIO0Y

Name: Bombilla
Date: 2018-02-09
Length: 4.10 km
Duration: 01:14:55
Average: 3.3 km/h
Incline: 57 m
Decline: 71 m
Max. Speed: 8 km/h
Max. Altitude: 57 m
Min. Altitude: 11 m
Alt. Dif.: 46 m

Puerto Tazacorte, Up! and Down!

We started this hike in Puerto Tazacorte, a lovely seaside port, with a black sand beach, and many beachside restaurants, and ample pathways to watch the goings ons.

Probably not the wisest move to start a strenuous hike in the heat of the day, but whatever… We were at the top in 45 minutes, back down in probably a few minutes less. We had coffee, water and orange soft drink. Thirsts quenched.

After this initial hike, we visited Tazacorte and Puerto Tazacorte a couple more times. It’s a very lovely place, we are interested in maybe staying in Tazacorte in a future visit. The pier is an amazing structure, huge curving cement pillars with a huge empty parking area. Likely to accommodate cruise ship and container ships, as all of that traffic is managed in Santa Cruz de la Palma. Impressive anyway, click the photos to see.

Puerto Tazacorte waves

Our route in Google maps: http://bit.ly/2BUKDUQ

Name: Tazacorte
Date: 2018-02-11
Length: 2.08 km
Duration: 01:41:16
Average: 1.2 km/h
Incline: 272 m
Decline: 269 m
Max. Speed: 4 km/h
Max. Altitude: 225 m
Min. Altitude: 14 m
Alt. Dif.: 211 m

Actually, that really hurt!

Yesterday’s leg and lung buster was a 15km out and back, starting from the Visitor Information Centre for the Caldera de Taburiente, to the Virgen del Pino, and up, up, up, to the ridge of La Palma. From there, the hearty can see both coasts of the island. It is beautiful, but it was a tough hike! Almost 1,000 metres in elevation changes on this hike. Ouch, is right.

In the Walk! La Palma book, by Charles Davis, he describes it as a 5, (the hardest of walks), and apparently was one of the original routes from Santa Cruz de la Palma to Tazacorte. A real donkey trail, and it was on more than one occasion that I wished I had had one on this walk.

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Our route in Google maps:http://bit.ly/2C2pWGX

Name: Virgins Pine
Date: 2018-02-15
Length: 15.06 km
Duration: 06:19:51
Average: 2.4 km/h
Incline: 928 m
Decline: 928 m
Max. Speed: 5 km/h
Max. Altitude: 1425 m
Min. Altitude: 836 m
Alt. Dif.: 589 m

Pico Bejenado ten years later!

Feb 19, we hiked to Pico Bejenado. We did a variation of this hike in 2008; this time we went out and back on the westerly side; in ‘08, we did the east side. It took us a while to find it; we were trying to get to something recognizable, and that was impossible and a little frustrating. We followed some Barcelona Spaniards a bit, that and moreso using Lars’ ipad and mapping app, we found the road and path up to Bejenado. It was very overcast, which was OK, as it was a bit of work hiking. Up through the Canary Island pine forests (I so love the smell of those trees!); at the higher elevations the clouds thinned at views of the Caldera were free to see. We got to the top less than two hours. The Spaniards, three out of four, looked to be ultramarathoners. They were at the top for probably an hour before we got there, and two of them packed up as we arrived, and ran down. Yah. Then a group of Germans came along, and we beat a hasty exit. I would have loved to stay up there longer, but, also didn’t want to get caught in a traffic jam heading down.

Got to the trail, or started walking at 10:30; at the top of Bejenado at 12:20; then back at the car after lunch break around 90 minutes or so down. Wishing we had dirtbikes for that dirt road! 

There was high cloud, so views weren’t abundant. Here are just a few pics from that day.

At Pico Bejenado.

Our route in Google maps: http://bit.ly/2C5mlb7

Name: Pico Bejenado
Date: 2018-02-19
Length: 9.56 km
Duration: 04:09:48
Average: 2.3 km/h
Incline: 921 m
Decline: 925 m
Max. Speed: 5 km/h
Max. Altitude: 1840 m
Min. Altitude: 1153 m
Alt. Dif.: 687 m

Teneguia hikes

Southern end of the island, Volcan San Antonio, Teneguia,

We drove down to the southern end of the island, to Los Canarios, to begin the hike at Volcan San Antonio, past Teneguia, then Fuencaliente. It was only a 6 km hike, but some very brutal descents, and corresponding ascents! Eleven km walk, with 600 metre change in elevation.  What goes down, must come up.

There are quite a few hikers here, from what we can figure out, mostly German. These hikes are pretty strenuous, but not all the hikers here, look to be able to make the out and back without some concern. From what we can figure out, some, walk one way, then have a ride/taxi at the other end to return them to their cars. This hike is pretty strenuous, and should not be taken lightly. The rewards are huge, but so is the effort.

We hiked down this way three times during our stay. Photos over here in flickr:

A raven of beauty.

Our route in Google maps: http://bit.ly/2st0Soz

Name: SAN Antonio
Date: 2018-02-07
Length: 11.15 km
Duration: 03:58:35
Average: 2.8 km/h
Incline: 598 m
Decline: 599 m
Max. Speed: 7 km/h
Max. Altitude: 646 m
Min. Altitude: 143 m
Alt. Dif.: 503 m

Last hike of our stay, Fuencaliente, southern part of La Palma

Lars wanted a warm weather and figured the best chance of that would be in the south. So, down to the very south Faro Fuencaliente –  is where we got sticked up and ready to walk. The road down there is pretty unreal, switchbacks r-us! As most of the island, movement is dictated by the steepness in this geography. At the Faro at 11:15; we started walking up towards the visitors’ centre at Volcan San Antonio. We went up Teneguia, which was super awesome, except for the busload of Tysklanders who happened to be hiking it at the same time. It was amazing, the views! Very windy, very breathtaking. The crater of the volcano, and the immensity of it all. It was almost a scramble-hike in some spots. We took a couple of pics, and made our way down from Teneguia. 

This was our third visit this trip, so we were pretty familiar with the area. We headed along the aqueduct to find a quiet place to have our lunch. Cheese, Grommit! and some meat, two huevos, and patates chippies! and chocolate. and water. It wasn’t a very hot day, almost cool in fact, so the walking wasn’t so strenuous. We headed towards Los Quemados; then up the very very steep road aka the Barky-dog road to the Teneguia road … and eventually back to the Faro. We stopped in at the Faro info centre, and watched a video for 2 euros. By the end of the day, we had covered 11km, 700 metres of uppity and downness. It was a fantastic hike, on the way back,  we could see el Teide, covered in snow,  above the clouds. Also on today’s Canary Islands view list were la Gomera, and el Hierro. Very awesome. 

Our route in Google maps: http://bit.ly/2GAwM4B

Name: Teneguia
Date: 2018-02-21
Length: 11.93 km
Duration: 04:51:30
Average: 2.5 km/h
Incline: 645 m
Decline: 645 m
Max. Speed: 5 km/h
Max. Altitude: 546 m
Min. Altitude: 23 m
Alt. Dif.: 523 m

Here’s a flickr album of our La Palma stay. Hope you like.

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And here are a few of Lars’ photos (opens in a new tab)

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