Self-Guided La Palma

Self-Guided La Palma

Start: La Palma airport Finish: La Palma airport

Visiting: Santa Cruz de La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Low, Moderate to Challenging

Special diets catered: Vegans, Meat, Vegetarians

Tour code: WSLP

Tour operator: Explore!

Group size: 1 - 16

Age range: Adult

Tour operated in: English


From: $1100 $1078

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Tour Overview

La Palma has a diverse landscape of volcanoes, pine forests and vineyards. Unspoilt by mass tourism, the island's ancient footpaths, the 'Caminos Reales' are a walker's delight. Hike through quiet rural landscapes, deep ravines and along countless flower-lined paths. Walking in the cloud forests of Los Tilos and across the lunar landscape of Cumbre Vieja brings you to the Caldera de Taburiente, a beautiful National Park. Ascend Bejenado Peak (1854m) for impressive views into the crater, the neighbouring island of El Hierro and even the volcanic cone of Mt Teide on Tenerife. Bathe in natural crystal-clear pools, the perfect end to this varied walking trip on 'La Isla Bonita'.

Highlights

  • iconCaldera de Taburiente - Explore the dramatic landscapes of this National Park in an immense crater
  • iconWarm spring and autumn seasons - perfect for winter walking
  • iconTrekkers' paradise - Well-marked trails through tranquil and varied landscapes.

Places You'll See

Itinerary

icon Day 1: Trip starts La Palma Airport; taxi to Santa Cruz de la Palma

Location: Santa Cruz de La Palma

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

On arrival at the La Palma airport (SPC) an included taxi transfer takes you to the colonial town of Santa Cruz de la Palma.

If you arrive early, you'll have plenty of time to admire the beautiful architecture and Canarian pine balconies of the island's capital. Walk along the cobbled Calle Real and colourful narrow side streets, with every house painted a different shade.

icon Day 2: Taxi to Los Franceses then walk along the 'Royal Paths' to Barlovento

Accommodation: Hotel

Today starts with an included taxi transfer to one of the hidden corners of the island: Los Franceses. Walk along a breathtaking route with impressive views along the Camino Real or 'royal roads', a network of trails used by the inhabitants of the island until the middle of the last century to pass through difficult areas to transit, usually with animals laden in supplies. Today you walk along the coast and from ravine to ravine. This is a very green part of the island with much vegetation. Going past the hamlet of La Tosca with its magnificent dragon trees, the route ends at the hotel in Barlovento, your base for the next two nights.

Today's 12km walk is expected to take about 4 to 4.5 hours and you will ascend 750m and descend 550m.

icon Day 3: Walking in the cloud forest of Los Tilos Nature Reserve

Accommodation: Hotel

This morning's included taxi transfer takes you to the north of the island and the cloud forest of Los Tilos. Here you walk in the UNESCO nature reserve. This sub-tropical rain forest contains hundreds of plant species some of which are not found anywhere else in the world. Walk through the beautiful laurel forest where the clouds hang from the tips of branches and giant ferns. Follow narrow tunnels to the springs of Marcos and Cordero. This wild biosphere reserve covers 5% of the island. Today's walk ends in Los Sauces from where you will be driven back to the hotel. There is the option to end the walk in Los Tilos, shortening today's route by 5km.

Today's 18km walk is expected to take about 7 hours and you will ascend 300m and descend 1300m.

icon Day 4: Walk along the Caldera de Taburiente; taxi to Los Llanos de Aridane

Accommodation: Hotel

After an included taxi ride to the foot of Pico de La Nieve (2039m) today's walk begins. Hike along the edge of the deep Caldera de Taburiente, the largest erosion crater in the world. Following well-marked trails, a long descent begins through pine forests and the so-called Reventon trail until you reach the Virgen del Pino chapel. From here you will be driven to Los Llanos de Aridane where you spend the next two nights. This modern town is on the west side of the Island and surrounded by farmland. Nearby it has beautiful coves, beaches and a town centre worth exploring, particularly the church of Nuestra Senora de Los Remedios which contains a 16th century image of the Virgin Mary.

Today's 16km walk is expected to take about 6 hours and you will ascend 300m and descend 1250m.

icon Day 5: Hike into the heart of La Caldera de Taburiente National Park

Accommodation: Hotel

Starting with an included taxi ride to Los Brecitos, at the heart of the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, you begin your descent to the bed of the Taburiente River. Then you walk toward the Roque Idafe, a natural stone pillar and with a special meaning for the inhabitants of the island as it was once worshiped as the Tree of Life. Today you will also see a colourful waterfall, dyed by the sulphur generated by the Caldera. A taxi will be arranged to take you back to Los Llanos de Aridane at the end of the route.

Today's 16.5km walk is expected to take about 6 hours and you will ascend 250m and descend 900m.

icon Day 6: Taxi to El Pilar; walk the volcanic spine to Fuencaliente

Accommodation: Hotel

Once again we start with an included taxi transfer to the foot of the Pico Birigoyo, the El Pilar recreational area. Here begins a walk through the pine forest then a dusty trail along the many volcanoes of Cumbre Vieja, with impressive views, weather permitting. The route ends in Fuencaliente (also known as Los Canarios) right off the beaten track with a landscape of volcanoes, vineyards and empty beaches; you will find very few tourists here.

Today's 17km walk is expected to take about 6 hours and you will ascend 550m and descend 1200m.

icon Day 7: Walk to Faro de Fuencaliente - the southernmost point of La Palma

Accommodation: Hotel

From the village of Fuencaliente you walk first to the volcano of San Antonio (there is an entrance fee of 3.50 euros to be paid locally). From the top you can see the youngest of the volcanoes on La Palma: TeneguIa, 'born' in 1971. The route goes past the TeneguIa volcano following one of the lava flows which brings you to the lighthouse, at the southernmost point of the island. Walking 1km further to the west, you arrive at the beach, where you can have a refreshing dip in the natural crystal-clear rock pools originated, a lovely way to relax and mark the end of your walking holiday. An included taxi transfer will take you back to Santa Cruz de La Palma.

Today's 9km walk is expected to take about 3 hours and you will ascend 300m and descend 1025m.

icon Day 8: Trip ends Santa Cruz de la Palma

After breakfast you will have an included taxi to La Palma airport (SPC). If you do not require this transfer, please do let our self-guided team know.

What's Included

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    Meals – Breakfast Only

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    Accommodation

What's Not Included

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    Country Entry Visas

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I'm going on a walking/cycling trip-do I need to train?

It will depend on the grade and how fit you already are. Check the trip page for details of the walking or cycling grade and how far you’ll be walking/cycling each day. For moderate or challenging trips in particular we’d recommend doing some walks or cycles before you leave to build up your fitness and prepare you for the distances being covered.

Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

We have a wide range of ages nationalities on our small group trips and they come from all walks of life.

Should I get travel insurance?

Yes–it is a condition of booking that you are fully insured when travelling with us

How long has the tour company been trading?

At Explore, we're the experts in adventure travel. Our small group adventure holidays have been running since 1981. Today, Explore is one of the most trusted travel companies in the UK with over 500 trips to more than 120 countries.

Can I join the tour once it has departed?

Yes, but there are no concessions for doing so, and we must have a record in your booking advising as such before the trip departs.

    Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Being a responsible company is a large statement, something that has to be entwined within the very fibre of a company. Discover the charities and partnerships we support as part of this at https://www.explore.co.uk/about/sustainability/charities-and-partners

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    We want to be as clear as and as honest as possible about what happens if you decide to that you no longer wish to travel on your trip. Our booking conditions have details of the costs you’ll incur when you cancel-these charges depend on how long it is before your planned departure.

    What is the accommodation like?

    We choose comfortable accommodation in the best locations possible. We opt for small, local and family-run accommodation where we can, as opposed to large chain hotels. We typically use hotels that are the equivalent of European 3-star, and you’ll usually have an en suite room. Occasionally, where we want to get off the beaten trail we may stay in more basic accommodation.

    What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Sustainability is embedded within the fibre of Explore, it emanates from the inside out. But as we enter a new decade it is clearer than ever that our world needs help, and Explore has created a sustainability strategy based on the 2015 UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

    What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Our flexible booking and safety policies mean you're protected before and during your travels with us. Receive a full refund if your trip is cancelled, transfer your trip free of charge up to 10 days before departure minus any irrocoverable costs.

    Do I need to be very fit to book with you?

    All our trips require some level of active participation. This could be on a cultural trip, trek, safari, expedition or voyage. It is in the interests of all members of the group that everyone should be capable of fully participating in the activities of their chosen trip.

    What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Final documents will include a comprehensive trip itinerary, climate and country information, budgeting and packing advice visa and passport information and details on optional activities available.

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes on most of our trips. Most trips are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book a group trip as an individual, you will share a room with someone of the same sex. However, on many trips we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room, known as our single room option. On some trips a single room will be provided every night, on others it will be provided o

    Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Explore will only offer hotels that have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with local government guidelines. We will ensure these measures include; enhanced room cleaning, ventilation, social distancing, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in public areas, food safety, staff re-training and minimising contact within the properties.

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