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Self-Guided La Palma tour

Self-Guided La Palma

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
From: $ 850 $ 106 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Trekkers' paradise- well-marked trails through tranquil and varied landscapes.
  • Caldera de Taburiente - explore the dramatic landscapes of this National Park in an immense crater
  • Warm spring and autumn seasons- perfect for winter walking
  • Laurisilva cloudforest - walk in the humid laurel forest unique to this region
  • Traditional Canarian cuisine - Fresh seafood and Canarian potatoes (boiled in sea water)

Short Description

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'.

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City Santa Cruz de la Palma

Travel Theme

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Destinations

Spain

Cities & Attractions

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Activities

Independent

Age Requirement

14

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Itinerary

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

Description

On arrival at the airport 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.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Taxi to Los Franceses then walk along the "Royal Paths" to Barlovento

Description

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. The hotel has an indoor and outdoor swimming pool and your evening meal at this accommodation is included for both nights.

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

Included Meals : None

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

Description

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.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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

Description

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.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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

Description

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.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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

Description

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.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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

Description

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.

Included Meals : None

Day 8 - Trip ends Santa Cruz de la Palma

Description

After breakfast you will have an included taxi transfer to the airport.

Included Meals : None

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Self-Guided La Palma

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I was grateful to Explore with my booking as I was forced to cancel at a late date and then was enabled to rebook which meant the difference between having no summer holiday and a wonderful one. All of the administration seemed to be very efficient, friendly and professional.
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We have travelled all over the world with explore on their family adventure holidays. We have an only child and she benefited so much with instant friendships, and has some wonderful holiday memories. Explore has always been very helpful with the booking process, and we have found most of the tour leaders they use to be professional, committed, really good at their jobs.
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I have travelled with Explore on several occasions. Each experience has been positive and every trip extremely enjoyable. The itinerary’s are excellent ensuring a full and varied experience and the use of local guides is hugely beneficial.
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It's fantastic trip for me..just not very happy for accommodation. And the trip leader .If he can make more time with us.and make more interesting and funny when he was talking. It is should be good..other way he is good..
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Danijela, our tour guide, was wonderful. She shared plenty of facts about Croatia with us and managed all the arrangements really well. One of our group had a birthday while we were away and Danijela gave her a present and we celebrated. Transfers to and from the airport went well. Prior to going, the staff on the phones were really helpful with any questions.
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This was our third family adventure with Explore, all have been great experiences. Kids bond immediately and adults can melt into the background and relax. The size of the groups makes mixing manageable and the guides and crews have been first rate throughout.
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Standard - Our mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en-suite facilities.

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