Starting from the roaring Atlantic Ocean in the north-west, this multifarious week of hiking will take you across the unique mountain scenery of black volcanic rocks into the sunny south-west parts of Tenerife. In the enchanting little coastal town of Garachico you will enjoy breathtaking views onto the vast Atlantic Ocean and the green northern coast of the island. You will cross several vegetation areas – each emanating its unique charm – and delve into the alpine world of the Teno-mountain range. The hike through the Masca-gorge is an extraordinary highlight to look forward to, with its steep towering rockfaces and unique flora. In the south-west you will walk along ancient bridle paths and stay overnight at the highest point of the Canaries, where the grand finale of your hiking holiday is an impressive walk through the biggest National Park of the island.
♦ Views of Mount Teide
♦ Impressive gorge of Masca
♦ Black volcanic rocks
Day 1: Garachico
Arrival to Tenerife. Public transport (paid on spot) to Garachico - located on the roaring Atlantic coast in the north-west of Tenerife. The old part of town boasts beautiful mansions, churches and the ‚Castillo San Miguel’. The volcanic rock pools invite to a refreshing plunge.
Day 2: Circular Hike Garachico
You will hike through the very recent volcanic area of Garachico along historic paths. The strenuous ascent to the Ermita de San Francisco is rewarded with a stunning view onto the town situated below, but first and foremost onto the Atlantic Ocean and the entire northern coastline. After a short break in San Juan del Reparo you will descend across the fertile landscape past colourful flowers, cactee and agaves back to the sea again.
Walking: 3 - 5.5 h, 14 km, ascent/descent: 990 m / 990 m
Day 3: Garachico – Santiago del Teide
An amazing hike from the sea into the uplands, through remote gorges, characteristic cultivated land and laurel forests until you reach the tranquil mountain village of Erjos. You will continue along alpine paths through the Teno-mountain range until you arrive at Santiago del Teide. On today’s hike you will walk across several vegetation areas – a true paradise for flora and fauna enthusiasts.
Walking: 5.5 h, 11 km, ascent/descent: 990 m / 250 m
Day 4: Circular Walk Teno-Mountain Range
Enjoy panoramic views on your transfer through terraced cultivated areas, while passing grazing herds of goats, to the magical Teno-mountain range. Initially the route will take you up to a mountain ridge, from where you can enjoy a marvellous panoramic view. Then you will proceed along the ridge over to the Tabaiba pass and onwards on a stunning high altitude path. From here you will have an extraordinary view onto the western coastline and the mighty Masca-gorge with its black rocks. Passing the two Gala-Peaks, you will return to Santiago del Teide.
Walking: 5.5 h, 13 km, ascent/descent: 900 m / 500 m
Day 5: Santiago del Teide – Los Gigantes, Masca-Gorge
From Santiago your journey leads to the remote mountain village of Masca, with its impressive unique location amidst green volcanic scenery and jagged rocks. After a short ‚cortado’-coffee break you start your hike through the Masca-gorge, which enthralls every hiking enthusiast with its rugged beauty. From Playa de Masca by boat to the holiday resort of Los Gigantes, where you stay overnight by the sea.
Walking: 3 - 4 h, 5 km, ascent/descent: 0 m / 600 m
Day 6: Los Gigantes – Vilaflor, Säumerpfade’ (bridle paths)
Transfer to the village of Adeje, from there you will proceed along ancient bridle paths, which were used formerly to transport goods across remote mountainous areas. The route offers ample panoramic views alongside terraced fields and forests, leading you high above the infernal gorge towards Ifonche. You will continue along varied trails to the idyllic mountain region of Arona, situated below the mighty Teide-massif.
Walking: 5.5 h, 14 km, ascent/descent: 750 m / 300 m
Day 7: Round Trip Vilaflor
On today’s tour you will experience yet another one of Tenerife’s unique landscapes. You will walk up to a viewpoint located at over 1800m in altitude just below Mount Teide, from where you can spot the "white lunarscape". Let your imagination go wild whilst watching these bizarre sand stone formations on the slopes created by wind, water and the weather. An amazing contrast compared to the black volcanic rock of the past few days.
Walking: 4.5 - 5 h, 13 km, ascent/descent: 600 m / 600 m
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast - departure or extra days on the island
Practical information: ►The tour is arranged with arrival days: Thursday and Sunday in 2018; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday in 2019. Other days:on request at min. 4 persons ►You can fly to Tenerife South or Tenerife North airports. Public buses will take you to Garachico (2-2,5 h) and from Vilaflor - www.titsa.com ► Daily hiking tours lead you along relatively rocky paths and trails, a good basic fitness level is required for tours with walking times of up to 5.5 hours. Surefootedness is especially required for the hike through the Masca-gorge. Whenever possible, you can choose between a challenging itinerary (pointed out in the text) and a more relaxed one each day. Discover Tenerife’s diversity along magnificent mountain and coastal paths.
Nessesary equipment: sturdy walking boots and walking socks, a small rucksack, a water bottle with at least 1 litre capacity, sunglasses, sunhat, sun cream, rainwear and insect repellent.