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Headwater – Self-Guided Trails of La Palma

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Fantastic walking across La Palma’s dramatic volcanic terrain

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All about the Headwater – Self-Guided Trails of La Palma.

La Palma, nicknamed La Isla Bonita (the pretty Isle), is a relatively unheard of volcanic island in the western Canaries. For its small size it features a vast amount of diverse scenery, from dense cloud forest to volcanic landscapes with twisted rock formations and black sand beaches. This walking itinerary is designed to take advantage of the island’s well waymarked paths. These start on the eastern side of La Palma, follow the coast to the north and then finally head south across the great Caldera which dominates the island.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All accommodation (see below)
* All breakfasts and dinners
* Route notes and maps
* All baggage transport
* Airport transfers

  1. Day 1 Start Santa Cruz

    Arrive into La Palma and take an airport transfer (included) to your hotel in the capital. If time allows, have a wander round the pretty town which is famous for its iconic balconies and has a lively cafe and restaurant scene.*Overnight Hotel El Galeon or similar*

  2. Day 2 Follow the GR130 long-distance coastal path towards the village of San Andrés

    After a short 15 min transfer to Puntallana, today’s walk follows the GR130 long-distance coastal path that runs across La Palma, through dramatic barrancos (ravines) with stunning coastal views. You will walk through citrus groves, avocado and mango orchards, small vineyards and banana plantations, arriving in the pretty village of San Andrés, one of the first colonial towns on the island. Take some time to explore the cobbled streets and houses in the historic quarter, visit one of the oldest churches on the island, enjoy a side visit to a local rum factory or take a dip in the seawater pools at Charco Azul. Then walk for another 15 minutes up the coast until you reach your apartment where you spend the night. *Overnight Apartmentos Miriam or similar*

  3. Day 3 Walk uphill to Los Sauces; ascend to Barlovento 

    After  breakfast, begin to walk uphill to Los Sauces, a small town with a vibrant atmosphere on the north east coast. Enjoy negotiating the dramatic ‘Barranco de Herradura’, and then ascend just over 500m through several small villages to reach Barlovento (meaning ‘fresh breeze’) a village which enjoys breathtakingly beautiful sea views. *Overnight Hotel La Palma Romantica or similar*

  4. Day 4 Trek through the ‘Dragon Trees Forest’ and across the dramatic Barranco de Franceses before a final ascent

    From Barlovento, follow a path through the ‘Dragon Trees Forest’, across undulating coastline with spectacular views towards the cliffs. Navigate a series of barrancos to reach Los Gallegos, and then descend to sea level, crossing the dramatic Barranco de Franceses before ascending to the pretty village of Franceses; At the end of the walk, take the public bus (fare included) back to Barlovento. *Overnight Hotel La Palma Romantica or similar*

  5. Day 5 Trek down a steep sided gorge to the tiny hamlet of El Tablado. Then a steep ascent before a public bus back

    After a short transfer this morning you use ancient paths to discover the far north of La Palma, one of the most unspoiled parts of the island. Walk across the Barranco de Los Hombres, a spectacular steep-sided gorge, to reach the tiny hamlet of El Tablado. Then a steep ascent to yet another tiny hamlet, Roque del Faro, before taking a public bus (fare included) back to your hotel in Barlovento. *Overnight Hotel La Palma Romantica or similar*

  6. Day 6 Morning transfer to experience an exciting section of the GR131 route along the rim of the crater Caldera de Taburiente

    Today you take a transfer (1 hour) to walk an exciting section of the GR131 route from the highest point of the island, Roque de los Muchachos, along the rim of the crater Caldera de Taburiente, to the Pico de la Nieve. The route has breathtaking views across the island and the high mountain paths twist and turn across the rocky landscape. In the distance it is possible to see the peak of Mount Teide on Tenerife, emerging from the horizon, 3750m above sea level. After a soft descent, your transfer takes you to the capital of Santa Cruz. 

  7. Day 7 Walk a popular part of the GR131 along the 'Ruta de Los Volcanes'

    Take an unforgettable walk today along the ‘Ruta de Los Volcanes’. Here you navigate a series of volcanoes in the south of the island, with some of them having erupted only a few years ago. This is the longest walk of the trip, and although it involves a substantial descent it is a very popular and well-marked path, following the GR131 from beginning to end.  *Overnight Hotel El Galeon or similar*

  8. Day 8 End Santa Cruz

    If you have time before your flight, take a small walk around Santa Cruz. This fascinating town attracted Flemish merchants who built imposing town palaces, which today accommodate museums and boutiques. A walk along the Calle Real, visiting the Plaza de España, Town Hall or the food market will be a perfect end to your La Palma experience before your flight home.

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