Walking in Tenerife


Landscapes of TENERIFE: walks and car tours

by Noel Rochford

The best guidebook is Landscapes of Tenerife,which shows another face of the island for walkers and picnickers, as well as those who tour Tenerife by car. (Sunday Times)

I found this book reliable and full of facts, which I expected. I’ve used other books in the series since I was a novice walker and found the walk descriptions generally sufficient. (JE, Amazon)

Invaluable historical, botanical and cultural background information… Many of the walkers we met (of various nationalities) also used the Sunflower guide, perhaps indicating that it is the most practical and definitive guide available. (MA, Amazon)

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TenerifeThis was the first ever guide for walking in Tenerife, but in recent years the island has become the most popular of all the Canaries among walkers. And for good reason. Tenerife has something for everyone: country lanes for strolling, nature trails for hiking, and mountains to be scaled — including El Teide, the highest in all Spain. The profusion of wild plants and flowers makes the island a botanical treasure.

Area covered: Based on Puerto de la Cruz, this book is the best choice for those staying in the north of Tenerife. For those who tour Tenerife by car, the drives range all over the island. Walks cover the Orotava Valley, Las Cañadas, and the Teno and Anaga peninsulas. (For walks in the south of Tenerife, see Landscapes of Southern Tenerife and La Gomera.)

The best months for walking in Tenerife are from October to June.





Where to stay

If you are taking a package tour, aim to stay in Puerto de la Cruz, from where the excellent bus connections bring most of the walks within easy reach. If you are not tied to specific accommodation, you may like to spend a couple of days at the peaceful Parador de las Cañadas or you could use hotels in La Laguna or Santa Cruz for ease of access to the superb walking in the Anaga Peninsula.

Edition/contents etc

5 car tours, 65 different walking routes, 30 very short ‘picnic’ walks
144 pages + touring map; plans of Puerto de la Cruz and Santa Cruz; large-scale (1:50,000) topo maps
9th ed, March 2016; ISBN 978-1-85691-488-8; UK retail price £12.99 / USA retail price $18.00

Table of contents:

Preface 5
Acknowledgements; Useful books 6
Getting about 7
Plans of Puerto de la Cruz and Santa Cruz 8
showing city exits and bus departure points
Picnic suggestions 11

Puerto de la Cruz · La Orotava · Las Cañadas · Los Gigantes · Guía de Isora · Adeje · Playa de las Américas · Playa de los Cristianos · Vilaflor · Las Cañadas · Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz · Pico del Inglés · Roque Negro · El Bailadero · Chamorga · Taganana · Almáciga · Benijo · San Andrés · Igueste · Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz · San Juan de la Rambla · Icod de los Vinos · Garachico · Punta de Teno · Teno Alto · Santiago del Teide · Icod el Alto · Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz · Tacoronte · Bajamar · Punta del Hidalgo · Batán · Las Carboneras · Taborno · Pico del Inglés · La Laguna · Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz · La Laguna · La Esperanza · El Portillo · Güimar · Arico · Candelaria · Puerto de la Cruz

Guides, waymarking, maps 34
Dogs – and other nuisances 34
What to take 35
Walkers’ checklist 36
Where to stay 36
Weather hints 37
Spanish for walkers 38
A country code for walkers and motorists 39

Organisation of the walks 40

1 Puerto de la Cruz · Playa del Bollullo · Café Vista Paraíso 41
2 Aguamansa · Benijos · TF21 44
3 Aguamansa · La Caldera · Choza Chimoche · Lomo de los Brezos · Aguamansa 46
4 Aguamansa · Pinoleris · La Florida 48
5 La Caldera · Choza El Topo · Choza Almadi · Pino Alto · La Florida 49
6 La Caldera · Lomo de los Brezos · Aguamansa 53
7 The Candelaria Trail: La Caldera · La Crucita · Arafo 57
8 El Portillo · Corral del Niño · Choza Chimoche · La Caldera 61
9 Las Cañadas 64
10 EI Teide 66
11 Roques de García and La Catedral 71
12 Montaña de Guajara 74
13 El Portillo · Piedra de los Pastores · Galería Almagre y Cabezón · Chanajiga · Palo Blanco 77

14 Icod el Alto · La Corona · Chanajiga · Palo Blanco 80
15 Icod el Alto · El Lagar · La Guancha 83
16 La Montañeta · Las Arenas Negras · Los Partidos de Tranquis · Erjos · Los Silos 88
17 Erjos · Las Lagunetas · El Palmar 93
18 Restaurante Fleytas · Montaña Jala · Los Bolicos · Degollada de la Mesa · Restaurante Fleytas 95
19 La Tabaiba · Teno Alto · Buenavista 98
20 La Montañeta · Teno Alto · Teno Bajo · (Faro de Teno) · Buenavista 102
21 Los Silos · Talavera · (Galería Las Moradas) · Los Silos 105

22 The canal walk: Punta del Hidalgo · Batán de Abajo · Bejía · Punta del Hidalgo 108
23 Punta del Hidalgo · Chinamada · Las Carboneras 111
24 Las Carboneras · Taborno · Roque de Taborno · Casa Carlos 114
25 Casa Carlos· Afur · Playa del Tamadite · Afur · Roque Negro · TF12 117
26 Pico del Inglés · Barranco de Tahodio · Santa Cruz 121
27 Taganana · Afur · Taborno · Las Carboneras 123
28 El Bailadero · Chinobre · Cabezo del Tejo · El Draguillo · Roque de las Bodegas 127
29 Chamorga · Roque Bermejo · Faro de Anaga · Tafada · Chamorga 129
30 Igueste · Barranco de Zapata · Playa de Antequera · Barranco de Antequera · Igueste 132

Bus timetables 136
Index 141
Fold-out island map inside back cover
Drawings of island flora 12, 39, 56, 92

Guidebook index

(Please bear in mind that if you do not find a place you are looking for in the index to this book, you may find that it is included in the companion volume LANDSCAPES OF SOUTHERN TENERIFE AND LA GOMERA)

Adeje (Ah-day-hay) 18, 21
Afur (Ah-foor) 15, 23, 117, 119, 120, 123-4, 125, 136, TM
Aguamansa (Ah-gwah-mahn-sah) 12, 18, 44, 46-8, 53, 54-5, 56, 62-3, 136
Alcalá (Ahl-kah-lah) 20
Almáciga (Al-mah-see-gah) 16, 22, 24, TM
Anaga, Peninsula (Ah-nah-gah) 22, 23, 22-4, 29-30, TM
Arafo (Ah-rah-foh) 57, 58, 60
Arico (Ah-ree-koh) 31-2
Arona (Ah-roh-nah) 21, 136

Bajamar (Bah-hah-mar) 29
Barbuzano (Bahr-buh-tha-noh) 90-91, 92
Barranco (Bah-rahn-koh) river or ravine
Afur de Tamadite (Ah-foor day Tah-mah-dee-tay) 119, TM
de Antequera (day Ahn-tay-kay-rah) 132, 134, TM
de Bucarón (day Buh-kah-rohn) 90-91, 92
de Guarda (day Goo-ar-dah) 118, TM
de Igueste (day Eeg-west-tay) 133, 135, TM
de Pedro Gil (day Pay-droh Heel) 11, 46, 49, 54-5, 57
de Roque Bermejo (day Roh-kay Behr-may-hoh) 130, TM
de Taborno (day Tah-bor-noh) 114, 116, TM
de Tahodio (day Tah-hoe-dee-oh) 15, 121, TM
de Valle Luis (day Bahl-yay Loo-is)122, TM
de Zapata (day Thah-pah-tah) 132-3, TM
de las Cuevas (day lahs Koo-ay-vahs) 100-1, 103
del Agua (dayl Ah-gwah) 120, TM
del Río (dayl Ree-oh) 108, TM
del Infierno (dayl Een-fee-air-noh) 21
Seco 109, 110, 111, TM

Barrio de la Alegría (Bah-ree-oh day lah Ah-lay-gree-ah) 122, TM
Batán de Abajo (Bah-tan day Ah-bah-hoh) 15, 29-30, 108, 110, TM
Bejía (Bay-hee-ah) 108, 110, TM
Benijo (Bay-nee-hoh) 22, 24, 127, TM
Benijos (Bay-nee-hohs) 18, 44-5, 136
Boca de Tauce (Boh-kah day Too-say) 20-1
Bodegas, Las (Lahs Boh-day-gahs) 22-3, TM
Bolicos, Los (Lohs Boh-lee-kohs) 90-1, 95, 97
Buenavista (Boo-ay-nah-bees-tah) 25-6, 90-1, 94-5, 98, 100-1, 102, 104, 136

Cabezo del Tejo (Kah-bay-thoh dayl Tay-hoh) 127-8, TM
Cabezón, El (Ayl Kah-bay-thohn) 62-3, 77
Café Vista Paraíso 41, 42, 43
Caldera, La (Lah Kahl-day-rah) 11-12, 18, 46, 49, 53, 54-5, 57, 61, 62-3, 136
Camino de las Crucitas (Kah-meen-oh day lahs Croo-thee-tahs) 47, 53, 54-5
Campamento Barranco de la Arena (Kahm-pah-men-toh Bah-rahn-koh day lah Ah-ray-nah) 84-5
Campeches, Los (Lohs Kahm-pay-chays) 84-5
Cañada (plain of sedimentary rock) (Kahn-yah-dah)
de la Grieta (day lah Gree-ay-tah) 65, 68-9
de las Pilas (day lahs Pee-lahs) 65, 68-9
de los Guancheros (day lohs Goo-an-shay-rohs) 13, 62-3, 77, 78
Blanca (Blahn-kah) 68-9
Llano de Ucanca (L-yah-noh day Oo-kahn-kah) 68-9, 73

Cañadas, Las (Lahs Kahn-yah-dahs) 18-9, 21, 64, 67, 68-9, 74, 78, 136
Parador (Pah-rah-door) 12-3, 20, 64-5, 68-9, 74, 136
Visitors’ Centre 18, 65, 68-9, 78, 136

Canal Vergara (Kah-nahl Vair-gah-rah) 89, 90-1
Candelaria, La (Lah Kahn-day-lah-ree-ah) 6-7, 31-2
Candelaria Trail 57, 58, 59, 60
Canteras, Las (Lahs Kahn-tay-rahs) 29
Carboneras, Las (Lahs Kahr-boh-nay-rahs) 15, 29-30, 111, 113-4, 123, 126, 136, TM
Casa Carlos 22, 23, 30, 114, 116-7, 136, TM
Casillas, Las (Lahs Kah-seel-yahs) 16, 23, 132, TM
Catedral, La (Lah Kah-tay-drahl) 68-9, 71, 73
Chamorga (Shah-more-gah) 16, 22-3, 127, 129, 131, TM
Chinamada (She-nah-mah-dah) 15, 30, 111, 112, 113, TM
Choza (shelter) (Show-thah)
Almadi (Ahl-mah-dee) 49, 51, 52, 54-5
Antonio Lugo 45
Bermeja (Bair-may-hah) 11-2
Bethencourt 12
Chimoche (She-moh-shay) 11, 46, 47, 48, 54-5, 57, 61, 62-3
Cruz de Fregel (Crooth day Fray-gayl) 77, 78
El Topo (Aly Toh-poh) 11, 49-50, 52, 54-5
J Ruiz de Izaña (Hay Roo-eeth day Eeth-ahn-yah) 62-3
Margarita de Piedra (Mahr-gah-ree-tah day Pee-ay-drah) 12, 18
Montaña del Alto (Mohn-tahn-yah dayl Ahl-toh) 12
Perez Ventoso (Pay-rayth Behn-toh-soh) 12, 49, 54-5
Piedra de los Pastores (Pee-ay-drah day lohs Pahs-toh-rays) 77, 79, 84-5
Sventenius 12
Wildpret 12

Corral del Niño (Koh-rahl dayl Neen-yoh) 61, 62-3
Cruz de las Lajitas (Krooth day lahs Lah-hee-tahs) 51, 54-5
Cuesta de la Villa (Koo-ays-tah day lah Beel-yah) 41, 42, 43
Cueva del Hielo (Koo-ay-vah dayl Hee-ay-loh)68-9, 70
Cuevas de los Roques (Koo-ay-vahs day lohs Roh-kays) 68-9, 72
Cuevitas de Limón (Koo-ay-bee-tahs day Lee-mohn) 62-3
Cumbrilla, La (Lah Koom-breel-yah) TM

Degollada (pass) (Day-gohl-yah-dah)
de Guajara (day Goo-ah-hah-rah) 68-9, 74-5
de Ucanca (day Oo-kahn-kah) 68-9, 76
del Cedro (dayl Say-droh) 77, 78
de la Mesa (day lah May-sah) 90-1, 95, 97

Draguillo, El (Ayl Drah-geel-yoh) 24, 32-3, 127-9, TM

Erjos (Air-hohs) 14, 27, 88, 90-1, 92-3, 97, 136
Ermita de San José (Air-mee-tah day Sahn Hoh-zay) 90-1, 92
Escaleras, Las, see Mirador
Esperanza, La (Lah Es-pay-rahn-thah) 31

Faro (lighthouse) (Fah-roh)
de Anaga (day Ah-nah-gah) 129-130, TM
de Teno (day Tay-noh) 100-1, 102

Fasnia (Fahs-nee-ah) 32
Florida, La (Lah Floh-ree-dah) 48-9, 52, 54-5
Fortaleza, La (Lah For-tah-lay-thah) 77, 78

Galería (water gallery) (Gah-lay-ree-ah)
Almagre y Cabezón (Ahl-mah-gray ee Kah-bay-thon) 77, 79
Chimoche (She-moh-shay) 46, 54-5, 62-3
La Fortuita (Lah For-too-ee-tah) 44, 54-5
La Puente (Lah Poo-ayn-tay) 47, 54-5, 62-3
Las Moradas (Lahs Moh-rah-dahs) 90-1, 105-6, 107
Pino de la Cruz (Pee-noh day lah Krooth) 12
Pino Soler (Pee-noh Soh-lair) 44, 54-5
Vergara Alta (Vair-gah-rah Ahl-tah) 89

Garachico (Gah-rah-shee-koh) 25
Gigantes, Los (Lohs Jee-gahn-tays) 18, 20, 136
Guancha, La (Lah Gwan-shah) 25, 28, 83, 84-5, 87, 136
Guía de Isora (Gee-ah day Ee-soh-rah) 18, 20
Güimar (Gwee-mahr) 31-2

Icod de los Vinos (Ee-kod day lohs Bee-nohs) 25, 27, 136
Icod el Alto (Ee-kod ayl Ahl-toh) 25, 28, 80, 83, 84-5, 136
Igueste (Eeg-west-tay) 16, 22, 24, 132-3, 135-6, TM

Laguna, La (Lah Lah-goo-nah) 29-31, 136
Lagunetas, Las (Lahs Lah-goo-nay-tahs) 90-1, 93-4
Lomo de los Brezos (Loh-moh day lohs Bray-thos) 46-7, 53, 54-5
Los Cristianos, see Playa

Masca (Mahs-kah) 27, 90-1
Mirador (viewpoint) (Mee-rah-door)
El Bailadero (Ayl Bye-lah-day-roh) 22-3, 24, 127, 136, TM
Chinobre (She-noh-bray) 16, 127, 128, TM
Cruz de Luis (Krooth day Loo-is) 44, 84-5
Cruz del Carmen (Krooth dayl Kahr-mayn) 22, 30, 136, TM
de Cumbres (day Koom-brays) 31
de Garachico (day Gah-rah-shee-koh) 25, 28
de Pico Viejo (day Pee-koh Bee-ay-hoh) 68-9, 70
de Sergio (day Sair-hee-oh) 82, 84-5
de la Fortaleza (day la For-tah-lay-thah) 68-9, 70
de la Paz (day lah Paath) 41
de la Ruleta (day lah Roo-lay-tah) 68-9, 71
de las Chamucadas (day lahs Sha-moo-kah-dahs) 23
El Asomadero (Ayl Ah-soh-mah-day-roh) 80, 82, 84-5
El Lance (Ayl Lahn-thay) 28, 84-5
Era de las Almácigas (Air-ah day lahs Ahl-mah-see-gahs) 15, 111, 113, TM
La Corona (lah Koh-roh-nah) 13, 28, 81, 84-5
La Crucita (Lah Kroo-thee-tah) 11, 12, 31, 54-5, 57-8
Las Escaleras (Lahs Ays-kah-lay-rahs) 15, TM
Llano de Ucanca (L-yah-noh day Oo-kahn-kah) 20
Ortuño (Or-toon-yoh) 31
Pico del Inglés (Pee-koh dayl Een-glays) 15, 22, 29-30, 121, 136, TM
Pico de las Flores (Pee-koh day lahs Floh-rays) 31
Pico Gordo (Pee-koh Gohr-doh) 21

Montaña (mountain) (Mohn-tahn-yah)
Baracán (Bah-rah-kahn) 98, 100-1
Blanca (Blahn-kah) 66-7, 68-9, 136
de Atalaya (day Ah-tah-lye-ah) 133, TM
de Guajara (day Goo-ah-hah-rah) 19, 65, 68-9, 74, 75, 76
del Alto (dayl Ahl-toh) 18, 62-3
de las Arenas (day lahs Ah-ray-nahs) 11, 54-5, 57, 58, 60
de Limón (day Lee-mohn) 61, 62-3
de Majuá (day Mah-hoo-ah) 64, 68-9
El Teide (Ayl Tay-ee-day) 20, 25, 61, 66, 67, 68-9, 70, 73, 86, 136
Jala (Hah-lah) 14, 90-1, 95-6
Mostaza (Moz-tah-thah) 65, 68-9
Negra (Nay-grah) 88-9, 90-1

Montañeta, La (near Icod de los Vinos) (Lah Mohn-tahn-yay-tah) 13, 88, 90-1, 136
(near El Palmar) 98, 100-1, 102, 136

Observatorio de Izaña (Ee-thaan-yah) 31, 62-3
Organos, Los (Lohs Ohr-gah-nohs) 47, 49-50, 53, 54-5, 62-3
Orotava, La (Lah Oh-roh-tah-bah) 18, 51, 58, 136

Palmar, El (Ayl Pahl-mahr) 26, 90-1, 93-4, 105, 136
Palmas, Las (Lahs Pahl-mahs) TM
Palo Blanco (Pah-loh Blahn-koh) 44, 77, 79, 80-1, 82, 136
Partidos de Tranquis, Los (Lohs Par-tee-dohs day Trahn-kees) 88, 90-1
Piedras Amarillas (Pee-ay-drahs Ah-mah-reel-yahs) 13, 19, 64-5, 68-9, 74-5
Pino Alto (Pee-noh Ahl-toh) 49, 52, 54-5
Pinoleris (Pee-noh-lay-rees) 48, 54-5
Playa (beach) (Ply-yah)
de Antequera (day Ahn-tay-kay-rah) 132,134, TM
de Benijo (day Bay-nee-hoh) 16
de San Marcos (day Sahn Mahr-kohs) 25
de la Arena (day lah Ah-ray-nah) 20
de las Teresitas (day lahs Tay-ray-see-tahs) 24
de los Troches (day lohs Tro-shays) 15, TM
del Bollullo (dayl Boh-you-yoh) 41, 42, 42
del Tamadite (dayl Tah-mah-dee-tay) 23, 117, 120, TM

Playa de las Américas (day lahs Ah-may-ree-kahs) 18, 21, 136
Playa de los Cristianos (day lohs Kreest-yahn-ohs) 18, 21
Portillo, El (Ayl Poor-teel-yoh) 12-3, 18, 31, 61, 62-3, 66, 68-9, 77, 78, 136
Puerto de Erjos (Poo-er-to day Air-hohs) 14, 27, 90-1, 95
Puerto de la Cruz (Poo-er-to day lah Krooth) 18, 22, 25, 29, 31, 41, 42, 136
town plan 8-9
Puerto de Santiago (Poo-er-to day Sahn-tee-ah-goh) 20
Punta (point of land) (Poon-tah)
de Teno (day Tay-noh) 14, 25-6, 28
del Fraile (dayl Fry-lay) 26, 42
del Hidalgo (dayl Hee-dahl-goh) 29, TM

Punta del Hidalgo (village) (Poon-tah dayl Hee-dahl-goh) 15, 29, 108, 110, 136, TM

Realejos, Los (Lohs Ray-ahl-ay-hohs) 28
Restaurante Fleytas 14, 27, 90-1, 95, 97
Rincón, El (Ayl Reen-kohn) 41, 42
Roque (rock) (Roh-kay)
Bermejo (Behr-may-hoh) 129, 130, TM
de Anambra (day Ahn-am-brah) 128, TM
de Taborno (day Tah-bor-noh) 30, 114, 116, 126, TM
de las Animas (day lahs Ah-nee-mahs) 24
del Peral (dayl Pay-rahl) 68-9, 77, 78
Negro (Nay-groh) 22-3, 117, 120, TM

Roque de las Bodegas (day lahs Boh-day-gahs) 24, 127-9, 136, TM
Roque Negro (village) 22-3, 117, 120, 136, TM
Roques de García, Los (Loh Roh-kays day Gahr-thee-ah) 12, 20, 68-9, 71-2, 73, 74-5

San Andrés (Sahn Ahn-drays) 22, 24
San Juan (Sahn Hu-an) 20
San Juan de la Rambla (San Hu-an day lah Rahm-blah) 25
Santa Cruz (Sahn-tah Crooth) 24, 121, TM
town plan 8-9
Santiago del Teide (Sahn-tee-ah-goh dayl Tay-ee-day) 25, 27
Siete, La (Lah See-ay-tay) 14, 27, 99, 100-1, 101
Silos, Los (Lohs See-lohs) 25-6, 88, 90-1, 92, 105, 107, 136

Tabaiba, La (pass) (Lah Tah-bye-bah) 14, 27, 90-1, 95, 98, 100-1
Taborno (Tah-bohr-noh) 15, 29-30, 114, 116, 119, 123, 125, 126, 136, TM
Tacoronte (Tah-koh-rohn-tay) 29
Tafada (Tah-fah-dah) 129-30, TM
Taganana (Tah-gah-nah-nah) 22, 24, 117, 123, 136, TM
Talavera (Tah-lah-bay-rah) 90-1, 105
Tamaimo (Tah-my-moh) 20
Tanque, El (Ayl Tahn-kay) 28
Tegueste (Tay-gwest-tay) 29
Tejina (Tay-hee-hnah) 29
Teno Alto (Tay-noh Ahl-toh) 1, 25-6, 95, 98-9, 100-1, 102, 103
Teno Bajo (Tay-noh Bah-hoh) 100-1, 102, 104

Vilaflor (Beel-yah-floor) 18, 21, 136

Zona recreativa (picnic area; see page 10) (Tho-nah ray-kray-ah-tee-vah)
Chanajiga (Shah-nah-gee-gah) 13, 18, 44, 77, 78, 80, 82, 84-5
Chio (She-oh) 18, 20
El Lagar (Ayl Lah-gahr) 13, 83, 84-5, 86
La Ensillada (Anaga Forestry Park) (Lah Ayn-seel-yah-dah) 16, 22-3, 127, TM!
Las Arenas Negras (Lahs Ah-ray-nahs Nay-grahs) 13, 88, 90-1
Las Lajas (Lahs Lah-hahs) 18, 21
Las Raices (Lahs Rah-ee-thays) 31
Ramón Caminero 12

Current update

Tenerife, 9th Edition (2016); updated 20/2/2017

Updates for walks and car tours (drives) on Tenerife given below supplement those provided in the 8th edition of the guidebook. It is vital that this Update is read in conjunction with the text of the book, but note that the Update applies only to the edition stated and not to any earlier editions. (If you have an older edition of this book you can “upgrade” to the latest edition at half price.)

Information has been forwarded to us by users of the book, and Sunflower Books offers the data in good faith but cannot be held responsible for any misleading or inaccurate content in the Update. Unless indicated otherwise, what appears here has not been verified by the author or publisher, so please allow due caution when new or amended routes are suggested. Each piece of information is dated; bear in mind that some of the older observations may have since been overtaken by events or further changes. If, during your holiday, you are using the current edition of the guide and are able to provide any additional updating to add to this page, we will be pleased to hear from you. Please send information, preferably by e-mail, to info@sunflowerbooks.co.uk.

Car tour 3.  When I visited (December 2016) the TF445 was closed at Buenavista for repairs following a collapse earlier in the year.  There is no alternative route, and I was told that the road may be restricted to buses and farm traffic when it has been repaired.  (User, 2/17)

Walk 3.  A stunning woodland walk.  Some of the signs have been changed (the one to La Bestia has disappeared but the junction is obvious), and Choza Chimoche is now a more substantial stone shelter.  Just beyond Choza Pedro Gil I couldn’t find the tree with two yellow circles, so I continued on the track past Galeria La Puente.  The return path (second turning right, at a ‘crossroads’) isn’t the outward path from Aguamansa. (User, 2/17)

Walk 16.  It’s easy to do the first part of this walk with a car by parking near Restaurante Fleitas and taking bus 360 to La Montañeta…  The path from the road crossing to the Arenas Negras is fairly overgrown in places but still visible (when it forks at a tree soon after the road, the way on is the more overgrown path to the right, not the ‘easier’ one to the left).   At the 20-minute point there isn’t now such an obvious break in the trees.  The signs about not walking on top of the roofed-over canal have gone, though it’s easier to walk on the path. (User, 2/17)

Walk 24.  The Roque de Taborno path seems to disappear a third of the way around, roughly where the second exclamation mark is on the map.  I couldn’t see a safe way onwards from here so turned back.  I met some other walkers who had done the same, as well as a couple coming from the other direction who had attempted to circle the rock clockwise and had also found their way blocked. (User, 2/17)

Walk 25: We only did a short variation Afur — Playa del Tamadite — Afur, but we noticed that downhill, the walk was a lot more difficult to do at the suggested pace than other walks in the  book. This was due to the surface of the path (often small, loose stones or sandy slopes), which was not safe to walk quickly on downhill, unless one is very sure-footed and quick to identify the right, safe stones to step on. Downhill, we walked at perhaps half the speed indicated, while uphill, we were actually a few minutes faster than the suggested pace. There are frequent comments on the risks of vertigo in the book, which thanks to well-made railings we did not suffer from, but fewer on the nature of the surfaces of the paths. (User, 9/16)


In winter the Orotava walks are at their best very early, between 08.00-11.00. After that clouds and mist hide all the views. It is often chilly and rainy, even when sunny at Puerto. In winter head for the Cañadas and coastal areas of the Anaga. Even if you stay in Puerto, pack a copy of Landscapes of Southern Tenerife and La Gomera: If the weather is bad in the north, Walks 1 and 2 in the latter book are within easy reach of Puerto and most enjoyable. (User)

Walk 6: One can continue the walk PAST Portillo del Topo mentioned on page 55. The path is similar to the rest of Los Organos in that it is on the edge of the rock face. At the beginning the path (GR131) climbs slowly; in 30min it turns inland and zig zags up steeply to go round the base of a rocky spur. It then descends and reascends past a second rocky spur. At 45 min you are on a path with trees on both sides. In 50 min you cross some stones at the top of a barranco. In 1 hour you reach a bulldozed forestry track: turn left and follow it downhill. Five minutes later you reach a junction; ignore the tracks to right and left and continue straight ahead; this track curves around and descends and you should ignore all tracks going off it and continue descending. In 1h45min you arrive, after a steep descent, at Choza Almadi. The path back to Choza El Topo and La Caldera is the one on your immediate left. (several users, 2006, who say the whole walk takes about 5h). This route is shown on our map, but not highlighted in colour. (Sunflower)

Walk 8: Another way to start is to cross the road from the Information Centre and follow Walk 9, but fork left after 5 min onto National Park Path No 2 and follow this path as it winds uphill. After about 1h the path swings north across a wide desolate plain (at this point Path No 2 goes right to join up with the Las Cañadas track). Towards the end of the plain the path gets fainter, but if you veer to the right, towards some bushes, the path becomes clear again and within 1min you reach a bulldozed track. Turn left (north) and follow this to the road. Turn right and within 15 mins you are at Corral del Nino. This adds 2mi/3km; 1h to the route in the book, but cuts out the boring walk up the road. (User) [Note: not all of this route is shown on our maps.]

Walk 13, new alternative: Here is a suggestion for second Alternative walk 13 (duration about 4-4.5hrs). Follow Alternative walk 13 to viewpoint at the end of the Canada, then almost immeadiately on turning and retracing your steps turn right onto Sendero 33. Initially this is a little tricky as it crosses and rounds blocky lava flows, but after about 15 mins becomes easy underfoot. There are a couple of short sharp ascents as the path meanders through scrub and accross small canadas. After a little over an hour the path terminates where it meets sendero 22. Turn left here. This path is a delightful easy gentle downhill stroll, initially heading towards Degollada del Cedro before veering right towards El Cabezon. As it veers there is a short sharp ascent over a lava flow, then a few minutes later it rejoins the outbound path where you turn right to return to El Portillo. (User, 11/11)

Walk 16, new alternative: San José de los Llanos – El Volcán Negro – San Juan de la Reparo – (Garacico).
3 Hours (4 hours to GARACHICO)
This is a similar grade walk to Walk 16 covering the same diversity of landscape.
Instead of getting off the 360 bus at La Montañeta go to the next village higher up at San Jose De Los Llanos. The bus drops you off in front of the church. At the front of the church is a big trail map covering the area featuring the TF43 which covers most of this region. Directly opposite the church is a lane with a yellow and white TF43.1 sign to Chinyero which we follow for the first 45 minutes. The lane makes a very short climb before subsequent signs guide you right, then left at junctions. On the edge of the village 50 yards down from the final T junction the path heads off into the pine forest. It’s a steady gradual climb through the forest of about 40 minutes on a path lined both sides with stones, pine needles cover the path. You cross a couple of minor tracks and pass a shrine. Near the top the stones lining the path become more sparse but the path is well used and easy to follow. The crunch of feet on volcanic ash rather than pine needles signals you are near the top at El Volcan Negro on the main walk where the tree line disappeared. At Volcan Negro the path needlessly zig zags the last couple of minutes up to the track following the canal used by Walk 16. It’s clear that most people ignore the zig zags and just head stright up to the TF43 sign on the track suggesting you have come 2.9 Kms from the start, a climb of about 100m. At the track turn left and follow it parallel to the canal in the opposite direction to Walk 16. You leave the TF43 behind for the time being. At about 10/15 minutes along the track you come to the barrier. A few yards past and the TF43 crosses the track. Turn left here and follow the TF 43 down for about 10 minutes to Las Arenas Negras. Towards the end of this section the Pista de Canal track used to ascend by Walk 16 parallels the path to the right. The path joins the Pista Canal but just a few yards before this junction rather than ascend the last few steps up to the track continue down the natural gulley with the track up on your right. Almost immediately you are in Las Arenas Negras picnic site with a very well maintained toilet block on your left. Continue down through the picnic site to the large trail map identical to the one at the start. You now go down the track in the reverse direction of the start of Walk 16. We took about 35 minutes for this section. Almost immediately after the picnic site a 4 wheel drive circuit joins the track from the right. At the first major T junction the main track we are on bends left and a fainter track comes in from the right. Go down neither but go straight ahead down a trail opposite. The trail recrosses the track and eventually comes to the main road, just go down, ignoring all minor turnoffs. Across the road the path becomes a track for about 150 yards where you turn right. A prominent white stone marker by the path about 50 yards down reassures. It is labelled MP17 and you will come across several similar stones later. You come to the Ermita San Francesco about 1 hour 45 mins into the walk, this is the start of Walk 16. The TF43 has reappeared and the path down to the coast is signed San Juan de la Reparo 3.4 Kms, Garachio 6.2 Kms. The path is very well engineered, a gradual continuous descent. The path has been cleared through an otherwise impenetrable volcanic rock field with pine forest your path is either a layer of pine needles oe the crunch of volcanic stones. Apart from the very beginning and end at San Juan de la Reparo there is no sign of civilisation except for a brief stretch of track and a couple of canals. Going through a tunnel underneath a new road signal San Juan de la Reparo after about 75 minutes from La Montenata. Although there are 3 bus routes 325, 392 and 460 down to Icod and in the case of the 325 to Puerto you may have quite a wait. You can continue following the TF43 down to the coast at Garachio down a very steep descent compared to the rest of the walk of tabout an hour. Garachio is a very nice place and it’s almost a pleasure to just miss your bus to Puerto. (User, 9/12)

Walk 18, an alternative walk to Masca: Follow the directions for the Alternative Walk to Buenavista, BUT at the only junction turn LEFT (NOTE the path straight ahead is marked Teno Alto and there is also a stone column with a plate “La Cancela” at this junction). The path goes downhill and joins the Masca road at a mirador, which has a bar underneath it. Take the old road on the left of the mirador and in a short distance along it turn RIGHT onto a path going downhill, there is a waymark on a rock about 10 yds along it. Follow the path downhill; it is waymarked at all junctions and rejoin the Masca road. Turn LEFT and follow this for about 1/2 mile to the Bus Stop. The bus to Santiago de Teide leaves at 16.15 and links up with the 460 Bus to both Playa de las Americas and Icod de los Vinos from where you can catch the 363 back to Puerto. The walk is about 7 miles long. (User, 1/08) + The suggested walk to Masca is good and after joining the road at the Mirador above Masca when you go along the old road on the left the path down is now marked with a Finger post. (User, 6/08)