We will do a stage hike following the old routes from the pine forests of the dry and sunny south of Tenerife through the moonscapes of the Teide National Park to the green north side of the island, whose slopes are dotted with pine, heather and laurel forests. For the first 5 nights, our accommodation is the cozy spa hotel Spa Villalba, located in the middle of a pine forest at an altitude of 1,500 meters in the beautiful village of Vilaflor. We spend the last 2 (or 3 if flying home on Sun) nights in the beautiful and historic town of La Orotava on the north side of the island. The trip also includes stargazing with a professional guide one evening.
1Day Finnair lands at 12:50. approx. 40 minutes transport to the hotel in Vilaflor. Familiarization walk to Vilaflor. Dinner (7pm)
2 Day. From Arona to Vilaflor. 17km, 7h+, height difference +1000, -100.
Breakfast (starting at 07:30) Short (15 min) walk to Vilaflor, from there by local bus to Arona (departs at 09:05, approx. 25 min) We start from the historic center of Arona. The route begins in open landscapes with abandoned agricultural terraces and ancient rocks shaped by erosion, further along the coast loom the holiday areas of Los Cristianos, Playa de Las Américas and Costa Adeje. After the village of Ifonche, we reach a pine forest zone, where our route follows paths and forest roads upwards all the way to Vilaflor. Dinner (7pm)
3 Day. From Vilaflor to Teide National Park. 16km, 7h+, +1000, -400.
Breakfast (from 07:30) Our hike starts in the historic center of Vilaflor. From here we ascend past the embankment plantations into the pine forest. We admire special ash and tuff deposits along the way. We go up to an altitude of 2,400 meters to the Guajara pass. This is the highest place of the week, and from here we have wonderful views of the Teide National Park. We descend to the Cañadas plateau and end the day's hike at the Parador hotel, from where we will be transported back to Vilaflor. In the evening, stargazing was practiced with a guide, both with the naked eye and with a telescope, general information about astronomy, identifying constellations, different types of stars, etc. (in English), duration 1h30min-2h. Dinner (7pm)
4 Day. From Parador to El Portillo. 16km, 5h30min, height difference +160m
Breakfast (07:30) Local bus to Parador (approx. 10, 30min) Today we get to take a breather after two uphill triumphant hikes. We are hiking along an old route in the Cañadas plain through Teide National Park. Along the way we see lava flows, ash hills and low bush vegetation. The silhouette of the roads rises in the middle of the impressive landscape. Own transport to Vilaflor (approx. 1h) Dinner (7pm)
5 Day. Half day. Breakfast (07:30) Spa vacation at Spa Villalba, massage, etc. By local bus to Los Cristianos to the coast, beach holiday & shopping Dinner (7pm)
6 Day. From El Portillo to La Caldera. 13km, 5h, height difference -1000-, +200.
Breakfast (07:30) At 09:00 private transport with bags from the hotel to El Portillo (approx. 50 min). The bus continues its journey, leaving the luggage at the hotel in La Orotava. Today we say goodbye to the scenery of the national park. We descend from El Portillo to the pine forest zone, and from there to the typical green and moist heather-laurel forest area of the north side of the island. The hike ends at the La Caldera recreation area, from where we take a local bus to La Orotava and stay at our hotel.
7 Day. La Caldera – El Gaitero approx. 15km, approx. 6h, height difference +600,-300. Breakfast Travel by local bus (09:05, approx. 30 min) to La Caldera We hike to the beginning on forest roads in a heather-laurel forest, until we start a steep uphill in a canary pine forest. The climb is rewarded with wonderful views in the direction of Teide. The varied route has both ups and downs. We end the day's stage at El Gaitero on the ridge of Cumbre Dorsal, where the bus picks us up. Trip by bus from El Gaitero to La Orotava approx. 50 min. Dinner at the restaurant La Orotava
8 Day. El Gaitero – La Esperanza approx. 16km, 5h, height difference approx. -750m, +100
Breakfast At 09:00 Transportation by own bus / private taxi to El Gaitero, approx. 50 min. The last stage of the week is downhill. We descend from the pine forest to the laurel forest zone, where we walk along nice forest roads. Our hiking week ends in the village of La Esperanza, located at an altitude of approx. 900 meters, from where we return to La Orotava with our own bus / taxi. 35 min. Take an evening flight home or you can stay the night at the hotel. Transportation from La Orotava to the airport approx. 1h15min.
Tour guide Outi Böök has lived in the Canary Islands since 2004. She fell in love with the islands' original culture, charming people, relaxed atmosphere and unique nature. Since 2007, she has guided both Finnish and foreign hiking groups on the islands. Outi´s favorite hiking islands are La Palma, Tenerife, La Gomera and Gran Canaria.
Place. Tenerife. Long distance trail gr131.
Date. 8. - 15.1.2023.
Duration. 8 days. 7 days of hiking.
Participants. Min 5 - Max 8.
Accomodation. In hotel. Twin rooms.
Transportation. The participants will make their own way to Faroe Islands. We will meet the participants at Vágar Airport.
Guide. Roope Roine and Outi Böök
Insurance. The participants are responsible for their own insurance. Travel insurance is recommended.
Included in the price. Guide services.Transfers during the week. Accomondation in twin rooms. Breakfast and packed lunch.
Not included in the price. Travel to and from Tenerife. Insurance. Dinner three nights.