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Trails and Calderas of La Palma

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Activity type
Self Guided Walking
8 days & 7 nights
Moderate to Strenuous
January - December


Day 1: Cancajos
Day 2: Barlovento
Day 3: Barlovento
Day 4: Los Llanos de Aridane
Day 5: Los Llanos de Aridane
Day 6: Los Llanos de Aridane
Day 7: Cancajos
Day 8: Departure

Overview for Trails and Calderas of La Palma

The beautiful island of La Palma (known as La Isla Bonita – the Pretty Island), one of Spain’s Canary Islands, is a land of stunning calderas, deep gorges, laurel forests, dramatic cliffs and rugged coastline, all waiting to be discovered on foot using a first-class network of walking trails.


  • A hiker’s paradise: well-marked walking routes through tranquil and varied landscapes
  • Caldera de Taburiente National Park
  • Pico Bejenado
  • Lunar landscapes and amazing views from above the clouds
  • Hand-picked quality accommodation with authentic rural charm

Itinerary for Trails and Calderas of La Palma

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Day 1: Arrive at La Palma

Arrival at La Palma airport. A complimentary transfer will take you to your first accommodation, in the nearby village of Cancajos. In you arrive early, you will have plenty of time to take the bus and visit the capital Santa Cruz de la Palma or relax by the swimming pool or at the beach.

Day 2: Los Franceses to Barlovento

Early in the morning a taxi transfer is arranged to go to one of the hidden corners of the island: Los Franceses. A breathtaking route with impressive views along the Camino Real of Gallegos, going past the hamlet of La Tosca, with its magnificent Dragon trees. The route ends at the hotel arranged for tonight and tomorrow, with indoor and outdoor swimming pool. Dinner is included in this accommodation for both nights.

  • Walking for the day: 12 km, 4-5 hours, +750 m /-550 m
  • Overnight in Barlovento (La Palma Romática or similar), breakfast and dinner included

Day 3: Cloud Forests of Los Tilos

Short transfer to the cloud forests of Los Tilos, located in the north of the island. Here you walk in the UNESCO nature reserve of Laurel forests and through narrow tunnels in search of the springs of Marcos and Cordero. The walk ends in Los Sauces and transfer back to the hotel. Option of shortening the walk by 5 km by arranging the transfer from Los Tilos instead of Los Sauces.

  • Walking for the day: 18 km, 7 hours, +300 m /-1300 m (option to shorten the walk by 5 km)
  • Overnight in Barlovento (La Palma Romática or similar), breakfast and dinner included

Day 4: Pico de La Nieve to Virgen del Pino

Morning transfer to the foot of Pico de La Nieve (2039 m). Today’s route is along the edge of the deep Caldera de Taburiente. Then, a long descent begins through pine forests and the so-called Reventón until you reach the Virgen del Pino chapel. Transfer to Los Llanos de Aridane.

  • Walking for the day: 16 km, 6 hours, +300 m /-1250 m
  • Overnight in Llos Llanos de Aridane (Hotel Valle Aridane or similar), breakfast included

Day 5: La Caldera de Taburiente

After a short transfer 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 Roque Idafe, Don’t miss the Colourful Waterfall, dyed by the sulphur generated by the Caldera. A transfer will be arranged at the end of the route to go back to Los Llanos de Aridane.

  • Walking for the day: 17 km, 6 hours, +250 m /-900 m
  • Overnight in Llos Llanos de Aridane (Hotel Valle Aridane or similar), breakfast included

Day 6: Cumbre Vieja

A short transfer takes you to the foot of the Pico Birigoyo, at El Pilar recreational area. Here begins your walk along the many volcanoes of Cumbre Vieja, offering impressive views, weather permitting. The route ends in Fuencaliente. Transfer back to Los Llanos de Aridane in the afternoon.

  • Walking for the day: 17 km, 6-7 hours, +550 m /-1200 m
  • Overnight in Llos Llanos de Aridane (Hotel Valle Aridane or similar), breakfast included

Day 7: Bejenado Peak

A taxi will take you to La Cumbrecita, where the ascent to the Bejenado Peak begins. At first you will find it steep and demanding, but you will find your reward after a while, when you start to enjoy the views of the Caldera de Taburiente, El Teide peak, the sea clouds coming from the eastern part of the island. The route ends at the National Park Visitors Centre, where you will be picked-up by the taxi to bring you to Cancajos.

  • Walking for the day: 13 km, 5-5,5 hours, +500 m /-1000 m
  • Overnight in Cancajos (Hacienda San Jorge or similar), breakfast included

Day 8: Departure

Your trip comes to an end today after breakfast. Complimentary transfer to the airport.

Hotels for Trails and Calderas of La Palma

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Accommodation is in nice, mainly 3-star hotels, some of them with swimming pools. All of them have private en-suite rooms and offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.


Breakfast is included on all days, as well as 2 dinners in Barlovento. When no restaurant location is available on route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. When not included, you have plenty of options for dinner in the villages and towns.

Travel for Trails and Calderas of La Palma

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You are best to fly in and out of Santa Cruz de La Palma (SPC).

Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Transfers to/from Airports

Complimentary airport transfers (Santa Cruz de Palma) on arrival and departure are included in your package.

Baggage Transfers

All luggage transfers when changing hotels (Days 2, 4 and 7) are included (maximum one piece of 20 kg per person).

Travel Insurance

A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have a valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with World Nomads Logo to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.

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Country Info

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Trip Info for Trails and Calderas of La Palma

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Difficulty Grade: Moderate to Strenuous

This walking tour is quite demanding with walks of 4 to 7 hrs a day with long (sometimes very steep) ascents and especially descents (up to 1200 m in a day). The walks follow cobbled tracks, either surfaced and unsurfaced, footpaths and animal trails. You must be sure-footed as you may encounter some loose rock, or muddy / slippery sections in wet weather. The crater edges demand a head for heights but can be avoided if necessary (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

Most of the routes are very well way-marked, and we will provide you with detailed road notes, GPS tracks and maps. We strongly advise you to follow the trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

You can start this holiday on any date from January till December. The weather is very pleasant and spring-like at any time of the year. The months of June, July, August are hottest and it is important to keep hydrated and wear plenty of sunscreen. The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date during the season.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 15 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots (not rail running shoes!)
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for Trails and Calderas of La Palma

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  • 7 nights in nice hotels in private en-suite rooms (mostly 3-star, some of them with swimming pools)
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners
  • Detailed digital holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions, road notes and maps. Please note that the info pack is emailed to you prior to departure and no printed documents are mailed or provided on site
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers (Santa Cruz de Palma)
  • Transfers on walking days as listed in itinerary
  • Luggage transfers when changing hotels (up to 20 kg per person)
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office / representative

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Single room supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers; as costs are not shared, there is a solo traveller supplement to the standard price. You must be very experienced and fit if you want to do this tour solo!

To see the price of the holiday for your desired dates, including the cost of different options and supplements, please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above.

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums


  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme

Extensions and Optional Extras

  • Extra nights along the trail are bookable upon request

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