Natural Tenerife

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Trip code: 
TSI
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking Holidays
Min age:
18
Group size:
4–16

Enjoy the dramatic terrain, biodiversity and cultural heritage of Tenerife.

Venture away from the beach resorts and you soon find a fascinating island brimming with biodiversity, cultural heritage and dramatic terrain. Blessed with an ‘eternal spring’ climate and and is home to many endemic species of flora and fauna. We’ll walk in 3 distinct regions through spectacular scenery, featuring volcanic, coastal, and lush cloud forest routes. An expert eco-tourism guide joins us throughout on this active and eye-opening European island adventure.

Highlights

  • Discover the hidden wonders of the island
  • Summit Mount Guajara for spectacular views
  • Walk beautiful routes within in Anaga and Teno rural parks
  • Comfortable hotel in the UNESCO heritage town of La Laguna
  • Experience Canarian culture and cuisine
  • Stay in the lesser-visited town of Los Realejos

Key information

  • 7 nights comfortable hotels, rooms all en suite
  • 5 days walking; 1 free day
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 18yrs
  • Altitude maximum 2715m, average 500m

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights

 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's & vaccinations
  • Single supplement

5

Pace:

Approximately 4-6 hours walking per day

Day by day breakdown
Day 28.0km/4.0miles
Day 310.0km/6.0miles
Day 414.0km/8.0miles
Day 612.0km/7.0miles
Day 76.0km/3.0miles

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Tenerife; transfer to UNESCO World Heritage Site of La Laguna; walking tour of town.

    Those on the group flight will be met at Tenerife South airport and taken to Hotel Aguere in the centre of La Laguna town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). People booking Land Only will make their own way to the hotel and meet up with the group in the afternoon. Upon arrival at the hotel your local tour leader will give a briefing and there will be an optional La Laguna walking tour for anyone who wants a orientation walk around the town.

    Comfortable hotel

  • Day 2

    Walk in Anaga Rural Park: Coastal route from Afur to Taganana.

    After breakfast we will pass by the food market in La Laguna and transfer in our bus towards Anaga Rural Park, stopping at a viewpoint for a stunning view out over La Laguna Valley. Today's walk starts in the village of Afur, home to 'La Venta de José Cañón' a curious bar with a charismatic owner. Our route passes juniper groves and steep ravines and we'll see rural agricultural work taking place all around us in the fertile valleys. Upon reaching the coastline for the first time, we will be greeted by the black sands and dramatic rocky outcrops of Tamadite beach. From here we follow a scenic coastal path which rises up over cliffs and leads us all the way to the small town of Taganana. This picturesque and remote community is one of the oldest Spanish settlements on the island of Tenerife and has a rich history, famous for the sugar and wine production in the surrounding area.

    Walking approx. 8km; duration 4 hours; ascent +500m; descent -550m. Transfer times approx. 40min and 50min.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 3

    Walk in Anaga Rural Park: Cruz del Carmen to Punta de Hidalgo; optional swim at Bajamar.

    A short drive from La Laguna once more brings us to the northeast Anaga region, a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Today’s walk starts in Cruz del Carmen after a quick stop in the visitor centre. We descend through lush native forest ‘laurisilva’ and encounter small farming villages clinging to the edge of dramatic terraced ravines. The landscape and climate change as we approach the coastline and the ocean begins to dominate our horizon. There may be a chance for a refreshing swim and a drink at Bajamar before returning to La Laguna in the afternoon.

    Walking approx. 10km; duration 5 hours; ascent +50m; descent -1000m. Transfer times approx. 20min and 30min
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Walk in Teide National Park and ascend Mount Guajara for stunning views of Mount Tiede.

    After breakfast we will travel to the centre of the island and into Teide National Park to begin our ascent of Guajara, the third highest point of the island and probably the best view point of Mount Teide. We will be walking on volcanic terrain and experiencing a contrasting environment in comparison to the previous days. During the ascent we enjoy extremely rewarding views inside of the National Park Caldera and the south of the island. At the top we discover the rests of Piazzi Smyth's stargazing expedition. After our lunch stop, we will walk down to the foot of the mountain.

    Walking approx. 14km; duration 6 hours; ascent +700m; descent -700m. Transfer times approx. 60min and 60min
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Free time; afternoon transfer westwards to the rural town of Los Realejos.

    Today is a rest day and this morning is free time for you to relax or explore La Laguna at your leisure. In the afternoon we transfer westwards to our second hotel of the week which is located in the small town of Los Realejos. It is possible to walk from here to ‘Rambla de Castro Natural Protected Area’ on the northern coastline should you wish to.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Walk in Teno Rural Park: Teno Alto plateau.

    Today we go to the northwest of the island to discover another area of natural beauty - Teno Rural Park. Starting with an ascent of the steep ‘Camino del Risco’ from Buenavista , we follow a traditional route used by both newly-weds and funeral processions towards Teno Alto Plateau. Stone walls and goat herders punctuate the landscape of the Rural Park and preserve the rural traditions of the region. We’ll taste some of the local goat’s cheese and make our way down to El Palmar.

    Walking approx. 12km; duration 6 hours; ascent +1200m; descent -700m. Transfer times approx. 30min and 40min.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Walk in Teno Rural Park: Masca gorge route; swim in Masca bay; boat to Los Gigantes.

    For our last day of walking we’ll follow another iconic route within Teno Rural Park as we descend through the spectacular Masca Gorge. This dramatic ravine has been carved into the rock over the course of millions of years, creating gigantic cliff faces that stretch down to the Atlantic Ocean. We zigzag down the trail, following the flowing water towards the beach where we can have a refreshing swim at Masca bay. From here we will take a boat along the coast to Los Gigantes marina and transfer back to our hotel in the afternoon.

    Walking approx. 6km; duration 3 hours; ascent +50m; descent -650m. Transfer times approx. 60min and 60min
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Tenerife South Airport; fly to London

    Transfer to Tenerife South Airport; fly to London

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info

Visas

Spain

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Spain

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 5 lunches are included.

Breakfasts usually consist of coffee, toast, and a continental style spread. There are some opportunities to stop for a coffee or a snack along the way.

On the days where we are walking, we will stop at lunchtime to have picnic lunches. This enables us to save time, cover more ground, and be flexible when it comes to stop timings.

Vegetarians: Please be aware that meat and fish are staple food in Northern Spain. Most vegetarians do not experience any problems, however please be prepared to be flexible.

Please note that mealtimes in Spain are later than in many other countries; dinner is usually taken between 20:00hrs and 21.30hrs.

Weather

High season for tourism in Tenerife coincides with the British summer months of June, July and August. It can be very hot during this time and not ideal conditions for trekking, so we instead visit in the cooler shoulder months i.e. March/April/Sept/Oct. A great appeal of Tenerife is it's year-round mild climate which makes the destination an appealing getaway in these months, as daytime temperates tend to stay at around 25 degrees celcius.

Tenerife

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 3 (Moderate)

This trip requires a reasonable level of fitness, ideally with previous trekking experience. Walks are at the tougher end of our moderate scale and the terrain can be rocky with steep sections with occassional scrambling. It can get very warm and treks are exposed with limited shade so you need to be prepared and carry plenty of water. The walks in Anaga and Teno rural parks are less demanding but more varied in terms of the type of terrain that you will encounter. They have been chosen to showcase some of the best natural scenery in lesser-known corners of the island.

Accommodation

Hotels

We stay in a comfortable hotel in the heart of La Laguna town, it is full of character and has been declared a Historic-Artistic Heritage building. In Los Realejos we stay in a charming rural property situated a short walk from the coastline on the north of the island in a small local community.

Single accommodation is available on request from £170 GBP.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed April 2017
    Judith Calderwood

    Natural Tenerife

    Was a good trip with a good variety of hikes. Mixed group but fun.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The hike through the gorge was great. Hike around Tiede was also really good, Dinner on the last evening was fun.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide was excellent and coped very well with the group of mixed abilities.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If not arriving with the group, take the local bus from the airport. DO not pay for the private transfer. And exodus does not give out the information about the local airport buses; instead you have to pay 85 euros for a private transfer (not really responsible travel!!)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The trip is only level 3 so if you want something a bit tougher then pick a level 4 trip. Could have started 1 hour earlier each morning, 9am is a relatively late start.
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Brian Coates

    Natural Tenerife

    We thoroughly enjoyed this week in North Tenerife. Hotels and company were excellent and the landscape and scenery remarkable.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The journey down Masca Gorge which required the willing help of the guide plus others to make sure I did it. The boat trip at the end was magical

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Javier Costa enabled me to make the hikes - he was willing, capable and always in good humour. He knew the island history and culture inside out

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be aware that "moderate" also includes "the tough side of moderate"!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thank you
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Elva van den Bos

    Natural Tenerife

    A wonderful holiday probably deserving 4.5 stars! Five very varied walks in beautiful and impressive areas of this island.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably the ascent of Mount Guajara with its superb views of Mount Teide. Amazing to be above the clouds in unbroken sunshine. However every day offered its own delights.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Javier was a superb guide. Born on the island, his local knowledge of the flora, fauna, geology, history, astronomy and gastronomy seemed to be limitless and he had an infectious desire to share it with us all.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Both hotels were very comfortable and met all our needs.
  • Reviewed December 2016
    Ruth Martin

    Tenerife

    An excellent walking holiday in stunning surroundings. Varied walking from coastal, through moonscape volcanic scenery, including an ascent of El Teide (Spain's highest mountain), ending with a fantastic ridgewalk. Excellent guiding throughout.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top of El Teide.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Knowledgeable and flexible - accommodated changing weather conditions superbly.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Not sure the El Teide ascent will be included on subsequent trips. A pity if so, though I understand the compexities of permits etc. Still a very worthwhile trip, which I would have done anyway.
  • Reviewed December 2016
    Susan Carter

    Natural Tenerife

    A great week's walking, and much more. Our excellent guide varied the schedule so that we dodged the rain and enjoyed hikes in three very different landscapes in fine conditions. We learned much from him and from where we stayed about Tenerife's history, culture, gastronomy, geology, flora and fauna. There was time to explore Santa Cruz, the capital, as well as historic La Laguna, where we stayed, and other tourist sites

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hard to choose because there were so many different experiences. Probably walking at the extreme end of the Teno Regional Park, or heading for the rainbows in the volcanic National Park with amazing optical effects from sunshine and raindrops on vegetation and rocks. ( Not climbing Mount Teide , which we were apparently the last Exodus group to do. The altitude made it a fairly unpleasant slog and there were no views from the top because of the clouds. Teide looks better from as distance than up close. The peak that future groups will climb looks more rewarding ,)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. There were fifteen of us of very varied abilities and temperaments to lead over a range of terrain. Juan Miguel chose sensible routes, let the more able go ahead, and encouraged others to do as much as they could. He told us a lot about what we were seeing and provided interesting lunches and snacks. He investigated what was available to see in our free time and helped us get there. ( He didn't stay in the hotels or eat with us in the evenings, which disappointed a few members of the group used to tour leaders accompanying them at all times.)

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Apart from the ascent of Teide ( which will no longer be included), none of the walks was especially demanding. All are on well-marked and well-maintained paths. There are, however, some significant ascents and descents on most of them so reasonable fitness and a head for heights is needed.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The first hotel was outstanding and will have contributed to La Laguna's World Heritage Site listing. One of the best places I have ever stayed, with an amazing view from my room across to the old theatre. The second hotel was also historic but much more basic ( a better descriptor than 'rural'), in much more ordinary surroundings. Interesting because it wasn't at all touristy.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Alan Taylor

    An excellent and varied weeks walking.

    Five quite different walks around various locations on Tenerife. The environments varied from shady paths through primary forest to the barren volcanic landscape high on Mt.Teide. The 'moderate' grade is a bit low in my opinion, walkers expecting five easy walks will be in for a big surprise!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing to the summit Mt.Teide at 3720m. We had great weather and it was and excellent day's walking.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader was excellent, he had wide local knowledge and a very laid-back attitude with the group. It probably helped in that there were only four of us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It's can be hot - very hot. On our second day, even though all of the route was downhill it was still exhausting as we seemed to be walking through a cauldron! The summit day on Mt.Teide involves a 1500m climb to an altitude of 3720m without any acclimatisation. In my opinion, that's beyond 'moderate' and well into 'challenging' grade!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The first part of the trip is in La Laguna - the hotel is in a pedestrian zone and surrounded by numerous shops / bars /cafes / restaurants etc. It's a lovely area to walk around in the evening. Don't expect a rural hotel for the second part of the trip, the only thing 'rural' about it is the name! - it's in quite a large town. The nearest shops etc. are a fair distance away. This doesn't really matter, it's just not quite what we were expecting from the trip notes.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Stephen Walsh

    Natural Tenerife

    A lovely week in the amazingly varied Tenerife. We enjoyed five great walks, delicious food and comfortable hotels. Our guide, Javier, led us expertly throughout, explaining the islands history, geology, flora and fauna. There was nothing he didn't know about his homeland and was always willing to share it with the group.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views of Mount Teide in the sunshine.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    An all round great guy. Well organised, friendly and endlessly helpful to us all

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get fir. Some of the walks are tough
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Chloe Knott

    Wonderful holiday!

    Tenerife massively surpassed my expectations, with truly fantastic trekking, keeping away from the touristy hubs that blight the reputation of this stunning island. My GSCE Spanish came in handy as surprisingly little English was spoken in the 2 areas we were based. La Laguna is a great little town with beautiful buildings, shops and restaurants. It felt a proper town rather than a tourist trap. Los Realejos was a jumble of steep hills and sea views and offers one of the best sunset spots to enjoy a beer that I have found on my travels! Our group couldn't go to the summit of Teide as it was shut due to snow/ice. Although we were disappointed, the walk we did instead (a summit of the islands 3rd highest peaks) ended up being the highlight of the week.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Enjoying a delicious picnic with spectacular view of Mount Teide in the background.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Javier was brilliant. He was very knowledgeable in fact I don't think there was a question he couldn't answer! He showed us the true side to Tenerife and I think we all left with the feeling that we wanted to go back again.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a basic Spanish vocab book! We were there in March and it was nice and hot in the days (hats and sun cream essential) but chilly in the evenings so make sure you bring a couple of good jumpers.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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