Headwater - Secrets of Tenerife Walk Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
Spain
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
W07TE
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Min age: 13

Trip Overview

Using minibus transfers, our expert local guide will ensure you make the most of your time on this captivating island. An area rich in heritage, we're based in the 'Isla Baja' on the quiet north-west corner of the island where traditional towns and villages proudly guard the wild beauty of its dramatic, volcanic mountains and spectacular coastline. We walk along ancient trails with incredible panoramic views linking tiny whitewashed villages and towns. The dramatic volcanic landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage Teide National Park contrasts with the lush green of the cool forests of pine, cork and the enchanting sub-tropical 'laurisilva' of the Anaga Rural Park.

At a Glance

  • 7 nights single-centre accommodation
  • All buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches and all evening meals with wine
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Services of an experienced walking guide
  • Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Countries visited: Spain

Trip Highlights

  • Elegant boutique run hotel with heated pool and spa facilities
  • Excellent food; innovative cuisine; wine included with dinner
  • Soaring volcanic cliffs, snow-capped Mount Teide, stunning ocean views
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site - Teide National Park
  • Paradise for ornithologists, botanists and geologists
  • Perfect out-of-season walking climate
  • Traditional Garachico with C17 palaces and pretty cobbled streets

Is This Trip for You?

Walking Conditions
Classification: Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
Average daily distance: 10km (6.5miles).
No. of days walking: 5
Terrain and route:  This guided walking holiday follows mainly well marked paths and trails. You should be a sure footed walker. Some sections of the ridge walks require a head for heights. In order that you see as much of this varied region as possible, transfers (typically 4-70 minutes) are built into the beginning/end of most walking days.

Adult min age:
13

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Garachico
End City:
Garachico

Flight Inclusive

Start City:
London
End City:
London

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Garachico

    Arrive at your 4 star hotel in time for dinner. (Staying at San Roque Hotel, Half Board)

    Meals included:
    Dinner
  • Day 2

    Historical Volcanoes

    Today's walk takes us to the Chinyero Reserve to view the dramatic volcanic landscapes of the coal black Montana de Chinyero volcano and the spectacular El Volcan Negro, a jet-black hill of carbon framed by vivid yellow Teide broom, azure blue skies and scarlet poppies. Passing through the Arenas Negras (black sands), the air is fresh with scents of pine resin and giant flows of solid lava offer perfect views of Mount Teide. (Staying at San Roque Hotel, Half Board)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 10 km / 6.5 miles
    Activity (hours):
    5
  • Day 3

    Teide National Park

    Tenerife's dramatic landscape includes soaring volcanic cliffs and snow-capped Mount Teide, which at 7,500m high from its base on the ocean floor, makes it the third largest volcano in the world. Starting at the El Portillo visitors centre where we can learn all about this volcanic landscape, today's walk takes us through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Teide National Park. A mecca for geologists, look out for lava flows in vividly contrasting colours, pumice and obsidian. We drive back through the magnificent landscapes of the Teide caldera as we return back to the hotel in time for a swim before dinner. (Staying at San Roque Hotel, Half Board)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 9 km / 6 miles
  • Day 4

    Teno Rural Park Walk

    Spectacular views today of the Atlantic Ocean, La Gomera, El Palmar Valley, the Los Carrizales Ravine and the crowning glory of Mount Teide. The Teno Rural Park is rich in natural heritage and preserved in time with abandoned terraces, stone circles, traditional farmhouses and cheese factories. We follow shady forest paths to the hamlet of Teno Alto with its tiny church and where we lunch on regional specialities in a local restaurant. We descend on the Callejon de Teno trail down through the fertile El Palmar Valley, passing in front of a unique volcanic cone, through terraces of golden barley and past remote farmsteads. (Staying at San Roque Hotel, Half Board)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 10 km / 6.5 miles
    Activity (hours):
    5
  • Day 5

    Free Day

    In the morning perhaps explore the lava rock pools and narrow streets of Garachico, with its 16th century churches and their beautiful vaulted ceilings. Lunch in the pretty square then back to the hotel to laze by the pool, you are on holiday after all! (Staying at San Roque Hotel, Half Board)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 6

    Anaga Rural Park

    We start our route at the Cruz del Carmen visitors' centre and follow the cool shady paths through the magical sub-tropical laurisilva which colonises the northern part of Tenerife, where the trees tower at up to 1,000m high. Our day also includes a trip to Laguna market to choose our picnic lunch from the local produce available. This is a fabulous day for endemic flora and fauna, with stunning views of Mount Teide and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 11 km / 7 miles
    Activity (hours):
    5
  • Day 7

    Cumbre de Bolico Ridge

    Today will take us through the Teno Rural Park, along old shepherds' routes and up through rolling hills to the Cumbre de Bolico Ridge, with dramatic, deep ravines and where we'll be rewarded with lovely clear views out across the Atlantic towards La Gomera. Look out for the migratory birds in the ponds of Charcas de Erjos and enjoy the spectacular 360 degree views of the ocean and snow-capped Mount Teide, then descend passing abandoned farmsteads to the pretty village of Masca. There's time for a refreshing drink in the palm-shaded square before heading back to the hotel.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 10 km / 6.5 miles
    Activity (hours):
    5
  • Day 8

    Leave Garachico

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel

A listed building, the elegantly restored 4 star San Roque Hotel is superbly located just a stone's throw from the old port and the beautifully preserved cobbled streets of Garachico. It boasts just 20 beautifully appointed air-conditioned rooms and suites. Perfect for relaxing after a day's walking, each room has a jacuzzi bath, and customers can enjoy the heated swimming pool and sauna. In the stylish dining room, Chef Danny Nielsen creates a fusion of Canarian and Mediterranean cuisine using first class organic ingredients, complimented by a superb wine list.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Single supplement from £210.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

Canarian dishes tend to be simple and elegant, owing much to sunripened tropical fruits such as paw-paw, prickly pear and bananas, local vegetables such as sweetcorn and potatoes, and fresh fish such as moray and snapper.
Specialities include conejo al salmorejo (slow cooked rabbit with garlic, paprika and chili); rancho canario (a chickpea meaty soup), ropa vieja (chicken, pork and or beef stew); chocos (cuttlefish); and crema de puerros y bubangos (cream of leek and prawn stew). The most popular fish are members of the sea bass family - cherne, cabrilla or merluza are common, and you may find grilled swordfish (espada a la plancha), as well as calamares (squid), gambas (prawns) and pulpo (octopus).

Transportation

In order that you see as much of this varied region as possible, transfers (typically 45-70 minutes) are built into the beginning/end of most walking days.

Weather & Seasonality

Joining Instructions

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf (£30 admin fee per person). We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Air prices include our standard flights/transfers
Thomson Airways Gatwick to Tenerife South Reina Sofia 08:10/12:35, 08:40/13:00 Apr, (transfer to hotel, 75 mins, provided). Return: Tenerife South to Gatwick 13:50/18:05, 14:00/18:15 Apr.

Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

Standard transfers
Transfers included from Tenerife South Reina Sofia airport at 12:35, 13:00 Apr and back to Tenerife South Reina Sofia airport at 10:30.

Location start:
Garachico
Location end:
Garachico

What to Take

Reading List

Tenerife Marco Polo Pocket Guide
The Real Tenerife: The Insiders' Guide
Lonely Planet Pocket Tenerife

Practical Information

Passport

Spain

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Spain

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Spain

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Spain's Timezone:
Europe/Madrid CEST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

Spain's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Money

Spain's Currency

The national currency of Spain is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (October 2017) of approximately 1.1 to the GBP,  0.84 to the USD, 0.67 to the CAD, 0.66 to the AUD and 0.59 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

ATMs are widely available, but we recommend taking some Euros cash with you in case you can't get to a bank at the start of the trip.

Responsible Tourism

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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

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 16 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

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In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

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Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

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You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

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TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.