Hiking Trip To Tenerife
Organiser – Gary Box
Where – Globales Acuario Hotel, Puerto de la Cruz
When – 8th-15th January 2013
Cost – £390.00 (includes flights, accommodation, airport transfers, breakfasts at Globales Acuario)
Tuesday 8th January 2013
Depart London Luton on Ryanair flight FR3513 departing 13:45 arriving at Tenerife South at 18:15. Will be met at airport by 8 seater to transfer us to our accommodation at Globales Acuario Hotel in the resort of Puerto de la Cruz (75 minute transfer). We can eat out in the town and relax in the evening.
Wednesday 9th January 2013
For our first walk we will head to the very North of the island to the Anaga Mountain region. After breakfast we will catch the 102 bus to La Laguna and then change to bus 075 to Cruz del Carmen (total journey time about 90 minutes). From Cruz del Carmen we will descend 1000 metres to the sea at Punto del Hidalgo. The walk should take about 3 1/2 hours to complete. Densely forested to start the walk passes Chinamada which is famous for its caves which the locals still live in. Our return to our accommodation will be via buses 105 and 102 and will again take about 90 minutes.
Thursday 10th January 2013
Today we will visit another part of the island, the Teno Peninsula. We will catch bus 325 from Puerto de la Cruz to Santiago del Teide. We may have an hour to explore Santiago del Teide before catching bus 355 for two stops to Masca. The Barranco de Masca (Masca Gorge) is a popular walk in a prehistoric landscape. Descending over 600 metres through this amazing gorge we will come out at the beach at Playa de Masca, wonderfully isolated with turquoise waters. From here there are 2 choices. The easy option would be to pre book a ferry to take us to Los Gigantes and then catch bus 325m back to Puerto de la Cruz. The hard option would be to hike back up the gorge to Masca and catch buses back to our accommodation. The ferry cost is about €10.00 per person.
Friday 11th January 2013
Today we will leave our accommodation and take the 348 bus to Teide National Park. The journey will take 90 minutes and we will be carrying slightly more than on the other days as we will need our evening meal, packed lunches for 2 days and a breakfast for Saturday morning. The bus drops us at the Parador and from here we will begin our walk. The route is 22km (13.5 miles) and involves 1600 metres of ascent. The route passes the much photographed Roque de Garcia before gaining height and finally reaching the summit of Pico Viejo (3135 metres). From here we bear east for the summit of Teide but instead walk past it and towards our accommodation for the night, Refugio de AltaVista, a unique place at a height of 3260 metres. It sleeps 54 people in three bedrooms and all bedding is provided. They also have facilities for you to warm up food and they sell hot drinks, soft drinks and water. There are toilets and wash basins but no showers. Internet access and Wifi are also available! Sunsets and sunrises are magical at this height and it’s possible to see Teide cast its shadow across the sea. It’s also a great place to stargaze with no light pollution.
Saturday 12 January 2013
One of the benefits of staying at the Refugio is that as well as making this walk a much more leisurely and unrushed one, the great views from the building but also you get your permit to summit Teide included with your stay. We will have breakfast and then summit Spain’s highest mountain and the world’s 3rd highest volcano (3718 metres) before retracing our steps back to the Parador and then a bus back to Puerto de la Cruz. We will arrive back in plenty of time for a shower and then get changed for a Saturday night on the town.
Sunday13th January 2013
This will be a rest day where you are free to use the facilities at the hotel like the pool or explore the local area in more detail. We will have a list of places you might want to visit in the Puerto de la Cruz area.
Monday 14th January 2013
The walking today will be closer to our resort in the Valle de la Orotava. Bus 345 will take us to La Caldera where we will start a 15km (9.5 mile) walk with 600 metres of ascent. In places the route which is largely forested follows narrow cliff paths where fencing, handrails and cables are provided.
Tuesday 15th January 2013
For our last day on the island there will be a choice of options. The choices could include diving, an adrenalin rush at Forestal Park or stay closer to home and visit Loro Park, a huge zoo with parrots, penguins, gorillas, tigers, killer whales and dolphins. In the afternoon we will collect our bags, meet our transfer vehicle and get to the airport in time for our return flight FR3514 which departs at 18:50 and arrives at Luton at 23:20.