La Palma walking holiday in the Canaries

“A week of guided walking on this stunning volcanic island of La Palma, with a small group, including the Ruta de los Volcanes.”

Highlights

Ruta de los volcanes | Los Cancajos | Barlovento | Mirador de Las Barandas viewpoint | Pico de la Nieve | Pico de la Cruz | Roque de Los Muchachos | Los Cancajos | Santa Cruz | Caldera de Taburiente National Park

Description of La Palma walking holiday in the Canaries

On this week long La Palma walking holiday, you will have five full days of guided hiking, based in two different hotels. With a few vehicle transits in between to access some of the best hiking terrain. La Palma is one of the lesser known Canary Islands, and with just a few direct flights it is also very untouristy generally, with local people more interested in trading bananas than tourist bucks. Which means it is still one of the most unspoiled islands in the chain.

Walking here is a delight, especially when winter weather is kicking in, or spring hasn’t quite warmed up the air back home yet. A volcanic island, with dramatic black, rocky terrain, there is a fine mix of moderate and a bit more challenging hiking, which range from coastal walks taking you through dramatic gorges en route to the sea, to treks around the Pico de la Nieve volcanic caldera (2239m) where you can walk through subalpine terrain.

More volcanic virtuosity will be discovered in Caldera de Taburiente National Park, where we hike through ravines, gorges and alongside cooling rivers. The highlight of the trip is saved for the end, however, as we take on the famous La Ruta de Los Volcanes, a classic walking trail that takes in many volcanic craters and lava landscapes as well as aromatic Canarian pine forests.

Walking between 11-20km a day on varied terrain, some days can be rocky and steep, with loose volcanic scree underneath. So you might want to bring your walking poles to manage those tougher stretches of gorgeous gorge or volcanic slopes. The maximum elevation during the holiday is 2426m at Caldera de Taburiente on day six and there are plenty of ascents and descents in between, so a good level of fitness is required. All just a few hours away, after a week of walking and trekking in La Palma, you will feel revived and inspired to just keep walking.

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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: La Palma walking holiday in the Canaries

Accommodation & meals:
This is a two-centre walking trip, and the accommodation used is locally owned or managed, drawing upon local staff. The hotels and apart-hotels are relatively small and benefit from this type of tourism. All dinners are included and the restaurants often take full advantage of local produce to serve to the clients. There are opportunities to taste new foods and drinks that are produced directly on the island - e.g. locally produced honey, and local rum.

Community:
Encouraging visitors to the area creates employment at the hotels, restaurants, cafes, local shops etc. Ourwalking routes take us away from the tourist hot spotsand through visiting the occasional small village not on thetourist route, our walks brings some economicaladvantages to areas of the island that lack thisopportunity. There are local markets that can be visited in Santa Cruz de La Palma. The guide is from the island and so knows the area very well; visits to small bars and restaurants are very common giving clients a real insight into local life.

Activity:Few
holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking and trekking trip. The local operator on this trip makes positive contributions by assessing the walking paths at many points of the year, and refraining from using some parts (therefore changing the route slightly) at certain times of the year in order to protect endemic plants and rare animals of the island such as the lagarto azul (blue lizard). Some of the paths fall within the National Park area which is a protected area of La Palma.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with trekking trips especially with late spring and summer temperatures and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should fill up at their accommodation and at the bars/restaurants along the way. Any water points will be mentioned by the guide to allow for planning ahead regarding re-filling.

Group size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.

UK office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The visit to the top of the island - Los Muchachos.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Get fit beforehand as some walks are very upwardly steep.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely. We ate locally for all the meals and only used one bus given that it was a walking holiday.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. Our guide was just the best. Apart from being very organised, knowledgeable and friendly he was very caring and efficient. Sadly my husband was very ill all week so he arranged visits to both a physio and a doctor, and got the hotels sorted in advance to let my husband have our room early so he could go to bed.

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