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La Gomera: The Unspoiled Canaries

La Gomera: The Unspoiled Canaries

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 16 people
Destination(s): Spain  
Specialty Categories: Walking Tours  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 690 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 880 Euro (EUR)

Your Itinerary:

Day 1: Coming to La Gomera. After your flight to Tenerife and a short ferry ride to San Sebastian, you will arrive in La Gomera. Town: Biggest town on the island, ATM, food shops. Accommodation: 2* hotel in the heart of town, 5 minutes from the beach. Rooms en-suite.

Day 2: “the Beautiful valley” (5 h 50 m, 17 km, +580 m, -570 m). After a short transfer to Agulo, you take a superb footpath zigzagging up the cliff. As you are going up you can see "Teide" (3700 m) Tenerife's (and Spain's) highest peak. Coming to the plateau, you follow a remote dirt track and a small country road to the Garajonay Visitor Center. Here, you'll have the chance to learn about the island’s unique eco-system, listed in the UNESCO catalogue! After the village of Las Rosas, we follow a ridge to the dramatic Roque Cano (Protean Rock) that dominates the entire valley. The flora today consists of different kinds of bushes, pine trees, Cactus plants and their tasty fruits!Be sure to sample the superb local sea-food. Try the Chocos, squid, potatoes and a spicy sauce made of garlic, chilli-peppers and parsley or coriander. Town: 2nd Largest town in the islands, Internet, ATM, several lively bars. Accommodation: Popular 2* apart-hotel, features large courtyard with plants, rooms en-suite. Includes: (B).

Day 3: The Cloud Forest (5 h 45 m, 16 km, +881 m, -61 m). We start hiking up along a ridge, with views behind of the fabulous vallehermosso (beautiful valley) and the whole of Tenerife. Coming to Mt. Arana (1111 m) you can enjoy the fantastic vista of the all north and west of the island. Next you will pass enter the heart of Garajonay, a centuries-old and pleasantly shady Laurel-Silva forest. The rest of the day is quite flat and, staying around 1000 m, you will pass the "Barranco del Rey", above steep ravines. Vegetation today is dominated by the unique Laurel-Silva. Town: ATM, bars, restaurant, shops. Accommodation: Very friendly hotel, owned by a local family, features superb views, rooms en suite. Includes: (B).

Day 4: To the beach (3 h 55 m, 12 km, -1090 m). Today is optional, but we strongly recommend that you go to see valle Gran Rey - the most beautiful place in the Canaries. We start by walking through a remote valley, inhabited only by goats and geckos. After passing a tiny church, we go down the ravine following the GR 132 path, and up towards the Tequergenche cliffs, where the views are astonishing. Here you will have the option to walk to "Las Pilas", a popular view point, then on to "El Hiero" and "La Palmas" (1.5 h return). For those who want to swim, you can take a zigzagging footpath straight down the cliffs with superb views of the valley on the way. Although the sand is black, the beach is a real jewel. Then you can come back by bus or taxi to the hotel. Town: Same as yesterday. Accommodation: Same as yesterday. Includes: (B).

Day 5: El Garajonay (4 h, 17 km, +95 m, -1487 m). After a short transfer to avoid walking on the road, we are in the National Park again to see the highest summit on the island - El Garajonay (1487 m). The views to the south are breath-taking. We then return through a network of donkey trails (still used today to carry grapes) and pass through the palms and cactus plants to several small villages. The descent is spectacular! Town: Sea Front village, beach, ATM, Internet, shops. Accommodation: Superb apartment-hotel in the middle of a banana plantation, located 5 minutes from the beach, rooms en-suite. Includes: (B).

Day 6: Santiago, day with option (1.5 h, 6 km, +-11 m). Today, as we stay in Playa Santiago for 2 nights, you will have the choice between: Going to the Alajero to see the famous Dragon tree or Just staying in town to relax! Town: Sea Front village, beach, ATM, Internet, shops. Accommodation: Superb apartment-hotel in the middle of a banana plantation, located 5 minutes from the beach, rooms en-suite. Includes: (B).

Day 7: The Remote valleys (5 h 15 m, 17 km, -1250 m). Although close to San Sebastian, this area is only accessible by foot. After a short transfer by bus, you will start to follow the ridge along the GR 132. Then there is a descent toward the valley across terraced fields, and after crossing the river we continue slightly uphill to a very well preserved but eerily abandoned hamlet. Passing the Roque Sombrero (so called because of its hat-like shape), we start a long but super descent towards a warm and green valley. The Barranco de Juan is so dramatic that it shouldn't be missed. Finally we pass an unspoiled beach with two small fishermen's huts before reaching our destination. The trail is exposed, so make sure you have a hat and plenty of sun cream! Town: same as day 1. Accommodation: same as day 1. Includes: (B).

Day 8: End of the trip. After breakfast we bid you farewell. Take the ferry and a short bus ride (or Taxi) to Tenerife southern Airport. Includes: (B).

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Walking Notes describing the path "step-by-step"
- Detailed maps
- Rooms en-suite
- Breakfasts.

Price Excludes:
- Flights
- Holiday Insurance (recommended)
- Transfers from/to airport.

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