Self-guided hiking in la Gomera

La Gomera is a little Spanish jewel of an island; it is blessed with amazing flora, sharp dramatic landscapes and a warm authentic, peaceful soul. La Gomera is smaller than most other Canary Islands yet is vastly rich both culturally and in vegetation. To ensure the conservation of the islands exceptional nature, many protective parks and areas have been created such as the Garajonay National Park (UNESCO listed), the Roque Cano natural monument, Valle Gran Rey rural park, the canyon del Cabrito ... So many breathtaking places! Contemplate, discover and explore these internationally treasured features. The culture, heritage of the customs of the first inhabitants here are just as astonishing as the "silbo" whistled language which UNESCO declared a 'masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity'. Discover La Gomeras gastronomy, traditional music and pottery, this island is a perfect mixture of nature, culture and authenticity!

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Tenerife

    Welcome to Tenerife! Make your way to your accommodation in El Medano, depending on your arrival time, enjoy a stroll through this charming seaside town.

  • Day 2 Hermigua & Garajonay National Park

    Early morning departure for Los Cristianos Port and morning arrival in La Gomera. Your expert guide will accompany todays walk. Your key to better understanding your wild surroundings, you specialist guide will point out flora, fauna and geology along the hike and tell stories of the history and culture. Discover an Emerald corner of Garajonay National Park and walk to Presa de los Tiles, a small water reserve with a charming brook. Admire a simply magnificent waterfall where Canary Island pigeons, a rare endemic species, nest. Hike to one of the most beautiful laurel forests in the world and up to fabulous views notably overlooking the banana plantations of Hermigua, a delightful seaside town found between two mountains.

    6 - 7 hours walking: +1100 m / - 1100 m
    A less challenging hike is possible: 5h (+600m, -600m)

  • Day 3 Roque Cano - Vallehermoso

    Go hiking across the north of the island to reach the watchtower of Abrante. Discover one of the most beautiful panaramic views of the Canary Island archipelago. Visit Garajonay National Park Visiter Centre where explanations of the island follow one and other in a clear playful way. The hike continues to a heather forest and to Roque Cano Natural Monument, a towering giant which watches over the peaceful village of Vallehermoso ...

    6 - 7 hours walking: +1000 m / - 1000 m
    A less challenging hike is possible: 3 and 1/2 hours (+200m, -700m)

  • Day 4 Vallehermoso - Garajonay National Park - Chipude

    Botanical enthusiasts, prepare to be impressed. The climb (sustained level) towards the National Park crosses all the levels of vegetation. At the highest point (beginning of the intermediate level) you will discover an ancient Laurel Forest of peaks .... where Tortuous trees covered with moss like long "beards" floating at the mercy of the trade winds, all wrapped in mysterious mist ... Absolutely magical. The descent via the gently sloping south face crosses several mountain villages and displays views of the spectacular Valle Gran Rey rural park characterized by its terraced fields.

    7 hours walking, + 1400 m / - 500 m
    A less challenging hike is possible: 3 and 1/2 hours (+300m, -500m)

  • Day 5 Chipude - The Islands Summit - Alajeró

    Discover some of La Gomeras cultural, geological and botanical gems. Todays hike begins in the village of Chipude where you can observe the traditional local architecture. Fortaleza, an imposing geomorphological formation, will occupy the first half of this leg of your journey. A detour (sustained level) to Alto de Garajonay, the highest point of the island at 1487m offers spectacular views of the island and the neighboring islands. You will then descend to the village of Alajeró

    7 hours walking; + 700 m / - 900 m
    A less challenging hike is possible: 5 hours (+500m/ -800m)

  • Day 6 ALAJERO - GUARIMIAR - PLAYA SANTIAGO

    Discover adorable local villages: Alajeró found in a palm grove at the foot of the sacred mountain and Tagaragunche, the charming hamlet of Imada nestled between the mountains. Then begin your descent into the beautiful canyon of Guarimiar which gradually narrowers as the hike progresses. At the bottom of the canyon, discover a real oasis with palm trees, mango trees, avocados and pretty stone houses. If you opt for the more difficult hike, you follow a beautiful path upp, a route built into the cliff! Descent by another side to Playa Santiago.

    6 hours walking; + 550 m / - 1400 m
    A less challenging hike is possible: 5 hour walking (+250m / -1100m)

  • Day 7 Ayamosna - San Sebastián

    Your last day of hiking on La Gomera, you will evolve in an arid area, near an old village and the rock El Sombrero with its characteristic shape. Gradual descent into the Barranco El Cabrito canyon with its steep walls and splendid promontory. For your lunch break, the isolated beach of Playa de la Guancha, comes highly recommended - you can even stop for a swim. The majestic Teide mountain stands in front of you and watches over San Sebastian de La Gomera, your next destination. If you want to avoid the descent or shorten the hike, you can make a return trip between San Sebastián and the playa de La Guancha (in the El Cabrito protected area), enjoy great views of the coast and San Sebastián. Evening ferry back to Tenerife.

    5 hours of walking, +400m, -1100m
    A less challenging hike is possible: 3 hours (+300m/ -300m)

  • Day 8 Farewell

    Depending on your flight times perhaps you can enjoy a last morning at the beach before heading to the airport.

Please note that this suggestive itinerary, including distances and times, is indicative. Imponderables and unpredictable circumstances may result in inaccuracies. Our guides aim to provide the adventure that is best suited to the weather, your interests and the demands of the group. Please be aware that in order to achieve this, changes to the program may be made. For safety reasons, we reserve the rights to interrupt your participation in this programme at any time if your technical level or fitness are deemed unsuitable or if you are seen as a danger to the group or yourself. This will in no case give rise to refunds or compensation.

Period & budget

When to travel?

The best period for travelling is during the following months:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Price

From 545€ per person

The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.

Included

  • 7 nights accommodation (5 on La Gomera and 2 in Tenerife)
  • Return ferry Tenerife/La Gomera
  • All transfers as detailed in itinerary
  • Luggage transfers
  • Accompaniment by an expert guide
  • Telephone assistance 24/7
  • A detailed roadbook

Not included


- Le vol international
- Les taxes aériennes
- Les transferts aéroport/hôtel aller-retour
- Les repas (petit-déjeuners, déjeuners et dîners)
- Les boissons et autres consommations extra dans les logements
- Les entrées de sites, musées etc...-
- Les assurances

Terms and conditions

Booking conditions

Booking a trip with us implies acceptance of the terms and conditions of sale. Each customer is required to complete a registration form and, subject to availability at the time of registration, travellers are expected to pay a deposit of 30% of the total price to complete their booking. You will then receive an e-mail with your booking confirmation. In case of late bookings – within 30 days prior to the travel departure date – the full travel price is due immediately. Payments can be settled via bank transfer or made online on our website. You will receive an email with a booking confirmation as quickly as possible.

Invoice procedure

Once your booking is registered, you will receive an email with the invoice. Full payment is required at least 30 days before the departure date. If this payment is not settled within the period agreed upon, Altaï Canarias reserves the right to cancel your registration without compensation.

Cancellation policy

If for any reason you have to cancel your trip, we require written confirmation of your decision so please contact us by e-mail, fax or letter. The money you have paid will then be refunded according to the following deductions:
  • Cancellation received more than 30 days prior to the departure date: No cancellation fees.
  • Cancellation received 30 to 21 days before the departure date: 30% of trip price will be retained.
  • Cancellation received within 20 days of the departure date: 70% of trip price will be retained.
Please note if you decide to cancel your trip having agreed, in writing, to pay for additional tailor-made services (hotel, additional flights or activities...), these services are usually non-refundable.
If we have to cancel a departure due to an insufficient number of participants, you will be informed no later than 21 days before departure and a full refund will be issued, you will not be entitled to further compensation. We reserve the rights to cancel departures due to exceptional circumstances which may impact the safety of participants. Such circumstances may include those amounting to 'force majeure' in which case participants will receive a full refund but they will not be entitled to any compensation.

Changes to travel contract

If you wish to make a change to your booking please contact us in writing; you will be expected to pay any fee which might arise from this change. In the event of unforeseen external events, Altaï Canarias may change some aspects of the travel contract. If any changes are necessary you will be informed as quickly as possible.

Pricing

The prices on our website are updated regularly. Our advertised group travel prices have been calculated in accordance with the indicated number of participants for each trip. We reserve the rights to make changes to any of our prices if neccessary, for example in case of exchange rate changes or modifications in fuel costs. Before you make a booking we will give you the up-to-date price of your chosen holiday including any supplements, upgrades, additional activities and/or facilities you have requested. A small group surcharge may be applied if the total number of participants is less than indicated. For each trip, the price per person valid for the minimum number of participants is outlined as is a detailed explanation of the services included/not.

Contract transfer

If you are unable to travel for any reason, you can transfer your booking to another person in which case our modification conditions apply. Both the transferor and transferee will be jointly and severally liable for payment of the total holiday price and other associated expenses. Some airline carriers treat name changes as cancellations and you may be required to pay for the cost of a new ticket.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take out personal travel insurance for your trip with Altaï Canarias as soon as your booking is confirmed. We advice you to purchase a travel insurance policy which covers flight cancellations, luggage loss and emergency health care. Please look carefully at which activities are covered by your insurer and do not forget to bring all necessary documents and information with you (name of the company, name of the contract, insurance policy number, telephone number...)

Practical info

Staff

This is a self-guided adventure. You will be provided with a vehicle, a detailed Altaï Canarias Roadbook and 24/7 phone support throughout your trip. You will be joined by an expert guide for your first day of hiking.

Food

This trip does not include meals. Breakfasts can be purchased at your hotel, we can provide restaurant recommendations and indicate where there are nearby supermarkets in your Roadbook. Typical meals in the Canary Islands can include local cheeses, fresh fish and seasonal fruit and vegetables including bananas, mangoes, avocados and tomatoes... Most water sources in the Canary Islands are drinkable but please do not drink water from unreliable sources.

Accommodation

In the Canary Islands there are two main types of accommodation. Hotels with double rooms (sometimes triple) and roughly 3* comforts. Or apartment accommodation with a shared kitchen and bathroom facilities and a dining room. All accommodation options are can be described as clean and functional with basic comforts and luxuries.

Transportation

  • Maritime transport with Naviera Armas Ferries.
  • This trip includes category A vehicle hire.
- Basic third party insurance is included with a deductable of around 800 € in case of theft or accident, amount varies depending on vehicle model and rental period. We strongly advice that you take out additional 'rachet de franchise' insurance to reduce or cancel the deductable amount in case of theft or accident. This must be purchased from the rental company at the time of hiring and costs around 100 € for 10 days.
Most roads in the Canary Islands are well maintained asphalt roads. In mountainous areas rounds are often steep with sharp bends and turns.
IMPORTANT: To rent a vehicle you must be at least 21 years old. Do not forget your drivers license or credit card. A drivers license per driver and a credit card in the name of a driver are required.
Additional Options (prices may vary)
  • Additional driver, from 50 €/rental
  • Child seat, from 30 €/rental
  • GPS, from 30 €/rental

Budget & exchange

The currency in the Canary Islands is the Euro €.
Payments by cash, credit or debit card are widely accepted, please check with your bank for information about using your card abroad.

Please budget for:
  • Meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Personal expenses

Tips

Tipping is always appreciated - it is not obligatory and should be left to the discretion of each individual.

Supplied equipment

If you choose to participate in any outdoor activities, all technical specialist equipment will be provided.

Vital equipment

Despite the mild Canary Island climate, evenings can be chilly and it can be windy.
From head to toe:
  • A cap or sunhat
  • Thermal baselayers: long-sleeved thermal tops and full-length long johns
  • Long sleeved and short sleeved t-shirts, preferably in quick-drying technical material
  • 1 light fleece or equivilent (plus extra warm layers for austral winter months)
  • A breathable wind proof, waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex...)
  • Lightweight waterproof over trousers
  • 1 pair of long suitable shorts
  • 1 pair of walking trousers (detachable legs ideal)
  • A pair of high-rise walking boots with vibram soles - trails can be rocky and muddy
  • A pair of trainers or casual shoes for the evenings and cities
  • Thick walking socks
  • Warm gloves, hat and scarf (evenings in the mountains can feel cold)
Please also pack:
  • A swimsuit
  • Your personal toiletries
  • Fast-drying microfibre towel
  • Water bottle(s). Min. 2 litres, light and isothermal
  • A good pair of sunglasses (think min. category 3)
  • Sun-cream, face and lips
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • A pocket knife (optional)
  • A pair of hiking poles (optional)
  • A waterproof bag cover (or plastic bags) to protect your belongings

Luggage

Your luggage should be divided into two bags:
  • A rucksack (35-40L or 45-50L) for use as a day bag. This will contain your (vital) personal belongings for the day,
  • A larger bag (60-80L) containing the rest of your belongings, those which you do not need with you in the day.

Medicine

We recommend that you bring a small personal first aid kit containing any medication you may need such as inhalers, plasters, antiseptic and painkillers.

Passport

To visit the Canary Islands, travellers may need a passport which is vaild for at least six months after the last day of their stay, EU travellers may use passports/ID cards valid only for the duration of their stay.  It is your responsibility to confirm your specific passport requirements and please be aware that proof of onwards travel may be required.

Visa

Most travellers staying less than 90 days in the Canary Islands do not need to obtain a visa. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific visa requirements.

Mandatory vaccines

No mandatory vaccinations are required.

Health information & recommendations

It is your responsibility to check that your personal health insurance covers everything in this trip. A consultation with your doctor is a prerequisite for any trip.

Weather

The Canary Islands are credited as having a pleasant year round 'Eternal spring' climate. Each island has multiple different micro-climates; you may find very different weather conditions across different islands at the same time. Year round, average temperatures in the Canary Islands range from around 15°C (59°F) to 28°C (82°F). Trade winds from the north-east frequent here; they are generally at their strongest during the warmest hours of the afternoon offering relief from the tropical sun rays. Rainfall is scarse and varied, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are known as the driest islands with an annual precipitacion of less than 100mm yet the in the exposed high altitudes in the north of Tenerife experience an average of more than 600mm annual precipitation. We recommend packing suncream, windproofs and warm layers for evenings and mountains.

Electricity

The Canary Islands use the European two pin plug: 220 V, 50 Hz.

Local time

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)/ Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and Daylight Saving Time (DST) are observed in the Canary Islands.

Topography

The Canary Islands are an autonomous community of Spain.
Location: 100km (62 miles) west of Morocco
Number of Islands: 7 main islands plus lots of tiny isles and islets
Religion: 85% of natice Canarians are Roman Catholic
Governance: The Canary Islands have their own President, a Regional autonomous Government and 13 seats in the Spanish Senate
Fun Fact: Before humans arrived, the islands were inhabited by giant prehistoric animals including huge lizards; tortoises and rats

Sustainable tourism

As adventure and wilderness travel experts who run trips to some of the most remote parts of the world, we take responsible tourism very seriously.

We respect the ‘Leave No Trace’ outdoor ethical code and try to explore this beautiful location whilst causing minimal environmental damage.

The Leave No Trace policy can be summarized in 7 simple steps which we hope you will follow during ourtrip...
  1. Be prepared
  2. Stick to trails and camp overnight right
  3. Stash your trash and pick up waste
  4. Leave it as you find it
  5. Be careful with fire
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Over the years we have built up good relations with our local suppliers and we are keen to support local businesses as much as possible. We are a small company and we pay our local partners and suppliers directly insuring fair rates.

Our small group sizes not only provide a more intimate adventure but also cause less impact on the environment and local communities.

We expect all who travel with us to support and uphold our Sustainable Tourism philosophies.
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Region
La Gomera
Activity
Hiking & walking Self-guided
Duration
8 days
Code
BGOMLIBT-ALT
Price
From €545
Level
4/5
Comfort
3/5

Strengths

  • Discover the real La Gomera without a vehicle
  • Accompaniment by an expert guide for your first day of hiking
  • Our most challenging self-guided walking holiday

Required level

This trip is for people who practice walking regularly. 5 - 7 hours of walking per day.
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