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Island Hiking in Gran Canaria

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Hike through diverse landscapes with likeminded people

Explore desserts, lava towers, canyons and forests packed with flora and fauna

Relax with a glass of sangria as you watch some epic sunsets

Gran Canaria

7 days

6

People

Hotels and local B&B's

All - almost anyone can do it

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive in Gran Canaria

From the airport you'll be picked up and whisked away on a 1hr transfer through the scenic hills and countryside of Gran Canaria, towards the quaint little fishing village of Mógan.

Mógan is a charming little place, flanked by forested cliffs and littered with lively little bars and restaurants. Wander round the marina, stroll along the sandy beach or explore the cobbled streets of the old quarter. The first day is all about unwinding and enjoying the sunset before our first day of hiking tomorrow.

Day 2: Hike to Güigüi Beach

After an early breakfast it's time to head off on our first hike. To get to the start point we travel along single track lanes that wind around the coast through volcanic cliffs and epic views, passing forests, desert and traditional villages adorned with white buildings. Once we've arrived, our trek starts in a banana plantation and meanders through the traditional red rock cliffs famous in Gran Canaria, cactus plants, towering boulders and beautiful wild flowers.

We'll finally end up at the tucked away, remote beach of Güigüi, famous for it's black and gold volcanic sands and booming Atlantic waves. We'll picnic on the beach, have chance for a quick mid-hike dip and then head inland for the trek back, through more desert palms, epic views and rugged trails. After a solid day's hiking, we'll head over to La Aldea de San Nicolás, a tiny fishing village on a beautiful beach, where we'll eat and stay for the night.

Day 3: Trek to the abandoned villages of Pino Gordo and Vigaroé

The epic trails of yesterday continue in the same vain. Today we hike over to the nearby Molino de Agua, where we'll walk barefoot for a bit through an old water tunnel before entering the beautiful palm groves of Pino Gordo. Passing abandoned villages, enormous fruits trees and farming terraces, we'll eventually reach the top of a mountain pass with views stretching out to La Caldera de Tejeda and the Tamadaba pine forests.

In the afternoon we'll pick up one of the old mule trails, which winds up in another abandoned village, Vigaroé, before following a trail of caves, palms and boulders all the way down into La Aldea for the evening.

Day 4: Hike to the Tejera Caldera and the caves of Mesa de Acusa

The morning kicks off on a high as we start at UNESCO World Heritage Site, LA Mesa de Acusa. We'll explore the pre-HIspanic cave dwellings tucked into the cliffs and walk through abandoned mule trails to reach Artenara, the only real and working village in the whole region.

Artenara is a sort of archeological site where you can discover how the Canadian aborigines lived, and it's famous for its cave houses and magma-formed craters. After our fascinating historical wander, we'll make our way over Cruz de Tejeda via the Risco Chapin trail, passing wildflowers and palms. We'll pass ancient cave temples, used in the past for fertility and healing rituals and stop for lunch to take in everything we've seen so far.

In the afternoon we'll be transferred to the cave village of Acusa Seca, one of the most important archeological sites on the island due to it's history hidden among the caves. Home for the night will be in El Hornillo where we'll be staying in a really unique guest house.

Day 5: Roque Nublo and Pico de Las Nieves (1,950m)

Today we'll be heading for the infamous Roque Nublo pinnacle, a towering 90m pillar of volcanic rock overlooking the island. We'll meander through La Caldera de Tejeda, an epic volcanic crater with some of the most stunning panoramas on Gran Canaria.

It's a gnarly old hike today with lots of scrambly sections and a fair bit of ascent. We'll zigzag through forests, trek through wild flowers and lush palms, traverse ridges and on a clear day, spot views of the Maspalomas sand dunes and Tenerife.

Day 6: Visit Tamadaba Biosphere Nature Reserve

Leaving the uplands behind us, we begin our descent towards the Atlantic coast. Leaving the cave village of El Hornillo in the morning, we'll pass lakes, dams and spectacular cliffs before dropping down into the Tamadaba UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Stretching across 7,500 hectares of land, the Tamadaba Reserve is an epic undulating mass of forest-covered hills, fragrant Canarian pine trees, turquoise lakes and rich biodiversity.

It's truly paradise on Earth, with every kind of landscape imaginable in one area, there'll be so much to see and photograph. A real high to end on. We'll descend through the park, down to the coast and pass the village of El Risco before heading to lively Las Palmas for our light night of sangria, tapas and great conversation.

Day 7: Return to the UK

If you're lucky and you've got an afternoon or evening flight, there might be time to hit up the Maspalomas sand dunes before you head home. They're a truly incredible natural phenomenon and will really make you feel like you're in a mini Sahara. Otherwise, rent body boards, take up a spot of kite surfing, spend a bit of time at the Las Palmas market or enjoy one last leisurely lunch! It won't be long before you're plotting your return to this underrated island.

REVIEWS

What Adventurers are Saying

The trip was a great experience from start to finish, with lots of information provided beforehand to ensure everything went smoothly, particularly in relation to ever-changing Covid requirements! The hikes themselves were challenging and rewarding in equal measure, and the guide really made the trip, he was friendly, supportive and encouraging, with great knowledge of the areas we hiked through.

D.L, Island Hiking in Gran Canaria

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Possibly the most rewarding challenge I’ve done so far, it’s really boosted my confidence in myself and I got to see the most incredible views!

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Fully qualified, highly experienced and local guides for each activity
  • Return flights to Gran Canaria (nb: prices start at £1,695 for this option)
  • Airport transfers to and from the airport
  • Transfers to and from the start point of the trek
  • 6 nights accommodation in B&B's and hotels with breakfast
  • Meals as per the itinerary

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Visas, if necessary
  • Personal equipment (hiking boots, rucksack etc)
  • Trip insurance
  • Unscheduled hotels and meals
  • Alcohol, snacks and items of a personal nature
  • Tips
  • Airport transfers when not booking flights with us
  • Any costs associated with leaving the trip early

RECOMMENDED KIT LIST

Recommended Kit List

  • Daysack - 40-60L
  • Day pack - approx 40L capacity
  • Waterproof rucksack cover
  • Dry stuffsacks
  • Warm headgear
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Sunblock & lip salve
  • Sunglasses
  • Base layer
  • Mid layer eg fleece
  • T-shirts
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Trekking trousers - the ones that convert to shorts are ideal
  • Underwear
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Evening clothes
  • Trainers/crocs
  • 4 season walking boots
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Basic wash kit and travel towel
  • Alcohol gel
  • Toilet paper - if you're likely to get caught short
  • Head torch
  • Passport
  • Copy of passport
  • Travel insurance

Optional

  • Water filter or purification tablets
  • Shorts
  • Trekking poles
  • Ear plugs
  • Pen knife
  • Snacks - you'll be well fed but bring any additional favourite snacks
  • Camera
  • Swimsuit

GETTING THERE

Flights to Gran Canaria from London are included if this option is chosen.

Transfers to and from Las Palmas and the start of the trek are included.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How fit do I need to be?

Anyone can join this trip, though a decent basic level of fitness will probably mean you enjoy it more than if you're struggling all day. The days will be relatively long (6-8 hours hiking) with a fair bit of ascent and descent, and hot temperatures to boot. Make an effort with a bit of training and you'll get the most out of the trip!

Will I need any technical gear?

No, just the walking gear on the kit list that will be sent to you prior to booking. Good, well-worn in walking boots and a comfortable rucksack are a must!

What's the accommodation like?

We'll be staying in a combination of hotels, local B&B's and guesthouses, all in unique and beautiful locations along the way.

What will the weather be like?

Gran Canaria is 150km off the coast of Africa, so temperatures will be warmer than in Europe. The average temperature in October/November is around 25°C degrees in the day, lowering to 20-21°C at night. As we're by the Atlantic though, the coast can always be susceptible to thunderstorms, wind and rain so don't forget to pack a light waterproof!

Is there a minimum age for this trip?

Yes, all our trips are for people of 18 years of age and older.

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Island Hiking in Gran Canaria

Discover the hidden adventure side of the Canary Islands with a week of hiking through canyons, forests and deserts

location

Gran Canaria

length:

7 days

ANNUAL leave needed:

5 days off work

fitness:

All - almost anyone can do it

The trip was a great experience from start to finish, with lots of information provided beforehand to ensure everything went smoothly, particularly in relation to ever-changing Covid requirements! The hikes themselves were challenging and rewarding in equal measure, and the guide really made the trip, he was friendly, supportive and encouraging, with great knowledge of the areas we hiked through.

D.L, Island Hiking in Gran Canaria

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