Gran Canaria Walking Festival

27 / October / Route 1

“The Heart of the volcano” route

Thursday

27 october

“The Heart of the volcano” route

Both the most recent and the oldest geological features of our island will guide us on our first day as we atop the Montañon Negro, border and walk into the Caldera de Tejeda.

The first route begins in one of the greenest areas of our island, Fontanales, behind the north face of Gran Canaria. This area was once a dense forest, and now showcases rich pasture land, making it one of the areas with the greatest cheese-making tradition. Starting from our beloved endemic forest known as Monteverde, we will then turn to the dampest side of the ravine of El Pinar. After only 5 km of walk we will reach one of the youngest geological features of Gran Canaria, the Montañon Negro. From the peak of this volcano, you will be able to take in some stunning views at an altitude of 1669 m.

TECHNICAL DATA


PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY

Medium

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY:

Medium - Low

TRAIL TYPE:

One-way

DISTANCE:

13 km.

DURATION:

5 h

CUMULATIVE ELEVATION GAIN:

992 m+

CUMULATIVE ELEVATION LOSS:

934 m-

Track

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ELEVATION PROFILE


5  %
tramo urbano - urban section - STADTGEBIET
30  %
pista forestal - forest track -FORSTWEGE
65  %
sendero - path - WANDERWEGE

To go down to the heart of the Caldera de Tejeda, we will first walk along the northwest side of the contour of the crater, a wondrous path with swoon-worthy views into the depths of the volcano. After a 9 km hike, we will arrive at Cruz de Tejeda, the classic meeting point for hikers and nerve centre of the volcanic highlands. To finish this first day, we will walk down to one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, Tejeda, a magical and historical place protected by two majestic rock formations, the Roque Bentayga and the Roque Nublo.

THIS ROUTE INCLUDES:
  • Civil liability insurance
  • Accident insurance
  • Picnic
  • Guided route and interpreter of the natural, ethnographic and cultural values of the island
  • Transport to and from the start and end points of the route (from Las Palmas G.C or Playa del Inglés)
  • Specialised guided tours in several languages
  • Snack-type lunch

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

It is important to bear in mind that on this route we will start at an altitude of 600 m, on a path that is reasonably easy underfoot and with few technical obstacles. It is a medium-level route, so it will be demanding but accessible to all. 

We will reach the peak of Montañon Negro, which involves going up and down a mountain path, made of lapilli, which raises the technical difficulty scale by one point. 

After a trail of 9 km, we will be able to take a break at Cruz de Tejeda, where you can buy drinks, food and typical products of Gran Canaria. 

Finally, as on all the routes, you must bring water, at least 2 litres, sun protection, a hat, and be aware of the weather forecast, in order to have waterproof clothing if necessary. 

Accompanied minors from 16 years of age can participate. It is nevertheless important to consider the duration of the routes.

INTERESTING SPOTS

Montañon Negro, Caldera de Tejeda, Cruz de Tejeda
PICK-UP

TIME

MEETING POINT

07:30 h

Alfredo Kraus Auditorium- Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

06:55 h

Tourist information Office, next to the CC Yumbo Centrum- Playa del Inglés

Arrival

TIME

MEETING POINT

17:30 h

Alfredo Kraus Auditorium- Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

18:00 h

Tourist information Office, next to the CC Yumbo Centrum- Playa del Inglés

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