- Duration: 4 hours
- Difficulty: Medium
- Languages: English, Spanish and German
Departure time and place
A1. Fuencaliente. Princes Hotel / 08:30 (Google Maps)
A2. Puerto Naos. Bus stop at the entrance roundabout / 08:30 (Google Maps)
B. Tazacorte. Bus stop next to San Miguel Church / 08:40 (Google Maps)
C. Los Llanos de Aridane Bus Station / 08:45 (Google Maps)
D. El Paso. Celtas Urbanization / 08:50 (Google Maps)
E. El Paso. Las Piedras Restaurant / 08:55 (Google Maps)
F. Breña Baja. Hotel Parador Nacional (Bus Stop next to the main road access) / 09:15 (Google Maps)
G. Los Cancajos. Beach Bus Stop / 09:20 (Google Maps)
H. Los Cancajos. Pharmacy Bus Stop / 09:25 (Google Maps)
I. Santa Cruz de La Palma. Bus Stop Line 500 south direction / 09:30 (Google Maps)
Description of the guided tour
If you are a hiking lover, you cannot miss this guided hiking route on La Palma. El Cubo de la Galga is one of the places you cannot skip. This place is ideal to enjoy the lushness of the picturesque laurel forest of La Palma.
After picking you up at our official stops, we will head northeast towards the municipality of Puntallana in search of the Laurisilva forest, which originated in the Tertiary period, more than 20 million years ago, and which conserves its characteristic greenness throughout the year due to the horizontal rain generated by the trade winds.
Its leafiness will surprise you and take you, at times, to an enchanted forest where the big ferns, the mist and the humidity, accompanied by the rest of the flora and fauna of the place, will be the real protagonists.
After submerging ourselves in El Cubo de La Galga with our Official Guide, we will ascend to the Mirador of Somada Alta, from where if the day is clear, it will allow us to contemplate our neighbouring islands of Tenerife and La Gomera, as well as the villages of Los Sauces and San Andrés.
From there we will descend to El Mirador de San Bartolo, located in the area of San Bartolomé, from where we will also be able to contemplate some beautiful views of the place and a great history. At the same Mirador (viewpoint) you will see a monument that reminds us of the Salto del Enamorado’s legend, which tells of how a brave shepherd was taken by a beautiful peasant woman, but nevertheless her love was not at all returned.
The beautiful young woman, overwhelmed by the shepherd’s insistence on getting her heart, wanted to prove her love by asking for an impossible one and thus free herself, once and for all, from her courtship. To do this, she asked him that before becoming his wife, he should approach the precipice and, leaning his hands on his lance (a rod with which Canarian shepherds avoid orographic difficulties), he should draw the abyss three times with his body without falling. The lover’s courage and skill were evident in the first two jumps, but in the third, when he was entrusted to his lady, who was already short of strength, he did not lean on the ground and plunge into the depths of the ravine. Love blinded him and he died to get it and his body was never found. She lost her senses and cried every day that was left of her life. Since then, the local people call the cliff El Salto del Enamorado (The Lover’s Leap) to remember him.
With this histori we put the cherry on top of an unforgettable day on the island!
- Wear comfortable clothing and suitable footwear, as well as a jacket and some rain protection if necessary
- It is also advisable to bring sun protection and a cap or hat
- Bring some water and some food
- Never deviate from the marked paths
- Carry a mobile phone with sufficient battery
- In case of emergency, call the emergency telephone number in the Canary Islands: 112
MEASURES TO PREVENT COVID-19
- We take extra health and safety measures in all our services
- All surfaces in contact with our customers will be cleaned frequently
- We will put in each bus enough free space of seats to keep the safety distance
- We will try to send a vehicle with twice the capacity of the booked one so that there are no agglomerations
- You will have to wear the mask at all times