A wonderful loop walk following two of the islands Pequeña Recorrido (PR) trails through woodland and over mountain tops with panoramic views in abundance.
A quick 20 minute drive brings you to the village of El Palmar, the ‘capital’ of Teno Rural Park. Life moves at a slower pace here with locals mainly working on agriculture, wickerwork and the production of gofio, a delicious roasted grain flour. A lovely walk takes you through the tranquil El Palmar valley and into the Monte del Agua forest. Arriving at the traditional village of Teno Alto, we highly recommend stopping for lunch at one of the little bars serving the delicious local goats cheese.
Continue onto the ridgeline of the Cumbre de Baracan where far reaching views down the deep barrancos and on to the coast are quite spectacular, before finishing your walk back down in El Palmar.
Take a stop at Bar Los Bailaderos for a Cortado or a Café con Hieldo (iced coffee) to fuel you up before the next half of the walk. Don’t miss out on trying some of the local cheese on offer too.
The entire trail is very well marked, making it difficult to get lost, however, there are some steep drops and terrain can be loose underfoot at times. Watch your footing and think about carrying walking poles with you for use on steeper sections.
Food & Drink
There are a couple of stores (Supermercados) in Garachico if you would like to stock up on supplies for a picnic on your route today. The other, and recommended, option is to take some time out for food in either Teno Alto or El Palmar.
Points of Interest
Also known as Los Bailaderos this tiny village in the heart of the Teno Rural Park has many Pequeña Recorridos that pass through it making it the perfect place to stop and admire more traditional ways of living. Famed for producing Teno cheese, be sure not to miss out on picking up a chunk from the local store before you leave. The unique flavour is due to the wild herbs goats in the area feast on, is quite intense.
Pequeña Recorrido Trails
Ranked as intermediate walks and marked by yellow and white paint the PR or Pequeña Recorrido trails range in distance from 10km to 50km. Found across many parts of the island some may be less than 10km but have steep ascents or descents which make them a bit more strenuous.
-Take the TF-42 out of Garachico heading towards Buenavista del Norte
-Follow the TF-42 and the TF-436 to Buenavista del Norte
-Turn left onto the TF-436 and continue for approx 5km to El Palmar
Park at the turn-off to Teno Alto 530m bus stop (parking is just along the road)
Along with the rest of your usual gear for a day outdoors remember to pack sunscreen, insect repellant and plenty of water. A water/windproof is always a good idea to keep handy, and be sure to double check weather forecasts before heading out.