Chamorga Circuit

Highlights

Our walk begins in the remote mountain village of Chamorga, deep in the Anaga Peninsula in the far north-east of Tenerife. Its difficult to appreciate what life in Chamorga is like until you visit, but try to picture the scene: You are an hour's drive away from the nearest supermarket, cinema and shopping mall. Your neighbour probably has broken teeth and keeps a few goats and some chickens. That patch of land you call an allotment suddenly really pays its way. Mercifully there is at least a pub.

From Chamorga we head into the Laurel Forest and follow a footpath over a pass descending steeply to the even more remote hamlet of El Draguillo, where we can find a really excellent example of a wild Dragon Tree.

From here we head north-east along the cliffs taking in views of the wild coastline and the islets of Roque del Dentro and Roque de Fuera, which are both special nature reserves and located just a few hundred metres off the coast.

Our walk continues to the lighthouse of Anaga where we run out of land and find ourselves staring at an unending ocean. Standing at the end of this peninsula with ocean on 3 sides and only this lone beacon for company really feels like the end of the earth.

The absence of land requires us to change course, so we head east climbing steeply onto the Anaga ridge and make our way back into the Laurel Forests before descending once again back into the village of Chamorga.

Hopefully the bar will be open.

Distance 13km | Total Ascent/Descent 800m (approx)

A shorter version of this walk suitable for cruise passengers looking for an energetic shore day is available. This route skips the lighthouse and does a circuit around El Draguillo Please enquire if interested.

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