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  • Aguimes - A traditional Canarian village
  • La Aldea de San Nicolas - Hiking in the remote west of the island
  • Guayadeque Canyon - dramatic ravine with stone age cave dwellings
  • Roque Nublo - a distinctive rock formation and Gran Canaria's most famous landmark
Walking The Gran Isla tour starts and ends in Aguimes. Walking The Gran Isla is a Walking Tour that takes 8 days taking you through Aguimes, Spain and other destinations in Spain.

The volcanic Gran Canaria offers far more than the beaches it is best known for. Staying in Aguimes and remote Aldea, discover dramatic landscapes, steep gorges, high peaks and semi-tropical valleys, exploring the Isla on foot. Roque Nublo - A distinctive rock formation and Gran Canaria's most famous landmark Canaraian cuisine and sangria - Dine alfresco in picturesque villages Historic trails - Follow the network of 'caminos reales' to explore the mountainous interior
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Our trip starts in Aguimes a small, traditional town in the east of Gran Canaria, about twenty minutes from the island's airport. If you arrive early you may wish to explore the historic narrow streets with pretty painted houses of the 'old town', or find a quiet cafe to sit in to acclimatise to the pace of life.
Accommodation
  • Standard hotel
Today we make a walk along the main landmark of this side of the island - the stunning Guayadeque Canyon that runs south east along the slopes of Pico de las Nieves. There are lots of endemic plants, but the volcanic landscape has a lunar feel as we get closer to the deep gorge, reminiscent of Northern American canyons. We walk along a tarmac road for 30 minutes before heading into the gorge. This area has been inhabited since the stone age and the remains of cave dwellings from these times are still visible. As we walk we will also see some traces of lava fields from an ancient eruption of a smaller volcano. After the gorge we head back to Aguimes on foot. Please note there is little shade in the countryside around Aguimes, so strong sun protection is needed.

Today's 12 kilometre walk is expected to take around four hours with 550 metres of ascent and descent.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Standard hotel
This morning we drive west to Tejeda, a small mountain village (1076m) with white washed buildings which for many is the prettiest hill village on Gran Canaria. There will be time for a walk around the town and a coffee before continuing to Cruz de Tejeda where our first walk of the day begins. We walk from here through the Tejeda valley with spectacular views across Roque Nublo. After a break in Artenara we continue to explore the Acusa cliffs with its white washed cave dwellings dating back to stone age times, some of which are still occupied (there is a short bus transfer to connect both walks). We then head for our next hotel in the west of the island, our base for the next three nights. Please note that the first section of the first walk has been affected by some forest fires, if this continues to be the case then we start walking 3km after Cruz de Tejeda.

Today's first seven kilometre walk is expected to take around two hours with 200 metres of ascent and 650 metres of descent. The second three kilometre walk is expected to take around one hour with 100 metres of ascent and 250 metres of descent.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Standard hotel
Hopping on the local public bus, we travel a short distance to the start of today's walk at the Aldea Pass (700m). From here we follow an ancient pathway that in former days connected the villages of La Aldea, Tasarte and Veneguara. It is an undulating trail with one steep but short downhill section. On our left-hand side we enjoy the impressive walls of Los Azulejos, green layered rock sheets topped by the Inagua Forest. When we reach the village church of Veneguera we take a short break for lunch before continuing our walk over the last pass that leads us into the Barranco de Mogan. Here there will be time for a coffee break while waiting for the public bus that will take us back to La Aldea.

Today's 14 kilometre walk is expected to take around four-and-a-half hours with 250 metres of ascent and 400 metres of descent.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Standard hotel
Today has been left free. You may wish to relax around the hotel, enjoying the village life in La Aldea, or decide to go to the nearby beach five kilometres away. Further afield you could visit the city of Galdar and see the Cueva Pintada Museum to learn about aboriginal life on these islands - On your way back stopping off for a dip in the ocean. Alternatively keen walkers may wish to take the optional demanding walk through the Inagua Forest to the Pico Castellet, a flat rock outcrop with a spectacular view (this walk is only posisble if your Explore leader is able to accompany).

Today's optional 13 kilometre walk is expected to take around five-and-a-half hours with 500 metres of ascent and 700 metres of descent.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Standard hotel
After breakfast we drive below the Picos de las Nieves (1949m) from where we make a gentle walk up to the summit of Roque Nublo, the landmark rock of Gran Canaria and offering great views across the island and - weather allowing - across to neighbouring islands of the Canaries.From here we drive back to down to Aguimes.

Today's eight kilometre walk is expected to take around three hours with 220 metres of ascent and 500 metres of descent.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Standard hotel
Today we travel by local bus (50 min) to Santa Lucia for our long but scenic walk back down to Aguimes. As we start our descent we pass an old maize mill, before walking down into the Hondo Ravine and up to Lomo de Don Pedro. We continue eastwards to Temisas village following signed trails, then part of a 'Camino Real' marked out by stones to Aguimes town.

Today's 17 kilometre walk is expected to take around six hours with 300 metres of ascent and 700 metres of descent.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Standard hotel
Our tour ends after breakfast, in Aguimes.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
Meals
  • 7 Breakfast
Accommodation
  • 7 nights standard hotel
Transport
  • Bus, Public Bus
Guide
  • Explore Tour Leader, Driver(s)
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Aguimes are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Walking The Gran Isla tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Duration 8 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 17 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Aguimes, Spain/ Aguimes, Spain
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A deposit of 113 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 59 days before departure. For any departures within 25 July 2019 full payment is required.

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Walking The Gran Isla tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Walking The Gran Isla tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

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