La Gomera 2002

La Gomera is one of the Canary Islands. La Gomera is situated one hour's ship travel west of Tenerife. It is almost circle round with a diameter of approximately 25 km. The highest point, the mountain Garajonay, is in the middle of the island and the top is 1487 meters over the sea. The island is particularlily well-known for the whistling 'Silbo Gomero' language. Silbo was once used throughout the hilly terrain of La Gomera as an ingenious way of communicating over long distances. A strong whistle saved peasants from trekking over hill and dale to send messages or news to neighbors.
 

The travel was arranged by Prima Travel . We arrived in Tenerife 17/3 and went by boat from Los Christianos to San Sebastian. We should have stayed in Valle Gran Rey on La Gomeras west side, but instead we stayed in San Sebastian on the eastern side.
 

We were 11 participants including the guide from Prima Travel.

 

We went by bus to the start for each walk and were picked up at the goal. We had lunch in restaurants on three of our walking days. These restaurants were situated next to respective track.  We had picnic lunch on the remaining two days.

 

Click on the day name on the overview map in order to show the walk.

 

The maps over respective day's walk are extracts from La Gomera Tour and Trail and are published with permission from Discovery Walking Guide's Ltd .

 

 

Route screenshots taken from Garmin® MapSource® MetroGuide® Europe and representing GPS tracks surveyed using a Garmin® eTrex® Vista handheld GPS unit.

 

Monday 18/3

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The walk started at Laguna Grande and ended in Arure via Cercado and Las Hayas

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The walk was approximately 11 km. It started at approximately 1230 meters above sea level, ascended to 1280 meters and ended at approximately 840 meters above sea level

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At Laguna Grande

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Terracing on the road to Cercado

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Chipude seen from the path to Cercado

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The path against Cercado

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We could get a glimpse of Cercado.

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The path against Arure

 

 Tuesday 19/9

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The walk started in Imada and the goal was Roque Agando. We passed the abandoned village El Azadoe and had picnic-lunch just before Benchijigua.

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The walk was approximately 8,5 km and the start in Imada was at approximately 850 meters above sea level. Then the path ascended to approximately 905 meters and descended to 580 meters above sea level. Then it first ascended steeply to approximately 780 meters above sea level and the last part ascended steeper to approximately 960 meters above sea level.

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We started the walk in Imada

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On the path against El Azadoe. El Azadoe is an abandoned village.

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You can se El Azadoe to the right from the path

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Imada seen from El Azadoe

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Roque Agando, the goal of todays walk.

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The path up to Roque Agando ascended very steep and zigzagged between pines, tree heather and cistus bushes.

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Where is the bus?

 

 

Wednesday 20/3

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The walk started at the visitor's center, which is situated close to Agulo. We had lunch at the bodega Roque Agando. The goal was Vallehermoso.

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The walk was approximately 10 km long and started at approximately 750 meters above sea level. Then it ascended to approximately 850 meters above sea level, descended to 675 meters above sea level, in order again to ascend to 750 meters above sea level before the descent to Vallehermoso at approximately 200 meters above sea level.

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On the path to the bodega Roque Blanco

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We had lunch in the bodega Roque Blanco

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View from the bodega

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You can see Roque Cano in the background

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The goal of our walk, Vallehermoso, can be seen in the valley.

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Before Roque Cano

 

 Thursday 21/3

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On Thursday there was no organised walk. Most of the group went to the beach La Guancha,

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The path to the beach showed to be a walk on 4 km simple road i.e. km total. The path reached approximately 160 meters above sea level.

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View in the evening from the balcony against Torre el Conde

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The port in San Sebastian from the path against La Guancha

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La Guancha's beach

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The path against La Guancha

 

 Friday 22/3

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The walk started close to Garajonay and went through the national park to the small mountain village El Cedro and then to Cruce de la Zarcita.

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We walked approximately 10 km with beginning at approximately 1360 meters above sea level. Then we descended to El Cedro at approximately 820 meters above sea level and finally ascended again to approximately 1170 meters above sea level

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The forest in the national park Garajonay is thick and damp

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You could find running waters

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In the national park Garajonay

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The small chapel Erimitage the Lourdes

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Lunch in El Cedro

We had a three-course lunch in El Cedro with soup as starter. The soup was served in rustic wooden bowl with a handle. The bowls were made in one piece.

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In the outskirts of El Cedro

 

  Saturday 23/3

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The walk started at Jardin Las Creces. The goal was Valle Gran Rey and we walked via Arure with lunch just south of La Merica.

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The walk was approximately 11 km. It started at approximately 1020 meters above sea level. Then, it descended comfortably to Arure at approximately 800 meters above sea level. After Arure it ascended to La Merica, 857 meters above sea level, and finally it went steeply down to Valle Gran Rey at sea level.

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Goats in Arure

The goats were tended to by a shepherd that you can see chatting with a woman in the background.

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Sometimes, there were good signposts

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Looking back against Arure

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Against the sea

After Arure the walk went on a ridge with permanent view over the ocean to the west.

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On the path against La Merica

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Anita at the lunch table

We had an excellent picnic lunch south of La Merica

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Approximately 800 meters below our feet we can see the goal for the week's last walk, Valle Gran Rey