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Hike The Volcanic Island of Gran Canaria

A challenging hike from the highlands to the coast of a tropical mountainous gem in the Canary Islands archipelago

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Hike The Volcanic Island of Gran Canaria

A challenging hike from the highlands to the coast of a tropical mountainous gem in the Canary Islands archipelago

DURATION
5 nights
LOCATION
Gran Canaria
ANNUAL LEAVE
4 days off work
SEASON
Oct-July
GROUP SIZE
Up to 12 people
MEETING POINT
Gran Canaria Airport
ACCOMMODATION
Classic

Guesthouse · Hostel

OVERALL RATING

4.9

Based on 138 reviews
DIFFICULTY
Challenging

You’ll need to be fit and capable of hiking for up to 9 hours a day, up paths of moderate difficulty, with some steep, loose sections.

Stomp to the summit of Pico de las Nieves, the highest point on the island at a hefty 1949m

Bask in a subtropical climate, traversing one of the sunniest islands in the world, and cool off in coastal rock pools on remote beaches

Explore this biodiverse island on little-used hiking trails, experiencing dramatic mountain ranges, sunken calderas and epic ocean views

Day 1

Welcome to Gran Canaria

After being met by your host, begin your Canarian adventure with a quick drive to a beautiful beach. Enjoy your first sea swim and bask in the island’s year-round sun, before heading inland to the peaceful Barranco de Guayadeque. This area was one of the first parts of the island to be colonised after the Spanish conquest in 1491. You’ll have dinner with your guide and fellow adventurers at a traditional cave restaurant and hear all about the challenge ahead.

Day 2

Through the volcanic canyon

Hiking

9-10hrs · 21km · 1200m up · 200m down

You’ll head off through the lower hills of Barranco de Guayadeque; this ancient gorge once housed a river that carved smooth walls into the cliffs. Filled with caves, the gorge has been a hiding place for pre-Hispanic mummies, pottery and inscriptions, and your guide will have plenty of stories to tell about this fascinating culture. Passing first through pine forests, then up a steep mountain pass, you’ll end up in the La Cumbre region, the highest part of the island. You’ll push on to the summit of El Pico de Las Nieves (1950m) - soak up that ‘top of the world’ feeling and check out the blanket of clouds below you.

Day 3

The Spanish Stonehenge

Hiking

7hrs · 19km · 700m up · 300m down

Today’s hike crosses the highlands as you make your way to the famous Roque Nublo. This 80-metre monolith has inspired painters, writers and composers, and is a sacred spot rich with mystic stories and tales of worship and sacrifice. You’ll continue on the undulating track through lost hamlets before reaching the village of Tejeda - this circular route gives you the chance to soak up the enormity of the Caldera de Tejeda.

Day 4

Laurisilva Forest

Hiking

6hrs · 11km · 200m up · 700m down

Enjoy a more relaxed day today as you pass through the highest caves on the island, Cuevas del Caballero, and catch sight of one of the youngest volcanos on Gran Canaria - Montañon Negro. After that, you’ll head deep into the greenest part of the island, and trek through Laurisilva Forest, a rare remnant of subtropical laurel forest related to those found in Macaronesia. There may be the opportunity for an excursion to a nomadic local cheese farm at Fontanales, where you can learn all about the traditions of artisan cheese-making process - this is weather dependent as the farm moves bi-annually with the seasons that are less defined every year.

Day 5

What goes up must come down...

Hiking

8hrs · 18km · 300m up · 1400m down

The morning begins with a hike into yet another new landscape, helping Gran Canaria live up to its nickname of ‘a continent in miniature’. You’ll descend into the green and humid gorge of Barranco Hondo, leading to one of the most fertile valleys of the island - the Agaete Valley, bursting with an abundance of flora and fauna. Before arriving at the coastal fishing village of Agaete, you’ll have the option of dropping into a local coffee plantation to learn about the growing, harvesting and processing of the coffee beans, according to permaculture principles.

Day 6

Time to chill...

Wake up refreshed and stretch into the day with a yoga class and relaxing ocean views to reinvigorate those tired muscles. Today is yours at leisure - If you wish to have a massage, a local masseur is on hand and your host can arrange this at the start of the trip for you. Following a leisurely breakfast, maybe jump into one of the volcanic rock pools along the coast, known locally as Las Salinas, and soak away that thigh burn. Spend the rest of the morning exploring the village of Agaete - why not try some of the local fish for an early lunch or spend a couple of hours relaxing on the black-stone beach? In the afternoon, you’ll head back to the airport and say your goodbyes.

Included

Guides

English-speaking, qualified mountain guides

Accommodation

5 nights in small rural guesthouses

Meals

Tasty food to munch on throughout

Luggage transfer

Vehicle support to take your overnight kit

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Visas where required

Day 1

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Guesthouse · Twin or triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3 – Day 4

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Hostel · Multi share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Savour the delights of Canarian gastronomy, with fresh produce cooked with love by the host's family chef and a wide variety of regional dishes, from artisan cheese to locally-grown coffee. Breakfasts most days will be continental style, consisting of tea and coffee, bread, butter, local jams and honey, fruit, pastries, cheese, ham and juices. For lunch in some seriously scenic spots, expect more than sandwiches, as your support crew will provide an abundant spread of salads, cold mezze and vegetarian dishes - all made using local produce.

Dinners will be eaten at the guesthouses. You’ll feast on regional specialties, from delicious papas arrugadas con mojo (potatoes cooked in salt water with a piquant sauce), bienmesabe (a traditional dessert made on the island, consisting of almonds and lemon zest) to tapas and meat cooked on an open fire. This is a wonderful way to support the local economy and learn more about Canarian culture.

Vegetarian, vegan and most dietary requirements can be accommodated, please just let your host know upon booking.

What is the accommodation like?

On the trek

You’ll sleep in comfortable and unique guesthouse accommodation, known locally as casas rurales, with incredible views of Gran Canaria’s changing landscape.

On the first night you will stay at Casas Cuevas Tagoror in cave houses looking out over a dramatic gorge. The next two nights will be spent at Hotel El Refugio, located 1,500m above sea level, with a small swimming pool and an incredible view of the sunset. On the fourth night, you will stay at Cabañas Valle Verde in Fontanales in cosy wooden cabins. The final night of the trip will be spent at Casa Calma Yoga Hostel in Agaete, just fifteen minutes walk from a glorious beach.

Most guesthouses are converted houses, the rooms available vary at each one but you will be in same-sex twin-share rooms for most nights. In general, the guesthouses have two or three single beds per room, (double beds can be arranged for couples). On the last night, you’ll be sleeping in dorms of up to six people. These will mostly be single-sex but there may be some trips where men and women will share in a six-bed room. You will only share with members of your trip. Agaete is not yet on the tourist map so accommodation options are extremely limited.

Upgrades

Due to the small size of the accommodation and limited room availability on this trip, there is no option to upgrade to a private room. As this is a rural trek, options are extremely limited re where to stay with a group.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Las Palmas City Centre or Gran Canaria Airport (LPA)

Prior to 12:00 Las Palmas City Centre, or 12:00 - 19:00 Gran Canaria Airport (LPA) on Day 1

Ends

Gran Canaria Airport (LPA)

13:30 on Day 6

Transfers

If you are flying into Gran Canaria on Day 1, please ensure your flight lands between 12:00 and 19:00 and the host will collect you from the airport according to your flight schedule (if your flight is scheduled to land outside of these times, please contact your host prior to travel to arrange alternative transportation).

If you are already in Gran Canaria before the start of the trip, your host will collect you from your Las Palmas accommodation prior to 12:00 on Day 1 (if your accommodation is outside Las Palmas, please contact your host prior to travel to arrange alternative transportation).

At the end of your trip, you will be dropped at the airport at 13:30, please book a flight that departs after 15:30. Once you have booked your flights, please provide your host with this information, who will plan logistics and provide you with pick-up times within two weeks of your trip starting.

There are regular shuttle buses to/from Las Palmas to the airport, the journey into the centre takes 20 minutes.

Travel options

There are daily flights to Gran Canaria from major airports across the UK and Europe. If you choose to arrive early, there are regular buses across the island that you can use to explore. Our local host has a wealth of information about accommodation and activities - please do not hesitate to contact them for advice before planning your experience.

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Bags

Overnight soft duffel or rucksack
Daypack/rucksack (approx 20 litres)
Waterproof liner/drybag for day bag

Clothes

Waterproof jacket
Breathable wicking layers
Fleece or similar
Buff or neckscarf
Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
Underwear and socks
Swimwear
Sunglasses
Sunhat
Something to sleep in
Hiking boots or shoes (worn-in)
Sandals
Thermals (merino ideal) for Dec-Feb trips only

Other

Tupperware and cutlery for lunches
Universal travel plug adapter
Passports (and visas)
Travel insurance documents
Suncream (minimum factor 30) Towel
Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
Toilet kit (toilet paper, biodegradable bags to carry paper to the guesthouses to dispose of)
Alcohol hand-gel
2 x reusable water bottle x1 approx litre capacity ea.

Optional

Ear plugs
Insect repellent
Energy bars and snacks
Walking poles can be very useful for long downhill sections

No optional extras are available for this trip.

Geanne K.
My Best Adventure (yet... more to follow)

This was my first MBA trip, and the first time traveling solo, but it will certainly not be the last! I loved this trip! The hikes, the guides (Benjamin, Rachel, Mike), the other activities we had, the food ofcourse.. it was just amazing, I've never had any experience in my live that compares to this.

On day one I met my group which were fun, likeminded people, with in general a sporty background (age range 21-50). This made the hikes great since we were al in the same kind of fitness level. We slept in a mountain! when you wake up you are surounded by other mountains, if that doesn't give you the feeling of vacation I don't know what does!

I could go into so much more details about this trip, but honestly you'd have to experience it for yourself, and I highly recommend it. It really feels like this was the best vacation I have ever had. I'd only wish I had chosen to stay a little longer on the island to explore a bit more (so if you can I would advise it, there is so much to explore and the guides have a lot of good recommendations ;))

Sophie B.
Really excellent trip. The itinerary

Really excellent trip. The itinerary was good and got us off the beaten track to some beautiful spots. Our hiking guide Benjamin was kind, experienced and really made the trip for us. As a vegetarian I had no issue getting sufficient food (mentioning this as it was commented as in issue in some of the older reviews). Thanks for a great holiday!

Benjamin W.
A Beautiful Hike

We had such a great time on this adventure. Gran Canaria is beautiful and the hike really showcased all the different landscapes and environments of the island. The guides, especially Benjamin, were great with loads of local knowledge and stories to enhance the long days of hiking.

Becky M.
A great traverse, seeing all

A great traverse, seeing all the highlights and changes to the island fauna. Benjamin was a fantastic host and guide, always on hand to help us get the most out of the trip. Great food and accommodation too. Would thoroughly recommend.

Csilla A.
We’ve got unexpectedly nice weather

We’ve got unexpectedly nice weather in early January for this hike. Very good team well balanced and good company. Our two guides Benjamin and Rachel were just excellent accepting all individual needs within the group. The trip was well designed. Very pleased that I made it and hinestly just looking forward to my next trekking adventure.

Alexandra B.
Not what I expected of Gran Canaria... So much better!

What a unique and wonderful way to see this beautiful island! Having booked the trip last minute I had few expectations - especially as before this, I considered the Canary Islands a holiday for the 'all inclusive' only... MBA and Climbo have proved me so wrong! I was completely blown away by the incredible and diverse landscapes we got to experience during this traverse of Gran Canaria. The views just get better and better! The hiking itself is a perfect balance of challenging whilst still steady enough that you can keep chatting away to your new friends in the group. It's suitable for experienced hikers or those who are just getting into it. Benjamin and Mike were supportive, kind and went out their way to make sure everyone was looked after and had everything they could possibly need. They didn't just act like guides, they treated us like friends.

Tanya p.
A great holiday. Benjamin was

A great holiday. Benjamin was a fantastic guide and the logistics handled incredibly well by the whole local team. There were regular stops where plentiful food and drink was provided (& you can exit the walks at these points if needed for any reason)

Tharald S.
Fantastic trip, just the right

Fantastic trip, just the right level according to the description. Benjamin and Michael organised everything really well and shared a lot of interesting local knowledge!

Harjit L.
Perfect for winter sun and stunning scenery

I rarely give 5 stars but this is well deserving of the rating. The trip itself is well organised and paced. The local guide company were exceptional. I had some luggage issues and they went above and beyond to help me. This goes for the guides who did the trip with us as well as the office staff. Really appreciate the extra effort and the fact it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the trip.

Rachel L.

Good organization, excellent guides, comfy accommodations, plentiful food and water and lots of laughs along the way :) The hikes were challenging, but well worth the views!

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 148kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

This trek requires a good level of fitness. You must be capable of hiking all day up paths of moderate difficulty with steep, loose sections. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the loose footing and long climbs will make the going quite difficult in parts. The views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

You can fill your bottles up at the guesthouses every day and your host will provide water stops at most lunch spots. The water on Gran Canaria is perfectly safe to drink - the locals mostly choose not to as it has been treated from the sea so contains minimum minerals and sometimes a slight chlorine taste. This can be eradicated with a cordial or similar to add to your bottle if you like. Your host will also provide mineral water from 5ltr bottles should you choose not to drink the water.

Gran Canaria enjoys year-round warmth and sunshine with very little seasonal variation. Summers are hot and dry while winters are just slightly cooler, with the potential for a few showers. The island’s southerly location is on the same latitude as the Sahara, meaning it is much hotter than mainland Spain in the winter. However, it will get cooler at night, and once in the high interior of the island, the temperature can drop by quite a few degrees.

While hiking you can expect fairly consistent daytime temperatures of 18-24ºC and mostly clear skies; however, in the winter it can drop as low as 5ºC at night time. It can also be windy on the top of the peaks, and as you will be passing through different microclimates, it's not unusual to experience days where you will be hiking in 15ºC in the morning and 30ºC in the afternoon. As you will be getting up pretty high there is, of course, the chance of some showers in the mountains but these are rare, short and sharp if they do occur. The sea temperature will be approx 18-26ºC, so very swimmable in the winter months.

Your overnight luggage will be transported with you in the van each day. During the day, you can leave your bag in your room at the mountain chalet.

For current advice about travelling in Spain, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

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All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

TRIP DEPARTURE DATES

February 2024

Sunday • 25th February 2024

to Friday • 1st March 2024
€1,050.00
Fully Booked
Guaranteed to run

Sunday • 3rd March 2024

to Friday • 8th March 2024
€1,050.00
Fully Booked
Guaranteed to run

Sunday • 10th March 2024

to Friday • 15th March 2024
€1,050.00
Fully Booked
Guaranteed to run

Sunday • 24th March 2024

to Friday • 29th March 2024
€1,050.00
Fully Booked
Guaranteed to run

Sunday • 7th April 2024

to Friday • 12th April 2024
€1,050.00
Fully Booked
Guaranteed to run

Sunday • 21st April 2024

to Friday • 26th April 2024
€1,050.00
6 Booked • 6 Spots left
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Sunday • 5th May 2024

to Friday • 10th May 2024
€1,050.00
3 Booked • 9 Spots left
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Sunday • 19th May 2024

to Friday • 24th May 2024
€1,050.00
8 Booked • 4 Spots left
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Sunday • 2nd June 2024

to Friday • 7th June 2024
€1,050.00
3 Booked • 9 Spots left
Guaranteed to run

Sunday • 16th June 2024

to Friday • 21st June 2024
€1,050.00
4 Booked • 8 Spots left
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