(45) El Jaral-El Choro Circular (Guia de Isora)

Route Summary
A short but strenuous hill-walk, high up in the municipality of Guia de Isora, enjoying a variety of wonderful rural surroundings. Great views all around – from sea to mountain tops.

Duration: 2.75 hours


Route Overview
Duration: 2.75 hours
Transport/Parking: No bus service. Private car or taxi only. You will likely get parked close to the start-point in El Jaral.
Length: 4.360 km / 2.73 mi
Height Gain: 380 meter
Height Loss: 380 meter
Max Height: 1014 meter
Min Height: 754 meter
Surface: Mostly rough. There is a particularly tough, difficult, and at times exposed, section ascending the east side of Barranco Achacay.
Child Friendly: No – see above regarding surface.
Difficulty: Moderate, to hard in places.
Dog Friendly: Yes, if agile and obedient.
Refreshments: Traditional guachinche “Ventorrillo El Jaral”, if open, or cafes in Tejina or Guia de Isora.


This short walk provides a contrasting experience: leaving from the pretty hill village of El Jaral, high above Playa de San Juan in Guia de Isora, we enter the wild and spectacularly beautiful landscape of the upper Barranco Achacay, before emerging at the agricultural area known as El Choro with its lush vineyards and orderly plots. Here, too, we have great views of Montana Tejina and the abandoned farming hamlet of Las Fuentes across the chasm of Barranco Guaria. In the first kilometre there is a very tough section, with a steep ascent, rising up the eastern side of Barranco Achacay, that may not suit all walkers. If tackling strenuous walks at this level (750 m to 1,000 m) in the summer, we recommend setting off early to beat the sun. If there is a Calima, temperatures are likely to be much higher than at sea level, so re-schedule to another day!

Photos from walk
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