(48) Tamaimo-Guama Circular (Santiago del Teide)

Route Summary
An exhilarating and energetic hike to the peak of Montana Guama, looming over Tamaimo between Santiago del Teide and Los Gigantes. A sequence of breathtaking views in all directions throughout the walk compensate for the sometimes difficult route.

Duration: 4 hours

 

Route Overview
Duration: 4 hours
Transport/Parking: Suggest Titsa 473/477 from Los Cristianos to Los Gigantes, then 461/462 to Tamaimo.Easy parking in Tamaimo.
Length: 5.700 km / 3.56 mi
Height Gain: 505 meter
Height Loss: 505 meter
Max Height: 851 meter
Min Height: 563 meter
Surface: Moderate to very rough.
Child Friendly: No.
Difficulty: Hard.
Dog Friendly: Only if your dog is calm, agile and obedient.
Refreshments: Cafes in Tamaimo.

 

Description
Although not long, this is a strenuous walk involving a considerable overall ascent/descent of 505 m. Setting off from the traditional Canarian town of Tamaimo on the old Camino Real (“royal road”) from Puerto Santiago to Santiago del Teide, we then take another old path that climbs up to the Degollada del Roque ridge where stunning mountain views open up of the southern Teno region. Then, following a narrow and, at times, rocky and precipitous path, we traverse the upper section of the wonderfully scenic Barranco Manchas de Las Diaz and its backdrop, heading towards the coast and the Los Gigantes cliffs. Although this section is exhilarating, and quite safe if suitable care is taken, some walkers may be uncomfortable in places, particularly if they suffer from vertigo. The walk then reaches a wonderful viewpoint (with Tibetan prayer flags) – offering splendid vistas of the barranco, aspects of the Teno mountains, the coastline and La Gomera. On the return section of the walk, there are extremely good views from the peak of Montana Guama of the Tamaimo area, the western coast, and up to Teide. The descent to Tamaimo, passing the impressive “Cross of the Missionaries”, although not exposed, is rocky and steep in places, involving some rock scrambling using hands, feet and posterior!

Before embarking on this marvellous walk, please consider if it is suitable for you.

Thanks to Gary Rosson, for the inspiration for this walk. His longer route, with a different descent, can be found here on Wikiloc.

Links:
Photos from walk
Download Route Guide  (PDF with illustrated Waypoints)
Download GPX file  (GPS Exchange Format)
Access Walk on Viewranger
Access Walk on Wikiloc  

 

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