(63) Roques de Garcia Circular (National Park)

Route Summary
A short circular walk that is between easy to moderate in terms of difficulty. It provides marvellous vistas of the evocative Roques de Garcia themselves, and the wider spectacle of the Caldera area of the National Park, under Teide. This is National Park Sendero 3.

Duration: 2 hours.

 

Route Overview
Duration: 2 hours.
Transport/Parking: Titsa 342 from Los Cristianos. One daily service, outward in morning, return in afternoon. Check current schedule for times. Arrive early to avoid waiting for a space near the Mirador de la Ruleta at the start/finish point.
Length: 3.500 km / 2.19 mi
Height Gain: 204 meter
Height Loss: 204 meter
Max Height: 2173 meter
Min Height: 2022 meter
Surface: Variable. Particularly rough on the 1.4 km section between Waypoints 3 and 4.
Child Friendly: Yes. You may have to assist smaller children on the rougher section with high steps between Waypoints 3 and 4.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate in places.
Dog Friendly: No. Dogs are not allowed in the National Park.
Refreshments: Parador Cafe nearby.

Description
Readily accessible in less than an hour from the southern resorts, this is a classic short walk in the Teide National Park. It encircles the world-renown and iconic Roques de Garcia on a route that gives ample opportunity to take in their rugged grandeur from different angles and to marvel at the wider landscape, from the Teide massif, to the mountains of the Caldera rim, and the Plains of Ucanca. The mid-section between Waypoints 3 and 4, as you descend through a lava field, is quite rough with some high steps but families with children seemed to be coping OK the day we were there.

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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