This moderately strenuous walk ascends on an old camino, soon leaving Chiguergue behind as it climbs into the pine forest surrounding the TF-38 access road to Teide and the National Park, reaching a height of 1,100 m. On the descent we visit the delightful village of Chirche.
Duration: 4 hours
Duration: 4 hours.
Transport/Parking: Titsa 460 from Guia de Isora, then walk 25 minutes to Chiquergue. Park on main street, Calle Los Roques, in Chiguergue, by church.
Length: 7.820 km / 4.89 mi
Height Gain: 469 meter
Height Loss: 469 meter
Max Height: 1114 meter
Min Height: 720 meter
Surface: Rough. Parts of the walk are on tarred roads, although many other sections are on old rural paths surfaced by rough volcanic stone.
Child Friendly: Yes, but only if children are used to vigorous uphill hiking and rough surfaces.
Dog Friendly: Yes.
Refreshments: Two cafe/bars in Chiguergue. Mirador Cafe, above Chirche.
This is a marvellous walk but it starts with a tough climb out of Chiguergue (which has many old buildings), and the unrelenting ascent continues on the aptly named Camino los Picachos (Peaks) for the first 2.5 km of the route. Of course, the many opportunities for fine views, including La Gomera and La Palma on a clear day, compensate, as does the wonderful aroma of warm pine forest all around you. The walk provides a great entrance to the pretty village of Chirche, descending from the Mirador Café high above. Many old buildings have been sensitively restored, and the village is a delight to stroll through. The route is mostly on rough old paths, sometimes a little overgrown. The final section joins the very quiet and scenic rural road between Aripe and Chiguergue.