(81) Chio-Arguayo Circular (Guia de Isora/Santiago del Teide)

Route Summary
The walk heads uphill out of Chio into open forest on an old camino. On a good day there are stunning views of the island of La Gomera. The descent towards the interesting village of Arguayo is pretty. The lower level return route allows great views of the south-western coast.

Duration: 3.5 hours

 

Route Overview
Duration: 3.5 hours.
Transport/Parking: Titsa 460/462 from Guia de Isora. Parking below, or near, the Centro Cultural in Chio, at start of walk.
Length: 7.960 km / 4.98 mi
Height Gain: 328 meter
Height Loss: 328 meter
Max Height: 1006 meter
Min Height: 697 meter
Surface: Rough. A loose volcanic rock surface makes the path very rough in places.
Child Friendly: Yes. But only if children are used to hikes of this distance and overall ascent on rough surfaces.
Difficulty: Medium.
Dog Friendly: Yes. On lead in Chio and Arguayo.
Refreshments: Bar Unico in Arguayo, on the route, if open. Or, in Chio, we recommend Bar La Parada, on the main street in the centre of town.

Description
This moderate hike, both in terms of distance and overall ascent, takes in the old Canarian settlements of Chio and Arguayo. Rural towns and villages like these can be found all around the southern side of the island, east and west, at similar heights above sea level. This mid-level (the “Medianías”), with the development of good irrigation systems, allowed agricultural improvements to flourish, and various “boom and bust” times over the centuries since the Spanish invasion. This route heads uphill out of Chio into the pine-scented open forest, to take an old camino used to link the town with Arguayo over hundreds of years. On a good day there are stunning views of the island of La Gomera and, even the distant La Palma. El Teide and Pico Viejo also put in an appearance along the way! The descent towards Arguayo is pretty. In the village we find a very well-preserved wooden wine press, a pottery museum and statues celebrating the age-old tradition of local women potters, and a fine church and plaza in a commanding position over the surrounding countryside. The lower level return route allows great views of the south-western coast.

Links:
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