***DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS WALK UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE***
We have reports that the landowner is blocking access between Waypoints 5 and 7. Do not attempt this walk until we can check out an alternative access route to Camino Luciano. Apologies for the inconvenience. Alison & John Mackenzie.
At 5km, with a very manageable overall ascent of 172m, this is a very accessible walk, close to the resorts and residential areas in the S of Tenerife. There are great views of the countryside and many close-by towns, but particularly of the grand and rugged volcanic landscape.
Duration: 2 hours
Duration: 2 hours.
Transport/Parking: Titsa 416 from Los Cristianos. Parking on road near to Buzanada church.
Length: 5.160 km / 3.23 mi
Height Gain: 172 meter
Height Loss: 172 meter
Max Height: 425 meter
Min Height: 305 meter
Surface: Rough. However, many parts of the route are on quiet minor tarred roads.
Child Friendly: Yes, but only if children are used to hikes of this distance and overall ascent on rough paths.
Dog Friendly: Yes. On lead on public roads and in Buzanada.
Refreshments: A number of cafe/bar options in Buzanada.
This is a short walk in one of the most populated areas in the south of Tenerife, the valley of San Lorenzo. Nevertheless, the grandeur of the surrounding natural landscape is inescapable, taking in a number of ancient volcanic cores (7 million years) and more recent partly collapsed volcanic cones (400,000 years). Dominating the walk at all times is the imposing mass of Roque de Jama, a “plug” or core of a very old volcano, which you walk towards on the outward leg. In the mid-section of the walk, in the foothills of Jama, you follow Camino Luciano, one of the network of 500 year-old paths that connected the tiny Spanish settlements in this area after the conquest of the Guanches. Diverting from the old camino, the route goes part-way around and then down the volcanic cone, Montaña las Tabaibes. Here, the path can be a little overgrown in places, by Tabaiba plants, needless to say, amongst others! The return section, like the outward leg, passes through the pleasant suburbs and rural terraces on the outskirts of Buzanada.