Hiking in Los Tilos

A path through Barranco del Agua, a jungle view from a canyon in the North of La Palma, Los Tilos 

Barranco del Agua in Los Tilos is an ambushed canyon that pours water from the sky, offering an enchanted landscape that seems to be taken from a movie.

Elevation Gain

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Estimated time

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Sun / Shade

There is shade during all the hike due to the orography of the canyon.

When to go

Hiking in Los Tilos is possible all year round but when the paths are closed due to weather conditions. During heavy rainy days in La Palma, it’s not recommended to hike, floods may occur.

Drinking Water

In the information building, there are WC and drinking fountains.
  • Difficulty 15% 15%

The difficulty of the route is very easy, short and quiet walk.

  • Exposure 10% 10%

The route is not exposed itself, only heavy rain in the route or in the high mountains make the path very dangerous.

Overview

 

Hiking in Los Tilos is the most beautiful short hike in La Palma thanks to its particular microclimate that offers a beautiful jungle landscape. Walking in Los Tilos is a great way to get in touch with the wild nature that characterizes the north and west coast of La Isla Bonita.
The path is not marked but is as well impossible to get lost in the narrow canyon that has a physical end at a big wall where if you are lucky is possible to see a waterfall. Although there is a pipe that goes over the canyon it’s not an inconvenience because the path is extremely beautiful.

Starting the hike in Los Tilos parking lot

From the parking lot, there is a small path beside the right side of the river bed. This path is well preserved and shows how locals collected water. The path crosses several tunnels before arriving at the part where the canyon is wider. Vegetation in this place is amazing and quite similar to a subtropical jungle.

 

Following the canyon Barranco del Agua

As it is followed the canyon, this becomes wider at some places and very narrow at others. Waterfalls are falling from the top of the walls of the canyon making even more spectacular the walk. There is a point after 5 minutes walk where there is a small wall that has to be climbed with help of the pipes that pass by the wall. After passing over the wall, one arrives at the end of the route when there is a small waterfall that is surrounded by walls and there is no other way to keep hiking and the way back is clearly seen that is only possible following the same route backwards.

Map – Hiking in La Palma

Transportation

How to get to La Palma: Do you need to know how to get to La Isla Bonita? Check out our post about transportation to La Palma.

Public transportation: For arriving at Los Tilos will be needed to walk quite a lot or do hitchhike because the nearest bus stop is Restaurante de Los Nacientes near Los Sauces. Taking the line 100 is possible to get there but after that has to be walked 4km or to try to do hitchhike.

Where the hike starts: 28.789661, -17.802309 
Where the hike ends: 28.787691, -17.805356 

Weather

Check out the weather for the following days in Los Sauces.

Accomodation

The accommodation in the area of Los Sauces is hard to find for those hikers with a low budget. Doing wild camping is not allowed and there are very few places where no one can see you. There are options for accommodation in the main village where there are hostels, apartments and Airbnbs. Get 25€ discount on your first Airbnb experience

Resources

Map of La Palma: Roads Map

Hiking map La Palma: Hiking routes

Online Topo map: La Palma

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