Hike through the Barranco de los Zarzales gorge to Vallehermoso. The landscape is very barren and a bit monotonous. But still attractive. Very quiet and little inhabited. Some of the houses are deserted. I could move into the green house with the wonderful view over the gorge to the sea 🤗. As a city dweller, I don't know how quiet it is on La Gomera. Very pleasant! And on this tour we met extremely friendly dogs.The tour is pretty easy. From the bus stop down into the Barranco de los Zarzales gorge and then over a ridge over to Vallehermoso. The high hiking trail that leads over the ridge is secured.
November 28, 2021
- 05:009.02 mi1.8 mph1,000 ft3,950 ft
Gradually there are a few more tours from La Gomera. Didn't manage to upload the tours. The Internet was very slow on the island, often interrupted or non-existent.First of all, if you are afraid of heights, you shouldn't do this tour! The hiking trail from approx. Km 2.3 - 3.2 high and sloping. I couldn't see that on Komoot's maps beforehand. The hiking trail is not secured. Definitely too high for me. When I got through the middle of the trouble, I could only go back and forth anyway. In terms of height, this tour was the hardest for me. I wouldn't go the downhill section again. Further up is a beautiful barren plateau with easy hiking trails. Only the paths to the gorges up or down again are a bit sloping in some places. Otherwise, of course, fantastic views again 🤩. We were met by three hikers near the beaches. Otherwise we were all alone. I am always pleasantly surprised that there are so few hikers to be found.The many abandoned stone houses are interesting. It is likely that agriculture used to be practiced up on the plateau. There are no roads to the houses. You can only get up there on foot. What I found most beautiful were the first stone houses in Tacalcuse, which were built directly into the lava rock / rock wall. Half cave, half house. From here you have a wonderful view of the gorge. Scenic a beautiful and varied tour. Only a little high in some places 😅.
November 14, 2021
Today we hiked through the Guarimiar Gorge to Playa Santiago. Up in the Garajonay National Park it was very cloudy, cold and windy. Very windy. Further down, on the other hand, the weather was getting better. The gorge is huge! The high path through the gorge is secured. Strangely, I didn't have any altitude issues this way. I guess it's such a stupid head thing. Apparently nothing can happen with backup. Which of course is nonsense. If the path weren't secured, I wouldn't just run crookedly across the path and fall into the gorge 😶. What two ropes in front of the abyss can make 😅. In any case, the view into the Guarimiar Gorge was amazing. I couldn't believe how huge it all is. On the whole tour we only met three hikers.We walked down the street to Santiago. There is another nicer way that we tried. It was too steep for me 🙈.The way back was a bit tricky. We arrived in Playa Santiago in the semi-darkness. There wasn't much going on in the village. Actually nothing. If you ask locals sitting at a bus stop when and if a bus leaves, you get different answers in Spanish. Mostly with the same result, they don't really know. The bus stops are also used as meeting points by older locals. All the locals are helpful and very nice. There were no more buses that evening. We didn't see a taxi stand. A Spanish family was very helpful and organized a taxi for us. They couldn't quite believe that we walked down from the national park through the gorge to Santiago 😆. We took a taxi to Hermigua for 50 minutes.
November 8, 2021
Small hike from Hermigua to Playa de San Marcos. I added the three pictures of the banana loading station and the natural swimming pool from another short tour so that you can see the banana loading station once. Or what's left of it. There are actually only four large concrete pillars sticking out of the sea. Originally a port was planned here so that bananas and other goods could be shipped by sea. The coast and strong surf were unsuitable for a harbor. There is also a banana loading station in Agulo.
November 21, 2021
The longest route through Garajonay National Park. Recommended by many as one of the most beautiful tours in La Gomera. Described in a hiking guide as a TOP tour. I had high expectations. Unfortunately, I didn't feel that way at all. In any case, I very often ask myself whether some of the paths in hiking guides are ever followed by the authors themselves. The tour isn't bad, but I wouldn't do it again. And don't recommend it either. Strangely enough, a couple of hikers came towards us here. It is well known that tastes are different 😉.The Garajonay National Park at the beginning of our tour is quite beautiful. Ornate trees, foggy, damp and hung with moss. Up here it was only 11 degrees.The highest waterfall in La Gomera, Chorro del Cedro, falls 100 m. The waterfall can only be seen from the hiking trail in a few places. It doesn't have a lot of water at the moment. Maybe that's always the case. I don't know exactly.I was positively surprised by some animals that weren't afraid at all. A rat nibbled on a nut with relish in the middle of the hiking trail. I was only a few inches away from the animal. It didn't let itself be bothered at all. I was also able to observe a bird for a longer time. He hopped around next to me for several meters in the bushes.You can already guess, our taxi driver Cristian 😉 took us to the starting point.
November 6, 2021
- 04:408.75 mi1.9 mph2,425 ft2,450 ft
Today we took a taxi to the starting point of our hike again. This time in the other direction to Vallehermoso. At 6 p.m. we were able to take the bus back to Hermigua. Our taxi driver turned out to be very knowledgeable and interested in the island of La Gomera. So it's an advantage to take a taxi 😉. We got an insider tip among the locals. Unless the taxi driver tells all tourists the insider tip 😂. A lot was explained to us on the way to Vallehermoso 😊. Actually we would have had the perfect view of La Palma on this tour. Unfortunately it was very hazy and the island could not be seen. Maybe because of the ash cloud? The wind was blowing from La Palma in our direction. The taxi driver had to remove a fine layer of ash from her car today.The ascent of this tour is a bit unspectacular at times. Once you have climbed the vertical meters, you will be rewarded with great views. The way down to Playa de Vallehermoso is worth it. Fantastic views of the steep coast of the north-western tip of La Gomera. Like other beaches, it is stony and the sea is not suitable for swimming. On the right side a path leads to the Castillo del Mar. It used to be a banana loading station. Unfortunately, I only saw on the way back that the path to the Castillo del Mar was forbidden due to falling rocks 🙈. The Vallehermoso Botanical Garden no longer really exists. What a pity. I don't know why nobody cares about the garden anymore. The official front entrance is closed with a gate. I didn't see it until later. We came over the pallet bridge from the back of the garden 🙈. Perhaps the reason is also financial, as with the Castillo del Mar.
November 3, 2021
Today we tried our luck again and tried to get a wheelchair. Well, at least we tried 🙈. The cars have been fully booked since June. It's November now. Left my phone number. Maybe it will be something else. To the starting point we took a taxi again. There are only 5 buses a day through Hermigua. Bus line 2 runs from Vallehermoso via Hermigua to San Sebastián. Or the other way around. The only bus route in our area. We got a bus back from the capital San Sebastián 😊🎊 🎉. If you want to see a lot of the island and don't want to limit yourself to the few buses and possibly drive to your desired destination via smaller gravel roads, you need a car. Buses run too irregularly, even less on weekends. And the buses don't stop everywhere. An alternative is the taxi. Or a combination of taxi and bus. The bus is very cheap. The route from San Sebastián to Hermigua costs 2.50 euros per person (taxi 28 euros). From Vallehermoso to Hermigua 3.00 euros (taxi 25 euros).But now for the tour 🤗. We hiked through the Majona Natural Park to San Sebastián. The rocks here have some interesting formations and colors. The vegetation is very dry. But there were actually a few sheep running around here. So far, I have seen very few or no large animals or insects. We have seen birds of prey many times. Relatively small and brownish. Unfortunately far too far away for a photo. Some of the hiking trails are very high and sloping 🙈. But then of course the view is fantastic again.
November 2, 2021
- 02:585.81 mi2.0 mph700 ft2,775 ft
Today we turned it around with the altitude meters. Not that much up, but 840 m down 😅. My bird had to work today. I only flew over the rocks with the drone to get a picture of the village of Agulo, and I felt a bit dizzy. And I was standing at a safe distance, probably 150-200 m from the cliff. The rocks go down almost vertically here. Incredible. Since we still don't have a rental car, we took a taxi to the starting point and hiked back to Hermigua. Didn't mind not driving myself when I saw the streets 😅.
November 1, 2021