Secrets in the Anaga Hills
Most visitors to Tenerife never venture as far as Chinamada. It is a remote hamlet perched high in Tenerife's magnificent Anaga Mountain range. It appears to be a different world and tells a story of a time when inhabitants were happy to live from whatever their patch of land could produce.
High above a deep gorge it is also a place for breathtaking views and for discovering wild flora. Chinamada, however, is best known for its cave dwellings, little houses carved into the red, volcanic tuff. In fact, we will take a stroll past some of these fairy-tale cottages before daring to look over the edge of the cliffs into the sea below.
This tour is very photogenic and to reach our troglodyte destination we drive through the dense Las Mercedes forest and other areas of exceptional natural beauty. If we wish to, and I highly recommend it, a halt to sample delicious local cuisine should make this a memorable adventure. An alternative would be to take a further, short walk in the subtropical laurisilva forests.
Our itinerary will depend much on whether you are on a cruise ship or staying at a hotel in Tenerife. But, in normal conditions, it would be something like this:
09. 00 (or at another agreed time) Meet at the port or at your hotel.
09. 15 Drive to the Anaga Mountains, stopping for photographs along the way.
10. 30 Arrive at the Pico del Inglés viewing point.
11. 15 Arrive at Chinamada for exploratory walk
13. 00 Either take a tapas lunch or head for the Cruz del Carmen hiking centre and museum (for a short walk through the subtropical laurisilva forest).
15. 00 Return to our meeting point.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: If you are on a cruise ship our meeting point will be just outside the new cruise ship terminal building in the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. To get there you can take the free cruis shuttle bus which drops you right outside the same building. It takes just five minutes. You can also walk if you prefer.
If you are staying at an hotel on the island or wish to be collected at any other address I will meet you there.
For recognition I shall wear a GREEN cap and carry a GREEN umbrella.
End location: Our end location is at the same point where I collected you. If you prefer to end the tour at another location please let me know in advance.
Duration: 6 hours
Transport will be in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle.
Included is your English-speaking official tourism guide, transport from and to our meeting point and a six-hour guided tour.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 Euro - You probably won't require as much as 15 Euros per person and you should only require this if you decide to stop for lunch.
Extras may include a very reasonably priced lunch at a local inn as well as any other stops for beverages or meals.
I am not a mountaineer so would not be able to take clients mountain climbing, for example up the slopes of Mount Teide, but I can, of course, take you on the cable car and walking along the many mountain and coastal tracks in Tenerife.