Laurel Forest and Water Route

Description:

 

The route starts at the information hut and ascends in the bottom of the ravine to reach the cauldron of Cubo de La Galga, where a lush, leafy laurel forest can be admired… together with the deep, steep-sided gorge, the sound of birds fluttering in the tree tops, and the play of light produced by sun rays trying to break through the canopy…

 

At this point, it is the “Til” or “Tilo” laurel trees (Ocotea foetens), and the giant ferns which really dominate the stage, true survivors of distant eras in the history of our planet, their jungle-like vegetation creating the effect of a journey back in time.

 

Laurel forest is the most original ecosystem on the island of La Palma, and the one with the greatest biodiversity.

 

From this point, the path descends to the departure point to end the route.

 

Approximate duration: about 3 hours

 

Departure point: Environmental Information Point of Cubo de La Galga (340 metres a.s.l.)

 

Distance: 2 kilometres

 

Arrival point: Environmental Information Point of Cubo de La Galga (340 metres a.s.l.)

 

Recommendations:

 

This is a very simple hike, recommended and adapted for hikers of all abilities.

Avoid periods of heavy rain with high water-levels in the ravine bed.

No difficulties worthy of mention.

Wear comfortable clothes.