This is one of the typical radial routes found in the Island Footpath Network, which means that this path, the PR LP 3, was used by our ancestors to link the summit zone with the coastal zone. It can be regarded as one of the most important exit routes from Santa Cruz de La Palma for travel towards the North or North-west of the island, since the coastal path involved considerable changes in height as it crossed the numerous ravines. These radial paths were the type most used for transhumance (seasonal movement of herds of goats), and for gathering forage from the summit for the feeding the herds, so that we can consider this route to be one of the typical paths used by our ancestors for their own subsistence on the island not all that long ago.
The route begins above the Montaña de Tagoja peak, where our path, the PR LP 3, crosses the main road to Roque de Los Muchachos. The going is downhill all the time from here, towards the city of Santa Cruz de La Palma, our final destination. Continuing along the Hoyo de Tagoja track, the route descends steeply to the Barbuzano gallery in Mirca, where the guide will draw attention to the enormous importance of this kind of ground water exploitation, and its fundamental role for understanding the social and economic history of an island like La Palma.
We continue downhill along the Barranco del Dorador ravine, where we will stop at a beekeeping enterprise. At the hives we will be able to see, with our own eyes, that the island of La Palma has its own subspecies of autochthonous bee, an important factor for obtaining the characteristic local honey, but also a good example of a subspecies that has adapted to such variable topography and climate as those of La Palma. The descent continues until the route finally ends, after a distance of over 8 kilometres, at the Plaza de España square in Santa Cruz de La Palma, the original departure point of the trip.
Approximate duration: 4 hours
Departure point: Montaña de Tagoja (1,050 metres a.s.l.)
Distance: 8.2 kilometres
Arrival point: Plaza de España square in Santa Cruz de La Palma (10 metres a.s.l.)
Carry water. Wear a hat. Use sun-block. Wear comfortable footwear. Carry some food (dried fruits, fruit, sandwiches, chocolate,…). Carry a waterproof jacket and take a mobile phone.