La Gomera Day 7
Agulo – Vallehermoso
Hiking: 10.3 km Ascent: 731 m Descent: 428 m Max Elevation: 685 m
The morning started off amazing, with a magical sunrise above Tenerife. We just sat still while watching the sun arise. After our mandatory morning coffee and a breakfast noodle soup we started walking.
Our hike started close to the old cemetery, where we had to dispose of our waste, before we could continue to hike.
A small cobblestone path went up the mountain. After a kilometer we reached the street, we had just left. At that point we decided to cheat. The trail continued up the mountain, but we were feeling tired and followed the street for a couple of kilometers. We felt guilty, but on the asphalt road we made swift progress. There weren’t too many cars and we felt quite safe.
Barranco de las Rosas
After 2.5 km the trail crossed the road again and our cheating came to an end. We followed the trail through the Barranco de las Rosas. There were some many small trails and paths that we got lost a few times. Maybe there is an easier path through the valley. We reached the GM 1 (main street) shortly after the Restaurante Las Rochas, but just for a small crossing.
We followed the GM 1 for approx. 100 m before we reached our next turn onto a smaller road.
The first village we reached was Simancas – a little village spread among over farmland, situated at the bottom of the ravine under large palm groves and slopes that are still divided by hundreds of walls that remain from the old arable crops.
It is the oldest settlement in the region of Vallehermoso, with houses that were traditionally built and are still well-preserved. We had an amazing view towards the north coast of La Gomera. The environmental excellence of this area is due to the warm and wet weather conditions.
It was time for a little noodle break and of course a small coffee.
The next village we passed was Tamargada. It is one of the most beautiful landscapes of the island. The village is built according to tradition, surrounded by palm trees and farming terraces. Besides, there is a great amount of farmyards, winepresses, stone and mud ovens.
After Tamargada we went uphill for a while until we reached a long tunnel which we followed (cheated again). This way, we didn’t had to climb the Roque Cano. Right after the tunnel a small path forks the street. The valley we reached was stunning. The palm trees were recently harvested in this region to produce honey.
After crossing a half full water basin, we found a nice spot for the night and started to pitch the tent.
During our superbly dinner we decided to finish the tour the following day. Which meant that we had to walk 20 km, with a height difference of 1000 meters. – crazy but we were ready for a hotel (pool) a comfortable bed and a dish that did not start with noodle… .