Bosque de Los Tilos
Bosque de Los Tilos
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  • David D
    Devon, United Kingdom19,326 contributions
    Wonderful adventure
    Monday 22nd August and we drove to visit Los Tilos to see the waterfall and surrounding laurel forest. It was rather special walking through the forest under the canopy of the tall trees above us, providing shade from the hot sun overhead. Some of the pathways are lined with rustic made wooden balustrades. We walked through part of the forest on our way to see waterfall. The landscape was rocky and mountainous, we were surprised to see trees and bushes growing out of the rocks. Having visited the waterfall we walked along pathways criss crossing the forest and we ended up by the small Visitors Centre. From here a number of forest walks start, of various lengths, ours was a brief but enjoyable adventure. In a hollow, in the forest, nearby the Visitors Centre, that was a small restaurant.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 28, 2022
  • flamingice
    Maidstone, United Kingdom1,178 contributions
    Beautiful bosque
    The visitors centre is a great place to start for various walks within the Bosque de los Tilos. There is a lot of helpful information in Spanish and English about the history, nature and geology of the forest. There are also restrooms located here. We did two of the walks. The waterfall route to see the Cascada de los Tilos is a stunning walk through a leafy gorge, with the waterfall at the end. The viewpoint route was one that we underestimated on a hot day and did not complete as it was mostly uphill and my husband was struggling. We did about half of it and the scenery is beautiful, you really can see the slight differences in microclimate as you ascend. There are tables for a rest and a picnic not too far from the visitors centre. A recommended place to visit as a highlight of this beautiful island.
    Written August 24, 2022
  • keith h
    Chesham, United Kingdom914 contributions
    Massive Ferns, Towering Ancient Forest Above Deep, Water- Cut Gorge.
    Not to be missed outing. Los Tilos is a pleasant 23 km drive from Santa Cruz & easy to find; just turn to the left immediately prior to the bridge that spans the gorge before the town of Los Sauces. A narrow road winds steadily upwards for over 2 kms passing some cultivation & scattered dwellings & on a couple of occasions crossing the gorge. As you progress the gorge deepens & the laurisilva forest becomes ever thicker & towers above on either side. The first designated parking area that you come to is the best for those walking straight up to the mirador Espigon atraversado -the trail begins right by the information board & behind a wooden chalet which is probably an information point ( it was shut ) The walk up is on a wide path with varying degrees of either gravel, soil or small stones overlaying rock & a thin layer of dead leaves in places. I would say the climb is suitable for anyone of decent fitness but not for anyone with mobility issues. Not long after commencing you pass through an unlit rock tunnel; torch useful but not indispensable as you can see the light at the other end. The walk just continues on up, steeply at times & winding, passing a pumping station & pipes down to the right where the gorge becomes ever deeper. You cross several watercourses & a board next to a greenheart ( Til ) tree- hence the name Los Tilos. All the time ferns cloak the rocks, walls & soil. One type with black stems is very impressive but the true King ( or Queen ) of ferns has massive fronds as long as 2.5 metres hanging over & draping the gorge sides. Wooden posts numbered 1 to 10 mark the way & at no 10 there is an information board. To the side a narrow rock pathway winds up & back, eventually leading to a tiny platform where you can marvel at the cloud shrouded green peaks & plunging chasms. Wooden rails backed by some metal stakes & brackets but I would'nt fancy giving them a hefty lean on. Now you could return the way you came or, as I strongly recommend, push on the well defined track for about another 1 km, passing massive ferns, a superb view up a fern clad gully & a rock wall scattered with ferns. You will then sight below you a wooden bridge & a signpost for Nacimiento Cordero y Marcos which are 4 to 5 kms further on & involve serious tunneling, scrabbling & getting wet. Not part of our itinerary on this occasion. It is well worth going down to the bridge for incredible views up & down the bottom of the gorge where the water will flow in due season. We then returned the way we came. Back at the start where we parked, the story continues as the tarmac road winds down & then a hairpin bend or two takes you up to the visitors centre, a fine, low building surrounded by ferns & greenery. Inside are good photos & information concerning the Flora & Fauna & Geology of Los Tilos; also some pamphlets & books for sale & modern toilets. Just below is a restaurant which we did not visit but the menu looked good & reasonably priced, too. Going back down to the bend there is a narrow path which rounds the rock wall & follows a stream of clear water which is neatly channeled. Continuing with the gorge to your left & the canalised water & pipes to your right you pass under overhanging rock which becomes a tunnel, lit at intervals & then passes out into the wider gorge bottom. Here the water rushes through stone encased channeling. Now one can look up the towering, fern cloaked sides of the gorge as a waterfall cascades down from the left. This, I imagine, is laid on by the earlier mentioned pump house & serves as a spectacle for when the waters are not running through Los Tilos naturally. None the less, it is well worth a look. Another point of interest is a rock face bordering the road & near the bends which is completely festooned with Maidenhair Ferns. We saw a very tame Raven who enjoyed hand feeding & several blue chaffinches in the forest but, alas, neither the Laurel Pigeon or Bolle's Pigeon.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 15, 2016
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machinmad
Yaxley, UK2,239 contributions
Jan 2020
The coach ride from the capital was on small roads and very, very windy, as we hugged the coast. But when we turned off onto tiny single carriageway roads that I wouldn’t take a car down, my admiration for our coach driver increased 50 fold!

Once the bus parked (I use that term loosely) we tracked along a narrow, wet water channel, up the gorge to the waterfall. The local micro climate was definitely tropical, as evidenced by the lush vegetation.

Lots of hikers trek to this spot, I can see why. Worth a visit, if you’re in the area.
Written February 21, 2020
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kate
Australia53 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We did three walks in this park. The first was the Mirador de las Barandas, just behind the visitor's centre. It's listed as 1.3km, but is a very challenging walk - 95% uphill on the way up, and also difficult on the way down (no railing and loose leaves on the ground). We're in our early 30s and pretty fit, but needed to have a couple of rest pauses on the way up
The view from the top is beautiful. The second walk was to the waterfall. Strangely (given it's the easiest and most accessible walk available) this walk isn't signposted, but if you walk down from the visitor's centre, on your right hand side as you turn the bend just near the restaurant, you'll pass some steps up. You can climb up these steps and find your way onto the path (as we did), but the easier way is to walk another 10-20 metres past the steps and on your right will be a path. You'll be able to hear the running water. It's a flat walk of about 5 mins, including part through a tunnel, to the waterfall. You can actually walk through the waterfall and keep walking for another 10-15 minutes and you'll go through some beautiful sections of the forest before ending up at a cliff with a small tunnel. We couldn't find a way to safely get up to the tunnel, but this extra walk was still worth doing and getting a bit wet passing through the waterfall for. This section is more challenging than the walk to the waterfall - you need to climb over a few rocks etc. The third walk we did was again away from the visitor's centre, probably about 500m down the road you come in on where there's a lot of cars parked and a big sign with walking routes. The actual walk isn't one of the routes on this sign, but is to the left up a large path wide enough for a car to drive along. To the left of the path is a smaller sign about this particular walk. It's numbered from 1 to 10 (although the numbering isn't evenly spaced and not sure what it represents) and is 2km to reach the lookout. Once you get up and through the tunnel, the first 3/4 of the walk is quite a moderate incline, going through some lovely scenery. It then becomes a bit steeper as you approach the lookout. When you see the number 10, you've not yet reached the lookout - turn left and go up some steps for another minute or two to get to the actual lookout. It took us about 35 minutes to get to the top, and the way down is obviously quicker!
Written June 1, 2019
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Jazza13
Nottingham, UK95 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
Our guide book told us we couldn’t get to los Tilos by bus. Well you can.

Take the bus from the Santa Cruz bus station to los sauces. It leaves at 15 minutes past the hour. Stay on the bus as it goes along a very scenic route until you reach the los Tilos bridge. It’s a very big scenic white bridge over the los Tilos valley. If you get off before the bridge cross the road and take the path labelled los Tilos. If you go over the bridge into los sauces cross back over the bridge and take the path on the right to los Tilos.
Follow the road which has concrete barriers to protect walkers - a great idea.
1. If you want a short walk carry on to the next junction and turn right cross over the valley and once over the valley turn right to get on to the los Tilos bridge.
2 if you want to see the los Tilos centre turn left at the junction and keep walking.
To return to Santa Cruz wait at the bus stop at the beginning of the los Tilos bridge before los sauces. You can see the bus stop just as you begin your walk. The bus arrives at about 10 to the hour.
Take food and water if you’re doing the longer walk. It’s very easy if you take the short walk. Both walks are along a smooth road with very little traffic and avocado and loquat trees. We also saw a canary island kestrel hanging just over the valley within arms reach if we were silly enough to try to fly.
Written July 28, 2018
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Ka M
The Netherlands64 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
Make sure you come early to be able to complete the most beautiful hike on La Palma before sunset. Take the taxi (60 euros for 2-6 persons) from thr parking lot 300 meters before the visitor center and let the driver drop you of on top of the hill. From there, you'll walk down through 13 or so tunnels and a truely beautiful and diverse forrest. Make sure you bring your flashlight and wear waterproof boots as you walk along the canals which may flood. But all this is totally worth it. You'll need approximately 5 hours to complete this hike depending on your pace. As it is very humid in the forrest sitting down to take a break may be difficult if you want to keep a dry behind. Several parts of the track are quite steep and may be slippery.
If you're not up to this adventurous hike, take of from the parking lot and hike up hill, you can go as high as you want. Will take you approximately 60 minutes to hike to the first bridge and back, but this will give you a nice impression of the forrest,but its true beauty lies uphill.
Don't skip the visitor center. Its very nice.
Written November 24, 2016
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Jacko070
East Sussex, UK516 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
You can read about the nature part of this location and it is stunning. Having gone down a marked path to the waterfall we came to a dead end. We went for a cup of coffee at the restaurant and were welcomed by a small flock of semi tame Canarian chaffinches both male and female, wonderful. Having spoken to a Dutch couple we found out that the short walk to the waterfall started on the road below the restaurant on the right hand side going down. Not a signpost anywhere, everything by word of mouth. The walk is short and easy but would be very wet in wet weather. The waterfall and gorge are both very nice.
Written January 19, 2018
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Phil B
Manchester, UK160 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
We caught a bus from Santa Cruz to Sauces. Sauces is a sleepy town with good sea views. From here we took a taxi to Los Tilos (cost 8 euros). There is a good visitor centre here and a restaurant and snack bar. We did 2 very different walks. The first was to the waterfall (A Must Do). The entrance to the short walk is not sign posted and we actually walked right past it. Directions: from the visitor centre walk down the road looking to your right where round a bend there is an entrance to a walk. This is it. The walk is brilliant, through tunnels and through beautiful scenery to the waterfall. As you approach the waterfall there are some boulders to negotiate. It is very much a must do walk - absolutely fantastic photo opportunities.
The 2nd walk was a tough up hill walk that took us about an hour to reach the top - but wow what a spectacular view. From exiting the waterfall walk continue down hill past a couple of car parks to a well sign posted up hill track on your right. There are 10 numbered markers to the end of the walk. You walk through a dark tunnel which has good opportunities to take some artistic photos. The walk is 90% uphill and can be quite tiring, but worth it. When you finally reach marker 10 you must turn sharp left and go up the steepish climb with good hand rails to the ultimate view point - mouth droppingly fantastic.
Written September 25, 2017
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Leo1401
19 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
We walked route PR LP 6 but by driving to Los Tilos and taking a 4x4 taxi to Casa del Monte an walking back to Los Tilos. Park just after the small hut on the way to the Los Tilos information centre (which is 5mins further down the road). Here 4x4 taxis run from 10 (maybe earlier, we weren't there before) until ~2pm, taking people for €15 each to Casa del monte. You don't need to book but they wait until the taxi is full so we had to wait around from 10:15-11 as we just missed a couple of full 4x4s drive off. Its a very windy and bumpy off road drive for the last 15km to Casa Del monte so you need a 4x4, 1hr trip from los tilos. The walk through the 13 tunnels was amazing and yes the 12th one is really wet! Bring a torch and waterproof / bin bag and mind your head. The walk goes up and down through the forest around the edge of the cliff and then drops down the river bed to los tilos with a viewpoint just before you reach the end. 2nd best walk we did after ruta de los volcanes. It took 6hrs with a lunch stop and a hundred photos. Plenty of places to pick up water but no villages/places to buy food.
Written May 13, 2017
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TokyoMaxim
Brussels, Belgium24 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
We went to the Los Tilos Visitor’s Centre (can be found on google maps) and left our car 500 m before the Visitor’s Centre at the start of the PR LP 6 hike.

There are two options here:

Option 1: just start hiking. You follow the PR LP 6 trail through the forest. After 50 minutes you cross a bridge over an empty river and then it starts to get serious. You follow a path with numerous steps. The ascent is quite hard and you go from 300-400m (Visitor’s Centre) to 1400m. This takes approximately 3 hours for 9 km of hiking upwards. Along the way there is a part which is more open, where you can have stunning views (Mirador de los Espejos), followed by an absolutely beautiful part through the river bed (dry when we went, on Dec 24th) and the lush vegetation. Finally you will arrive at Naciente de Cordero. This one is quite small and here a little water canal starts that will run along the walking path. You pass through tunnel 13. A bit further is the Naciente de Marcos which is more wild and fun to see. Next one is tunnel 12. You will definitely get wet in this one! It is necessary to bring headlamp / torch and very useful to bring a rain jacket. There are 11 more tunnels, from 15 metres up to approximately 340 metres. Watch your head in some tunnels… After the last tunnel (tunnel nr. 1), you reach Case del Monte (a closed hut), this is where the annoying part starts. You have to walk a long way down to Las Lomadas near the sea, where you can finally take a taxi back to the Visitor’s Centre (€12.75/taxi we paid).
Don’t underestimate this hike! Hiking shoes, water, food, appropriate clothing, torch / headlamp, rain jacket, maybe hiking sticks to support your knees during the descent.
We walked 6 hours in total with food breaks and photo stops.
Don’t start hiking after 12.00 or you’ll end up in the dark maybe…
Highly recommended activity in La Palma!

Option 2: Take a taxi from the Visitor’s Centre to Casa del Monte. Takes about 45 minutes but costs €120 per taxi! You can share this taxi with other people though (up to 6 to 8 people). We were at the Visitor’s Centre at 11.00 and waited until 11.45 for other people but no one joined. Since we did not have enough money, we started walking (see option 1). The last taxi leaves at 12.00 or 12.30. If you take the taxi to Casa del Monte, you do the hiking in the opposite direction to option 1: Casa del Monte - tunnels - Naciente de Marcos - Naciente de Cordero - Visitor’s Centre.

A good website with map is the Senderos de La Palma website (list of footpaths - short distance footpaths - PR LP 06)
Written December 26, 2018
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Maz1211
Bromley, UK26 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
My husband and I visited this place last week during our stay on La Palma- we parked on the road before the visitors centre- be careful if park next to the cliff faces as a car did get hit by a rock- luckily a small one!
We went on a walk that started next to a little hut. I would say it was a relatively easy walk- although it was quite steep at times- the track was wide and the route was very easy to navigate. We went right to view point which was marked as number 10. It was amazing and so beautiful. It took us about 2 and a bit hours to walk from the car up to the view point and back.
Only took us about 45 minutes to drive there from our resort in Los Cancajos, near Santa Cruz. Before we went I was worried we wouldn't find it but it was well sign posted from the road!
Written August 16, 2018
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ArtistheP
Amsterdam246 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
If you follow the signs to Los Tilos you'll first come across a small wooden house with some informationplates outside. This is where the path 'monte el canal y los Tilos' starts. The path is very easy, saw a lot of kids along the way, and takes you to the last, steep part with stairs to the viewpoint. It took us 90 minutes back and forth. Not the most exciting hike on the island but still very pleasant and lots of beautiful trees. There's more parking space a little further along the road. If you follow the road, you'll come to the actual visitor center (lots to see) and a restaurant. Just before the restaurant to the left is the path 'Barranco del agua' with a few tunnels taking you to the waterfall (cascada, end of the path), about 10 minutes one way.
Written October 24, 2017
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