Path to Chinamada


Route: Cruz del Carmen to Chinamada

Area: Anaga Peninsular, Northern Tenerife

Date of walk: 9th February 2018

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 9.0 miles

Ascent: 2,200 feet

Weather: Mostly cloudy, sunny near the coast, a few showers

Two days ago we’d enjoyed a classic walk in the remote Anaga area located in the north east of the island. More bruma (the Spanish for thick clag) was shrouding the hills near our base, so we decided to return to Anaga in the hope of better conditions

The weather wasn’t particularly good as we parked our hired car in the free car park at Cruz del Carmen (where there is a visitor centre, toilets and a restaurant). With low clouds and mist rolling around we set out along a trail which started at the right hand side of the restaurant and entered into a dense laurisilva forest. The air was misty and damp as we followed the path up and down through woodland, eventually emerging into the light with a promise of some better weather nearer the coast, in our direction of travel

Our destination – the small settlement of Chinamada – came into view in the distance. The residents still live in caves as did their ancestors and up until the 1990’s there was neither electricity nor a road. We arrived in the village, where many of the caves now boast brick built extensions, with the cave itself being out of sight at the back of the house

We made a there and back diversion to the signposted Mirador Aguaide and after admiring the spectacular view returned to the village and set off for the next village, Las Carboneras. The first section was along the road, but after a while we were able to join a mildly vertiginous path which took us high above the road, affording more spectacular views along the way

Beyond Las Carboneras we joined an uphill path which took us back into the forest and after what seemed like a long slog we rejoined our original path and retraced our steps back to the start. It had been another grand adventure in this wonderful walking area

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