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Marcos and Cordero Springs hiking

Hiking in La Palma through the 13 tunnels that come out of the water

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Marcos and Cordero Springs hiking tour information

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From the meeting point in Los Sauces at 10:00 a.m.


To the meeting point in Los Sauces at 3:00 p.m.


  • Transport from Los Sauces to Casa del Monte (start of the trail)
  • Hiking Guide
  • Helmet and flashlight
  • Chestnut wood walking sticks

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The trail of the Marcos and Cordero springs is a very demanding hike, so it is advisable to be in good physical shape.

If you select the extra transport from and to your accommodation on La Palma, the pick up will take place between 8:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at the main hotels on La Palma.
Fuencaliente - Hotel Princess: 8:15 a.m.
Puerto Naos - Hotel Sol: 8:30 a.m.
Los Cancajos - Hotel Taburiente (BUS Stop): 9:30 a.m.
*If you are not staying at one of these hotels, we will indicate a nearby meeting point for pick up.
The order of the visits could be altered, but it will not affect the content of the program. The schedules of the tickets and transports could be subject to modifications.
This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in small groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

restoreCancellation policy

Free cancellation! If you cancel at least 24 hours before the start of the tour, you will receive 100% of the amount paid. After this time, or in case of no show, no refunds will be made.
The Marcos and Cordero Springs hiking runs through an ancient path of tunnels that are born from the water, hidden between waterfalls and river curtains. Get ready to be immersed in the jungle landscape of the Parque Natural de las Nieves. A route through thirteen tunnels dug by hand in the rock of the slopes of the Barranco del Agua.

The also known as Ruta de Las Aguas, crosses an area that impacts by its flora and runs through the old channels that transported the water emanating from the ravine to the north of the island of La Palma. With all the necessary equipment, and always accompanied by your guide, you will cross the 13 tunnels until you reach the springs, and then begin the descent to the Los Tilos Forest.

Don't you want to miss the chance to walk underwater? Pack your raincoat, and your best trekking boots in your suitcase; the flashlight and the helmet are on us!

Tour itinerary

todayMarcos and Cordero Springs hiking

Duration: 5 hours Distance: 12.5km Gradient: +150m / -1000m
access_time8 : 15 AM
Pick up in La Palma

If you select the extra Transport from and to your accommodation in La Palma, the activity will start with the pick-up at your hotel. The private transport will start at the door of the main hotels on La Palma at 8:15 a.m. Once the first part of the group is gathered on La Palma, we will head towards Los Sauces.

access_time9 : 30 AM
Meeting at Los Sauces

If you have not included the extra pick-up fee in your booking, here is where we will meet. We'll wait for you at the bus stop before the bridge. We start at an altitude of 400 m and we will go up together by car to 1,300 m. Arriving at the Casa del Monte: the beginning of the trail.

Caserío de Las Lomadas

The uphill road at the beginning will go through the hamlet of Las Lomadas. Small houses attached to the side of the road full of gardens will accompany us on this stretch of the journey. At this point, the trail will begin to fill with vegetation and gradually the asphalt will disappear. This will mean that we will be arriving at the starting point of the hiking route.

access_time10 : 30 AM
Casa del Monte

Step by step, we will make our way through the dense vegetation. We will cross vines and ferns that will almost cover the road. This pre-walk will also be part of our adventure at Marcos and Cordero Springs. We have arrived at the Casa del Monte!

Helmet and flashlight

Here you will have a moment to prepare and pick up your helmet and flashlight equipment with the help of the guide. We will start walking by the side of the old canal, from where we will be able to appreciate the route we will follow until we reach the bowels of the Barranco del Agua. A few minutes later, if the thick fog allows us, we will be able to admire its immensity. Vertical walls that reach a thousand meters above us.

The tunnels that are born from water

A couple of more steps, and we can already see the first of the 13 tunnels that we will cross today, are you ready to enter this route of tunnels that are born from water? The tunnels are wide enough to go through without any problem. In some of them we'll have to bend over and dodge some rocks. With the help of the helmet and the flashlight everything will be much easier. Every tunnel has a story that you will get to know throughout this day.

Marcos and Cordero Springs

We have reached the first spring: Marcos. Here you will see how the water flows from the rock in great quantities. The walk will start to go uphill to reach the second spring, the one of Cordero. Right next to the spring of Cordero we will make a stop to eat something, taking advantage of the view that accompanies us.

Los Tilos Forest

After this little break, we go on! The next section of the route will take us to Los Tilos, a spectacular laurel forest. It will be the moment to put ourselves to the test. A descent of 1000m in 8km. Giant ferns will start to appear everywhere and suddenly you're in this spectacular place. On rainy days the water flows like a real river.

Barranco del Agua descent

This first part of the descent will take us to the bottom of the Barranco del Agua. We will go around large rocks, sometimes full of moss. We will leave the ravine behind, and start another area of equal difficulty but already following a traditional path. Here we will find some loose rocks and irregular stone steps. This path will take us to the deepest area of La Palma.

Viewpoint Espigón Atravesado

The height of the laurel forest will be so great that we won't be able to see the sky until the end of the road. A wooden bridge over the ravine will indicate that we have reached the Los Tilos forest. During this last stretch of the route we will approach the viewpoint of the Espigón Atravesado.

End of the trail

Here you will have the perfect opportunity to photograph this wonderful protected area and face the last stretch of the walk. We will enjoy ourselves in the vegetation and the old linden trees that we will find along the way. At the end of the route we will be able to have a drink at the Los Tilos Restaurant to share anecdotes and photos of the walk before we return to our starting points.

What to bring to Marcos and Cordero Springs hiking

The Canary Islands are known for having a pleasantly warm climate most of the year. For hiking routes around the island where we will be climbing over 1000 m it is always advisable to wear a warm jacket and if it can protect from the rain, so much the better. Remember that we will be walking underwater! We also recommend you to bring:
  • Suitable clothing for hiking
  • Sports or mountain footwear (waterproof footwear recommended for tunnels)
  • Raincoat
  • Sunscreen
  • Cap
  • Food and water
  • Spare clothes (if you consider it necessary)

Questions & Answers

I'm staying in Fuencaliente at the Princess Hotel. What's my meeting point with the minibus?
If you are staying at the Hotel Teneguía Princess, we will pick you up at the same bus stop in front of the same hotel.

I am staying in Puerto Naos, what is the meeting point with the minibus in this area of La Palma?
If your accommodation is in Puerto Naos, we will pick you up at the bus stop of the Hotel Sol. You will find the bus stop on the main road, only 3 minutes walk from the hotel. Another meeting point you will have in this area will be the entry roundabout to Puerto Naos.

I'm staying in Los Cangajos, where will the minibus pick me up?
If you are staying in Los Cangajos, the meeting point will be the closest bus stop to the only pharmacy in this area of La Palma. It will take you no more than 5 minutes to get there on foot from your hotel! All the hotels, (like the Hotel H10 Taburiente Playa, Hacienda San Jorge or Las Olas among others) are at this distance from the bus stop.

My accommodation is not on the pick-up route, where will be my meeting point with the minibus?
If you are not staying in these areas of the island, or in any of the hotels, please contact us at and we will indicate a nearby meeting point for your pick-up. Remember that to include the pick-up service you have to add the extra Transport from and to your accommodation in your reservation.

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