Backpackers in Tenerife at Lagarto Backpackers

Backpacking is a quite interesting way of travelling but….is Tenerife backpackers welcome?

Of course! There are many affordable places all over the island and recently proper hostels are opening.

While I was looking for a place to spend  a family weekend I found Lagarto Backpackers, between Tejina and Valle Guerra in the North of Tenerife.

I love that area, it’s not crowded, there’s plenty to do and the price was afordable, so I booked.

Lagarto Backpackers is a small  youth hostel ( I’m 40, but I’ve been  a backpacker for years ), where you can share or book your private room, what I did.

When we arrived we had a great warm welcome by Rey,  a fabulous labrador and Vitto, one of the owners, who on the phone assured and guaranteed me the hostel wasn’t fully booked and there was no party going on.

My daughter, just disapeared with Rey, her new bestest friend, to check the garden and the pool, while I started my own inspection of the place.

Lagarto Backpackers
Lagarto Backpackers

 

For me everything was just fine.

  • Clean place
  • Pool
  • Free wifi
  • BBQ
  • Friendly international atmosphere

The great value of this hostel is not the rooms or facilities, it’s the atmosphere.

For 10€ we could join other guests for dinner, what we happily did. We had great Italian evening meal with an interesting group with people from Russia, Netherlands, Italy, Chile and Spain and shared tips about Tenerife and our countries. It was such a cultural exchange, something you might not get in hotels or similar.

Backpacking is sharing, is like  living in comunity even if you are travelling solo, and that’s simply  what we did at Lagarto hostel.

Being based in this hostel we spent some time in the area and took some of the other guests with us.

We went to natural pools in Jover and el Pris

EL Pris Natural Pool
EL Pris Natural Pool

 

and enjoyed great local  seafood : lapas, octopus , camarons…  at Punta del Hidalgo and EL Pris and went to local market in Tegueste on Sunday morning  to get fruit and veges from the area.

Just a simple weekend, in a simple hostel, with simple meals ….but awesome experience

La Gomera Forest Fire Official Update

La Gomera forest fire does not affect the active tourism, which makes the island such a different destination, rich with its unique global nature.

La Gomera fire map
La Gomera Fire Map

Although it is true that environmental damage is substantial, we must highlight the wide lengh of the park that remains intact, with its services (recreational areas, viewpoints, network of routes, rest areas and visitor center) as well as its rich ecosystem, which remains safe. Important areas of Laurisilva forest are kept in perfect condition, for the enjoyment of visitors.
Garajonay National Park, World Heritage, as well as other areas, will open its services once the fire is extinguished, the damages are assessed and the affected areas are recovered. On the other hand, as an alternative to visiting Garajonay National Park, visitors can also enjoy so many different outdoors activities in La Gomera, all related with the richness of the sea, whale watching and dolphins, watch “Los Organos cliff” from the sea, etc.
Both La Gomera and its habitants are performing exemplary behavior in these hard times, showing great strength and working together to recover the unique beauty of the island. We are receiving support messages from all over the world, stating their willingness to help in any way necessary. Teachers, tourists, families, etc., expressed his absolute readiness to contribute to the implementation of forestry work and visit the island as a gesture to help the speedy recovery of its unique treasure.
La Gomera Tourist Board

Tenerife Forest Fires latest August official update

Cabildo reports three wildfires under control

 

16 hectares affected

 

 

 

Tenerife – 16/08/2012

 

Tenerife Government reports today that the three wild fires have been brought under control.

 

The fires which broke out on Wednesday [15 August] on the island of Tenerife are now under control. The fire that started at 03.30 hours in the area of ​​Lomo Alto, near the Cruz del Castaño in the municipality of Los Realejos, was brought under control at 19.55 hours and has affected 12 hectares. At 15.00 hours, another fire broke out at Las Montañetas in La Esperanza, in the municipality of El Rosario. It was brought under control at 19.33 hours and has affected two hectares. The third wild fire broke out at 17.12 hours in La Orotava, on the Arco de Chimoche track above La Caldera, which has burned two hectares and was brought under control at 20.55 hours. The total area affected is 16 hectares.
The fire in Los Realejos has affected Canary Pine forest. The fire fighting resources deployed to the area by the Tenerife Government’s Environment Department consisted of :

  • 2 technicians,
  • 4 Prevex agents,
  • 5 brigades,
  • 4 pumpers,
  • 1mother pump,
  • 5 deterrents and 5 Wantac.
  • From the Teide National Park: 1 coordinator, 1 officer, 2 brigades and 1 fire engine were deployed.

 

 

The air assets were 4 helicopters and 3 seaplanes (which discharged their load in the area before heading for La Gomera).
The fire in Las Montañetas in La Esperanza has affected orchards, heather and brambles. The resources deployed were 1 technician, 2 Prevex agents, 2 brigades, 1 pumper, 1 wantac, 1 deterrent and 2 helicopters.
The fire in La Orotava, on the Arco de Chimoche track, the fire affected non native pine forest. The resources deployed were 2 technicians, 2 Prevex agents, 4 brigades, 1 pumper, 1 wantac as well as a brigade and a fire engine from the National Park and two helicopters.
Also noteworthy is the work carried out during the three fires by the Fire Brigades, the Civil Guard and the Local Police in the affected municipalities. Similarly, in the three hotspots firefighters have been working to cool down the area and extinguish the fire quickly.
The following roads have been opened to traffic: TF 21 from La Orotava to El Portillo and TF 24, which was blocked from kilometre 9 to kilometre 24.

The Department of the Environment of the Cabildo of Tenerife has highlighted the work carried out every day by the teams who have been working from 03.30 hours in the morning to put out the fire.

 

A special mention goes to the 22 people returning from La Gomera today after spending three days working in the centre of the right flank of the forest fire raging in the Garajonay National Park on the island of  La Gomera.

 

 

Tenerife Fire 2012 – August Update

Situation absolutely normal in Tenerife holiday resorts

The wildfire is limited to a high mountain area in the north of the island and is under control

Please avoid travel to the affected areas to facilitate extinction work

Tenerife-FIre-perimetre-August
Tenerife Fire Perimetre-August Update

Tenerife 13 August 2012

The fire which broke out in Tenerife on Friday 10 August and affected the municipalities of
El Tanque, Los Silos, Buenavista del Norte and Santiago del Teide, is now under control and
limited to a sector of the mountains in the upper part of these locations. The wildfire does not
affect in any way holiday resorts or any inhabited areas on the island, located mostly on the
coast.

The fire has so far affected 369 hectares although the favorable situation has meant that the
roads have been reopened to traffic. The TF-373 road (San Jose de Los Llanos-Erjos) is now
open as well as the TF-82 (Icod de Los Vinos, Santiago del Teide from kilometre 17.5 to 21.5)
and FT-436 (Buenavista del Norte-Santiago del Teide from kilometre 10.3).

The general public – local population and tourists – are strongly recommended to avoid the
fire vicinity in order to facilitate the extinction work. The following Titsa bus lines are also now
operative:

  • 460 Icod to Costa Adeje and
  • 325 Puerto de la Cruz to Los Gigantes .

The fire has been cordoned off in a specific geographic area, which means that all of the
island‘s infrastructure is working smoothly, including the holiday attractions as well as tourist
and leisure facilities.

The lighting of fires in recreational areas, burning clippings and bonfires are all strictly
forbidden.

For more information about any roads affected by the fire, please call the free information
helpline (Spanish only): Tenerife Roads Information Centre 900 210 131 or see the maps on the
website http://cic.tenerife.es/

Summer Best Tenerife Hotels Deals

We looked and asked, serched and researched  and finally here you can find the best  Tenerife hotels deals for this summer if you are willing to spend your days off  in any of the Tenerife resorts in the South.

Melia Hotels Offers:

Melia best deals for their Hotels in the South Start from 53.15€ per person and day but they have a wide selection of promos in several board basis depending on your needs for this summer holidays


Sheraton La Caleta special promotions:

Tenerife-Sheraton-La-Caleta
Sheraton La Caleta

One of the most luxurious Hotels has an interesting range of packages for the most demanding guests.

We are particularly tempted to try the Spa Package, that includes:

  • Double Deluxe room
  • Breakfast
  • Unlimited access to Spa Eutonos
  • Price: 155€ + VAT per room/night

Hotel Fanabe Costa Sur summer offer:

Lively  Hotel in Costa Adeje with awesome environment at any of the bars .We are specially fon of the newly decorated suites with fabulous private terraces to sunbathe.

Fanabe-Costa-Sur
Fanabe Costa Sur Tenerife

August special prices start from 122€ and includes:

Double room

Half board

10% discount at the Spa

Price is for 2 people per day, but don’t miss their special price for kids and other boards

 

Hotel Isabel Summer Deal

Ideal For Families, specially large ones can request adjoining apartments or bungalows what is great to stay together.

Formerly known as Isabel Family Hotel their summer Hottest deal includes August, September and ends the 4th in October.

Amazing price for an amazing resort with one of the greatest pools in Costa Adeje for family fun

 

Hotel Isabel Tenerife
Hotel Isabel Tenerife

 

 

 

Forestal Park – Family Fun in Tenerife

The newest family fun atraction in Tenerife is just waiting for you to try it.

Forestal Park, the new theme park in Tenerife for all the family which is quite peculiar, all the activies are in the nature, fully based on fun in the tree tops.

So lets start with Forestal Park Frequently asked questions that might be very useful.

 

  • Is there any age limit?

 

Yes.

  • Children have to be at least 6 years old to join the Family circuit.
  • To try the sports circuit you have to be at least 10 years old.

 

 

  • Is there any heigh limit?

 

Yes. 1 metre 20 centimetres tall is the minimum for the family option  and 1 metre 45 centimetres for the Sports ( safety, as in the previous question , goes first)

We haven’t done any mountain sports before, is it difficult?

Try it, no doubt. The staff will give you safety and introductory tips for each step in the ciruit you’ll complete. They are real experts and will be close to you , always keeping an eye on all your movements. You are in the best hands.

  • How many circuits can you complete at Forestal Park Tenerife?

there are 2 main ones:

  • family
  • sports

How many games are there in each circuit?

  • Family circuit , is divided in 4 modules and there are 34 games to complete ( 2 hours and a half aprox)
  • Sports circuit is divided in 7 modules

How much does it cost?

  • 17€ children
  • 22 € adults

Do I need special clothing?

  • trekking shoes or somethring confortable
  • Long trousers

Where is Forestal Park Tenerife?

Forestal Park GPS coordinates are:

Latitude: 28° 24′ 51.76

Longitude: 16 ° 24′ 19.55

Forestal Park Address:

It is in Las Lagunetas in La Esperanza TF 24- Km 16 check full driving  instructions to Forestal Park  here

For more information check  Tenerife Forestal Park website

 

 

 

 

Tenerife Fire – Official update on Friday

Tenerife Fire map Updated
Tenerife Fire map updated

From  Gobierno de Canarias the latest official news about the Tenerife fire are more positive, but we are still at level 2 emergency situation with the fire.
The fire situation is developing favourably. There are no longer fronts but isolated outbreaks of fire in different places within the perimeter and the affected municipalities (not towns): mountains in La Orotava, Adeje, Vilaflor and Guía de Isora on South side. Barranco de Tágara fire is still  not stabilized but all aircraft are concentrating their efforts on this area of very difficult access.

During the official press conference today, Both Ortiz and Melchior once again thanked all the emergency service teams for their work: the Brifor brigade from the Tenerife Department of the Environment, the Fire Brigade Consortium of Tenerife, the Emergency Military Unit (UME), allthe other fire fighting teams, the Canary Islands Emergency Department (SUC) and Civil Guard. He also praised the work done by local councils, volunteers and members of Civil Protection from different municipalities affected by the fire and all the companies and institutions that have worked selflessly to assist with transport and supplying food and drink to the teams deployed.

We are still on maximum alert due to the heat wave so the authorities strongly recommend:

  • Not to go up to the mountains this weekend due to the high risk of forest fires, including recreation areas
  • It’s highly advised to avoid going to Mount Teide National Park this weekend
  • Camping in the forest is still banned
  • To avoid risks due to the heat wave, please check the following recommendations

We also remind you :
All airports operate normally and no coastal resorts in Tenerife have ever been affected by fire.

There are only two roads blocked to traffic:

  • TF-38 (Chio – Boca Tauce, km 22)
  • TF-21 (Vilaflor-Boca Tauce, at kilometers 47 and 67)

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Tenerife Fire – Latest official update on Thursday

Tenerife Fire Map
Tenerife Forrest Fire Map

 

In addition to what was said in the previous press conference today the latests official updates about the Tenerife fire evolution includes some good positive news.


The evolution of the fire which broke out last Sunday [15th July] in Ifonche (Adeje) is following the expected parameters, with the secured perimeter except the west side being attacked on the ground and from the air according to the Minister for Security at the Cabildo (Tenerife Government), Jose Antonio Valbuena.

 

Speaking at a press conference held this afternoon [19 July 2012] at the headquarters of CECOPIN in Santa Cruz, Sr. Valbuena says that fire fighters are cooling down other hotspots near the perimeter. At the southern front, the presence of smoke does not mean there is any danger of the fire starting to burn again so the residents of Vilaflor, Ifonche and Tijoco Alto, in Adeje, can return to their homes, although special care should be taken by people with respiratory problems.

Valbuena also stresses that they have already begun removing some heavy equipment in certain areas because it was no longer needed. At the moment we are making progress in the work to restore water to the Vilaflor area.

Humberto Gutierrez, head of Civil Protection of the Canary Islands Government, says “the perimeter is the same yesterday, except to the west. The fire has been contained and remains stable, also the weather conditions are good and strong winds are not foreseen.”

“Once people and property are safe, which is our priority, we shall now concentrate our full force on defending the environment. This morning helicopters flew into the affected gorges on the west side. The vegetation at these points consists of more open pine forests that allow ground crews to work safely and supported by air assets.”

The active part of the fire is progressing slowly and with good conditions for its extinction. At the same time, brigades are cooling down hot spots to prevent the fire from flaring up again and along the entire perimeter, brigades have been stationed. As for the forecast for the next few hours, the fire is static at its flanks and tail end. If we fail to stop the flames advancing to the west, the blaze will eventually die out on the slope of the lava flow, as planned. Anyway, “while there are places where the fire is still burning, we cannot say that the blaze is under control,” stresses Gutierrez.

Regarding road closures:

the only roads still cut are

  • TF-38 (Chio-Boca Tauce, km 22) and
  • TF-21 (Vilaflor-Boca Tauce, at kilometres 47 and 67).

These will be closed for several days to facilitate the work of extinction. Finally, power has been restored to a power line affecting the supply to Vilaflor and La Escalona.

Next press conference will be tomorrow morning

 

 

Tenerife Fire Thursday official update

 

This morning the president of the Cabildo, Ricardo Melchior, has announced [Thursday 19] that the perimeter of the fire remains stable and they expect to have it under control in the coming hours. In the press conference this morning [Thursday 19], Ricardo Melchior highlighted that at the moment the news about the fire situation is good but he urges caution.  Although the situation has improved substantially the emergency “remains at level II where coordination is the responsibility of the regional government because of the type of resources still needed to extinguish the fire,” according to the Canary Islands Minister of Economy, Finance and Security, Javier Gonzalez Ortiz.

 

Residents of Tijoco and Vilaflor and may return home within hours, once the front that was advancing in this municipality has been stabilized. Most of the perimeter, which covers about 5,300 hectares, is stabilized even though the front that was moving along the northwest remains active, as well as various outbreaks within that area. According to the president of Tenerife, of the total surface area affected by the fire “with the first data we have compiled, we can conclude that about 1,000 hectares have been burned, of which 500 is forest.” In this sense, Melchior stresses that there is 50,000 hectares of forest in Tenerife so this fire could have affected one per cent.”

 

At night, the extinction work went according to plan. The eastern flank is stabilizing and the western front although still active, has progressed slowly, burning itself out when it reached areas of sparse pine forest and volcanic land, as has been forecast.

 

Melchior took the opportunity to congratulate all those involved so far in the fire extinguisher from the different public authorities, both technicians and those who have been in charge of the operation, as well as municipal officials, private companies have offered their support and NGOs.

 

According to Julio Herrero, the head of the Canary Islands Natural Environmental Service, the chief operating officer of INFOCA last night, “the prospects for extinguishing the fire are looking good. The strategy is to stabilize the active area and then proceed to control it. These are inaccessible areas and helicopter transport units need to be deployed which will be reinforced with seaplanes and the Kamov helicopter. If weather conditions remain stable, the fire will not advance to the Santiago del Teide area. In Vilaflor, all the other emergency workers and helicopters from the Emergency and Rescue Group (GES) of the Canary Islands will be deployed to ensure that the situation remains stable.

 

During the night the Canary Emergency Service special operation set up by the regional Ministry of Health, did not report any incidents related to the fire assists. However, the advanced medical and health care units have been deployed to Guía de Isora and will continue on standby.

 

Power has also been restored to a power line affecting the supply to Vilaflor and La Escalona.

 

 

Information on roads

The TF-583 road to Taucho is now open to traffic.

  • The other roads that are closed at different points are:
  • TF-567 from La Escalona to Ifonche,
  • TF-585 from access to Tijoco,
  • TF-38, from Boca Tauce to Chío at kilometre 22;
  • TF -21, from Boca Tauce to Vilaflor, at kms 47 and 67,
  • TF-51 from km 11 and TF-563 from the 7.5 kilometre point.

All these roads may be cut for several days to facilitate the traffic flow for vehicles involved in the firefighting operation. Roads state can be checked through the following link:

http://cic.tenerife.es/e-Traffic3/Control?act=map