SL-TF 296 La Mesa

Technical information

  • Start: Plaza Dimas Coello (Igueste de Candelaria)
  • Finish: Plaza de Araya
  • Approval status: Approved
  • Degree of difficulty: Intermediate
  • Type of trail: Linear
  • Distance: 6.6 km (12.89 ft)
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Highest altitude: 806 m (12.89 ft)
  • Lowest altitude: 166 m (12.89 ft)
  • Elevation gain: 557 m (12.89 ft)
  • Elevation loss: 722 m (12.89 ft)
  • Links to other trails:
  • Protected Nature Areas:
  • Authorisation required: No

Trail description

The landscape of La Mesa affords breathtaking panoramic views of the Valley of Güímar and the chance to discover some of the most significant species of local and endemic flora and fauna that typically live among the tabaibas, cardons and pine trees. Moreover, hikers will be walking through the Protected Nature Area of the Corona Forestal Natural Park. The land still bears signs of the agricultural work that went on there years ago, with fields growing cereal crops, fruit trees and vines. The trail begins in the La Florida Ravine, in the village of Araya. Follow it up to the estate of Las Haciendas, a property of considerable value as it contains a traditional Canarian building. As you venture into Corona Forestal Natural Park, the landscape transforms to surround you with pine trees, especially the local Canarian variety. At an altitude of 550 m (1,805 ft) stands the house of Casa de La Mesa, a 19th century building that comprises a house, a wine press, a stable and a farmyard. The building was used by the peasants who worked the land communally. From here, the trail features several stone stretches, heading down along a windy path to the mouth of the Chacorche Ravine, where your hike ends. Alternatively, you can start your trail at the Chacorche Ravine and finish at the La Florida Ravine in Araya.


Altimetría SL-TF 296 La Mesa 

For your own safety, don't forget to check the condition of the trail.

The competent authority will be responsible for informing you if the trail is not recommendable in the wake of adverse weather conditions, as well as if the trail or part of it is closed, etc.

  • Competent authority: Candelaria Town Council
  • About the competent authority: SL-TF 296 La Mesa

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Weather Today
Maximum: 25º
Minimum: 21º
Candelaria. Calm weather all Thursday long. In the evening there will be not a cloud in the sky. Temperatures will remain unchanged.
Remember: Prevention, Information and Knowledge are the key to avoiding unpleasant situations.
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  1. Make sure you always have somebody else to walk with, stick to the marked footpaths and respect the way of life, privacy and property of the local inhabitants.
  2. If you keep your noise levels down, you will discover just how much life there is all around you.
  3. Take any rubbish with you, even organic waste. This will help preserve the beauty of the scenery and prevent the proliferation of rodents in the area. Take special care with cigarette butts.
  4. Picking up plants, animals or other items from the environment may entail the loss of irreplaceable resources.
  5. The people who take care of these Protected Nature Areas would be very grateful if you let them know about any incidents you may have noticed on your walk. To do so, contact the Environmental Department of the Island Council of Tenerife:

    Área de Medio Ambiente del Cabildo Insular de Tenerife


  6. Remember that the Island's environment is as unique as it is unpredictable. It must be enjoyed responsibly and sensibly. Take special care in natural areas and don't forget that accidents can happen at any time.
  7. Pay attention to signs.
  8. Check the weather forecast to make sure the conditions are suitable.
  9. Wear suitable clothing and footwear for hiking and always pack your mobile phone, sunscreen, a hat, a coat, a waterproof, enough food and plenty of water in your backpack.
  10. Let your family and/or friends know which route you will be taking and bear in mind how many daylight hours you will need to complete it.