SL-TF 151.1 Ruigómez - San José de Los Llanos

Technical information

Trail description

This trail is known as La Ruta del Agua (The Water Route) due to the variety of water-related elements that can be found all along the way. You will see old gulleys, small holes that were dug out of the ground to get water and a bubbling spring emanating from the impermeable basalt rock and the palaeosol. It is all surrounded by a small woodland area dominated by different species of heath. Some of those heaths have grown so large that they form a tree-like canopy which blocks out the sunlight in certain places. This sample of ancient Monteverde woodland is extremely well preserved and makes for quite a stunning discovery in the humid shade of the El Guirre ravine. Your journey starts at the square outside the church of Ruigómez heading towards Calle San Isidro. Follow the street onto the El Guirre track, which climbs up to San José de Los Llanos. Leaving Ruigómez behind you, some 300 yards ahead the trail takes you off the track and onto a traditional pathway, guiding you into the woodland area mentioned above. Once through the woodland, the ascent continues up to the village of San José de Los Llanos. Take Avenida de Venezuela through the village, past the church of San José, and carry on until you reach the Recreation Area, which is where your journey ends and you can take a well-earned break.


Altimetría SL-TF 151.1 Ruigómez - San José de Los Llanos 

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.

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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.