SL-TF 151.2 Ruigómez - El Tanque - El Tanque Bajo - La Atalaya

Technical information

Trail description

A trail that crosses the entire municipality from south to north. It will lead you into the Special Nature Reserve of Chinyero, through the centre of El Tanque and its historic quarter, and on to the La Atalaya Lookout Point, which borders with Garachico. It starts on a farmland track, walking amidst fields of crops to the Special Nature Reserve of Chinyero. You will reach Casa Canales, an old house on the hillside which still has its threshing ground and was built over tongues of lava. The house boasts an ingenious system for collecting and storing rainwater. The maze of lava tongues leads you to the area of Barrio Nuevo, where one of the municipality's most prized agro-cultural assets can be found: the threshing fields of Eras del Volcán. Walk on towards the town centre of El Tanque and, after passing the Town Hall, the trail continues along the old Mentidero Pathway, surrounded by fields of crops and grand old houses, into the historic quarter. Halfway between the square where the church of San Antonio de Padua stands and the La Atalaya Lookout Point, you will see the ruins of a wall that used to contain the dam which supplied water for the entire area. It was this hydraulic structure that gave the town its name: El Tanque, meaning "The Tank". One last short but steep downward stretch leads you to La Atalaya, one of the most breathtaking lookout points in the north of the Island.


Altimetría SL-TF 151.2 Ruigómez - El Tanque - El Tanque Bajo - La Atalaya 

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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Weather Today
Maximum: 22º
Minimum: 15º
El Tanque. Totally clear blue skies on Thursday morning. As the hours pass by it will be good weather. Mild temperature dropping.
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.