My tour from Almaciga to Benijo and Chamorga is one of many walks I have passed in the northern part of the Anaga mountain range. There are several variants of this tour, and I have passed them on various occasions. Here, I describe the shortest route which is convenient if you depend on the public bus transport. Please keep reading.
Almaciga – Benijo – Cruz de Chamorga – Chamorga
The names in the title describe the places and locations you pass on this tour. In my case, this was after using the bus 946 from Santa Cruz. This is the only line, and it is from the south of the island. So, you will leave the bus at the last-but-one stop, which is on the road close to the sea before the bus turns up to the village and to its last stop, see the photo below.
But do not worry if you miss this stop, you will be fine even if you continue to the last one; in this case, you will just descend to the road and continue to Benijo.
On the other hand, if you use your own car, you might want to continue to Benijo and park the car in the place at the entrance to the village. The route is roughly depicted by the red line in this map below:
The basic route
So as you see, from Benijo you will follow a tiny path which goes roughly in the east direction (the red line in the map), and you will be gaining the altitude all the way up to the Cruz de Chamorga (this is the red marker on the map, and it represents the highest point of the route, at some 660 meters above the sea level). The most of the path from Benijo to the Cruz is with great views, only the final section is through the pleasant forest.
The Cruz de Chamorga is the point where you will cross the path which comes from the Ensillada direction and continues towards the Faro which is in the north-east direction from that point. From the Cruz, you have several options, but if your destination is Chamorga, you can do any if these two:
- One option is descending directly to Chamorga, and you will be there in half an hour time by following a nice path through the forest. This is presented with the red line the map above.
- Yet another option is to continue along the ridge in the direction of Faro, and then from Tafaga to descend towards Chamorga. I warmly recommend to do so if you have time, this is only some 40 minutes extra time. This variant is shown by the blue line in the map. One small part of this route is described in my another text about the round tour Chamorga – Faro – Chamorga.
From Almaciga to Cruz de Chamorga (the highest point of the route, you will need around 90 minutes. In yet another 20 minutes or so, you will be in Chamorga. So all in all, plan around 2 hours for this tour.
Make sure to be in time for your bus from Chamorga, check the time tables here.
Why this tour in the first place
This is a relatively easy tour, orientation is never a problem, and it is convenient if you use the public transport. So, you will arrive at Almaciga by the line 946, and from Chamorga take the minibus line 947 back to Santa Cruz. The public transport on the island is very good and reliable.
Note, the route can be done the other way around, from Chamorga to Almaciga. This is easier because Chamorga is far above the sea level and most of the time you will be descending towards the sea. Just keep an eye on the timetables of the two bus lines.
Regardless which direction you do, there are several variants of this tour, see some of them shown in the maps below.
Here are a few images from the “blue” part of the route (see the map above):
Possible variants of the tour
Here, I give several possible variants (there are more).
This one is a sort of double-loop route and it includes passing Draguillo, a tiny village in te direction of Roques de Anaga. You can do your own sub-variant of it if you wish:
The variant below is suitable if you are using your own car. So you do a circular route, the first part is described in the basic route above, and the second part is a variant you will have to explore. If you go in the clockwise direction, the north branch of this circular route may be a bit tricky to find after you pass Draguillo. So, I would suggest doing this route in the anti-clockwise direction, it should be far easier to find the path.
One thing to remember here: at Tafaga (which is the easternmost point of the route, see the map), you should see the path descending in the direction of Roques de Anaga. So this is your direction. Roques de Anaga will always be in the sight below you, but you do not descend to the see:
This is very similar to the basic route above. The difference is that from Benijo, you do not climb up diagonally towards the Cruz de Chamorga. Instead, you follow the route in the direction of Roques de Anaga, parallel to the sea. You can see this part in the pictures in my text about the Roques route. At Dragillo, you continue directly up towards the Cruz de Chamorga:
To conclude, I hope you have enjoyed my text about Almaciga – Benijo – Chamorga tour. I do not give photos of Chamorga, you can see them in my separate text. But in any case, do not miss to visit the village, this is the most remote place on the island. Do not underestimate this tour, you have to climb far more than 600 meters from the sea level.
It will be great to hear from you, so do not hesitate to contact me in the case of questions and comments, there is a comment box below. There are many more hiking tours around and only a small part of them is presented in the site. I plan to add a few more, so stay tuned. Have a nice day.