Choose Your Pace: Hiking the Diverse Landscapes of Gran Canaria

Both small and mighty, the Spanish island of Gran Canaria contains amazingly varied landscapes, from lush forests to towering mountains, which are best experienced on foot.
Program No. 23647RJ
9 days
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At a Glance

With around 240 hiking trails, the Spanish island of Gran Canaria is a utopia for outdoor enthusiasts. Though smaller than Rhode Island, it boasts astonishingly diverse ecosystems — from lunar landscapes and cacti-spotted flatlands to near-perfect beaches and colorful lava fields. On this week-long learning adventure you’ll have the opportunity to choose the hikes perfect for your own level of desired physical challenge, as you discover ancient pine forests and cave villages on foot with our expert instructor. Venture off the beaten path on hikes up mountains to natural springs and along a sunken caldera, as you choose how you want to learn about this natural paradise.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Choose Your Pace
Each day, choose from multiple hiking options based on your desired level of challenge and pace, ranging from 1.5-7.5 miles on mountain trails. Elevations of 141 to 5702 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • With our local expert, hike to Roque Nublo, a striking volcanic rock formation and one of the island’s impressive natural landmarks.
  • Walk along a gurgling stream, in a verdant and lush valley, while learning about the local flora and fauna.
  • Get a taste of the local culture at a famous Guía cheese factory to learn how it’s made and try some for yourself.
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Nacho Engel
Nacho Engel is a professional certified walking instructor who has been leading explorations in Scandinavia, Spain, and Portugal for 25 years. During that time, he spent four years living in Finnish Lapland, where he worked as a wilderness guide. Fluent in both Spanish and English, Nacho has also led explorations on the Camino de Santiago — the pilgrimage route across northern Spain — for 12 years now. He holds a degree in civil engineering from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, and he continues to make his home in Spain.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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