GR 131 STAGE 1: PUERTO DE TAZACORTE - ROQUE DE LOS MUCHACHOS

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  • DISTANCE: 16.90 Kms
  • DIFFICULTY: Extreme (Only for keen sport types). The enormous height difference, long duration of the hike, heat and possible dehydration due to lack of water and, in winter, low temperatures.
  • NATURE RESERVES WITHIN THE TRAIL: Paisaje Protegido del Barranco de Las Angustias. Parque Nacional de La Caldera de Taburiente.
  • RECOMMENDED TIME OF THE YEAR: All year round. Avoid hot days. Beware of snow in winter.
  • GETTING TO THE TRAIL:A support vehicle is required or else a taxi must be ordered.
  • BASIC RECOMMENDATIONS: Habitual precautions common to hiking in general are listed below. At the risk of sounding obvious, here are some of the most important:

    • Check weather forecasts before setting off to hike.
    • Don´t go alone.
    • Tell someone your intended destination and expected time of arrival.
    • Carry a small rucksack with warm clothing, waterproofs, food and plenty of water. 
    • Don´t forget such simple items as: sun hat, protective cream and sun glasses.
    • Carry a mobile phone with fully-charged battery, a map and, if possible, a compass. They will probably never be used but, when required, are of vital importance.
    • Wear suitable gear, especially footwear: trekking boots or similar are essential, trainers or pumps are to be avoided, habitual precautions common to hiking in general are listed below.