Virgen del Pino
Entry at the centro de visitante (one of the island information centers, for the nationalpark caldera de taburiente in el paso.)
Here you will find detailed descriptions about the fauna and flora of this area and lots of information about the extensive, well-developed hiking network.
It is highly recommended to look around there extensively before the start of the hiking route and to discover new inspirations for hiking trails or excursions.
Without a car and with kids:
The bus line 300 (los llanos or Santa cruz por la cumbre) from Santa Cruz or from the other direction from Los Llanos runs twice every hour except Sundays and public holidays.
We get off at “centro de visitante – el paso” and start with a family-friendly, easier hiking tour.
*Those who arrive by car can of course park in the information center’s car park.
Our tour starts right behind the center. A path that is surrounded by rustic walls leads us towards the mountains and away from the street.
It is part of the PRLP 1 (Pino de la Virgen – el Abrigado) island hiking network.
You pass the flat foot that passes the mountain in front of you. Most of the time you can target the Virgen del Pino with the huge and already legendary pine from the start. So you can safely hike off the official trails and find your destination.
The path leads us through rural pastures and farm animals. And leaves a romantic and original taste.
We enjoy this first impression and come after about an hour, below the Virgen del Pino on a paved access road.
The climb to the landmark of this area is worthwhile.
From here you could combine different hikes:
- The Reventon pass – which demands the right hiking fitness and experience. And you should definitely inform yourself beforehand.
- An unofficial pass under half and partially parallel path of the Reventon. There is a relatively inconspicuous hint on the left side after they have followed the official path upwards from the Virgen. If you follow this, you land on hiking trails that lead you on foot to the Mirador de la cumbre cita. However, we also recommend that not for inexperienced and with children.
* Note: this route is used for hunting on Saturday and Sunday and may therefore be closed and not recommended with children.
- Exploring the forest below and entering Pico Bejenado.
For this we turn back on the Virgin and follow the paved road down. At about the height at which we first came across this street, a pit opens up on the right. Here sand and earth were removed. A forest slope invites you to a little detour.
The right way, however, is around the pit. You come to a small parking lot and follow the path. It ends in a dry river bed.
Depending on your desire, keep to the right and explore the woody and rocky landscape, or follow the riverbed on the left and be led back to the parking lot. From here you can now follow the paved road. At the parking lot with a distinctive group of eucalyptus trees, turn left if you want to go back to the starting point.
If you followed the road to the right here, go to the ascent of Pico Bejenado.
Both of the following excursion destinations are worthwhile as a separate excursion. And not exactly, to take with you in passing easily and by the way!!!! Since they go up and are sometimes very long and difficult walks.
- Pico Bejenado. This hike is also not recommended for beginners and children. It is a fantastic view, but a very steep climb. Be sure to inform well beforehand!
- La Cumbrecita: a very popular destination that is easily accessible by car. But since it is in the national park, there is no free access road.
It can happen that you have to wait at the bottom of the control until someone else comes back before you can explore it.
As soon as you get in, follow the serpentine road up to the parking lot and choose one of the circular routes. With fit hiking children a very nice family destination!