Discover the natural beauty that defines the island's northern region, which includes lush forests, exotic plants, clear seawater pools and ancient volcanoes on this Oceania Choice tour.
From the pier, you'll travel north, following a coastal route that takes you toward the town of La Galga, which is wedged between two deep-cut gorges. After taking in the stunning views from the San Bartolo lookout, you'll wind through the mountains to Los Tilos, a UNESCO biosphere covered by the largest, most pristine laurel forest in the Canary Islands. You may also see indigenous plants such as the orange-blossomed Canarian Bellflower and Strawberry Tree, whose edible fruits resemble bright strawberries.
Continuing on, more natural wonders await you at Charco Azul, a cluster of clear swimming pools formed long ago by a lava flow that reached the sea. Later, in the lovely hillside town of San Andres, you'll enjoy gorgeous panoramic views of the steep coast and then an informative walking tour through a surrounding banana plantation. Bananas flourish on the island and fuel much of the economy, as does sugar cane, which also grows readily near San Andres.
From here, it's on to the Parado La Palma restaurant where a hearty Canarian lunch awaits you. Following lunch, you'll re-board your coach and drive south to the San Antonio volcano, which last erupted in the late 1600s. From the crater's rim, you'll also have a fine view of the Teneguia volcano and the town of Fuencaliente, which means "hot spring." It's really a misnomer because the nearby spring that inspired the town's name has long since been destroyed by volcanic activity. Afterwards, you'll transfer directly back to the pier and your awaiting ship.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking and there is some uneven ground and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate. The walking at Los Tilos can border on strenuous. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.