Los Brecitos

To get an overview of the park, there’s no better walk than the PR LP 13 trail, which begins at Los Brecitos (1081m). Get there from Los Llanos by following the signs first to Los Barros and then on to Los Brecitos. The path leads through a quiet Canary pine forest, past the park campsite, across a babbling brook and down the Barranco de las Angustias, crossing countless small streams along the way. Watch out for fascinating sights like brightly coloured mineral water that flows orange and green, intriguing shapes made by pillow lava and rock formations such as the phallic Roque Idafe, an important spiritual site for the Benahoaritas. This six-hour (22km) hike is popular and is suitable for anyone in average-to-good physical shape. Be careful if it has rained recently or if a storm seems imminent; the ‘Gorge of Fear’ can quickly become a raging torrent, and people caught in its fast-rising waters have died.

When the trail is fully open, the best way to tackle it is to park at Las Hoyas, at the base of the Barranco de las Angustias. From here, 4WD taxi shuttle services whisk you up to Los Brecitos and allow you to enjoy the descent back to your car without backtracking.