La Palma is ALL exuberant nature, and water is one of its great attractions. Its resources and landscapes are so varied that approaching them using its extensive network of trails is not only recommended but also mandatory. And in this sense there are some routes that are essential if you travel to the island. The Marcos y Cordero trail is one of them.
In this route, water is the main protagonist because, in addition to walking through the heart of the laurel forest of La Palma, you visit one of the most important natural water springs in the Canary Islands thanks to the 13 tunnels between Casa del Monte (beginning of the trail) and the Marcos y Cordero springs.
How to get to the Marcos and Cordero Springs?
The most popular (and short) one involves taking a taxi from the vicinity of the Los Tilos Visitor Center to Casa del Monte. This last point is where the Marcos y Cordero path begins, which takes us quite comfortably (flat terrain) to the water sources. After passing through the springs, the path continues downhill, which means that at the end of the route the knees suffer a bit. In total 12.5 kms are walked.
The alternative includes dispensing with the taxi and walking a lot more. It is the longest option and only recommended for those walkers accustomed to long routes with steep slopes. The route starts from the wooden hut located 500 m. before the Los Tilos Visitor Center (this is the meeting point with taxis). This option adds about 25 kms.
There is a last option for those who only want to do the part of the route that crosses the 13 tunnels that lead to the water sources. In this case, it is necessary to reserve places in the taxi to go up to Casa del Monte and for the driver to wait for you to do the round trip on foot (approximately 3 hours).
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