Los Tilos Waterfall and Forest

Immerse yourself in the majestic Los Tilos Forest and discover the spectacular Los Tilos Waterfall, located in San Andres y Sauces, in the northern part of La Isla Bonita. A true natural treasure on La Palma, this captivating spot was the first to be declared a World Biosphere Reserve in the Canary Islands and is a UNESCO Heritage site, making it a must-visit during your stay on the island.

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Los Tilos: A Natural Wonder in La Palma

This lush paradise is one of the most biodiverse areas in La Palma, offering a photogenic environment reminiscent of scenes from Jurassic Park. To reach the waterfall, you will enjoy a quiet and well-maintained trail that guides you through a landscape full of life and natural sounds, such as the murmur of water and the singing of birds, providing a unique experience for the senses.

The Los Tilos Waterfall route includes a tunnel, opening up to a wild landscape dominated by lush vegetation, giant ferns, and the impressive waterfall. Thanks to the diversion of water, you can approach the base of the waterfall, almost in the heart of the rocky gorge, and savor the sensation of falling water around you.

For those who desire a closer view, a staircase has been enabled that leads to the front of the waterfall. From this point, looking to the opposite side reveals a spectacular panorama. The gorges and lush vegetation testify to the incredible biodiversity housed in the Los Tiles La Palma park.

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Don’t miss the chance to visit the amazing Los Tilos Forest and its waterfall in La Palma. It’s an unforgettable experience in a natural environment of exceptional beauty. The Los Tilos Waterfall and Los Tilos Forest in La Palma are ideal places on the island to visit with family and children. You can visit Los Tilos on your own or take a bus tour that will also help you discover the treasures of the island’s north.

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La Palma Los Tilos Waterfall Curiosity

Surprisingly, the La Palma waterfall is not entirely natural. Originally, the waterfall was formed by the Marcos and Cordero springs. However, in the late 1950s, its course was altered to build a hydroelectric plant.

At the beginning of the 21st century, the municipality of San Andrés y Sauces decided to restore the waterfall. To do this, a large rainwater accumulator tank was built. In 2005, the waterfall was reopened, allowing visitors to enjoy this beautiful aquatic phenomenon in the Los Tilos Forest.

Los Tilos Forest is home to one of the most prominent laurel forests in the Canary Islands

Located in the municipality of San Andrés y Sauces, the valuable natural heritage you will find here is truly impressive. This reserve hosts a wide variety of landscapes and ecosystems.

The Los Tilos Forest is a wonder of biodiversity and lushness that captivates at first sight. It’s a peaceful and serene jungle, where mosses, silence, and the scent of fresh leaves abound. Los Tilos is one of the few global refuges of laurel forest, an ancient and lush forest of broadleaf trees that used to be common on the planet millions of years ago.

Nearby the Los Tilos Waterfall, there is an interpretation center with a permanent exhibition that explains the importance of the natural values of the environment. Additionally, there is a typical restaurant with benches and tables in the middle of the forest. The area is perfect for walking and offers various options for hiking. The longest route takes you to the sources of Marcos and Cordero with high difficulty. The short Los Tilos Forest route can also be done with children and takes you to the Mirador del Espigón Atravesado, an easy, well-signposted path of about 5.74 km.

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The Los Tilos forest is located 24 km from Santa Cruz and only a few km from Los Sauces. You can access it from the main Lp1 road in the north of the island, turning left before crossing the large bridge of Los Sauces. The destination is well signposted, and the road ends near the visitor center.


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