Marcos y Cordero Trail

Many consider this trail to be one of the most beautiful in all the Canary Islands. Water is the central element of this route that takes you to two of the most spectacular and abundant springs in the archipelago. Immerse yourself in the lush nature of La Palma and explore one of the bests hikes La Palma, the impressive trail of the Springs of Marcos and Cordero, a must-see route on the island.

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Marcos and Cordero Route

Immerse yourself in the heart of the laurel forest, experience nature in its purest state, while learning about the unique relationship between the inhabitants of La Palma and water over the centuries. To transport the water to the coast, an impressive irrigation ditch was built that required the excavation of 13 tunnels, some of them astonishing and hundreds of meters long, turning the journey into a true adventure. You will need a flashlight and raincoat to dodge the water jets.

There are two options to enjoy this route.

The most popular and shortest one involves booking a taxi in advance to go up to Marcos and Cordero, from the Los Tilos Visitor Center to the Casa del Monte, where the 12.5 km flat terrain trail to the springs begins. The path then descends towards the spectacular forest of Los Tilos, crossing the Barranco del Agua and enjoying the viewpoint of the Espigón Atravesado.

Another alternative, only recommended for experienced walkers, is to start the route from the wooden hut near the Los Tilos Visitor Center and walk approximately 25 km with steep slopes.

Without a doubt, the best option for this route is to book a guided group hike, as transportation to Casa del Monte is included in the excursion price.

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Marcos y Cordero group excursion

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How long does it take to do the Marcos and Cordero route in La Palma?

The most recommended and also the shortest route is 12.5 km and it takes about 4.30 hours approx.

Get ready for an exciting adventure on the island of La Palma!

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  • Limited access hours (until 14.00 hours in summer; 12.30, in winter)
  • Make sure you are in good physical shape, as the route is somewhat difficult and requires walking for several hours, often on uneven terrain.
  • Wear appropriate hiking shoes with good grip, as the terrain can be slippery, especially in wet areas.
  • Take a waterproof jacket and warm clothing in case of rain or sudden changes in temperature. It is also recommended to bring a backpack with water, food, sunscreen, a hat, and a map or GPS.
  • Do not leave the trail.
  • Check the weather information before doing the route.
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How to get to Marcos and Cordero without a map


Park your car in the parking lot of the Los Tilos forest and from the wooden hut a taxi will take you to the Casa del Monte to start the route. We recommend you book the taxi in advance.


This is undoubtedly the best option, as you will not have to worry about transport, in fact, a van will take you back and forth from your accommodation to the starting point at the Casa del Monte, and you will have an expert guide who will follow you on the path.


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