On this adventure, I climb the challenging Camino de Jinama and discover how the trade winds have created some unique trees on the island of El Hierro.
CAMINO DE JINAMA
If you are looking for a challenging trek, this is the trail for you (PR EH8). Camino de Jinama is in the municipality of La Frontera, right at the centre of the island of El Hierro. Originally, Camino de Jinama was the trail used during the famous “mudadas” (moves), when the inhabitants from the top of the island used to come down to the Valle de El Golfo, changing their place of abode in winter and summer in search of the climate best suited to their crops and livestock.
We climb up a cliff in the Valle de El Golfo along what was the giant crater of a huge volcano that collapsed and slid into the sea, creating this incredible valley. Once we reach the shrine to La Caridad, we stop and observe the wonderful views that the island regales us with.
Have you ever seen twisted trees? The west of the island is home to the most curious trees in the Canary Islands archiepelago. The trade winds have sketched out these trees with impossible curves that are worth seeing for ourselves. Trail PR EH9 leads you to this peculiar forest and has sea views to make the scene complete.
MAKE A NOTE OF THIS TIP/RECOMMENDATIONS
- Using a walking stick as you hike along Camino de Jinama will help relieve tension in your knees.
- For a different view of the Valle de El Golfo, I recommend the Bascos Viewing Point. If that's not enough, you can continue up to the island's highest point: Pico de Malpaso - the halfway point on the GR-131 trail.