A primitive forest in La Palma
Los Tilos Forest is an explosion of biodiversity and greenness that you will fall in love with on your first visit. A passive, peaceful jungle where mosses, silence and the smell of leaves abound. Los Tilos (or Los Tiles, its official name) is one of the few strongholds left in the world when it comes to laurisilva; a dense, verdant, primitive forest full of broad-leaved trees that dominated the planet millions of years ago. This is the reason why Los Tilos was declared a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco in 2002; a protection which nowadays encompasses the entire island of La Palma.
Trekking in Los Tilos Forest
The laurel forest is the leading lady in the story of La Palma and is located in the north-east of the island, 24 kilometres by road from the city of Santa Cruz and just four from the centre of Los Sauces. The road ends at the Los Tilos visitors’ centre, which has themed rooms, videos and a cafeteria. To enter into the forest there are some excellent self-guided walks to choose from, two of which are especially good. One is 2.5 kilometres long, which takes you around the heart of the forest, while the other climbs up 1,000 metres until you reach the refreshing springs of Marcos and Cordero.