|Difficulty: Moderate. Constants slopes. Hot temperatures.|
|Type of route: One way only. Ends at Papagayo beaches or at Playa Blanca|
|Walking (4 h): A full-day hike which takes you through beautiful deserted beaches.|
|Running (2 h 15 min): Demanding with intense but short climbs.|
- Distancia 14.00 km
- Tiempo 2 h 15 min
- Velocidad 4.0 km/h
- Min. Elevación 1 m
- Max. Altura 76 m
- Desnivel + 482 m
- Desnivel - 488 m
The route: Intense training with sea views
This is a demanding trail and if running, it is not suitable for beginners. Recommended for those keen to tackle gradients as it takes you up and down ravines and gullies by the sea.
On several occasions there will be various trails to choose from, but generally speaking the one closest to the sea is usually the most technically challenging. When you reach the fourth beach (Barranco de Los Dises) there is no clear path, so you’ll have to continue along the beach and climb the next ravine (Barranco Parrado) which has no clear path. Once at the top, you’ll see a path which can be followed for a few hundred metres before it reaches a dead-end, but then you have to continue south briefly off track.
You’ll soon come across a kind of circular stone corral which is where you need to take the path that climbs inland to the right, following a route for mountain bikes. This will take us away from the sea to the entrance road to the beaches of Papagayo and then to the first hotels in Playa Blanca where the seafront promenade takes you to the centre of town.
|Best feature: Intense but short slopes.|
|Point of interest on route: Los Ajaches: A walk which gives a true sense of just how old these mountains are.|
|Nearby trails: Barranco del Quíquere – Playa Quemada.|