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Gilles Audenaerde

Originally from Belgium, I have been traveling for more than 6 years and working for several agencies in different parts of the world. In 2005 I fell in love with the Canary Islands. The 7 different islands, their people, the gastronomy, and the amazing landscapes.

I founded One Two Trek to share this archipelago through active holidays.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Lanzarote and all the Canary Islands. I am specialized in hiking holidays, family trips, soft adventure travel, multi-activity. But also tailored made trips focused on culture, and gastronomy, wellness workshops.

For me, it is important to be away from big resorts and to feel the rural life of the Canary Islands."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I have a degree in tourism from the University of Brussels. Right after my study, I left for Mexico to travel for a few months, but in the end, I stayed there for more than 2 years, working for a Canadian tour operator. From there, I spent a few years working and traveling around the world.

Now with licenses as both an international mountain leader and official guide of the Canary Islands, I am showing the archipelago I love to travelers through nature, culture, and authenticity. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"When I was backpacking in Guatemala in 1999 during a visit to the Mayan ruins of Tikal, I got amazed by the view and the feelings I had on the top of Temple 4, in the middle of the jungle. The top of the pyramid is above the vegetation, and I could feel and hear the wildlife from below. The sun went down and I decided to spend the night there, on Temple 4. So many stars, and so many noises, fantastic!"

Gilles is part of the following groups: Spain Travel Agents
Caleta de Famara in northeastern Lanzarote
Ultimate Canary Islands Tour - 8 Days

This exciting 8-day itinerary covers the archipelago's three easternmost islands with the help of a private guide. Traveling by road and ferry, you'll discover historic villages, orchards, forests, mountains, beaches, volcanoes, and vineyards to understand just what makes this destination so unique. There will be plenty of free time to explore each isle's capital—especially in the evenings—to round out this fun adventure.

Papagayo Beach
Adventure in Lanzarote - 8 Days

Visit the sunny islands of Lanzarote and La Graciosa on this active 8-day adventure. From sweeping views of the ocean to ancient volcanoes and dreamy beaches, the islands' landscapes will leave you wanting more. Kayak along the coast, go hiking and mountain biking in the north and explore Cesar Manrique's art in the Jameos del Agua lava caves.

Timanfaya National Park
Long Weekend Hiking in Lanzarote - 4 Days

Enjoy a short and sweet getaway to Lanzarote, one of the incredible Canary Islands. Hike through Timanfaya National Park and the rocky northern coast with a private guide and explore art installations in ancient lava caves. Don't worry about the details—from the airport pickup to delicious picnic lunches and a relaxing stay in beautiful Arrecife, everything is taken care of.

Recent trip reviews for Gilles

WOW - Great trip and even better guide! · Spain - Jul 22 - Jul 24, 2021

Traveler: Brad H. - Local specialist: Gilles Audenaerde

WOW - what a trip. Nine family members ranging from 17 to 85 traveling to 5 of the 8 Canary Islands. First off, the itinerary had something for everyone. We felt the process of arranging the trip was very easy, even with us a half a world away in the US. Then Covid hit and we had to push the the trip a year. Gilles was very helpful taking our deposit from a year ago and working with all the Hotels to ensure we didn't lose it. Then once we arrived to the island we were assigned a guide for the... read more

WOW - what a trip. Nine family members ranging from 17 to 85 traveling to 5 of the 8 Canary Islands. First off, the itinerary had something for everyone. We felt the process of arranging the trip was very easy, even with us a half a world away in the US. Then Covid hit and we had to push the the trip a year. Gilles was very helpful taking our deposit from a year ago and working with all the Hotels to ensure we didn't lose it. Then once we arrived to the island we were assigned a guide for the week. His name was Eden and he rocked. Eden was tasked with managing everything, from touring, logistics, arranging our meals, and just dealing with 9 type A Americans that all had our own options and needs. I have traveled all over the world, and Eden was by far the best guide (and now I call friend) I have ever had the pleasure meeting or working with. He went above and beyond. He even spent an entire Ferry ride with my 24 year old daughter while she was sea sick. He held ice on her neck and never left her alone! Amazing is just one of many words I would use. Our trip was awesome, Eden ensured that and really cared about everything. If you go (and you should), request Eden - he made our trip a 5 star adventure.

Incredible Canary Island Hopping Experience · Spain - Dec 15 - Dec 23, 2019

Traveler: Linda S. - Local specialist: Gilles Audenaerde

This was a visit to various Canary Islands over eight days and it was incredible, thanks to my primary guide, Gilles (& his colleague for two days, Carlos Garcia). It was mostly in Spanish since I speak the language, and it added so much, culturally. Gilles arranged my lodging and land/water transportation. I spent full days immersed in learning as I visited each island via hiking, walks, talks, food, culture, art, geology, history. It’s exactly what I was yearning for and I’m so appreciative... read more

This was a visit to various Canary Islands over eight days and it was incredible, thanks to my primary guide, Gilles (& his colleague for two days, Carlos Garcia). It was mostly in Spanish since I speak the language, and it added so much, culturally. Gilles arranged my lodging and land/water transportation. I spent full days immersed in learning as I visited each island via hiking, walks, talks, food, culture, art, geology, history. It’s exactly what I was yearning for and I’m so appreciative that Gilles & Carlos provided me with such richness. Everything was special. I’m sure I will return to visit the islands I missed. Thanks so much!....Linda

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Gilles Audenaerde, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Linda,
I hope you had a good trip back.
Thank you very much for your review. And thank you for the time we shared. We are very happy that you enjoyed it so much.
Enjoy your family and I hope I will see you again.

Gilles

Amazing Grand Canary experience! · Spain - Nov 22 - Nov 23, 2019

Traveler: Michelle L. - Local specialist: Gilles Audenaerde

My husband and were able to see five of eight Grand Canary Islands in the course of 11 days. Gilles came up with a great itinerary based on our suggestions of things we wanted to see or do on our trip. The first portion of the tour, visiting the Tenerife and Gran Canaria Islands Gilles arranged local guides for us. Both guides, Juan Miguel and 'Paco' had amazing knowledge of the history of each island and we thoroughly enjoyed our time and hikes with both of them! Gilles then accompanied us... read more

My husband and were able to see five of eight Grand Canary Islands in the course of 11 days. Gilles came up with a great itinerary based on our suggestions of things we wanted to see or do on our trip. The first portion of the tour, visiting the Tenerife and Gran Canaria Islands Gilles arranged local guides for us. Both guides, Juan Miguel and 'Paco' had amazing knowledge of the history of each island and we thoroughly enjoyed our time and hikes with both of them! Gilles then accompanied us for the last three islands, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and La Graciosa. Gilles is originally from Belgium but has made Lanzarote his home for 15 years. He has a great passion and love for his adopted home and has amassed a great knowledge of the history and the special features of the islands. Our days were full and some were long, but we enjoyed every minute of the experience. We met so many friendly people along the way and learned so much about the islands and the unique culture, landscapes and cuisines along the journey. We highly recommend Gilles and Grand Canary Islands!

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Gilles Audenaerde, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Michelle,
thank you again for your review. It was a pleasure to share those moments with you. Keep enjoying your travel.
All the best!
Gilles