Up Close With a Volcano in La Palma, Canary Islands
The Canary Islands, more than a sun and beach holiday, are filled with adventure, sports and nature. One in particular is popular with young people - La Palma. And this says it all!
Spring is the perfect season to plan your trip which we are offering, consisting of walking along the edge of the Taburiente volcano, a huge crevice located in the heart of La Palma. The only thing you need for this thrilling excursion is adequate footwear to walk up the mountain, water in your rucksack, sun protection and a real sense of adventure. In addition, you and your friends can traverse part of the GF-131 path, which is a dizzying route around the side of the volcano. If you have enough time and it is a clear day, you can also take incredible photos of Tenerife, El Gomera and El Hierro.
As far as photography is concerned, another must see on the route is the Roque de los Muchachos viewpoint, the peak of La Palma. The views from here are breath-taking and include the height of the 1,500m volcano, covered completely by trees and original rock formations. To best understand the origin of this impressive landscape, you should visit the information point in the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, located beside the parking lot.
Want to do it at night? Although the Caldera de Taburiente National park (Carretera General Padrón, nº 47) does not have any shelter, you can camp. The area for this is located on the platform between the Roque de la Brevera Macha, the Roque Salvaje and the Taburiete river. You will need your own equipment (tent, sleeping bag, etc.), as well as asking permission and booking via the internet.
Photo| Richard Gailey