Ruta de los Volcanes

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The black sand glitters in the sun. In the picture right above, you can see a nearby rainbow, even before the trees. We had a little rain when we walked here, so we were surprised by several of these nearby-rainbows. When you try to catch one of these with your camera, they disappear in an instant. Except the one right above, of course.

Everywhere on the island are volcanoes. The best way to experience this is to walk the Ruta de los Volcanes, a 19 kilometer long track, from El Pinar picknickplace to Fuencaliente, that guides you along a lot of volcanoes.



Black sand

With all these volcanoes here, you'll expect to see a lot of lava. And you will. We learned there are diffent kinds of lava, of which two are called Aa and Pahoehoe, named after the sound a Hawaiian makes if he walks on these kinds of lava barefoot.


Although you see quite a lot of people here, you are far away from the nearest village. We were very surprised by a German tourist who asked us if this was the way to the main road. It was, but the pour guy would have to walk over 20 kilometers to arrive in Fuencaliente. We still wonder where he came from ... and why he didn't buy a map.

A little volcano

The black hole

According to a lot of guidebooks on La Palma, from some of the craters smoke clouds emerge sometimes. Because the last eruption is almost 30 years ago, we have our doubts about this. Probably these guidebooks just copy this text from each other.

The volcanoes have all kinds of colours: mostly black and brown, but as well yellow and pink, green or blue. There are craters and fields of dried lava, standing rocks, mountains and so on.
La Palma is not a very large island, so you can see a lot of ocean in almost any direction.

The black hole has more colours than black


When you have completed the full track along the volcanoes, you have either seen enough volcanoes for your whole life, or you are addicted for the rest of your life.

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