Hiking around the new Tajogaite volcano, on the island of La Palma
One of the most fascinating experiences on the island of La Palma is a walk through the Cumbre Vieja Natural Park. A walk full of paradoxes, because despite the name, Cumbre Vieja (“old summit”) is geologically more recent than Cumbre Nueva (“new summit”) of La Palma. It is also home of the newest volcano on the “Beautiful Island” (Isla Bonita), the Tajogaite volcano, so called after a popular consultation with the people of La Palma. The eruption of the volcano ended on the 13th of December 2021, after 85 days of colossal emissions of ash, gases, lava flows and rivers of lava. A breathtaking view through a beautiful range of contrasts and colours to get an idea of the magnitude of the devastation caused by the eruption.
What we are going to do?
We will go on a circular hiking tour lasting about 2.5 hours (5 km) with the security and special permission of the Cabildo de La Palma (insular government) to enter a restricted area of the Llano de Jable, in Cumbre Vieja. We will meet at the Visitor Centre of La Caldera de Taburiente and from there we will drive up in authorized vehicles to Llano de Jable. The hike starts right at the oldest historically documented volcano on La Palma and will take us through thick layers of ash to the crater formed by the most recent eruption of Cumbre Vieja (2021). From this point we will be able to observe an impressive perspective of mystical and energetic landscapes that until recently were only accessible to volcanologists. Throughout the tour and with the support of powerful images, the local guide will take us back in time to the months of the eruption, sharing details of his own experience. He will also explain the long-term effects of the eruption and what the situation is like today. The way back will take place on the old forest track "Cabeza de Vaca" with views of the Aridane Valley.
Guided walking tour (2,5 hours)
Experienced local guide
Special permit for access to restricted area
Travel (to the hiking start point) in authorised vehicles
What should I bring?
Comfortable and resistant footwear
Sun and wind protection
A large water bottle
The experience is of medium-low difficulty and suitable for all except people with respiratory problems. The levels of gas emissions from the volcano are monitored at all times by the competent authorities and the excursion will be cancelled for safety reasons if indicated.
Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.