Today it was really hot! So we decided to spend lunchtime at our house. At about 3pm we took the car and drove to Los Canarios in the south of the island. It took more than one hour to go there. In the south of the island are two famous volcanos - San Antonio and Teneguia. Last time we were on La Palma we walked along San Antonia. There is also a visitors center at the beginning of the volcano. Today we wanted to go closer to volcano Teneguia. We park our car at 28.490316, -17.853722. From there we walk below volcano San Antonio. Its last eruption was back in 1677. I think walking along in this part of the island is also something one should definitely do while being on La Palma. After about half an hour we have a great view to the Teide on Tenerife and La Gomera directly in front of us! La Gomera looks really close. We then walk up to the top of volcano Teneguia. Its last eruption was in 1971! Not so long ago! Walking on top of the volcano is a bit scary but the view is definitely worth it!
Hiking to Pico Birigoyo
This morning the weather was looking perfect! And so we decided to take another walk on the Ruta de los Volcanes - the volcano route. We did this walk already two years ago and it is just amazing. There is a path going along the whole Cumbre Vieja from Rifugio El Pilar to Fuencaliente in the south of the island. But we take it easy and walk only the first part of this route. We park the car at Mirador Del Jable (28.617327, -17.848487). From there we follow a small road for about two kilometres into the forest. Here you can already see lots of black ash. Then we turn left and walk up for about 300 metres. After leaving the trees behind us there is an amazing view! To the west we see the clouds below us and to the north there is the huge caldera! The sky above us is completely blue! Following the path in the direction of Rifugio El Pilar there comes a sign post. The part that shows up has been removed. But still the path is ok to walk. It leads directly up to the caldera of an old volcano! When you reach the caldera it is possible to walk one big round around it! It looks not far away but it takes a long time to reach the highest point of Pico Birigoyo (1807m). There we take long break and enjoy the view around - you can see Tenerife with the Teide and La Gomera! Then we walk down to Rifugio El Pilar and back to Mirador Del Jable. I think this tour is one of the best of La Palma! When you want you can also continue walking along the volcano route further south for about 20km 😉
Hiking on the caldera above the clouds
Today was a cloudy day. When we checked the NOT webcam we realized that the clouds were at least lower than 2400m since there was best weather on Roque de Los Muchachos. We didn't want to sit in the car for such a long time today. So we decided to take the car and just drove upwards for about 15-20 minutes to a parking place (28°42'20.6"N 17°55'46.0"W) not far from El Jesus. From here we started to hike upwards...