31 Aug Hiking on La Palma
Hiking on La Palma
Hiking in the Caldera de Taburiente
The Nacional Park of the Caldera de Taburiente is situated directly in the heart of La Palma. And La Palma is by definition a hiking island. If you come to hike on La Palma, the only way to discover the Caldera is within walking. A comfortable path is leading down to the Caldera. The trek is soft and well signed. It passes several viewing points and leads to the camping area. This point offers to make a stop on the way. The water of the river ist crystal-clear but icy-cold. A bath only suitable for brave hearts.
For the aborigines of La Palma the Roque Idafe was a holy symbol. But today it is a milestone for the hikers who are discovering the Caldera de Taburiente. The monolith rises vertically on the lef side of the trek. It is on our descent through the Reventón before we reach the ravine. The island was inhabited by aborigines who lived in the neolithic times. They adored natural gods and created cave paintings. They lived in natural caves and moved their goats to the woods and meadows. Therefore one can well say that the ancient inhabitants were the first hikers on the island.
The river Taburiente
La Palma is the only island of the Canarian Archipelago with stable amount of water in its rivers or streams. The watercourse remains constantly. And serves for watering extensive plantations on the whole island. In Dos Aguas the water streams of the river Taburiente flow together. Hikers cross the river over stones. From thhis point on the water is collected in the water canal and leaded to the Aridane valley. Therefore for hikers from now on it is more easy to walk. The best hiking option on La Palma is without any doub the Caldera de Taburiente.
The walking tour on La Palma
The classic way to discover the Caldera in one day starts in Los Brecitos on 1050 meters. But to reach this viewing point you first would need transportation. From Los Brecitos the path leads continously down crossing centuries-old pine forests. We leave behind old tobacco plantations with empty houses. After 2 hours trekking on La Palma you will reach the heart of the Caldera de Taburiente. Then follows a steep descent through the Reventón until reaching the ravine, the Barranco de Las Angustias. The last 6 km of the trip run in soft descent through the Barranco de Las Angustias. The one who visit La Palma should not miss this excellent tour. Not for nothing it was declared National Park since already more than 65 years.
Other hiking tours on La Palma
In addition to the Caldera de Taburiente, you cannot miss the GR131 along the Ruta de Los Volcanes. Although another star route is Los Manantiales de Marcos y Cordero.