Independent Hiking Tour

Volcano tour self-guided


Volcano tour self-guided

19 € per person

We transfer you daily to the Refugio del Pilar, from where you can start your walk along the mythical Volcanoes Route. This hike starts at an altitude of 1450 metres above sea level and climbs progressively up the Cumbre Vieja until ireaching almost 2000 metres. The twin cones of Las Deseadas mark the turning point from where the GR 131 begins its relentless descent to Los Canarios de Fuencaliente (although the GR 131 continues downwards to the lighthouse). Along the way, you will leave behind such amazing volcanoes as Hoyo Negro, the Duraznero and Volcán Martín.

crater del San Juan por el GR131 de La Palma

Transfer from Santa Cruz de La Palma

Depart from Santa Cruz: 08:30

Main road transfer: 40 minutes

Self guided hiking tour

Return with public bus, Line 200 & 201

Transfer available every day, from 2 persons onwards

The volcano tour on La Palma

Our transfer will take you to Refugio El Pilar, 1450 metres above sea level. The volcano tour on La Palma begins there. And you will find the GR 131 that runs along the Cumbre Vieja towards Fuencaliente.  This whole mountain range is a huge volcano that erupts periodically. Recently we have had a destructive eruption at a lower elevation of this range, which flowed towards the west of the island. The Volcanoes Route has not been affected though. The road climbs up to 2000 metres when you reach Las Deseadas (twin cones). But before that you will have passed the craters of Hoyo Negro, Nambroque and Duraznero. All three were part of the 1949 eruption.

The volcano tour on La Palma has a total length of 17.5 km and crosses historic volcanic sites, such as the Martín volcano, with its beautiful red tones, which erupted in 1646. The end point of this route is the southern village of Fuencaliente (Los Canarios).

Self-guided route:
  • We offer you a transfer from Los Cancajos or Santa Cruz de La Palma to the starting point of the route.
    We provide you with a description of the route and we will assist you by phone, if necessary.
  • PRICE per person:  19 €  (minimum 2 people)
  • The return trip will be on your own, by regular bus (ticket price not included in the price).

If you are a family group of 5 people or more, take advantage of our group discount! Just enter the number of people and a 15% discount will be automatically applied on booking.

More than 14 people? Contact us directly for group rates.

The volcano tour on La Palma

Possibly on of the most impresives walks that you can do on our island. A demanding hike of 17,5 Km

Transfer to Refugio del Pilar

From Los Cancajos or Santa Cruz de La Palma, the transfer to the starting point of this route takes approximately 30 minutes. The road climbs up through San Isidro and crosses the summit at one of its lowest points: El Refugio del Pilar. The GR 131 crosses this recreational area, much appreciated by the local population in the summer season.

The San Juan Volcano

It was on the 23rd of June 1949 when the earth split and the lava came out of its entrails. And it was the day of San Juan. This was the penultimate volcano on La Palma and it produced three beautiful craters: Hoyo Negro, Nambroque and Duraznero. And in this order these are the first three volcanoes you will see on this route.

The Deseadas

The name can be misleading, as they are two suggestive protuberances at the top of the Cumbre Vieja. They are the twin volcanic cones with the highest elevation (1,949 metres above sea level) and also represent the halfway point of the route on the way to Fuencaliente.

Martin Volcano

In Tenerife they thought that the pirates were attacking La Palma with tremendous cannon shots. So loud was the roar of the eruption of Volcán Martín on St. Martin’s Day in 1646. A volcano whose lava flowed for almost as many days as the last one (as yet unnamed) and which enlarged the island to the east with a new gorge.

Fuente de Los Roques Refuge

Fountain and picnic area, located 1100 metres above sea level, at the end of the Volcanoes Route. If necessary, the route can be shortened by 3.5 km, ending at this point.

Los Canarios de Fuencaliente

Why two names for the same locality? Los Canarios: this was the name given to the original inhabitants of La Palma when the conquistadors arrived on the island. And Fuencaliente: there used to be a hot spring which was buried by the eruption of the San Antonio volcano in 1677.

The return to the hotel

The only bus stop is in the square next to the road that crosses the village. There you will also find the Information Centre. Buses 200 and 201 connect Fuencaliente with Cancajos and Santa Cruz de La Palma every hour. Next to the map you will find all available timetables for this bus line.


Departure place :

Pick up in Santa Cruz de La Palma (check pick up point and time in the booking calendar)


Total ascent : + 550 m.

Total descent : - 1250 m.

Walking time : 6,5 h

Walking distance : 17,5 Km

Important !

We recommend suitable hiking clothing and sturdy footwear. During the routes, it is necessary to have enough food and drink, as well as sun protection, cap, light windbreaker and warm clothing in the winter months.

Unexpected changes

Due to weather conditions or unforeseen issues, there may be changes to the tour itinerary. You will be informed as soon as possible.

Further questions ?

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail or telephone:

+34 922 433 001

We will be happy to help you and answer any questions you may have!

Do you better want to do this walk in a guided group? 
…and walk together with friendly people enjoying the guide knowledges
one day tour
6+ Age
  • Destination
  • Departure Time
  • Dress Code
    Comfortable clothing / sturdy shoes
  • Included
    Bus transfers
  • Not Included
    4WD transfer
    access permissions
    Arrival transfer
    Bed & Breakfast accommodation
    Bicycle rental
    Car Rental
    Courtesy lunch
    field telescope
    Half board accommodation
    HAVEN hanging tent
    in/out Airport transfer
    Liability and accidents insurance
    Local flights + Ferry
    Luggage transfer
    Maps and printed descriptions
    Transfer by ship
    Transfers by taxi and regular bus
    Traslado en 4x4
    Two nights in a hotel


Transfer to Refugio del Pilar for your hiking route along the GR 131 on the Cumbre Vieja - Return on your own from Fuencaliente (regular bus, lines 200 and 201, every hour).

...And for the return, take bus number 200 or 201 (with a frequency of 1 hour), from Fuencaliente.
  • Public Bus 200 y 201– Fuencaliente - Santa Cruz de La Palma

  • from Monday to Friday (line 200)
    • 06:40  /  09:00  /  11:00  /  13:00  /  15:00  /  17:00  /  19:00  /  21:00

    from Monday to Friday (line 201)
    • 06:00  /  06:40  /  08:00 /  10:00  /  12:00  /  13:45  /  16:00  /  18:00  /  20:00

    Saturday & Sunday (line 200)
    • 09:00  /  11:00  /  13:00  /  15:00  /  17:00  /  19:00  /  21:00

    Saturday & Sunday (line 201)
    • 08:00  /  10:00  /  13:45  /  18:00

1st  Type on calendar the day of your tour

2nd  Type the number of participants (min. 2 persons)

3rd Select the pick-up place

If you are a family group of 5 people or more, take advantage of our group discount! Just enter the number of people and a 15% discount will be automatically applied on booking. More than 14 people? Contact us directly for group rates.  

Once you have made your booking, you will receive a detailed description of this route by email, in PDF file.

Wanderwege Markierungen La Palma

Although the paths are perfectly signposted, we provide you with a very detailed description sheet so that you can do your walk safety and relaxed

And we'll keep in touch with you throughout your walk to make sure everything goes smoothly. We provide you a phone number permanently reachable.

Doubts? Just call us!

GPX tracks available for mobile devices

letrero senderismo La Palma GR131
oficina Natour