Hiking on La Palma

Volcano tour

Escorted walk

Volcano tour

42 € per person

From 1450 metres above sea level, the GR 131 leads the way along the Volcanoes Route along the southern mountain range. This is possibly the most iconic of all the hikes on La Palma. The Refugio El Pilar is the starting point, where a gradual ascent begin, along the edge of the mountain range until reaching the twin cones of Las Deseadas, almost 2,000 m above sea level. Along the way, recent volcanoes and ancient craters follow one after the other in a landscape full of drama and spectacular views on both sides of the island. After more than 17 km on foot, the GR 131 leads us to the southern village of Fuencaliente.

senderismo en La Palma por el GR131 desde el Refugio del Pilar hasta Fuencaliente

Guided hiking tour

Arrival: 5:30 / 6:00 pm

Depart : 8:30 am


Difficulty level0%

Hiking on the Volcano tour

This hike begins at the El Pilar Refuge and continues along the edge of the southern mountain range until reaching almost 2,000 m. above sea level. Volcanoes like that of San Juan follow each other until we conquer the crater of Las Deseadas, the highest point on our route, from where we dominate the island from a bird’s eye view. On our descent, the Martín volcano surprises us with its beautiful red tones, and the southern pine forests cover us up to Los Canarios, the final point of our walk.

The GR131  along the Cumbre Vieja

The Volcano Route can possibly be described as the most spectacular and impressive trek, because of the dramatic volcanic landscapes and the incredible views of the two sides of La Palma from a range of 2000-metre-high mountains.

The entire Cumbre Vieja (Old Peak) is an enormous volcano that has burst into life from time to time over the years. From the El Pilar Refuge to the Fuencaliente Lighthouse, an infinity of craters from different ages are scattered across a lunar landscape.

The Refugio del Pilar

From the Refugio del Pilar to the Fuencaliente Lighthouse, countless craters from different periods dot a lunar landscape. From 1,440 m. above sea level, our tour begins at El Refugio del Pilar, from where we always walk south. The path ascends little by little and shows us the first scenes: the plain of El Paso, the Pico Bejenado, the Caldera de Taburiente, the Cumbre Nueva … After the first hour we arrive at the crater of Hoyo Negro, a cone formed by ash and conglomerates, whose eruption took place in 1949.
Las Deseadas (two ancient craters) are the highest point on our route: 1,949 m. We are now above the height of the clouds. The three neighboring islands can be seen clearly. To the west, a calm sea bathes the coasts on which its towns extend.

The Volcán Martin

In the north, the huge crater from La Caldera crowns the island. After a gentle descent we arrive at the Martín Volcano, which is distinguished by its reddish hues in contrast to the green pine forests.

The end from the Volcano tour

When we get to Fuencaliente, we will have spent over 7 hours hiking 19 km, and the route will have shown us how the inhabitants of the island used to have to carry their merchandise from the north to the south. In those days, the Volcano Route was the usual path that was tramped by merchants and country folk, who could enjoy these superb views in the course of their everyday work.

Departure locations :

From all accommodations on La Palma (check pick-up points and departure time at the reservation calendar)

Walking distance : 17,5 Km

Total ascent: + 650 m.

Total descent: - 1400 m.

Walking time: 7 h

Difficulty level0%

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. We offer wooden sticks for free.

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 ?

Walking tour offered through La Palma Transfer & Tours – for any enquiries about pick up time, bookings or tour details, please call the telephone number below.

+ 34 822 09 09 53

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

one day tour
6+ Age
  • Destination
  • Departure Time
  • Return Time
    17:30 / 18:00
  • Dress Code
    Comfortable clothing / sturdy shoes
  • Included
    Bus transfers
    Liability and accidents insurance
  • 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
    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


Meeting point with your car: Caldera de Taburiente Visitor Center, 8:45 a.m.

walking tour area:

once the tour is finished ...

We will bring you back to your car. Return time approx .: 17:30 h.
Places you could visit, after this route:
  • Volcán San Antonio
  • Bodegas Teneguía
  • Fuente Santa
  • Puntalarga
  • Salinas y Faro de Fuencaliente

Walking tour offered through La Palma Transfer & Tours - for any enquiries about pick up time, bookings or tour details, please call to +34 822 09 09 53