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Hiking trail to the new volcano Tajogaite - Cumbre Vieja on La Palma

Meeting point: Tourism office El Paso center.

With special permission from the island government, we enter the restricted area at “Llano de Jable” on the Cumbre Vieja. Together we walk the youngest earth in Spain, look at the lava flows from above and walk to the new crater of the Tajogaite volcano.

The 5 km circular hike begins at the oldest historically documented volcano in La Palma and leads us over thick layers of ash to the most recent Cumbre Vieja eruption in 2021. From here, a completely new perspective opens up for us, previously only accessible to volcanologists. Supported by powerful images, the local hiking guide puts you back in time to the days of the eruption, tells you about his own experiences, the far-reaching impact of the volcanic eruption on La Palma and what the situation looks like today. Together we marvel at the energy of the new Cumbre Vieja volcano and the mystical landscape that has been created here in less than three months.

The way back is via the old forest path “Cabeza de Vaca” with further views of the Aridane valley. This volcano hike is feasible for everyone, but due to the fresh volcanic ash in two short, steeper sections on the way back it is a bit more strenuous than on the way there.

Route: 5km, approx. 2,5 hours

Important information:

  • Under no circumstances may you leave the official route or take volcanic material with you
  • Not suitable for people with respiratory problems
  • The gases are constantly monitored during the excursion
  • maximum number of participants 14 people
  • please bring: sturdy shoes, sun protection, wind protection and a water bottle
  • Meeting point: in front of the Tourist Information in El Paso Center (parking possibilities at the cemetery and 9:00-22:00 Hiperdino)