This route, the last section of the GR 131, is one of the most scenic, frequented, and emblematic hikes on the island of La Palma.
The Volcano Route is a compendium of the historic volcanic activity on the island, displayed in a striking landscape of lava, ash, calderas and eruption sites, and all visible from the path as it crosses the most recent part of the island, which was created by the numerous volcanoes making up the Cumbre Vieja Nature Park.
Approximate duration: about 7 hours
Departure point: El Pilar leisure area (1,451 metres a.s.l.)
Distance: 20.5 kilometres
Arrival point: Los Canarios (750 metres a.s.l.)
Carry water (at least 2 litres) since there are no springs along the way
Use sun-block (sun exposure is fairly high on this route)
Wear a hat
Wear comfortable footwear (preferably hiking boots)
Carry something to eat (dried fruits, fruit, sandwiches, chocolate,…),
since we will stop for lunch along the way.
Carry waterproofs (they could be necessary at some point on the route)
Carry a mobile phone.
Do not leave the path, because of the loose terrain.