Hiking on La Palma
Hiking Tour - Volcano Teneguía and San Antonio
A volcanic eruption is probably one of the most spectacular natural phenomenons that a person can experience. It's been only 35 years ago that the volcano Teneguia in the south of the island spewed fire and lava for 24 days. We can go back a little to the time of the volcanic eruption. We start in the winegrowing village Los Canarios, which has one of the most modern wineries in the Canary Islands. On the warm surface of the volcano and 600 meter above sea level the wine finds ideal conditions; the harvest volume is enough for more than 1,5 million liters per year.
Our route leads us firstly to the over several thousands of years old, imposing volcano San Antonio, which had its last eruption in 1677. We have from its crater rim a fantastic view of the volcano Teneguia, the lighthouses, the saltpans and a small fishing bay on the southernmost corner of the island. After visiting the Volcano Information Centre we get on the road to Teneguia and pass rock paintings from the indigenous people. These inscriptions can't be deciphered until today. Slowly the vegetation takes back possession of the black ground. Endemic plants, such as white flowering viper's bugloss, purple limonium and green sea lettuce put colored highlights on Lava.
The shattered volcano ruins of the young Teneguia rises in reddish and yellow with a high of more than 100 m out of the strange scenery. Directly on the crater escape due the crevices hot air and the smell of sulfur and sometimes its looks like that the magma still flows. The way to the two lighthouses at the coast reminds us of the lava flow. Right behind are the saltpans of Fuencaliente, where the sea salt is still produce by hand.
Tour length: 6 km
Walking time: approx. 3,5 hours (incl. breaks)
Differences in altitude: + 20 m / - 700 m
Senderos Canarios S.L.
Los Cancajos - Breña Baja - Isla de La Palma
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