Great Volcanic Ridge

  • Great Volcanic Ridge - Route of Volcanoes - © Copyright William Mackesy
  • Great Volcanic Ridge - Caldeira de Taburiente - © Copyright William Mackesy
  • Great Volcanic Ridge - Caldeira de Taburiente - © Copyright William Mackesy
  • Great Volcanic Ridge - Route of Volcanoes - © Copyright William Mackesy
  • Great Volcanic Ridge - Caldeira de Taburiente, rim in winter - © Copyright William Mackesy
  • Great Volcanic Ridge - Route of Volcanoes, to the Caldeira de Taburiente - © Copyright William Mackesy
  • Great Volcanic Ridge - Route of Volcanoes - © Copyright William Mackesy
  • Great Volcanic Ridge - Route of Volcanoes - © Copyright William Mackesy
  • Great Volcanic Ridge - Route of Volcanoes - © Copyright William Mackesy
  • Great Volcanic Ridge - Caldeira de Taburiente - © Copyright William Mackesy

Key information: Great Volcanic Ridge

    • The high central spine of this young volcanic island contains two of the world's great walks, which are united as one of our Top 100 walks.
      • The Ruta de la Cresteria around the rim of the Caldeira de Taburiente, an astonishing collapsed volcano which has produced a vast horseshoe of cliffs, rising approaching 2,000m from the caldera bottom.
        • The Route of the Volcanoes - a trail winding among the remarkable line of craters that forms the southern central spine of La Palma.
          • The weather here is changeable. Come prepared.

Walkopedia rating

(Top 100)
  • Walkopedia rating88
  • Beauty32
  • Natural interest19
  • Human interest3
  • Charisma34
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating88
  • Note: Negs: uncertain weather

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Variable
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,426m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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Great Volcanic Ridge - Caldeira de Taburiente - © Copyright William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

Amazing La Palma: a youthful tear-shaped mountain-island, with a superb spine of craters and rocky outcrops and a stupendous horseshoe of cliffs around the Caldeira de Taburiente, where a cataclysmic collapse of an enormous volcano has produced a stunning horseshoe of cliffs, thousands of metres above sea level - and above the caldera bottom. A series of smaller volcanoes lines the island's southern spine, erupting through verdant forest to create shattered or peculiarly rounded volcanic beauty, with the sea an ever-present backdrop, thousands of feet below.

Due to their being part of the same volcanic ridge, the central spine of mountainous La Palma, we have grouped our Caldeira de Tuburiente and Route of Volcanoes walks together for the purpose of our Top 100.


Ruta de la Cresteria

This famous walk follows the sharp ridge, with precipitous drops into the gigantic caldera inside, and steep slopes right down to the sea without, around the astonishing horseshoe of cliffs of the Caldeira de Taburiente.

Read our detailed page, here.


Route of the Volcanoes

One crater to the next; over broken, rocky terrain. Weird formations, an array of blazing colours, sinisterly beautiful craters, stunted pines and other specialised vegetation: all with a backdrop of the sea, nearly 2,000m below.

Read our detailed page, here.


The weather here can be difficult. The prevailing winds bring cloud from the north-east, which can wrap itself around the summits, killing any chance of seeing the astounding views. 

SEE OUR LA PALMA PAGE FOR INFORMATION AND OTHER WALKS ON THE ISLAND, FURTHER GENERAL AND PRACTICAL INFORMATION AND PHOTOS.

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Your comments on this walk, your experiences and suggestions, and your photos are very welcome. Where appropriate, you will be credited for your contribution.

Great Volcanic Ridge - Route of Volcanoes - ©Copyright William Mackesy

Safety and problems: All walks have inherent risks and potential problems, and many of the walks featured on this website involve significant risks, dangers and problems. Problems of any sort can arise on any walk. This website does not purport to identify any (or all) actual or potential risks, dangers and problems that may relate to any particular walk.

Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.

Anyone planning an expedition to this place should see further important information about this walk.

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Great Volcanic Ridge - Caldeira de Taburiente, rim in winter - ©Copyright William Mackesy...
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