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Walking On The Moon

Thursday December 30, 2010

Walking On The Moon

The Montaña La Caldereta is a popular beauty spot with locals but lies well off the beaten tourist sightseeing track. Boasting one of the largest and most easily accessible volcanic craters on Lanzarote as well as stunning views across to the Timanfaya National Park.

Parque Natural de los Volcanes

Montaña La Caldereta is located to the north of the Timanafya National Park in the Parque Natural de los Volcanes and is sometimes referenced on maps as the Caldera Blanca. It predates the main volcanic eruptions of the 1730's by many centuries and a result time and erosion has softened this now dormant volcanoes outer crust - which is now home to an abundance of plant life and lichens. Creating a striking contrast with the raw scenery of black solidified lava which surrounds it.

The Montaña is an ideal spot for exploring Lanzarote's volcanoes up close - as the walk to the crater is fairly easy work and accessible for most ages and levels of fitness. Although it is important to take along some decent footwear, rather than trying to tackle the ascent in flip flops.

Reaching the crater talks around half an hour and from there it is possible to climb even higher, walk around the crater rim or descend into the crater itself.

The climb is well worth the effort as from the top its possible to enjoy some really amazing views back down to the rugged coastline at Playa La Madera as well as across to the breathtaking volcanoes within the Timanfaya National Park. Reaching the Montana requires driving off road for around fifteen minutes but the dirt track is still accessible for all types of vehicles and not just 4×4s.

How To Get There

Take the LZ20, Calle de La Luganeta into Tinajo. Turn right at the end of Calle de La Luganeta so you are facing the main village square and church and take the first left before the square.

After 100 metres take the right hand fork and after a further km this becomes dirt track. Which takes you into the Parque Natural de los Volcanes, where signposts will direct you to La Caldereta.

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