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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

2016 Hike La Palma Volcan Teneguia and San Antonio, Rother nr 46

0930 hrs 28th September 2016 drove with Tom and Annie from the Santa Cruz marina to Lo Canarios at the southern tip of La Palma. 
This map is from the ViewRanger App
Parked on the road leading to the Centro de Visitantes Volcan San Antonio 



and walked south down the black volcanic ash track towards the Faro de Fuencaliente - Hike nr 46 Rothers Walking Guide.



Our first objective, the Teneguia Volcano which was formed by an eruption on 26th October 1971 and continued till 18 November

 The Teneguia Volcano


Climbing the Teneguia Volcano 


The summit of  the Teneguia Volcano - 439 m


The flatish land along the coast here is a coastal shelf formed by the lava flow from the 1971 eruption - it is now used to grow Bananas


The saltpans and Punta de Fuencaliente Lighthouse were amazingly not affected by the 1971 lava flows.


Looking northwards at the San Antonio Volcano which erupted in 1677


After climbing the Teneguia Volcano we returned to the car via the San Antonio Volcano. 
This involved climbing a very steep volcanic ash slope


Almost at the top


Looking into the pine forested San Antonio crater from the crater rim


Continuing clockwise around the crater rim


Looking back at Volcano Teneguia


Continuing around the rim



Looking over the crater to Los Canarios



After returning to the car we stopped at this Bodega to sample the famous Malmsey desert wine - this is the largest area for the Malmsey vines on La Palma - growing on the volcanic ash from the 1677 San Antonio eruption. The vines on La Palma were planted in the 15th century by the first European settlers.    Phylloxera devastated two thirds of the mainland vineyards in the 19th century. The relative isolation of the Canary Islands protected them from this disaster thus conserving all the strains that had become acclimatised to the islands


We then drove to the Faro de Fuencaliente - there are two - the old disused one predates the 1971 eruption


Close to the lighthouse is a large area of saltpans where sea salt is still being comercially produced


There is a 30 minute selfguided tour of the saltpans where several information boards


Looking north towards the volcanos

Passed this neat little shrine? in the lava on the way back to the north


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