View Over the Crater
You can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the basin from the Mirador de la Cumbrecita viewpoint. The terraced promontory is secured with a railing and offers impressive views into the depths of the valley. The landscape is characterised by forests and intersected by the numerous gorges. Various hiking routes also start here. A parking space should be ideally booked in advance.
The night sky over La Palma is the only starlight reserve in the world that is protected by law from excessive light pollution. This creates an ideal condition for astro-tourism.
Sleep under the Stars
There is an observatory on the Roque de los Muchachos. The observatory with the largest optical telescope in the world can be visited on a group tour. However the facility at 2,400 metres above sea level is also fascinating to look at from the outside. If you want to do more than just observe the stars you can also pitch your tent in the Caldera de Taburiente National Park. Spending the night directly under the stars - falling asleep in the middle of nature - is an unforgettable experience.
Cooling off at the Colourful Waterfall
The Waterfall of Colours is one of the park's attractions. The water flows over the six-metre-high rock face all year round. It is enough for a little cooling. The rock has been naturally coloured yellow, orange and green. There are two reasons for this spectacle of colours. On the one hand the ferruginous water and on the other hand algae and mosses. The waterfall is located in the Barranco de las Angustias gorge. The path runs in a stream bed, so great attention must be paid to the prevailing conditions.
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