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In my first upload from La Palma I have mentioned that it is a great island for hiking. Having a little child and a retired couple with me I had to select some walks which would offer spectacular vistas at the minimal effort. My first photo was taken from the highest point on the island, Roque de los Muchachos. At 2423 metres above the sea level the vegetation is quite limited to some bushes at best. There is another place, on the opposite southern side of the crater which is called Mirador de la Cumbrecita meaning the viewpoint of the summit. It is not that high (something above 1800 m) and therefore the vegetation is more abundant with the Canarian pines (Pinus canariensis) nicely decorating the scenery. Read more abot Canarian Pines in Luis' (adramad) photo HERE.

From the Cumbrecita you can take several wonderful hikes. The easiest one is a 2.5 km loop, leading through two viewpoints. The trail is called Lomo de las Chozas and from the parking it first leads to the Mirador de los Roques and further to Mirador Lomo de las Chozas. This photograph was taken along the way between the first and second viewpoint.

Important information: to reach the parking for this trail by car you need to apply online (www.reservasparquesnacionales.es) for a special permit and have it printed out. Permits have 30 minutes windows but you can apply for the whole day, after 16:00 no permit is required. Even if the hike is short and easy take plenty of water, we came back quite dehydrated.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4911 W: 99 N: 12635] (51002)
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