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Excursion by car to El Roque de los Muchachos in La Palma

The quality of the clean skies with unique conditions for stargazing has brought the island of La Palma the Starlight distinction, which recognises skies of the best astronomical quality. Visiting El Roque de los Muchachos, in the municipality of Garafía in the north-east of the island and a little over an hour by car from Santa Cruz de La Palma, you will come to the highest point of La Palma and discover one of the island's most iconic natural monuments, where you can take a walk in spectacular surroundings with privileged views as you discover one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Canary Islands.
From the boat to El Roque de los Muchachos
An excursion to El Roque de los Muchachos is one of the most popular activities amongst visitors to the island of La Palma. At an altitude of over 2400 metres, this natural monument, which is very appealing to tourists due to its network of trails, provides visitors with spectacular scenery and magnificent views both around it and of the sky. With the appropriate equipment, you can walk from one viewing point to another, along part of the trail that runs all around the edge of La Caldera de Taburiente or simply contemplate and enjoy the magnitude of the spectacular view provided by this nature spot.
El Roque de los Muchachos Observatory: returning from the heavens to the boat
At El Roque de los Muchachos and at an altitude of 2396 metres is El Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, which houses one of the most complete sets of telescopes in the world. For €9 with advance booking required (622805618 or ana@astrocamp.es), you can take an unforgettable guided tour to inside one of its telescopes (GTC, William Herschel Telescope, Telescopio Nazionale Galileo, etc) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (mornings only) and feel even closer to the heavens. A perfect activity for any cruise-goer visiting La Palma who has several hours free.
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TENERIFE

TENERIFE

GRAN CANARIA

GRAN CANARIA

FUERTEVENTURA

FUERTEVENTURA

LANZAROTE

LANZAROTE

LA GRACIOSA

LA GRACIOSA

LA GOMERA

LA GOMERA

LA PALMA

LA PALMA

EL HIERRO

EL HIERRO
Sustainability
Sostenibilidad
- Never leave waste of any type lying around, including cigarette butts. Leftover food leads to a proliferation of rats and wild cats, which pose a serious threat to the fauna.
- Use the waste- paper baskets and, insofar as possible, separate and place your recycling waste in the appropriate containers.
- Do not throw any waste or other objects into the sea.
- Respect the animals. Do not bother them or feed them. If you see an injured specimen, you can call the emergency number: 112. Do not pick flowers or plants.
- Do not pick up or take away stones or any other item from the natural environment. And do not move them to pile them up into sadly famous 'towers'.
- In natural spaces and at viewpoints, do not leave the trail or the spaces designated for people to be in.
- Respect and look after the area's historic and cultural heritage, along with the public furniture and items for visitors, such as information panels or telescopes and binoculars.
See the route
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