With the beginning of autumn, the best time to go hiking on the island begins. Although it is still a little hot, the weather is perfect to go for a walk and enjoy the scenery. This time, the area chosen for hiking is the south of the island and thus, walking between inactive volcanoes, in the middle of a sea of lava, in the Natural Park of Los Volcanes. As always, I am picked up early along with two more members of today’s tour at the point we have agreed upon. Who picks us up is Jose, who will be our guide, and on the way to the point where we will meet with the rest of the group and will tell us things about the island and what the route will consist of.
Once at the meeting point, four more hikers join us, we are all here. Jose tells us that he never takes a group of more than eight people, so the experience is more personal and of quality. And after a short drive, we arrive at the starting point of our walk. But before we start walking, Jose explains where we are and shows us a map with the day’s route, while pointing out the volcanoes we are going to visit.
We start our route to the top of the Caldera de la Rilla, we walk at a good pace, stopping to take pictures and rest a bit. Moments that our guide takes advantage of, to tell us a little about the volcanic eruptions that took place in the 18th Century; the types of eruptions that occurred in the area, and the differences between the types of lava that finally formed the landscape that we were treading at that very moment.
It is impressive how life has gradually opened up, but with determination, after the eruptions left an apparently desolate landscape. First lichens and then another type of plants such as gorse or cruet, the latter introduced by man as animal fodder – today, it is about controlling its proliferation so that it does not affect the endemic plants of the island.
When you reach the top of the Caldera de la Rilla, the Montaña del Señalo and Pico Partido rise up very close, and the view is … simply stunning. The Lanzarote landscape has, something difficult to describe, that makes you not tired of seeing it. For me, I think it’s the combination of shapes and colors, which makes it completely unique.
After circling the Caldera de la Rilla on its south face, we head back to the car, where we make a brief stop to eat something and regain strength, to reach our next point: El Volcán del Cuervo. The journey to it by car is short, the road to the volcano is easy, which is to be welcomed, because although the climb to the Caldera de La Rilla is not difficult at all, the day begins to be quite hot when the clouds clear and the road to El Cuervo is flatter.
The Cuervo is one of the most beautiful volcanoes on the island, it also has the particularity that you can access its boiler without having to upload it, since it has a “door” that allows us access to its interior, with a small descent, along a well-defined path. This was the volcano that began the six years of uninterrupted eruptions, which devastated the villages of southern Lanzarote since 1730.
When we are leaving the Cuervo Volcano, a couple of these beautiful birds fly over us, to say goodbye. So we get in the car and go back to our collection points.
The truth is that I love hiking through Lanzarote, the landscape never disappoints, and the experience is always different. The route of this tour is perfect if you want to see volcanoes, and Jose’s explanations about the environment and geology are very pleasant. And as always in these cases, it is essential to wear appropriate footwear and sun protection. Oh! And an important maxim: Do not get out of the way. The ecosystem is very delicate and if we want to continue enjoying it we have to take care of it.