La Palma is one of the Canary Islands, with an area of 706 km². Total population is about 85,000, of which 18,000 (2003 data) live in the capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma and about 20,000 live (2004 data) in Los Llanos de Aridane.
La Palma's geography is a result of the volcanic building of the island. The highest peaks reach about 2.4 km above sea level, and the foundation of the island reaches more than 3 km below sea level. The northern part of La Palma is dominated by the Caldera de Taburiente, the largest erosion crater in the world, with a width of 9 km and a depth of 1.5 km. It is surrounded by the Cumbre Vieja, a ring of mountains ranging from 1.6 km to 2.4 km in height. Only the deep canyon Barranco de las Angustias leads into inner area of the caldera which is a national park. It can be reached only by hiking. The outer slopes are cut by numerous gorges which run from 2 km down to the sea. Today, only few of these carry water due to the water tunnels.
Through the southern part of La Palma leads the ridge Cumbre Nueva formed by numerous volcanic cones built of ashes, providing a rather bizarre landscape. The southern cape Punta de Fuencaliente, where the most recent volcanic activities took place, consists of lava and ashes.
La Palma is dominated by the colors blue, green and black. Blue is the surrounding ubiquitous sea. Green comes from the abundant plant life which is the most diverse in the Canary Islands. Black comes from the volcanic rocks that still fill the landscape, and from the numerous small beaches made of black sand.
Departing from Los Rodeos Airport, to S/C La Palma, the island capital. You will visit the town centre, the Virgen de las Nieves sanctuary, and much much more. This excursion leaves only on Saturdays.
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