Cresteria Route

Cresteria Route in La Palma, part of the extensive GR 131 trail, stands out as an impressive natural journey. This trek, with high difficulty and spanning 24 km in total, extends from Roque de los Muchachos to Puerto de Tazacorte. However, the most well-known segment is the one connecting Roque de Los Muchachos with Pico de La Nieve. During this approximately 11.1 km route, hikers rise between altitudes of 2,423 m and 2,030 m, enjoying astonishing views of Caldera de Taburiente National Park, encompassing both the south and north sides of the island.

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Cresteria Route La Palma: A Journey in the Heights around Caldera de Taburiente

The adventure begins at the parking area of Roque de Los Muchachos, descending through astronomical observatories, crossing the iconic Pared de Roberto, and arriving at Mirador de Los Andenes. From here, it is possible to observe the Barranco de las Angustias and the Pinar de Garafía Integral Natural Reserve. The path continues towards Morro Negro and Pico de La Cruz, where there is a geodetic vertex and a wooden cross on a promontory at the edge of the Caldera, before finally reaching Pico de La Nieve. This point offers spectacular panoramic views of the Caldera and Cumbre Vieja to the south.

Innenraum des Taburiente-Kessels
the interior of the Caldera de Taburiente
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The flora along this route is diverse and adapted to extreme weather conditions. The predominant vegetation includes typical summit flowers: codeso, retamón, and several native species. It changes to a pine forest at lower altitudes. At Pico de La Nieve, one exits Caldera de Taburiente National Park, descending towards Las Nieves Natural Park, and finishing the walk near the LP 4 road.

One can marvel at the landscape of Caldera de Taburiente, one of the largest erosive depressions in the world. Experience the sea of clouds phenomenon, with views of other islands such as Tenerife, La Gomera, and El Hierro on clear days. The route, which can take about 5 hours, is particularly beautiful during spring and early summer, when the flowers are in full bloom.

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From Roque de los Muchachos to Pico de la Nieve

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Short Route to Pico de La Nieve

For those seeking a shorter and more peaceful experience in La Palma, there is an alternative route of approximately 5 km, perfect for a few hours’ excursion. This shorter version of the route starts at the same small parking area at the foot of the road leading up to Roque de Los Muchachos from Santa Cruz. Here, visitors will find a sign indicating the direction to Pico de las Nieves.

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Wanderung zum Pico de la Nieve La Palma

Discovering the Essence of La Palma: A Charming and Short Route to Pico de La Nieve

This alternative route follows an inverse path to the traditional one, but with an interesting variation. After reaching Pico de las Nieves, instead of continuing towards Roque de Los Muchachos, hikers can choose to return to the starting point. This option allows enjoying the walk without the demand of a longer route, ideal for those who want a more relaxed experience or have time constraints.

During this trail, walkers will immerse themselves in a diverse and serene natural environment. The sound of nearby farms and the breeze moving the tree leaves will accompany their walk through a pine forest, dotted with bushes and native flowers. This route offers the opportunity to appreciate the changing landscapes of La Palma and enjoy spectacular views towards the coast. On clear days, one can even see Santa Cruz de La Palma and, depending on the weather conditions, other islands in the archipelago.

This shorter alternative is ideal for those who want to capture the essence of La Palma without embarking on a more strenuous journey, allowing visitors to absorb the beauty and tranquility of the island at their own pace.


  • Ensure you carry appropriate clothing and footwear for hiking, as well as enough water, food, and sunscreen.
  • Carry a Mobile Phone with a Charged Battery: Make sure your phone is fully charged in case of an emergency or to use map applications.
  • Check the Weather Forecast: Before starting the route, it is essential to review the weather conditions to ensure they are favorable.
  • Preparation for High Altitudes: Since the route includes high altitudes, it is important to carry coats, even on seemingly warm days, as the weather can change quickly.
  • Do Not Collect Plants: Respect the local flora by avoiding the collection of plants or flowers during the trek.
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