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“Top of the World”

Roque de Los Muchachos
Ranked #2 of 117 things to do in La Palma
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

A mind-blowing unforgettable experience. To be so high above the cloud line on such a small island with the clearest skies and finest year-round climate range on the planet is a rare travel opportunity. No wonder there are world renowned telescope arrays at the summit.

To scale the 2,800m ascent on foot would be for the experienced and committed trekker. There is no bus service, so car hire is the only realistic alternative. There are two drivable routes to the summit, one from the North East side of the island, and a relatively easier and quicker route (1 to 2 hours) from Santa Cruz. The drive winds up through forests with stunning scenery. If setting off in the afternoon on a clear day, there will be points of dazzling sunshine. Near the summit, the treeline ends and the landscape changes to extraordinary red and gold rock formations seemingly not of this planet. There is a small car park on 'top of the world', but no public facilities, so do take your own food and water. It is really all about the unbelievable views. Prepare for a significant temperature change from sea level, but most days it is unfathomably warm and breathless, even in winter. Once every few years the road can be closed for snow for a couple of weeks in January, even though it'll be 20 degrees on the coast.

Can this island really be so extraordinary? Enough for me to move to the east side microclimate.

Thank Steve B
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Magnificent view of the surroundings. Well worth the drive and a bit strange going from +20 in the town to +3 degrees on the top

1  Thank Peter B
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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

The road on the journey up to the highest point is not for the faint hearted . Hair pin bends a plenty with shear drops on narrow roads , but well worth the trip . If you are lucky enough to do it when the weather is perfect as we were you are rewarded with breathtakingly spectacular views.
Excellent look at the observatories including The Stephen Hawkins Observatory.

1  Thank Betty A
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

We hiked here from Mirador de Los Andenes, but you can reach this viewing point by car as well. The rocks ("Los Muchachos") are ok. The view from the plattform is much better though, since you see the Caldera from there. Just be sure, you go here on a clear day. If there are too many clouds and fog, you can't see anything.

1  Thank travelbug-939
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Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

Went up by car. Gradually got colder and eventually found ourselves in a blizzard. Passed a car that had slid off the road. Nearly slid off ourselves. Exciting but scary. Advise going in good weather conditions!

2  Thank Richdim
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