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Caldera Blanca (long variant)
Type of excursion: HIKE Time: 5h Distance (km): 11 Ascend cumulated: 0m
Difficulty: 2 Terrain: 3 Endurance: 3  
Region: Timanfaya Town: Tinajo   
Price: 46€ Roundtrip: Roundtrip   

Hike „Pure Volcanism“ – Caldera Blanca

Caldera Blanca is the biggest Caldera on Lanzarote. But the impressive size of this old volcano in the endless lavafields of Timanfaya is only to be seen, when we reach the crater rim and finally have a look into the caldera with its huge diameter of almost 1200 meters. First we drive to Mancha Blanca where we enter the lavafields and follow a trail into the heart of Timanfaya. After about two km we arrive at Caldereta – a smaller volcano, closeby. There we can see how the fresh lava ran through the gap between the old volcanoes and has been piled up more than 60 meters. You may even be able to feel the lava flowing and one can imagine the enormous energy that was backing the eruptions in the 18th century.

Note: the short variant features another approach where we drive directly to 'Los Islotes' located at the bottom of the old volcano.
On our way we learn a lot about plate tectonics, geology and volcanism. Right in the middle of the seemingly endless lavafields it is easy to explain the characteristics in a comprehensive manner.

Due to the fact that Caldereta and Caldera Blanca are old volcanoes we find more vegetation in the surroundings of these volcanoes – compared to other regions of Timanfaya.

Finally we ascend to the rocky crater rim on a narrow path. After a short rest we continue to the peak an a rocky path along the rim of the volcano – which will take about half an hour. Having arrived we make an extended rest and relish the sight of the huge lavafields and the chain of the volcanoes of the nearby national park.

We continue on the crater rim counterclockwise – slowly descending on an easy track and finally reach the bizarre piled up lava on the ground.

On our way back a visit to a typical bodega is optional. The bodega is located in “La Geria” the wine growing district of Lanzarote and UNESCO world heritage.
Note: We offer this excursion also in a shorter variant: Caldera Blanca - easy
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