The tour is done on foot and it is compulsorily guided. To do this you should contact the central reservations office of the national park. The visit starts in this centre and the visitors are shuttled in vehicles of the park until the beginning of the trail. It consists of a tour with a minimum of difficulty and the round trip takes 3 hours. During the tour, the guide of the park will inform you about the different geomorphological structures that exist in the park, the volcanism and the colonization of plant species, in particular of lichens. The traveller can enjoy a tour in which the landscape, dominated by volcanoes, blends with the traditional agriculture. There are many items of interest in the geological heritage that can be seen along this route, among which is worth highlighting various jameos del agua (openings in volcanic pipes caused by the collapse of the roof), the confluence between Montaña Hernández and Montaña Encantada of two very distinct lava flows: one of type "aa" and another fluid or "pahoe hoe". The lake of lava was formed in the crater of Montaña Hernández, due to the cooling of very fluid lava and the estafilitos or streams of lava in a volcanic pipe, almost at the end of the path.
This route will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and is intended for people older than 16 years.
Long Route of the coast
Length: 9 km
Type of route: Linear
Free or guided trail
This route can be done with a guide or performed freely by visitors through the coastal public domain. If you want a guide service, it has to be previously arranged in the central reservations office of the national park and it is done with guides of the park one Wednesday per month. The path is of great difficulty due to the duration, approximately 5 hous, and to the rough terrain. It is done along the coast and you can watch the formation processes of beaches, geomorphological structures, cliffs and intertidal areas, as well as the associated fauna and flora. The coast that is seen in this route was created by the eruptions of 1730-36 and 1824, which configured a more convex shape on the coast located between the Caletón de Las Ánimas and El Janubio. Along the route you can observe large contrasts between the black lavas and the patches of vegetation of the islets. These are raised areas and, therefore, they weren't covered by the eruptions. The tabaibal dulce is the xerophilous thicket that characterizes these places, due to the ability to withstand the aridity of the climate and the influence of the sea breeze. The visitor must take into account that is travelling through an ecosystem that is environmentally fragile. That is why it is necessary to be specially careful not to harm the natural resources. In addition, don't forget to wear appropriate clothing and footwear, to have water and food and to collect the generated garbage.
Short Route of the coast
Length: 2 km
Type of route: Linear
The short path of the coastline goes from the town of El Golfo to the vicinity of the beach of el Paso. The track offers superb views of the cliff-lined coast that exists in that section of the coastline, created after the historical eruptions in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the encounter of the lavas with the sea, giving rise to interesting geological formations. It is also possible to observe the wildlife that lives in this environment, mainly the nesting seabirds and populations of molluscs and crustaceans that live in the intertidal zone. During the tour we will visit the flora which covers the islets or old lands, which were surrounded by the recent lavas.
Route of the Volcanoes
Length: 14 km Type of route: Circular Difficulty: Low Compulsorily guided trail
This path starts in the islet of Hilario and is done by bus. It allows the visitor to immerse himself in the remotest and most fascinating landscapes of Timanfaya, originated after the eruptions of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The visit consists of a 14 km tour, where you can admire a wide sample of volcanic materials and buildings. The ground appears abundantly upholstered by the white lichen Stereocaulon vesubianum, an effective colonizer of volcanic terrains. Near the beginning of the tour, the visitor crosses a field of ochre lava of "pahoehoe" type. This lava is very fluid and, when the flows overlap each other and fold, it produces a chaotic landscape. Later, the black lavas, viscous and rough and of type "aa", create the so-called badlands. The path shows a wide range of colours of the volcanic material, which are the result of hydrothermal alteration following the eruption. From the fields of pyroclastic rocks of the Valle de la Tranquilidad until the Montañas de Fuego, you can admire the impressive craters of Timanfaya and enjoy the beautiful spectacle of the Caldera del Corazoncillo. The guided tour is included in the price the visitors pay at the entrance of the Cultural and Tourist Centre Montañas de Fuego.
Dromedary Ride Route
Type of route: Linear Difficulty: Low Compulsorily guided trail
Visitors to the Timanfaya National Park will be able to enjoy a short ride on the back of a dromedary, through a path that runs along the Southern slope of the Mountain of Timanfaya. The route takes approximately 20 minutes and doesn't require any prior reservation. It also offers a photography service. A photographer will take a souvenir photo, which you can purchase if you are interested.
The established hours to enjoy this experience are from 9:00 to 4:30 pm during the summer months and from 9:00 to 4:00 pm in the winter months.