Lomo Estrecho

The ancient rock carving at Lomo Estrecho, El Paso, La Palma
The ancient rock carving at Lomo Estrecho




I went for a walk to Lomo Estrecho.

Starting from the Caldera visitor centre, you take the LP 302 towards the better-known Cumbrecita car park, but instead of taking the turning to Cumbrecita you carry on as far as you can go in a normal car, or about 1 km beyond that to the recycling bins if you’re in a 4×4. From there you walk up the track marked “Pista Valencia.”

I’m good at getting lost, and I had no problem finding the way. The path gives you a great view of the cloud waterfall, if it’s flowing.

The cloud waterfall, El Paso, La Palma
The cloud waterfall

You also pass a couple of volcanic tubes.

Lava tube, on the path up Bejenado, El PAso, El Paso
Lava tube, on the path up Bejenado

Eventually you get to the rock carving, which is inside a metal cage to protect it from vandals.

The ancient rock carving at Lomo Estrecho, El Paso, La Palma
The ancient rock carving at Lomo Estrecho, El Paso, La Palma
The ancient rock carving at Lomo Estrecho, El Paso, La Palma
The ancient rock carving at Lomo Estrecho

I’m a little strange: to me it looked like the rock was caged because t would be dangerous if it got out, maybe because the bars angle inwards at the top. I’ve a feeling that will find its way into a story at some stage.

 

The track continues up to the peak of Bejenado, which I hear has fantastic views . There’s a 1.2 km detour to more rock carvings at Lomo Gordo, but we were out of time. I’ll have to go back another day.

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