Observatorium Roque de Los Muchachos

Observatorium Roque de Los Muchachos

Observatorium Roque de Los Muchachos
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Heather B
Windsor, UK189 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The tour is very interesting . Points to note

Wear warm clothing, hats and gloves etc. it was 6 degree up there and the wind is strong.
Allow extra time for the travel , we took the east road and drive carefully as you find land slides etc.
Be aware that the tour starts from the visitor centre and it is not well sign posted so follow the sat nav carefully.
The visitor centre will let you use their loos - reluctantly . No food or drink.
The tour starts in the car park.
After the tour you can visit the centre or go up to the volcano and walk. We did this and it was amazing - if you can park.
we did not have time to see the centre but it looked good.
Written March 13, 2024
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hollySalisbury
Salisbury, UK173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
A non scientist, I still found it really interesting. Went round in a group of 20 mixed nationalities with Spanish and English (excellent) commentary. Overall guide outdoors followed by visit inside one of the largest observatories. Husband, a scientist, loved it. Directions to Visitors Centre could be better. The drive up is challenging. For 36K lucky to get out of 2nd gear, but roads very quiet.
Written March 5, 2023
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Nick Butt
Wickham Market, UK409 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Friends have often talked about this place, where they gathered the data for their PhDs some 30 years ago. The roads they described bear little in common withe the more modern roads, which are better from the west side, although you are likely to meet cursed buses.. for someone who suffers extreme vertigo the roads were fine.

The obervatory; good introduction from our bilingual guide. The main telescope is fascinating to look around and was well described. A few more images would have been the icing on the cake. Now vert tempted by the VIP tour.
Written January 13, 2020
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MikesRealReviews
Cardiff, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
For god sake, get the bus. Driving a right hand drive manual is hard enough, but doing it on the right side of the road, on cliff tops with no barriers and 24km of the the windyest roads for over an hour scared us to death. It’s visually out of this world, but I was deeply stressed with the driving, lack of barriers, fear of meeting cars on blind cliff edges, or stalling on a super steep blind cliff bend. Yes it was worth it, but will never ever drive this again. My wife was nearly in tears.
Written August 19, 2019
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Arnoldbakers
Marlborough307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017
After a stunning drive up the mountain (at least 48 hairpins!) we emerged into the lunar landscape of Los Muchachos - dotted with hi-tech telescopes. We joined the organised tour (no other way to see inside a telescope) run by the excellent Sheila Crosby. After a briefing on the various instruments on the mountain, she took us into the Spanish telescope, the instrument selected for that day's tour. The world's largest reflecting telescope, it picks out light from galaxies that formed just after Big Bang - an unimaginable distance away. Sheila brought alive the complexities of astrophysics, as she took us around this immense device. Truly a fascinating tour, and not to be missed.
And the views from the top of the mountain, down into the Caldera - the remains of a vast collapsed volcano, are also quite extraordinary. Due to the Trade Winds, the top of the mountain is generally in bright sunshine (or starlight) but below us, vast clouds bubbled up from the caldera. After the immensities of the universe, our own planet is just as surprising.
Written March 6, 2017
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ralfkl62
Selfkant, Germany63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
A unique chance to get an idea where tax money is spend wortwhile. The collection of observatories run by national societies or via international collaborations is impressive. This, together with their research subjects reminds us of how ridiculous borders in principle are and that "we should go where noone has gone before". A warning though, before reaching this unique place you will have to spend going up the winding roads to Roques de los Muchachos. Watch your surrending (unless being driver) since you are passing through different climate zones while going up....
Written September 13, 2016
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melvyngilbert
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK350 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I hired a car for €80 for 2 days and drove from Santa Cruz up to the observatories at Pico Fuente Nueva. It was an interesting journey, travelling from sea level to an altidude of 2366m in about an hour. The twisty road with many hair pin bends took us immediately away from the coast and through banana plantations and then into a pine forest before leaving the trees behind. In this time the temperature had dropped from comfortable 21° to a brisk 10°. Without the trees, the exposed red earth gave the appearance of a martian landscape. At the very top of the mounatin the many white observatory buildings added to the alien atmosphere. We walked about taking photos of the spectacular views and the quickly changing weather. Two consecutive photos I took showed first a clear blue sky and then a moody grey mist which had enveloped almost all of the scenery. By this time the temperature was a exceptionally cold 4°. We then continued our journey in the same direction and drove down the other side of the mountain. La Palma is the 5th Canary Island that I have visited and this drive has been the most exciting and interesting experience that I have had.
Written December 8, 2019
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Railwayman59
Crewe, UK173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
Really glad I made this part of the island it actually made the holiday. To see the set up close up and learn about the functions and nations involved is really interesting. Do it
Written June 15, 2019
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J17A
Fuerteventura, Spain30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016
Well worth a visit especially if you have any interests in outer space, fantastic research going on here and monitoring our atmosphere. Very interesting just wished I had more time to do a guided tour. Only draw back for me was travelling back down the windy roads on the mountain I was travel sick by the time I got to the bottom!! Its a very long road meandering down the hill side!!
Written September 12, 2016
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verhor
Prague, Czech Republic13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
This was one of the most beautiful experiences in my life so far. The road to the top is long and quite challenging sometimes, but it's totally worth it! The view is absolutely amazing. I would recommend to go there just before the sunset.
Written June 3, 2021
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