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Observatorium Roque de Los Muchachos

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JABDover wrote a review Feb 2020
Dover, United Kingdom54 contributions56 helpful votes
A visit to the international observatory at the Roque de Los Muchachos is a must. The scenery is amazing, and I would also recommend a tour of one of the telescopes; this can be booked through the company Ad Astra La Palma for a very reasonable cost of €9 per person (not including transport). Our tour guide, Sheila Crosby, was excellent, and has written a most interesting book on the subject. If you want to extend your astronomical experience, you could also book a night-time stargazing tour through the same company or through Astro La Palma. Until the new visitor centre is opened, make sure you take a packed lunch with you to the Roque de Los Muchachos as there are no facilities.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Chris W wrote a review Feb 2020
Hassocks, United Kingdom72 contributions6 helpful votes
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The spectacular views are worth the drive up the very very twisty & steep road that climbs precariously up this mountain. Don’t make the mistake we did & miss the turning for the LP-4 of of the LP-1 heading north out of Santa Cruz. Instead of turning around we took a loop round the north of the island and picked up the LP-4 on the westerly approach to the mountain. We were in no rush that day so we got to see areas of the island that were lovely. However, the LP-4 on the west side of the mountain is an extremely difficult road to assent in anything nut a small to medium 4WD. Our little VW Polo really struggled to make the ascent. Was it worth it? Yes? Without a doubt, but do your selves a favour & assent the mountain via the easterly LP-4 unless you have a 4x4. Once we had finished admiring the views we descended via the easterly route, which though steep & twisty, it was a considerably better road, being a bit wider, less steep & with less hairpin bends to negotiate. It even had a few pull-in places to admire the views from the alpine forest you were descending through, unlike the route up we took which had no safe places to pull into at all. Take a jacket with you, it will be colder than at sea level, you are after all 8,000 feet up in the air & way above the clouds. The day we went it was 24c at ground level & 16.5c in the forrest on the way down. It is very shaded in amongst all those trees. For some reason I never thought to check the temperature at the top. Too distracted by the views I suspect. If you get the opportunity, go! You will regret it if you don’t.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Louise C wrote a review Jan 2020
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Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the hairpin bends and amazing views on the drive up to the observatories, and to take in the scenery once at the top. The tour itself was fascinating and well pitched for a lay audience - a unique place which mustn't be missed. Be prepared for cooler temperatures in and outside the observatories compared to sea level, and the thinner air.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Nick Butt wrote a review Jan 2020
Wickham Market, United Kingdom361 contributions174 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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melvyngilbert wrote a review Dec 2019
Glasgow, United Kingdom317 contributions46 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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