If Caldera de los Cuervos is the first volcano to form during the eruptions of Timanfaya in the 18th century, Montaña Colorada was the last to explode.
Most of the volcanoes that are part of the landscape of Lanzarote have been built from eruptions of a Strombolian nature. This type of eruption is characterized by having intermittent emissions of volcanic material with the continuous spillage of lava flows. Pyroclasts are volcanic materials that are projected into the air during the explosive phases of an eruption.
Strombolian volcanoes are built as a result of the projection into the air of lava fragments that are emitted from the mouth (crater) and, in some eruptions, larger-dimensional materials known as Volcanic Bombs are also ejected, fragments that acquire their characteristic shape during their trajectory in the air and that reach the ground already solidified and with variable size and shapes that can reach up to 2 meters, as is the case of the Montaña Colorada Volcanic Bomb.
In the agriculture of Lanzarote, the use of small-sized pyroclasts (Rofe) is a very common practice as a fundamental element of the traditional agricultural system. The high porosity of lapilli allows it to retain small particles of water inside, acting as water reserves. The use of Rofe generates an improvement in the yields of drying crops and a considerable reduction in water consumption in irrigation.
How to get to the Montaña Colorada Trail
Where: Take the Tinguatón road, leave the Caldera de los Cuervos aside, and approximately half a kilometer from this you will find the car park that fully introduces you to the spectacular circular route.
Barely three kilometres, flat and wide terrain, impossible to be simpler, the path surrounds the Colorada crater while offering you a symposium on Geology and the volcanic phenomenon of Lanzarote. The itinerary has information panels that explain the landscape and its formation, the life that covers the malpaís (the lichen flood)...
The trail will take you an hour at most, counting on the innumerable stops that the landscape will "force" you to. It is immersed among postcards as overwhelming as the Santa Catalina Volcano, Pico Partido, the Caldera de los Cuervos itself...
With children? No problem of any kind, quite the opposite, they will be amazed by the color, the silence and the enormous beauty of the place.
Be sure to visit this spectacular lunar landscape.