If you have time, it’s worth exploring the quiet villages dotted around the lower slopes of Maderas. Petroglyphs are scattered over this part of the island, with one group clustered between the hamlets of Santa Cruz and La Palma – ask at Finca Magdalena for a guide. A two- or three-hour hike from the Finca Magdalena will take you to the pleasant, but extremely cold, San Ramón waterfalls. The naturally fed pools at Ojo de Agua (the waterhole), a twenty-minute hike from Villa Paraíso near Playa Santo Domingo, also merit a visit. If you’ve just hiked a volcano, there’s nothing more refreshing than climbing on the rope swing and diving in to one of the rainforest-shaded pools.

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