There is no public bus service neither to Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory nor the astronomical viewpoints Llano del Jable or Llano de Las Ventas. Own car or taxi is required. Normally, taxis wait for the customers until the end of the tour.
Public taxis and private buses/minibuses telephone numbers are provided below:
Taxi Santa Cruz de La Palma: +34 922 416 070, +34 636 892 495
Taxi Breña Baja: +34 922 440 825, +34 686 553 868
Taxi Villa de Mazo: +34 634 599 640
Taxi Fuencaliente: +34 639 357 989
Taxi Los Llanos de Aridane - Puerto Naos: +34 669 988 058
Taxi El Paso: +34 922 485 003
Private buses/minibuses "Grupo 1844 - Maxorata": +34 619 555 137
Private taxi "Aceshuttle" Puerto Naos: +34 689 873 182
Llano del Jable and Llano de Las Ventas astronomical viewpoints are close to Refugio El Pilar, 7 minutes driving from each other.
Take into account that the road LP-301 is a mountain road: please, maximise precautions and drive carefully.
Travelling time from some of the areas of the island is provided below:
From El Paso: between 25 and 30 minutes
From Los Llanos de Aridane: between 35 and 40 minutes
From Tazacorte, Parador Nacional de Turismo: between 40 and 45 minutes
From Santa Cruz de La Palma, Los Cancajos, Puerto Naos: between 45 and 50 minutes
From Tijarafe: approximately 1 hour
From San Andrés y Sauces, Fuencaliente: approximately 1 hour 15 minutes
From Barlovento: approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
The road is accesible to passenger cars, no 4 X 4 needed.
The closest restaurants to Refugio del Pilar area are situated in El Paso or San Pedro. Perhaps when the tour ends (depending on the time of the year), it will be late in order to find an open restaurant. We recommend you bring a picnic.
Llano del Jable and Las Ventas astronomical viewpoints are situated on the mountain, where nighttime temperature is much lower than at sea level (even if the day has been sunny and warm). Take into account that the thermal sensation is lower on a windy night. It is preferable that you bring more warm clothes rather than less.
Between September and April we recommend: long trousers and warm socks, winter coat, wool hat, scarf, gloves, closed and comfortable shoes (avoid sandals and high-heeled shoes).
Between May and August we recommend: long trousers, jacket or jersey, closed and comfortable shoes (avoid sandals and high-heeled shoes).
Here below are shown the average temperatures between half an hour and two hours after sunset, at the above-mentioned viewpoints:
December, January, February: between 6º and 8º Celsius
March and April: between 8º and 12º C
May and June: between 12º and 16º C
July and August: between 12º and 18º C
September, October and November: between 8º and 10º C
Yes, you can. However, the tour is not recommended to children younger than 6, since it is an nighttime outdoor activity on a mountain place.