Holidaymakers paying hundreds of pounds to watch erupting La Palma

Published on : Tuesday, September 28, 2021


Tourists are paying hundreds of pounds for flights to La Palma to see the volcano eruption despite locals being evacuated.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano, which began erupting last Sunday, is entering a new explosive phase as a new emission vent opened to the west of the main one.

Thousands of tourists have been forced to flee the island by boat after the eruption destroyed houses and temporarily grounded flights.

However, as the airport has reopened, some tourists are travelling back to see the volcano.

Andrés Amegeiras, from Uruguay, said he paid €500 for flights which usually cost €60 to watch the eruption.

And 24-year-old Mario Mesa, from Tenerife, said he paid €60 for a boat ticket to see it, but ended up staying in a hostel after his friends were evacuated from the island.

However, the popularity of the eruption has resulted in a lack of accommodation for residents who have been evacuated from certain areas, as well as huge traffic jams on usually quiet roads, especially where views of the volcano are the best.

Juan Pablo González, manager of a hospitality association on the Canary Islands, said now is not the moment for tourism in La Palma.

He added that their associates in La Palma have said that a lot of tourists are arriving, mostly coming from other islands.

They are coming with the simple aim of seeing the volcano.

Now is not the moment for tourism for La Palma, it’s the time to help, and these people are not doing that and are instead occupying beds that could, for example, be used by the security forces.

The latest explosion occurred as a result of an earthquake under the volcano’s base on September 11 that slowly migrated to the surface.

More than 20,000 earthquakes were registered in one week. Those were sending lava shooting into the air and streaming in rivers towards the south of the island.

Cumbre Vieja has exploded twice previously- once in 1949 and again in 1971.

Related Posts

Tags: ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

arrow2Follow TTW
facebook-logo  twitter-logo  LinkedIn_logo  rss_logo 
ttw_blogger_logo  ttw_blogger_logo


  • 03 ITB Asia 2021
  • 05 EMITT 2021
  • 08 iitm 2021
  • 18 globalwellnesssummit  21
  • 30 PATA


    1. MCE South Europe

      October 24 - October 26
    2. ILTM Latin America

      October 26 - October 29
    3. wtm LONDON

      November 1 - November 3
    4. Taipei International Travel Fair

      November 5 - November 8
    5. TIS 2021

      November 10 - November 12