The extraordinary natural beauty of La Palma makes it an island full of surprises. The landscape is one of its main natural resources, and demonstrates the environmental health of the island.
The landscapes of La Palma are a dream for trail running. An idyllic natural environment to run and climb its peaks, walk its beautiful trails, and enjoy its forests. The Caldera de Taburiente National Park, located in the centre of the island of La Palma, is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Here, nature holds a valuable treasure of geological and biological diversity. Preserving its biodiversity is everyone's responsibility.
From Transvulcania by UTMB® we would like to propose a series of good practices so that our dream, your dream, continues to be a reality. Thank you for your collaboration!
THE MOUNTAIN HAS ITS OWN LAW
Have fun while practicing sport, but always respect the regulations of the area. Try to follow the routes signposted beforehand and avoid shortcuts that cause unnecessary erosion of the terrain.
EVERY DROP COUNTS
Don't waste water. Buy only what you need and do not use single-use plastics and disposable materials.
SEPARATE GIVES LIFE
Put your rubbish in the selective collection containers provided. Outside the aid stations, take them with you in your rucksack to the nearest waste bin.
MY HOME IS YOUR HOME
Take care of the natural environment and leave it as it would be if you had not passed through it.
HYGIENE IN NATURE
Don't dirty springs and streams with your biological waste. Make sure your excrements are well covered and away from paths and water areas. Use as little toilet paper as possible to reduce waste and remember to take it with you and dispose of it in the designated bins.
LOOK, BUT DON'T TOUCH
While running or walking, do not disturb the fauna and flora, especially in the mountains.
THE BEST SOUND IS THE SOUND OF NATURE
Noise pollution can disturb both people and native species. Avoid unnecessary noise and disturbance, especially in mountain areas.
BE AWARE OF WHERE YOU ARE PASSING
When passing through a barrier or gate, always leave it closed. And remember, if you are passing through private land, do not pick fruit from trees without the owner's permission.
PURE MOUNTAIN AIR
Avoid unnecessary CO2 emissions. Use public transport for your trips, if possible. If you need to use your vehicle, park it in the car parks provided for this purpose.
When you are not driving, always turn your engines off.
WE TAKE CARE OF PEOPLE
Help boost rural economies by using local services and consuming local products.
RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Poles not allowed
In order to preserve the natural areas and the Caldera de Taburiente National Park it has been decided to restrict the use of walking poles in the following areas:
The use of walking poles is prohibited from the start at the Faro de Fuencaliente to Los Canarios aid station.
It is forbidden to use walking poles from El Pico de Las Ovejas to the Punta de Los Roques Refuge.
It is forbidden to use walking poles from the Mirador de los Andenes to the Isaac Newton Telescope.
At all points there will be race signs warning of the start and finish of a restricted area.
The use of walking poles is prohibited from El Faro de Fuencaliente until Los Canarios.
EL ROQUE / EL ROQUE PROMESAS RUNNERS
The use of walking poles is prohibited on the entire El Roque course.
Check the regulations of the Caldera de Taburiente National Park HERE.
USE OF POLES - RESTRICTED AREAS
The use of poles in any of the areas mentioned above will result in the immediate disqualification of the runner (with withdrawal of the race bib on site or at the next aid station). This disqualification may be carried out by the race referees, the environmental referees accompanied by the forest rangers, or any person from the organisation. See in detail in the penalties and disqualifications section.