Spanish phones are very, very expensive when calling overseas. After spending in phone booths a lot of Euros, i learnt my lesson!
A friend gave me a number that he uses and he gets much cheaper rates.
I call through this number which is 902 99 53 01, from any land line or phone booth, and all i pay is just 4 cents a minute at nights and wekends, or 6 cents at daytime. It is also so easy to use, i have been using it for 4 months now. highly recommended!!!
I've used it to call the US, UK, France, Italy and some other places where i have friends. I think they have more than 60 countries, so chances are yours will be listed.
When you dial the number,902 99 53 01, and then get the operator, just press 1, and 00 plus your country code and your friends number. Beleive is worh it! I think you can use it form a mobile phone also with rates around 20 cents a minute or something like that.
if you want details or list of countries the page is www.iCallCheap.com in English and www.TelefonoBarato.com in Spanish. just check it out, you'll thank me :)
Before you plan to walk in the Caldera de Taburiente, the famous and huge erosion crater on La Palma, it is wise to pay a visit to the visitors center close to El Paso first.
They can inform you about the conditions of the paths and about the weather. In case of rain, or even days after rain, some tracks may be dangerous and closed.
In our case, the famous hike from panorama point Mirador de Los Brecitos through the Caldera de Taburiente to the Barranco de los Angustias was only possible on Saturdays and Sundays due to work on the roads.
So avoid disappointments and check with the visitors center first!
They also have videos in several langauges about the most common hikes in the Caldera de Taburiente and a small exposition.
Centro de Visitantes
Ctra. General de Padron, num 47
38750 EL PASO (Isla de la Palma)
Telefono +34 922 49 72 77 Fax +34 922 49 70 81
Obvious to some but don't assume because you leave in bright sunshine and warm weather the conditions will be the same in the centre of the island. The weather can differ enormously and change greatly during the day outside the hotest couple of months.
So ensure if going walking you go kitted with clothes for all weather conditions regardless of the conditions when you set out.
As there is nothing to block the waves before they reach La Palma, they will crash on the west shore with great force. Even though the west side is the sunniest and driest side of the island, and the Resort town of Puerto Naos advertises with it, and showing a calm and nice sea at their beach. If you come in the season of waves, which basicly is from september till may, you will be more often not than able to go in the ocean because of the waves. And they are known to drown people, so be carefull.
If you are on a hike watch the weather. Especially of you are hiking at the Chumbres or in the caldera the weather can change pretty quick. In 2001 seveal hikers drowned when suddenly a huge wave came rolling down the Caldera.