Los Organos – The Natural Pipe Organ Of The Atlantic

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Los Organos represent a steep rock formation on the northern part of La Gomera island in the Canaries. The island looks like an orange cut in slices by deep ravines. Seen from the ocean, the thousands of vertical basaltic columns look like the pipes of a huge musical organ. This is where the name also comes from; Los Organos meaning “Organ” in Spanish.

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This unusual rock formation is part of the La Gomera island which has a 370 sq. kilometer area and is the second smallest out of the Canary archipelago, after El Hierro. The Los Organos natural monument is part of the small town of Vallehermoso, on the north-western part of the island, but unfortunately it can’t be seen from land even though these columns rise up to 80 meters in height.

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Frequent boat trips take tourists around the island, offering stunning views of the basaltic rocks. Whales and dolphins are a frequent site around the island. La Gomera has not undergone any recent volcanic activity, but water has eroded a radial network of deep ravines.

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Garajonay National Park occupies approximately 10 percent of the total area of the island. The national park was created in 1981 to protect the island’s precious laurel forests and its large number of native species. In 1986 it was designated a World Heritage Site.

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