Welcome to El Mocanal
El Mocanal is one of several farming villages northwest of the capital, Valverde. Just outside the town, a well-marked turn leads down to the Pozo de las Calcosas, where a summer village of generations-old small houses made of lava rock (called pajeros) are huddled around a few natural swimming pools. They are owned by locals from the village who move here in July and August, together with their animals who graze in the precipitous fields above. Walk down the steep, stepped path for 10 minutes to access them. Above the waterfront there’s a mirador, a tiny stone chapel and a couple of restaurants.