Once again we gave ourselves the full tourist program. We have them for € 9.50 per person Cueva de los Verdes visited. It is one of the largest lava tunnels in the world and, as always, you only need to click on the link to read all of the rest on Wikipedia.
We drive to the spacious visitor parking lot and let a friendly Marinero assign us a berth for our speed dinghy. Then we pack our backpacks and I start swearing softly. I want to take my camera out of my backpack and find that she has made herself comfortable for the day on the Sissi navigation table. So without. So only with the cell phone.
After paying the entrance fee, we have to wait a few minutes for the next tour to start. You cannot visit the cave alone, but only in a guided group. Of course, all this is put into perspective again, because the group size is limited to 50 people. Then you can get lost, stay longer and take a nice picture. But I forgot the camera on board.
At the first meeting point, the height guide explains that the cave system is seven kilometers long, that the temperature inside is always pleasant 20 ° C and that you must not take pictures on the stairs. Risk of accident. She repeats this a few more times. Effortless effort, some have stumbled on the stairs. Then it starts, we have to bend down deep. The stairs in the entrance area are perhaps 1.20 meters high. Exciting.
In Britain, visitors would have been given helmets, in France the entrance would have simply been enlarged.
We get a small lecture about the different minerals on the walls. Phosphate, calcium carbonate, rust. And of course lava, lava, lava, the cave was formed a few thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption. Overall, the cave is 7 km long, but our tour is only one kilometer.
As in many other places on this island, there are many tourists and a lot of lava in this cave. I am no longer so unhappy that my good camera stayed on the Sissi, because the cell phone has a brilliant night photo mode. This makes the pictures as bright as if I had taken them outside in sunlight. At least sometimes, if the cave lighting is right.
The exciting patterns, some of which can be admired, are not stalactites. The cave guide attaches great importance to this. No water drips in here either, after all, the island is quite dry. The shapes all come from the cooling lava that once flowed here through the tunnel to the sea.
We were asked not to use any light or flash for the photos. Of course, not everyone adheres to it. But I can not imagine that the photos with flash will be better than these almost exclusively computer-generated night shots. I enthusiastically take picture after picture, simply out of my hand. What is possible with image processing today is pretty blatant.
Even deeper in the cave there are parts of the path that you cannot walk upright. I once shot from the hip to take pictures of the tourists who followed me almost crawling.
At the far end of the cave is a concert hall, which probably has excellent acoustics. We were allowed to take a seat, but unfortunately our cave guide did not sit down on the grand piano and acted out, but only told about the concerts. And from the research station, which is also set up in the cave and observes the seismic waves.
In the photo it almost looks like she is conducting an orchestra. But she only told a lot with her hands (in two languages - Spanish and English). Then it goes back to the second, the upper level.
If you don't want to spoil the surprise and plan to visit the cave in the future, you should stop reading at this point and stop looking at any other pictures. Otherwise the punch line is flooded.
Really. I am serious. It is really surprising! And it's very, very nice. We are all asked to gather in front of a deep hole, we should be very quiet there.
The hole looks beautiful. The cave is somehow symmetrical and the whole ambience is really stylishly lit. It will be exciting. The guide picks up a stone and hands it to one of the tourists. He should throw the stone into the hole and we should listen to the echo.
The stone flies briefly and it makes "splash". The second level is actually a reflection in a puddle. The water did not come here naturally, but was made there for this very purpose. This is one of the biggest secrets of Lanzarote, the guide says with a wink. Class! This is how you do it. Someone thought of something.
Unfortunately, the rush of photographing tourists is suddenly so brutal that it is only my turn for my picture when the water has almost calmed down again. But now it is very nice to see that it is a reflection and not two levels of the cave system.
That was the highlight of the tour and so we slowly walk towards the exit. It is filmed, snapped and discussed about the reflection. In many different languages. I don't know all of these languages, but all people sound enthusiastic.
We leave the cave, narrow our eyes at the great brightness outside and stroll comfortably back into the parking lot. A great trip!