Timanfaya

Timanfaya is not a tropical disease, but an important sight on Lanzarote.

A huge scree slope of cooled lava and ash runs under the name "Timanfaya National Park". We grabbed our speed dinghy and paid a visit there. Right at the entrance to the parking lot they pull 10 € per person out of your wallet, you can practically not defend yourself against it, also not just park like that, because right next to the road the volcanic rock piles up at unimagined heights.

A half-hour round trip on the tourist bus is included in the entrance fee. As soon as we got out of the car, we were almost pushed into the next bus that was ready to leave. In four languages (Spanish, English, German and French), the passengers were informed before departure that they would start in a few minutes, that due to lack of time, the announcements during the journey would only be made in Spanish, English and German and that they would not be able to travel will be able to get off. Please download the app to your mobile phone for the full text.

After enjoying this pre-ride announcement three times, the bus driver finally got on and off we went.

In the tourist bus

During the journey, a trilingual text will run that describes the volcanic eruptions in the past. The bus stops at various interesting rock and crater formations. Apart from the picture above, I didn't take any photos on the bus, that was too silly for me. Most of the other passengers filmed the journey and took bad pictures through the tinted, dirty windows against the sun.

It may all sound a little derogatory now, I don't mean it that way. I'm just not that used to the behavior of tourists in groups. The ride itself is fun and gives really nice insights. You can find the Records of the pastor of Yaiza read up. In principle, these are the main part of the explanatory text for the bus tour.

Tourists marvel at a flash in the pan

After the tour was over, the tourists were led to a hole in the ground. There they could marvel at the fact that dry straw ignites when it is thrown into the hole. The show was also copiously filmed. Yes, the volcanic rock is still very hot, there is an (expensive) restaurant on the mountain, which even grills in the volcanic heat.

Artificial geyser

Also for the entertainment of the tourists, some pipes are sunk into the ground in front of the restaurant. Here, after the show, the tourist guides pour a bucket of water with the burning straw into it, which then comes back as a water-steam mixture after a few moments.

We then walked a few more steps and drew in the extinct volcanoes, craters and the whole landscape.

At some point lava came out of here.

Apart from a few lichens and mosses, not much is growing in this area of the island, as the last volcanic eruption was only 200 years ago. I can imagine that everything will be green again the next time I come by here in 200 to 300 years.

View over the crater landscape to the sea

In the pictures it looks like a lunar landscape, Apollo 13 is about to land. In reality it looks the same. It is impressive. And it is impressive how persistent the people have continued to colonize this island.

It was a great trip, we really enjoyed it. The entrance fee is well invested, I can recommend these volcanoes to every visitor to Lanzarote.

Volcanic ash, cold lava and a white village in the background

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