Hi everyone! Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog recently but it’s been super busy at work. I’m back today with another vlog/blog of our Lanzarote trip! Today’s post is about our day out in the volcanoes which includes a camel ride. As usual, if you don’t fancy the vlog then skip ahead and read all about the day trip!
On the Wednesday we left the girls to have a day with Nain & Taid whilst hubby and I had a day to ourselves. We went on a coach trip to TimanFaya National Park to see all the volcanoes. We got off the coach at the Visitor Centre and found everyone else was wearing a cardigan or coat but we were just in t-shirts (hey we’re British and there was sun).
At the Visitor Centre we got to see three “experiments” – one was holding hot stones heated by the heat from the volcanoes, the next was a geiser (see the video) and then the third one was seeing that the heat was so intense that it caused some hay to ignite. Inside the Visitor Centre there was a cafe and they were roasting chickens and baking potatoes over the heat coming from the volcanoes. It was real hot!!
After the Visitor Centre we went back on the bus and went on the tour of the volcanoes. It was really scary on a bus! Sheer drops on both sides! Our guide was very funny! He was very informative and explained all about the volcanoes, how they were formed, when etc but what kept me amused was the fact that he kept mentioning “Lava Ah Ah”! Oh just the way he said was funny! I’m easily entertained!
On the way back from TimanFaya we stopped with the camels. I was a bit apprehensive about going on the camel ride because I’m allergic to horses but I though sod it I’m doing it! And I’m glad I did because it was actually a lot of fun. We were worried about the welfare of the camels though but the tour guide assured us that they were taken care of. They worked half days and when not working they lived in a near by sanctuary. Brian (our camel) did look content enough and the camel that was behind us in the caravan was certainly happy to stick his nose in my armpit! I ha never considered camels to be so cute until I met Brian and his chum!
From there we travelled on to a vineyard. I had seen little half circular stone walls all over place but hadn’t realised they were windbreaks for the vineyards. We didn’t get to do the wine tasting because we had to go to the loo and when we got back out the others had been and were all coming out saying it tasted horrible! I did however sample the cactus mojo. Oh my word it was so nice! I’m really regretting not bringing some home with me.
After the vineyard visit we stopped in Yaiza for some food before heading off to El Golfo to see the Green Lagoon. Now unfortunately there had been some works done to the beach which meant the Green Lagoon is no longer as green as it used to be as the algae that created the colour had been diluted. It was very windy there!!
Last stop before heading back to the hotel was Los Hervideros where we got to see how the sea is busy eating the land. There were some impressive seacaves there. And the sound of the seas was very impressive. On the way back to the hotel we also stopped to have a look at the salt mines were I may or may not have picked up some volcanic rock to take home with me – it’s ok! I didn’t take it from within the National Park!
So that was Day 4! What did you think of Brian?!