This walk of about three kilometers is accompanied by a guide from the Visitor Center Mancha Blanca. You leave with a minibus (max 8 persons) from the Visitor Center to the starting point of the route (near El Golfo). From there a passionate guide leads you through the southern part of the volcanic area.
You will discover the first forms of plant growth in the volcanic area. It takes about 800 years before there is any noteworthy plant growth in a lava field. We are really still in a starting phase. For this reason, the park is not open visitors, this walk is the only opportunity to visit. Due to the low rainfall in the area (the Sahara is only 100 km away), the plants also have to adapt to survive. Most plants can continue for months by ingeniously using the dew. Colouring from green to red is also a mechanism for survival.
The guide will show you the different types of stone : lava, basalt, pumice. The 'bullets' (2nd from the left) are stones that are spewed out of the volcano during the eruption and are rounded by the friction with the air. The blue color comes from basalt.
To participate in this walk, you must reserve in advance. There are only 8 places available, which can be booked 2 months in advance. In principle, the booking has to be done online. These walks are offered for free.
A giant fig tree (or shrub) grows in the crater of the Termesana volcano. This would yield several hundred kilos of figs annually. Amazing in this infertile environment.
Many plots along our walk are still in private possession. The grounds were never expropriated. To prevent speculation, the owners are not allowed to sell the plots. They can only pass on their children through inheritance.
In the volcano area you will also find in many places a greenish gemstone called Olivina. You do not have to collect them, they have no value. In the souvenir shops you will find many necklaces with these 'typical' stones. The guide however tells us that these stones do not come from Lanzarote, but are imported from Brazil. A nice holiday souvenir ?