Ruta de termesana

This three kilometre walk is accompanied by a guide of the Visitor Center Mancha Blanca. You take off by minibus (max. 8 persons) from the Visitor Center to the start of the route (near El Golfo). Hence an enthusiastic guide leads you through the southern part of the volcano.

You will discover the first forms of vegetation in the volcanic area. It takes about 800 years before there is any significant plant growth in a lava field. This is really the beginning of the development. In order not to disturb this early emergence of new plants that the park is inaccessible. Because of the low rainfall in the area (the Sahara is only 100 km away), the plants have to adapt to survive. Most plants can go months by using the dew ingeniously. The fading from green to red is a mechanism of survival. The guide discovered for us different rock types: lava, basalt, pumice. The "bullets" (second from left) are rocks that were spewed by the eruption of the volcano and by friction with the air got their round shape. The blue colour comes from basalt.

Termesana   Termesana

Termesana

In order to join this walk, you must book in advance. This can only be done by telephone to the number 00 34 928 94 08 39 (English or Spanish). But to belong to the lucky you have to book weeks if not months in advance. And as a surprise, this is completely free.

Termesana   Termesana

Termesana   Termesana

Agriculture

In the crater of the Termesana volcano grows a giant fig tree (or bush). This should produce annually several hundred pounds of figs. A good example that even in this barren area agriculture is possible. Many parcels along our walk are still in private hands. The land has never been expropriated. In principle they still may be cultivated. To avoid speculation the owners are not allowed to sell the plots. They can only pass to their children by inheritance.

Olivina

In the volcanic area a greenish "gem", called Olivina, can be found in many places. Do not collect them, they have no value. In the souvenir shops you can find many chains made with these distinct stones. The guide told us that these stones are not from Lanzarote, but have been imported from Brazil. A nice holiday gift?