"Catch the camel train" Isla de Lanzarote Things to Do Tip by MikeBird
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Near the entrance to Timanfaya National Park is an area where visitors can experience a close encounter with a train; the four-legged humpbacked dromedary camels, all of which will be the more placid and tame females. For 6Euros (2010 prices) each you can share a camel and be taken up, around and down the dry, volcanic ash cone located near the car park. It's important to be evenly matched in weight with your partner on the other side of the hump. If not you'd experience a very lop-sided ride. Indeed the men will provide sand bag ballast to even up the load. It's also essential to remain seated. I am sure you would very quickly be reprimanded by the many camel attendants should you decide to do any bare-back stunts.
If you decide to save your money then you can while away the time looking in the small museum or having a drink in the small cafe dug into the lava from which the car park has been created. It's also a good opportunity to closely inspect the lava rock. In the walls you will see the small holes or vesicles which trapped the volcanic gases in the molten rock. You will also appreciate why it is prohibited to walk out onto the lava fields. It would be impossible to get very far. That stuff is so jagged and irregular you would easily injure yourself on it.
Our coach tour stopped at the camel ride for about 45 minutes. Most of the folk who took a ride seemed to enjoy the experience. Don't forget to have your photo taken.
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