Lanzarote - Volcan del Cuervo ( The Raven´s volcano )

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Volcan del cuervo is one of the most popular volcanoes in Lanzarote because of its dramatic look. This volcano is easily accessible by a trail from the main road. Hiking to the inside of the crater is easy. But be careful if you decide to climb up to walk around the ridge.

Volcan del Cuervo ( The Raven´s Volcano )

The trail is easy to find just off the main road.

A small trail takes you up to the ridge

It only takes about 30 minutes to go all around the ridge.

Its really amazing walking on the edge of the ridge.

The trail takes you inside the crater through a crack on the wall. So there is no need to climb up to the top of the ridge to get inside the crater.

Inside the crater there is a purifying spiral that you can add a rock to make the spiral bigger. It is believed that walking through the spiral purifies the spirit through the element of fire from the volcano.

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Mayan Riviera Adventure

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The Mayan civilization once thrived in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. This area is also well known as the Mayan Riviera or Cancun for tourists.
Discovering this place is like discovering paradise on earth. Its always so hot that you only need to wear a bathing suit all the time. But no worries, cause you can always refresh in the waters of the Caribbean Sea, or in natural underground pools of fresh water called "cenotes".

The jungle hides many mysteries, and among them, is the mystery of the Mayas. A civilization that once lived here and mysteriously dissapeared, like as if some dark force want it to keep it secret. Little bit of them is known since all documents were burned by the wrath of the Catholic church 500 years ago. Only a few important documents and carved hieroglyphics in the ancient cities in the jungle remain. Looking into this deep jungle to discover about the Mayas might turn into a journey of self discovery through the deep jungle of the ego, as we learn that the end of the world as we know it was predicted by the Mayas using the "Tzolkin" to happen on Gregorian date 2012 A.D.

The mystic Kukulcan Pyramid is more than a precise giant sun clock.

The observatory in the Chichen Itza site resembles very much like todays observatories.

Fresh water cenotes in the jungle are great for cooling off at Tankah.

Beautiful stalagmite formations at the cenote caves in Hidden Worlds.

Biking through the jungle to the ancient city of Coba.

We climbed up the Nohoch-Mul pyramid at Coba.

Flying trough the jungle on a zip line at Hidden Worlds.

Siesta time at the beach of the Grand Palladium Resort on the shore of the Caribbean Sea.

It was an amazing adventure full of adrenaline and mysticism in which I felt like Indiana Jones in search for the great enigma of the Mayan calendar . We visited the ancient cities of Chichen Itza and Coba deep in the jungle. We visited the Mayan village of Tankah and enjoyed a meal with the local people. We explored through the jungle to find secret cenotes at Hidden Worlds. We went snorkling in the Caribbean Sea and in underwater caves in the middle of the jungle. And went shopping to the touristic town of Playa del Carmen. All these while staying at the Grand Palladium Resort.

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Lanzarote - Montaña Caldera Blanca (white boiler mountain)

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When the crater of a volcano is very large, then the volcano is called a boiler (caldera in spanish). The Caldera Blanca boiler is the biggest one in Lanzarote with 1200 meters in diameter. What makes this ancient volcano boiler unique is that its color is white.

The sea of black lava with the white volcano Caldera Blanca in the distance.

Dirt roads From Tinajo take you across rivers of solid lava to get the edge of the volcano.

It only takes about 30 minutes to go up and down to the top.

The view of the crater from the top. Lava used to boil in there.

Walking around the ridge takes about 1 hr.

View of the crater from the highest point with goats roaming around.
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Carlos Morales Quintana - Arquitecto

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Carlos Morales Quintana is the arquitect of the new Congress Hall of Lanzarote.
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Lanzarote - Guardilama Volcano

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The excursion to the top of the ridge of Guardilama volcano only takes about 2 hours from La Asomada and is fairly easy if you don´t get lost. The trails are marked with new posts.

Only part of the ridge remains up high, the other part of the volcano has collapsed over the thousands of years of erosion.

The trail takes you through lava fields full of agriculture.

And at the top there is a magnificent view of both sides of the island, specially of the Timanfaya National Volcano Reserve and La Geria.

We went in early april, which was nice weather because is not too hot or too cold. This time of year is also full of flowers..

We got a little bit lost on the way there, but our path also took us right though Gaida volcano´s crater on the way to Guardilama volcano, making the whole trip twice as fun.

*** Remember never to take nothing but photos and your trash with you. Respect nature and respect the local people. No matter how smart you think you are, there is always something you can learn. Peace ***

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Lava caves, Lanzarote

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Lanzarote is known as the island of the volcanoes.

La Corona volcano in Haria looks like the biggest and most menacing one of all.

Amongst the sea of lava created from this volcano there are many collapsed entrances into lava tunnels.

We entered a tunnel that is not on tourists maps and is not prepared for mass tourism like the well known cave of "La cueva de los verdes". This cave was wild and not many people know about its location.

The lava flow of this volcanoes created underground tunnels where once lava used to flow.

It´s an easy cave to explore but some places have caved in and you have to squezee through.

After about 2 hours of total darkness you come out on the other side.

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Iron Man Triathlon Lanzarote 2009

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The Iron Man Triathlon Lanzarote event took place Saturday May 23 with more than 1300 participants. People from all over the world participated in the world´s toughest triathlon with the dream of making it to the finishing line. 3.8 K swim - 180 K bike - 42 K run. Something that seems imposible, but with hard work and dedication it can be done. The great majority of participants are not professional athletes. Anyone can participate. An example of the great things a human being can accomplish if he proposes himself to do it.
Once again I was lucky enough to be one of the official photographers of the event.

1347 participants ready to start the race.

It´s 7:00 am and the great start begins.

Is very exciting to see a human stampede into the water.

The 3.8 K swim around playa Grande of Puerto del Carmen.

The first swimmers come out of the water in front of the espectators.

Thousands of espectators came to see the great start of the race.

180 Km bike run across the volcanic island of Lanzarote.

Bert Jammaer from Belgium lead the race most of the time.

Nicholas Ward Muñoz smiling and he still has another 130 Km to go.

Ain-Alar Juhanson from Estonia coming down to Haria at supersonic speed.

Gregorio Caceres Morales half way through the island at el Mirador del Rio.

The bike transition from biking to running at Puerto del Carmen.

The emotional arrival of the first place in 8:54 - Bert Jammaer from Belgium wins again.

Bella Bayliss from Scottland wins again exactly one hour after the first man with 9:54

Gregorio, the favorite from Lanzarote, did very good with 4th place.

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