Friday, August 12, 2011

Jameos del Agua - Lanzarote

One of the tourist spots we visited in Lazarote was Jameos del Aqua, which is a natural cave with a beautiful pool. The most notable thing about the attraction, however, are these tiny crustaceans, which are said to only exist in this small pool. How we can know that they ONLY exist here, especially when they are so tiny, is beyond me, but that's what the brochure said.

When we arrived, there was a long line waiting to get in, so I jumped out to get in line and Brian parked the car. The photo below is the name of the attraction in another of the iron sculptures we'd been seeing all over the island. This made it seem like the little critters we were about to see were huge, but they weren't. More like an inch or so - but I guess that wouldn't have been a very impressive sculpture. :)

We made it to the ticket counter and paid our fee (obnoxiously expensive for what you get for it, but that was true of all the tourist attractions in Spain) and then headed down the steps into the cave. Here are a few photos of the descent. As you can see, the place was quite crowded.

Once we got to the pool, we could see the little creatures. They're bright white and seem to almost glow in the dark and are really tiny. Here are a few of our best attempts to capture them on film.

And that's about it. We walked around the pool and then back out to a very cheesy man made pool that I suppose was supposed to make the entrance fee seem more worth the cost. We thought it looked completely out of place after walking through a really beautiful natural area. You'll see what I mean as you look at the photos.

There's also another cave just past the palm trees in the photo above that they use as a concert hall. I guess the acoustics are supposed to be pretty amazing, but the cement benches didn't look too comfortable .... and they probably charge a fortune. ;)

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