This spectacular tour concentrates on Lanzarote's picturesque northern region, a fertile land blessed with moisture from the trade winds.
Your tour commences with a drive north toward the inland village of Haria. Although Lanzarote has a semi-desert climate, beautiful Haria rests in a fertile valley known as the Valley of 1,000 Palms. By tradition, a palm is planted for each child born here, and the greenery makes for a wonderful photo opportunity.
Continuing on, you'll soon arrive at Mirador del Rio, a mountaintop area that also offers stunning views. Once used as a lookout for pirates and then as an artillery base in the late 19th century, El Mirador, as it's sometimes called, was redesigned for sightseeing in 1973. The genius behind the new design was Cesar Manrique, a celebrated local artist who created the setting to be in harmony with the natural environment.
Not far away lies an aloe vera farm, where the succulents thrive in Lanzarote's rich volcanic soil. Although used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, aloe vera has plenty of other applications, including as an ingredient in cosmetics, soap, shampoo and even drinks.
Finally, you'll drive to Jameos Del Agua, a series of underground grottos formed by volcanic activity 3,000 years ago. A "jameo" is a cave created when a volcanic tunnel collapses, and these are quite unusual. You may also see blind albino crabs scurrying about, a crustacean depicted in cave drawings by Manrique.
Following your visit to the grottos, you'll re-board your coach and travel back to the pier in Arrecife.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy to moderate walking that includes some uneven ground and cobblestone surfaces. Additionally, there are numerous steps to negotiate at Jameos Del Aqua. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather-appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. For Insignia's call on April 2, 2012, this tour will run with slightly shortened times at the stops to accommodate the time in port.