Cave of the Winds
By emanuel

Cave of the Winds

How exciting can a cave really be? Very much is actually the answer. Cueva del Viento (or “the Cave of the Winds“) is a massive volcanic cavity in the district of Icod de los Vinos.

The huge lava tube was formed 27 000 years ago Pico Viejo volcano erupted. Basaltic lava poured from the volcano and created a great maze of volcanic caves. This lava tube is 18 kilometers long, but as it is a maze and not fully explored, it might be even longer. Similar lava caves of this size can only be found in Hawaii which makes this cave very unique in all of Europe. Why is it called the cave of the winds then? This is due to the fact that wind from the outside often enter the caves and fills up many tubes and tunnels.

The book Volcanoes of Europe there’s a passage about the unique biological life of the cave of the winds. The book states that the cave is a home to almost 200 species which makes the Cave of the winds into a unique biological sphere. An entire 15 entire new species have been discovered in the cave of the winds. This includes the eyeless cockroach living in complete darkness. The book also mentions the fossils that have been discovered in the cave. Such as remains of the Giant Rat and the Giant Lizard (i would not like to run into these creatures while in the cave). The Guanches also knew about the cave which is known due to that artifacts from the Guanches have been found in the cave.

If you want to enter the caves and see this fascinating geological phenomenon for yourself there are guided tours that let you explore about a quarter kilometer of the cave. It’s something i would sincerely recommend as you cannot find anything like this anywhere in Europe.

There’s a lot more to see in Tenerife, explore our various tours HERE!

Quad driving - What makes the quad special?
By emanuel

Quad driving – What makes the quad special?

One of the most popular excursions there is are is quad driving, but what makes a quad special?

The quad, also known as an ATV is a vehicle primarily made for off-road driving. It’s a rather light weight vehicle and it often weighs around 300 kilos or about 700 pounds. The quads core components are its engine and its suspension. These core parts are covered by a shell that is often made of plastic or in some cases metal. It is these components that makes quad driving amazing!

Due to the construction of the quad it’s a vehicle that you can drive in basically anyway you want. As the outer body of a quad is not something that needs to be protected the vehicle can drive on almost any surface without risking any damage.  I went quad driving in Tenerife in March of 2020. I drove a quad on a bumpy desert road in a way that very few vehicles could do.

A quad lets the driver be in control to a very large extent. You can take the vehicle basically anyway you want without any issues. This is due to the fact that the suspensions of a quad is special in many ways. This is explained in great detail in an article from the site howstuffworks.com. But in short the suspensions are complemented by so-called “shocks” that uses oil to push back the suspension to it’s original shape when hitting bumps and obstacles.

I would personally recommend trying out driving a quad as it is a very unique experience. It is a lot of fun driving and it lets you as the driver access places that would be impossible to reach by car. You can book a ride by Freedom Tours in Tenerife which take you to an amazing desert landscape close to the ocean. It’s probably the best way to utilize the massive potential of the quad! Hope this article helped you!

Paragliding in Tenerife
By emanuel

Paragliding in Tenerife

The Paraglider

Imagine soaring through the air like a bird, almost as if you were weightless; that’s probably my best attempt to describe experience of paragliding in Tenerife. What is a paraglider you may wonder? It shares certain similarities with a parachute but most of the momentum is horizontally rather than downwards. The paraglider uses wind to its advantage to maintain height and travel long distances.

I went paragliding with Paragliding Kangaroo Tandem. We went by car to the top of an 800-meter-high mountain with a beautiful view of South Tenerife. Standing on top of the mountain it was pretty be hard to grasp that I was about to throw myself of it and let the paraglider carry me to the beach. However, in this state of mind it was comforting to talk to the instructors that has decades of experience in paragliding behind them.

The Take off

The time had come. The instructors gave me a helmet and strapped the paraglider on to me and themselves. I was now ready to fly; the instructor gave me 2 easy steps: first a short walk, this unfolded the glider and made it arise far over my head. Then, the instructor told me to start running down a steep slope and just meters before I reached the edge it happened, my feet lifted of the ground and the rest of the flight was in the hands of the paraglider and your instructor.

The Experience

Once I took of and was finally in the air it was very soothing to drift around with the wind. It also gave me that great sensation of freedom (which in my case was mixed with a little bit of fear of heights). But after a short while of soaring through the skies i forgot all of my fears. What i had left was a sense of peace.

In conclusion paragliding an amazing way of experiencing freedom and seeing the beautiful island of Tenerife from the sky. It’s an experience that you will not soon forget.

Siam Park 13
By emanuel

Siam Park

Siam Park is one of the largest water parks in Europe. It’s a great place to visit as a family as there’s attractions that fit children as well as grown-up.

Siam Park is located in the outskirts of Playa de las American. The park is very easy to spot due to its distinct Thai-features such as dragons and East-Asian buildings. The park is rather large and covers an area of 18,5 hectares. And the entire park is filled with attractions and shops.

One of the most exciting ones are the “Tower of Power”. It’s a massive water slide that is 28 meters high. The water slide is extremely steep and it almost feels like it’s vertical. This is a water slide that will give even the toughest of riders a great thrill. If you want a longer ride you can go with the “Singha” which is a 240-meter-long ride and could be compared to a roller coaster.

If you want to be more relaxed there are rides for this as well. The Mai-Thai river attraction is a slow ride that takes you slowly down a tropical river. If you’re more competitive you can go for the Naga Racer-ride that lets you compete with family and friends in a slide race. And for the youngest ones: “Sawasdee” is a ride which is miniature in size and suitable for all children regardless of height and age. The same goes for the entire “Lost City” which is a part of the park that is entirely designed for younger children. If you got children you can relax here while watching over your children.

After all these rides you might want some good food. And luckily the food prices are very acceptable all over the park. There are both family restaurants as well as bars which is positive as there are options for everyone.

If you wish for a very extensive guide of the park you can read THIS one.

And you can book your tickets HERE! 

 

Ragnarok - The Viking Boat of Tenerife
By emanuel

Ragnarok – The Viking Boat of Tenerife

Ragnarok is a longboat that is hard to miss. You can see the ship from far away due to it’s size and the distinct shields on the sides.

I went on a trip with Ragnarok in March of 2020. It was something of a surreal experience. At first, I was rather skeptical of the theme of the trip. It felt a bit silly as i thought the trip was based on a long standing caricature of vikings. But as we departed, my entire prejudice of the trip shifted completely.

There surely was something special about this trip. It probably was a mixture of the very friendly staff, the scenery and the activities that made it unforgettable. The structure of the trip makes it perfect for families with children. But at the same time, we went as a group of three grown up men and i believe we enjoyed it as much as the children.

The trip makes you forget about everything else in your life in a remarkable way. The vikings that hosts the trip entertains the audience with their acting. They also arranged competitions between the two sides of the boat which fit the theme very well. One of the competitions were archery where you fired arrows with suction plug at a board.

The trip had a open bar and free foodThere were soft drinks as well as both beer and wine included. This was also a big plus with the trip as one could enjoy a beer while watching the whales and dolphins swimming besides the boat.

The three hours we spent on the boat just flew by! I believe this was due to the high pace and great structure of the trip. When we reached the port i almost felt a bit of sadness as I had to leave my newfound viking-friends.

As you might tell from my description this trip is amazing. Probably one of my favorite excursions on the entire island. I highly recommend you to book it and enjoy it for yourself!

If you want a pre-taste of what the trip is like, watch this video!

Diving Atlantis – Experts on diving and Kayaking
By emanuel

Diving Atlantis – Experts on diving and Kayaking

It doesn’t matter if you never dove before. Diving Atlantis are experts on Diving and Kayaking in Tenerife, they have the excursions for you! 

Divning Atlantis is located in the heart of Los Cristianos. This business puts all its efforts into making great excursions in diving and in kayaking. We went there for two days in a row. The first day we went diving and the second day we went kayaking. There’s a lot of good things to say about the excursions as well as the people working there, especially in regards to customer contact. They are kind and extremely helpful. An example of this is when we went diving. The instructor gave a very thorough description of all of the things necessary for a beginner to go out into the ocean.

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Another thing that they are talented in is taking pictures of your excursion. Equipped with a go pro under water the capture the memories of your trip in video. The second day we went Kayaking and we got a thorough description of how the kayak works even though it might seem basic for one that have paddled before. It is a place for people of all sorts of experiences, me, who is a novice in diving and kayaking found this to be a great aspect of the excursions. They also have a three day course for the people that want to get themselves a PADI-license and dive 18 meters below the surface.

Finally they also have ha package for the ones that are already experienced divers and wish to explore the great depth of the seas outside of Tenerife. There are several different packages in many different locations. There’s even the option to go night diving if that sounds exciting.

I can’t say i’m an expert of diving, but i got to say that if i ever were to become one, i would go to Diving Atlantis to get the experience. 

Book your diving or kayaking excursion of choice HERE!  

 

Driving a Buggy
By emanuel

Driving a Buggy

I went driving a Buggy with Top Buggy Adventures. It was an exciting experience which i believe anyone will enjoy. Mainly because it’s incredibly fun to be driving a Buggy. But what is a buggy? And why is it so much fun? Keep on reading and find out! 

Imagine stripping a car of all parts except the most essential core components, what you’re left with, is a Buggy. An excellent piece of machinery with low weight and a lot of horsepower’s to run it. The buggy can be a little bit tricky to drive for an inexperienced driver due to the different feel of the clutch and the gas pedals compared to a regular car. However, when you get the hang on how to operate the vehicle it’s an absolute joy to drive on the roads as well as off-road. The stiff suspenders make for an incredibly enjoyable ride when driving over hills and bumps.

I got a great sensation of power from hearing the loud engine behind me, this makes even the most basic things enjoyable such as changing gears. Just listening to the engine revving up is special when driving the Buggy. Tenerife is also a great island for driving the Buggy due to the various nature zones of the island. The sandy desert parts, to the living colorful cities up to the high mountains. The changing landscapes gives you as the drives the feeling och exploration which is a nice addition to the trips that Top Buggy Adventures provides.

It is hard to describe the experience in one sentence. But one scene from my drive is still stuck in my head. This is when I saw the cities of Tenerife transition from day to night while driving through them in a buggy. It was really an unforgettable experience. I pushed the gas to the bottom with the engine roaring behind my head. And I went passed the city lights in a rapid speed. The feeling that I felt, can only be described as Euphoric.

And when I pushed the gas to the bottom of the floor with the engine roaring right behind my head while passing the city lights I felt a feeling that can only be described as euphoric.