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Located on the western coast of Lanzarote, Timanfaya National Park looks like the cratered surface of the moon, leading many visitors to describe it as "extraterrestrial." Visitors will also be impressed by the talent shows that the geothermal environment provides. Just a few meters below the earth's surface, the temperatures of the sizzling ground range from 750 to 1,112 degrees Fahrenheit. To display the earth's great heat, park guides will throw water down holes into the ground to create a violent steam geyser. When they toss dry brush, they immediately flame with fire. Because of this volatile environment, you won't be able to traverse the park on your own. The park offers two walking tours, a coach tour and even a camel tour. And many visitors opt to participate in an independent bus tour of the park.

One TripAdvisor user recommends touring the park via coach, saying: "You get a complete tour through the park that you would miss by car, as they are not allowed to travel through the park."

Timanfaya National Park is located on the western coast of Lanzarote. It's open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. During the park's busy summertime season, tourism officials recommend visiting between 9 and 10:30 a.m. or 3 and 5 p.m. to avoid the biggest crowds. Park admission costs €9 EUR (or about $12.50 USD) for adults and €4 EUR (or about $6.25 USD) for children; admission includes the coach ride. Meanwhile, camel tours cost an additional €7 EUR (about $10 USD) and walking tours are free. For more information, visit the national park's website.

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