Down the rabbit hole

During  a short visit to Terceira Island, Portugal, my partner and I went to one of the natural attractions on the island “Algar do Garvão”. Technically it is a lava tube, a tunnel formed by flowing and the cooling of lava from an erupting volcano. Personally I like to simple it down to: Volcano. So that’s were we went, the volcano.

There are actually two lava tubes that you can visit on the island, the one we visited is more vertically oriented, while the other one is horizontally oriented. Both are rather close to each other making it easy to visit both, should you be so inclined.

If you are interested in the impossible power of volcanoes after the massive eruption recently in Japan, where Mount Aso erupted on October 8th, 2016, or because the recent seismic activity on Tenerife Island which could indicate an imminent eruption of the island’s largest volcano (last eruption 1909), then a visit to a lava tube is a must.

One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small. And the ones that mother gives you, don’t do anything at all. Go ask Alice, when she’s ten feet tall”
— Jefferson Airplane

In Terceira you access the main chamber through a nondescript man made tunnel, but once inside you can see what happens after a volcano is done erupting. The enormity of the chambers makes you feel quite like Alice’s trip down the rabbit hole.

This trip however doesn’t make you larger, it only makes you small. It also makes you kind of wet, as condensation keeps falling like drizzle.

To put everything in proportion, I included a person in each but one of the images in the gallery. In some of them the people are so small, you might have to search for them. The tiny people really do give you a good idea of the enormous size of the chambers and the actual lava tube.

The tube itself is so large that the vegetation on its wall could almost classify as a forrest.