Towering view of Isla la Graciosa and all of the nothern coast.

Mirador del Rio Travel Blog

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My next stop was the northern point of the island at Mirador del Rio. In the course to traversing the central portion of the island, I traveled many mountain tops and many twisties to get to the valleys in between. It was sunny and warm and what a fun way to spend some time.

I was welcomed to the Mirador del Rio (built in 1973) by Manrique’s fantastic sculpture of a fish/cat /chicken thing. (???) It was originally the site of a gun battery that was built in 1898, during the Spanish-American War. This is the most spectacular mirador lookout point in the whole archipelago.  I rushed inside and out to the viewing area. There were some clouds so, the view wasn’t perfectly clear. None the less, the view was amazing. The northern coastline was visible 480m (1575 ft) below. Across the El Rio channel is  Isla la Graciosa, visible with its blister of a mountain at its center.

The cloud/fog got much worse for a while so, I tried to wait it out. Briefly, there was a little round rainbow in the mist below the viewing terrace. Soon, much of the clouds were gone….not all. I was able to get a good look at the Isla and its little “islaette” behind it.

It was quite a feeling to be standing on the edge of one island and able to view the life of another so easily.

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