We have been staying at the top of Spain close the the Andorra border.
I picked this location as a place to stay very deliberately.
We had always wanted to go to Naturlandia to ride the longest alpine coaster in the world, and today was the day.
I packed away the passports and credit cards safely in the resort room safe, so not to risk leaving them in the car or a locker at Naturlandia.
We drove about fifty minutes to one hour to the border, and before we knew it we were surrounded by other vehicles all waiting for the customs and police at the border crossing. Oh no. I had not planned that and thought crossing to this country was like any other in the Schengen Zone, except it isn’t Schengen!
It was about now I had a mild panic attack. I had no way to turn out of the line-up, and I had nothing with me to get through. So we prayed, and as we drove through the customs officer got chatting to a fellow officer and waved us through!
Whew – we were in, but I had to get out later in the day! I then remembered I had taken out a paper copy and it was in one of the bags in the back of the car, so when we arrived at Naturlandia we dug around in the bags and finally found that.
Naturlandia is set out of the town and up in the hills, so it is a bit of a drive, and you would find it a very long walk.
After we arranged our tickets, we headed to the cafe for an early lunch. I had a much needed coffee, and we both bought a reasonably priced bread roll with fillings, and sat in the sun on the balcony of the restaurant area and enjoyed it before getting into the rides.
We selected the “Tobotronc” first. We had made it. Another travel dream come true for Explorason. Yes, this is the longest alpine coaster in the world!
We lined up and I have to confess I was a bit nervous. I would be the driver and I could see people flying down.
There were no cameras or phones allowed, so we locked away my bag and off we went.
This is a gigantic roller-coaster in the middle of the nature, with its 5.3 km ride. You can see the snow in the distance on the mountains, but today is a perfect day.
We loved it so much I think we went on it four times all up. It takes about 15 minutes just to ascend to the top, and that is quite relaxing, but the downhill run is heavy concentration for me, and I felt like we would fly off the tracks we were going so fast. We would pretend we were whizzing through countries and places we had travelled around the world to see, and this made us laugh so hard.
Next we decided to climb and zip line.
This was by far the highest zip line I have done, and as I climbed to the top and up on a wooden box, I felt quite afraid. Once was enough for me going down this cable with the harness, but Explorason loved it.
Explorason then wanted a go driving around in the safari jeeps.
He did really well at this. I think we had two or three laps.
In addition, the park offers a wide variety of activities to enjoy the outdoors, and also an animal reserve where you can learn about wolves, bears and much more. This is in a separate location included in the ticket.
Sadly we ran out of time as I had to return to pack and prepare to drive to Paris tomorrow.
So after our last fantastic ride on “Tobotronc” we left to drive back to Spain.
When we headed back to the Spain / Andorra border I was once again in a panic not having our passports. So we prayed again. We were stopped by the customs officer. But it was because I took the “goods to declare” road, and the man came racing over to check our car. In it all he once again got called away, and the passport check never happened !! Two flukes? I don’t think so. I think today we had a couple of prayer answered miracles!
Attraction Name: Naturlandia
Location: Ctra. De la Rabassa, Km 8 Juberri, Sant Julia de Loria Andorra
Telephone: (+376) 741 463 – Fax. (+376) 844 963
Date visited: May, 2015
Child friendly: Definitely. Height restrictions apply on some attractions