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Gran Canaria Walking Festival lives an intense weekend

Gran Canaria Walking Festival lives an intense weekend

Hikers coming from 24 different countries are part of the fifth edition of the event, which celebrates the Laurisilva Route today, one of the most demanded ones

Last Wednesday, Gran Canaria Natural & Active, the association in charge of the Gran Canaria Walking Festival, commanded the beginning of the event. One hundred hikers participated in the Centenary of Teror Spring Water, which began in the Finca de Osorio, one of the most amazing corners in the island.

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This Thursday, the hikers had the chance to expeirence how our ancestors lived, as the Aboriginal Route connected Fataga and the Prehispanic site of La Fortaleza de Ansite, in a 6,5 km course which passed through the towns of Ingenio and La Sorrueda in Santa Lucía.
The Laurisilva Route is the festival's halfway point, which will end this Sunday. This has been the route with the highest amount of hikers, with over 100 participants. The route starts in the recreational area of La Laguna de Valleseco, a place of high interest as it includes a Laurisilva recovery project in our island, and has a light descent to the town of Valleseco, through the thick vegetated ravines of the Laurisilva forest. The route finished in the Melva Suit Hotel, where the participants enjoyed a gastronomical tasting.

The stars will focus the attention this weekend

The stars will have a special role in the Festival. An Astronomic Route is scheduled for Friday and Saturday night, when the hikers will be able to understand the hidden details of the firmament. The course will border the Caldera de Tejeda, going around a pine forest in Los Llanos de la Pez.
The Artevigua Route will be held on Saturday morning, from La Cruz de Tejeda to the town of Artenara, with a medium difficulty level course of 7 kilometers. On Sunday, the Summit Route will close the fifth edition of the Gran Canaria Walking Festival, with a roundtrip starting in El Garañón camping site. The hikers will ascend to the highest peak of the island, El Pico de las Nieves, and will enjoy the most amazing panoramic views of Gran Canaria and some high interesting places such as el Pozo de los Canónigos.

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“Parinacota, the shadows of a 6.000”, by the alpinist Javi Cruz

The conference “parinacota, the shadows of a 6.000”, ledaed by the local alpinist Javi Cruz will be held on Saturday, at 18:00 h, in El Garañón. Cruz will talk about how his experience while surmounting the 6.000 meters peak in the Bolivian Andes with Juan Espino, a renowned athlete from the Canary Islands who practises a very different sport: wrestiling.
Juan Espino, also known as El Trota, has been the Grappling World champion, compares his experience in the mountain with the different wrestling disciplines he practises.
A Canary party will end on Sunday the most crowded and international edition of the Festival, with a 68% of non-resident participants and hikers from 24 different nationalities.

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