The first edition of the Gran Canaria Walking Festival was celebrated from the 15th to the 22nd of September, 2012.
Five routes were organized for this first meeting: Artenara - Cruz de Acusa - Tamadaba - San Pedro, Roque Nublo Circuit, Camino de la Plata, Caldera de Bandama and Barranco de la Mina. 156 participants from 6 countries walked a total of 54.5 kilometers of pure trekking through the interior landscape of the island.
Some conferences were also organized from Wednesday, the 12th until Thursday, the 13th of September on the Museo Elder de la Ciencia y la Tecnología. These conferences were about the island of Gran Canaria, its Tourism and Trekking, and the Biosphere Reserve.
In Gran Canaria, an extensive network of highways, paths and trails are available to get into the most hidden and amazing places of the island’s geography. Many of these roads were created by the ancient locals of the island long before the conquest.
La Caldera de Bandama is one of the most important volcanic elements of Gran Canaria. It is exactly formed by both, El Pico, with its crater, and La Caldera, volcanic structures which were built by agressive eruptions dated between the year 47 bc and 123 ac.
After the conquest of Gran Canaria (1477-1483), the land and water in the centre of the island were divided.
Long ditches and canals were built to transport the water to lower lands, as so materials for its distribution.