Clothed in all shades of green and alive with the chirping of birds, this route seems taken straight out of a fairy tale.
The route starts on the magical trails of “La Laguna de Valleseco” in the “Parque Rural de Doramas”. This park holds the remains of laurisilva which used to dominate the midlands in the north of the island. The relics of this thousand-year-old laurel forest will accompany us along a very green path to the municipality of "Valleseco". Here, the trails seem to have come straight out of a fairy tale.
The path goes on towards “Pico de Osorio”, a peak at an altitude of 967 metres, which is part of the “Finca de Osorio” between “Teror”, “Valleseco” and “Firgas”. This country estate protects beautiful woods; remains of the former laurel forest “Bosque de Doramas” have been preserved, as well as trees which were introduced in the 19th century: chestnut trees, elms, cork oaks, banana trees, oaks…
Near the “Pico de Osorio”, there is a gently sloping platform, crossed by small gullies.
The path continues towards the district of “Los Castillos” in “Arucas” down to “Hotel Rural La Hacienda del Buen Suceso”, a hotel with colonial architecture that has retained all the splendour of the great estates of the past. Your heart will probably skip a beat when you take a look at the spectacular views over to the sea and the mountain from this unique place surrounded by exotic banana trees.
In this privileged scenario, we will enjoy the experience of tasting local gastronomy.
Laguna de Valleseco
Located in the Parque Rural de Doramas, the Recreational Area of La Laguna is a beautiful zone embedded in a volcanic caldera covered with laurel forest vegetation. The successive and intensive afforestation are shaping a new laurel forest, which began following the European Project Laurisilva XXI.
The name of this place comes from a contraction of the name of a former owner, Enríquez Yánez. At the summit and down the slopes of this Mountain of Riquianez, there can be seen ethnographic elements, such as mud ponds, plots and tile kilns.
The first historic references to the ancient Arehuc or Arehucas go back to a few years before the conquest and inclusion of Gran Canaria into the Crown of Castile at the end of the 15th century. In pre-Hispanic times, it was a settlement of country people who lived off a fertile meadow, at the foot of a mountain and surrounded by coastal towns. Arehucas also comprised the lands between the ravines of Azuaje Tenoya-Teror, with important resources and intensive agricultural exploitation and irrigation.
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