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The groups

The groups for the Gran Canaria Walking Festival will have a maximum of 50 participants, who will be accompanied by a guide and an escort.

The guides

They are experts on the walks they are leading, the participants must follow their instructions all the time during the walks.

Clothes& Footwear

It is recommended to use comfortable clothes and appropiate footwear to participate on the Gran Canaria Walking Festival.

Age

Walking on the nature can be sometimes difficult, so the following groups must come accompanied by a responsible adult:

  • People under 16
  • People with any kind of disability or difficulties to walk on the nature.

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact the Technical Secretariat.

Pets

Although the members of the organization of the Gran Canaria Walking Festival love pets, we can’t allow them to participate.

Environmental friendliness

The Gran Canaria Walking Festival promotes environmental friendliness in Gran Canaria, so all the participants must show a strong commitment to care the environment.

The participants won’t leave any trash on the path and will also show a total respect for the flora and fauna on the walks.

Health

In case you suffer from any illness that could become an inconvenience to participate on the walks, please, inform the Technical Secretariat.

Please remember that while walking you will be far away from the Island villages and towns, which means that an immediate medical assistance is not available.

Insurance

A basic insurance is included in all registration options for the Gran Canaria Walking Festival. In case you need a special insurance, please contact the Technical Secretariat.

Program changes

This event takes place outdoor, so because of the weather conditions variations the organization might change the itinerary or the entire program.

Smoking policy

Smoking is not allowed during the walks to prevent fire risk and consideration for each other.

Fumar

Queda prohibido fumar durante el transcurso de las rutas en consideración a los otros participantes y con el fin de evitar el riesgo de fuego.

Weather

Gran Canaria has an excellent weather throughout the year, but some of the programmed itineraries run along areas where the weather conditions might change from minute to another.

Please make sure you chose the appropriate clothes for the walks.

Bad weather could be one of the reasons to change the walk itinerary or program and also to finish it before programmed.  

Liability

The participants of the Gran Canaria Walking Festival do it under their own risk and responsibility.

All walks programmed are not especially difficult, but sometimes walking on the nature can be arduous, especially if you are not using the appropriate clothing, footwear or even if you don’t practice this activity regularly.

The organisers or sponsors won’t be responsible for any accident that any person might suffer during the walks.

When you register in any of the walks you are accepting the terms and conditions established by the organization and also confirming that you have the physical conditions required to practise nature walking.

The participants must follow the instructions given by the guides all the time.

The decisions made by the guides or the organization in order to protect the security of participants will be unquestionable.

If the guide considers a participant is not well equipped to participate in a walk, can reject its participation.

Any health problems that might influence on your participation must be communicated to the organization when making the registration.

If the circumstances require that a walk itinerary be cancelled, the organization will do so and will provide another one, if that is possible. In this case, the participants cannot make any complaint to the organization.

Relief and Weather

Gran Canaria has an almost circular perimeter with its summit located right at the centre of the island. This results in a tapered relief furrowed by deep ravines in fan-like array and large depressions, the volcano craters. Nonetheless, there are significant differences between the smooth north-eastern relief and the abrupt south-western terrain.

In Gran Canaria you can enjoy of a peaceful weather throughout the year, and depending on its orientation or altitude, gives rise to different microclimates that divide the island into three bio-weather sectors: the Trade Wind Canary Region or Wet Island to the northeast, the Dry Island to the southwest, and the Summits above 1500 metres. Such diversity makes Gran Canaria changing scenery, and gives it the name of Miniature Continent.

La climatología de Gran Canaria es apacible todo el año y, según orientación o altitud, da lugar a diferentes microclimas que dividen la isla en tres comarcas bioclimáticas: al NE, la Alisio-canaria o Isla Húmeda, la Isla Seca al SO y, por encima de los 1500 m, las Cumbres. Esta diversidad es lo que crea el paisaje cambiante de Gran Canaria y todo ello es lo que le ha valido el sobrenombre del Continente en Miniatura.

Knowing the different peculiarities of Gran Canaria’s relief and microclimates is essential to fix an adequate itinerary and select the right footwear and garments to take along.

Trails

An intricate and singular network of footpaths that cover easy forest, royal or horseshoe paths, and trails for expert trekkers furrows the island’s geography.

The size of the island and its rough terrain give place to a myriad of beautiful short and highly uneven itineraries, ranging from “coast to summit” to almost straight (as they border ravines), winding and steep, and all that goes in between.

Equipment

No technical equipment is required. Mountain shoes – solid, waterproof and with proper ankle hold – are recommended, whereas sneakers may be left for short walks. Except for vegetation-free areas, delicate knitwear and short garments, like tops, shorts, etc., are not a good choice.

Apart from the small but adequate 30-litre rucksack, you should carry telescopic trekking poles to deal with steep slopes in comfort, as well as a mobile phone for safety reasons.

Recommendations for trekkers

Trekking in Gran Canaria is open to any mountain enthusiastic or person interested in enjoying nature. It is not restricted to specialists or highly trained sportspeople. Nevertheless, we provide a series of recommendations to make your outing a safe and trouble-free one below.

Personal recommendations

  • Avoid outings of great length or upward gradient during the hottest hours of the day or in adverse weather conditions, and always remember to carry proper equipment.
  • Plan your outing in accordance with the physical conditions of the participants and the weather forecast for the day, also considering the length, duration, and difficulty of the trek.
  • Let relatives or acquaintances know of your itinerary and estimated time of arrival.
  • Carry a mobile phone with you. The emergency number within the Canary Islands is 112, with full 24-hour coverage.
  • Do not walk by the right side of the road at night, or with low visibility. Do not walk alone.
  • Do not drink water from springs, unless there is a sign indicating that the water there is safe for human consumption.
  • Avoid the ingestion of local seeds or fruits, which may be toxic despite their inviting appearance.
  • Avoid losing things, accidents, or deteriorating the environment by not taking shortcuts or leaving the trails.
  • If you are suffering from respiratory or cardiovascular conditions, or if you are sensitive to certain substances, acari, pollen, or other allergens, carry your prescribed medication, as well as a sport licence and medical or accident insurance.

Environmental recommendations

  • Help us prevent forest fires. Do not smoke or light fires in woodlands during hot, dry, and windy days. Help us preserve the island’s natural environment.
  • Do not throw litter, and this includes organic material.
  • Always remain on the marked trail, as this helps preserve the natural surroundings. Do not damage the natural and historical treasure of rural areas.
  • Do not disturb the local population or cause any damage to their property.

IMAGE RIGHTS

The organization has the exclusive rights on the image of Gran Canaria Walking Festival and use of audio-visual, photographic and journalistic material. Any media or advertising project requires the prior consent of the organization. Otherwise, legal action will take place.

DATA PROTECTION

When carrying out the registration in any event of Gran Canaria Walking Festival, participants give their consent to the organization for use their personal data and image for sporting and commercial purposes. As established in Ley Orgánica 15/1995, de 13 de diciembre, de la Protección de Datos de Carácter Personal (the Data Protection Act), participants have the right to access to the data in case they want to correct or delete information. In that case, you should request it sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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