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Friday, October 29, 2021

Tegueste Biofest Festival

Forest in the Macizo de Anaga

A festival in Tegueste promotes the natural and ethnographic values ​​of the Anaga massif

The ethnographic wealth and biodiversity of the Macizo de Anaga star in the first Tegueste Biofest: naturaleza y ruralidad sin límites (Tegueste Biofest: nature and rurality without limits), an event that will take place between October 29 and November 2 with more than thirty activities prioritizing leisure and enjoy nature and value the local primary sector, the new concept of rurality or the archaeological wealth of the area as an aboriginal legacy.

This new event, organized by Ecotouristing, a company specialized in tourism of environmental, socio-cultural and economic sustainability, has the involvement of different institutions: Tegueste Council, as the venue for the event, supported by Promotur Turismo de Canarias and the Cabildo de Tenerife, with the Natural Environment area and the Macizo de Anaga Biosphere Reserve, as well as Turismo de Tenerife.

Mayor of Tegueste, Ana Rosa Mena, indicates that, with this event, the council aims to position the municipality in the sustainable tourism panorama and reinforce the values ​​that make Tegueste "an unique enclave", with its landscape, its cultural heritage and its gastronomic offer.

Councillor for the Environment and Local Development areas, Manuel Martín, points out that within the framework of the strategic tourism plan drawn up by the Council, this initiative is seen as one of the actions to be developed aimed at highlighting the role of the municipality as a door to the Reserva de la Biosfera del Macizo de Anaga (Anaga Massif Biosphere Reserve) and to promote Tegueste as a sustainable tourist destination.

The program developed by the organization combines outdoor activities with parallel activities linked to values ​​such as gastronomy, the primary sector, aboriginal history, local bird watching or the possibility of enjoying the spectacle of the stars.

Those interested in registering for these activities can reserve their place on the official event website www.biofest-anaga.com (in English).

The massif, with an area that exceeds 48,000 hectares of land and sea, is one of the main tourist attractions of the island. According to 2019 data, a total of 670,000 annual visitors were received, mainly with the motivation of hiking. However, most of these visits are concentrated in some specific points, such as Cruz del Carmen, in the heart of the reserve, missing the opportunity to know other trails with high potential given its biodiversity and its involvement with the environment. socioeconomic.

Hence, the organization prioritizes new routes encompassed under the generic title 'Trails of the biosphere', which will run along less travelled paths such as the route that connects Tegueste and Bajamar, the variant of the Mesa de Tejina, as well as different itineraries that they connect Tegueste with Punta del Hidalgo, passing through the unique villages of Bejía and El Batán to descend through Chinamada, among others.

In addition, these more demanding options are joined by a more accessible and familiar offer such as the 'Archaeologist for a day', scheduled for Saturday October 30 with a route that will run through the Agua de Dios Ravine and that will conclude with a Aboriginal showcooking.

Among the programming highlights is the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Unesco program 'Man and the Biosphere', through which the value of unique natural spaces, their conservation and their sustainable development is promoted. This event will take place on November 2 at the Teatro Príncipe Felipe de Tegueste at 5:00 p.m. and will serve to enhance the value of the Anaga massif as part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves of which it has been a part since June 9 of 2015. 

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