Observatories and Stars (Visit to the Gran Tecan)
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This hike covers a short section of the GR-131, known as the “Walking Stick”, and of the PR LP 11/12, running along the island’s summits and skirting around the Caldera de Taburiente National Park. During the route legends will be recounted, and ethnography and the stories of our ancestors will be talked about. We will visit the archaeological site of Las Lajitas, a vestige of the astronomical past of the Awara, and also see one of the most spectacular present-day instruments, the GRAN TELESCOPIO CANARIAS – GTC, the largest optical telescope in the world. Past and present are thus united along this unique path.


Approximate duration: about 4 hours


Departure point: Mirador de Los Andenes viewpoint (2,277 metres  a.s.l.)


Distance: 2 kilometres


Arrival point: Roque de los Muchachos (Garafía) (2,426 metres a.s.l.)




Carry water

Take a hat

Use sun-block

Wear comfortable footwear

Carry something to eat (dried fruits, fruit, sandwiches, chocolate,…)

Carry warm clothing (since it can get cold or even drizzle in the area)

Carry a mobile phone