This route will introduce you to the Guardianes Centenarios (“Ancient Guardians”) that have watched over our laurel forests for more than 800 years.
The route begins at the intersection of route BC 1 with Cruz de Funes and takes you to the Agua García Heritage Information Centre under a canopy of laurel forest along a trail that is pleasantly cool on summer days.
You will come across a lot of naranjero silvestre (Ilex perado), endemic to the Canary Islands, as well as laurel trees (Laurus novocanariensis), acebiño (Ilex canariensis), palo blanco (Picconia excelsa), faya (Morella faya) and many others. But it is when you reach the ancient viñatigos (Persea indica), impressive trees 4m in diameter and more than 20m high, that you will understand why this area is one of Tenerife’s most precious natural treasures.
Along the route you will also be able to see the Cuevas del Vidrio o Cuevas de Toledo (Toledo or Glass caves), where “white sand” was extracted to make glass objects, and visit the Agua García Centre to learn about the history, nature and uses of the laurel forest.
IBP Index: 12.
- Always stay on the marked trail and do not enter private property, hunting grounds, water galleries, wells or caves.
- Be careful when walking along roads used by motor vehicles and hiking trails, and when crossing ravines with water courses.
- Avoid direct encounters with potentially dangerous animals, such as livestock, beehives, and dogs.
- Proceed with caution and watch for obstacles, loose rocks, uneven terrain or steep slopes to avoid accidents and falls.
- Consult our good practice guide and, if necessary, contact emergency services by calling 112.
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