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La Orotava offers free guided walks through Teide National Park 

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Hidden treasures will be revealed when La Orotava council’s department of environment holds a series of free guided tours in the Teide National Park.

Nine themed routes are being offered between February and June. The number of places is limited, so it is advisable to register as soon as possible on the desired route, with a maximum of two per person. Registration is free and must be completed by filling out a form available on the web www.laorotava.es

Transportation is the responsibility of the person taking part but they might like to register with a shared car scheme.

Environment councillor Luis Perera said the walks were aimed at those who wanted to get to know the World Heritage site better.

“This is a place guarded by the volcano and the wind, with an austere and sometimes severe aspect, incredibly seductive and beautiful, so close to the sky that it even seems that we can touch it,” he says. “Each path keeps their own secrets, different and valuable. They show a part of the existence and history of this emblematic space.”

The itineraries will be developed in the high mountain area of Tenerife, so you will have to take into account the special conditions of altitude, climatology and difficulty when travelling. Shoes should be comfortable and tough. Wear warm clothes and a raincoat in case it is necessary, in addition to a hat, sunscreen, binoculars, torch water and some food.

For more information consult the municipal website or contact the Municipal Environmental Education Centre.