The Council, through the areas of Management of the Natural Environment and Tourism, has presented the Tegueste Biofest program: nature and rurality without limits, this first festival that revolves around the cultural, natural and ethnographic value of the Anaga Biosphere Reserve . The program will run between tomorrow and Tuesday, November 2. The headquarters and gateway to the massif will these days be the Villa de Tegueste.
The Minister for Natural Environment Management, Isabel García, proposes «Move towards an increasingly inclusive vision of this great protected area so that it is more than the sum of the local corporations that make it up (Santa Cruz. La Laguna and Tegueste) ». He considers that it is necessary “to transcend this local concept and turn Anaga into that treasure of all the people of this Island.” The goal, he concludes, is “that it be known, can be enjoyed safely, and at the same time be the right home for its inhabitants, humans and animals and plants.”
The insular director of Tourism, Laura Castro values: «Tegueste Biofest will allow Turismo de Tenerife to show a multidisciplinary offer with hiking, ecotourism, agrotourism, gastronomic or cultural tourism to those who choose the Anaga Biosphere Reserve as their destination ”.
For his part, the Councilor for the Environment of Tegueste, Manuel Martín underlines: “This event fits with the objectives set in tourism policy, which we understand as an engine of socio-economic development and which proposes to position Tegueste as a sustainable tourist destination.”
This new proposal, organized by the company Ecotouristing, is born within a framework of public-private governance, which materializes with the involvement of different institutions.
The established calendar can already be consulted on the page www.biofest-anaga.com. It is characterized by combining outdoor activities with other 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.
It is worth highlighting the Huge Volunteering day on Saturday in whose organization multiple public and private entities collaborate. They will take part in it, together with the members of the NGOs, a group of people sheltered in the center for minors in Las Canteras. The planned actions are bird watching and trail cleaning in Tejina and Bajamar; waste disposal and environmental education in the La Orilla area and action against garbage in La Peñuelas, Mesa Mota and Fuente del Cuervo.
Prologue between Pedro Álvarez and El Batán
The festival lived its prologue last Sunday with the second neighborhood meeting between the neighborhoods of Pedro Álvarez (Tegueste) and El Batán (La Laguna), rural enclaves integrated within the Anaga Biosphere Reserve. The organization has recovered this popular event as the starting gun for programming. The initiative, which is linked to the Anaga massif and its resources, has served to exchange experiences among the participants. The meeting began very early with the transfer of the residents of Pedro Álvarez to El Batán. Then the twinning route began that ran through the villages and towns of Bejía, Casa Fuset, El Juntadero, Pista Solís and Monte del Nieto to reach the Teguestera town again. The paths and paths chosen for this transit are part of the popular heritage, since they have been used by the residents of the area when the current accesses did not exist. As a result of the health crisis, participation was reduced to fifteen residents per neighborhood distributed in groups of five whose temperature was taken before the start. Likewise, the use of a mask was mandatory.