Kayak under the cliff

Kayak under the cliff

Kayak at the seaThe Youth Exchange is finishing and one of the most difficult task, the Romería is already done. Now we deserve a good trip to discover the amazing nature of the island. For that we had a special activity prepared, thanks to the help of “El Cardón” we have the chance to discover the Northwest corner of the Island in a Kayak trip of around 3 hours.

We split in couples and start by learning the basic skills to drive a boat, and then just go.. and learning by doing. Every couple, has to adapt to the rhythm and speed of the other, and coordinate to go in the desired destination. It seems not so easy to everyone, but with a little bit of help all the group enjoyed a great experience on open waters. 

Playa jardín & Puerto de La Cruz

Playa jardín & Puerto de La Cruz
Puerto woman selling fishPuerto de La Cruz was the place where tourism began in the Canaries. In 1886, this small port of La Orotava Valley established the first hospital of the Canary Islands to welcome sick tourists . It was also the first Spanish european resort.  Nowadays remains as common destination for visitors from Germany, Britain and Spain, mainly.

It was originally a fishing village that grew as the local trade increased. The sugar trade was replaced by wine trade, establishing its export boom in the second half of the sixteenth century, giving way to a process of social and economic development. 

Ecological agriculture

Ecological agriculture

ecoagriculture greenhouseThis time we visited different farms and greenhouses in the area of Tejina and Valleguerra, in North Tenerife. This visit was possible thanks to Ataretaco Foundation and to our guide this day: Manolo. Ataretaco is a big organization specialized in integral formation, social and labor integration of disadvantaged groups and the environmental protection.

We began our visit in the greenhouses of Cuplamol, a company that prepares seedbeds, especially bananas and papayas’ for their later commercialization. The facility uses water from rain falling on the greenhouse, it is collected for later use in irrigation. We have observed different varieties of banana in a plantation with constant 60% humidity and a temperature between 20 and 35 °C. Then we visited a papayas‘ greenhouse where we can see and taste the different varieties of papayas that are planted in the Canaries. In this two facilities there are young inmigrants learning and working thanks to the social commitment of these companies.