El Charco Azul

There is no cell signal in El Risco. So if you are looking to coordinate with people or update your map once you get there, too late. Plan ahead.  The parking lot for the Charco Azul is right off the main highway. Just map Bar Perdomo, El Risco in your phone. About 100m before it,…

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The Turtle Rescue Center

The turtle research centre raises and rescues injured sea turtles. This is a private research building and you need to know someone to get a tour. You can peek through the fence though if you are walking along the coast at playa del hombre.

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The Fish & Abalone Farm

We got a private visit to an active abalone research farm! An abalone is a shellfish with the prettiest shell you ever saw. Plocan is the marine research center of the Canary Islands. They also study fish, seaweed and all kinds of other critters.

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The Painted Caves of Gáldar

The painted caves museum is an archaeological site with dozens of homes from a Guanche village from thousands of years ago. You get to walk through (well above) the ruins and even go into remade houses to see what people lived like. They didn’t look very comfortable. They do 1.5 hour tours in English, Spanish, French, or German.

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El Confital Beach and Overlook

El Confital is a wild rocky natural reserve at the top of Gran Canaria. There are no houses but people live in the caves, just like the Croods did, on the cliffs. There is great surfing and good hiking. We explored the tide pools, climbed on ruins and hiked to the lookout where we could see a beautiful view of Las Palmas.

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Hiking and Climbing Barranco San Miguel

This is a canyon hike and it’s fun how deep down we get in nature right in the city. My friends Lisette and Elena walked up the trail and joined us at the top and we did the downhill together. We saw tiny caves, beautiful plants, giant cliffs on both sides, horses, bike riders, dogs and a really cool climbing area. It took us about two hours with a lot of stops.

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Palmitos Park

Palmitos park is a zoo with an amazing collection of birds. And dolphins!! And lots of other small exhibits with reptiles, monkeys, fish and more. Dad seemed more interested in the plants, and there are a whole lot of them, but that is just weird. This zoo is in a giant canyon and the animals are up and down the hillside. I wish there was an elevator since I wasn’t in the mood for so much hiking.

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Elder Science & Technology Museum

The ultimate kid’s rainy day activity in Las Palmas is either Poema Del Mar or the Elder museum. I love to play the virtual reality games, climb in full sized airplanes, crack the code on puzzles and experiments, learn about the stars, practice surgery, and do art projects. We can touch everything and no one gets made when we run and shout. Sojourn says it’s the best museum ever.

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Los Tilos de Moya

When locals go hiking with littles, they always recommend los Tilos de Moya. It’s a pretty 2km loop in the mountains with a really delicious restaurant at the trailhead. We saw dozens of families with babies, little kids and even big kids. The trail is deep green because of all the rain in the last month.

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El Belen de Las Canteras aka Awesome

Every year in December, the city has a sand art nativity scene. The sculptures are bigger than I am and show religious scenes. It’s not just baby Jesus though as many of the sand sculptures show cool scenes of Canarian culture and history.

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