Centres of Arts, Culture and Tourism
Jardín de Cactus - Cactus Garden
It is located at the town of Guatiza, municipality of Teguise, in an agricultural environment characterized by extensive plantations of cactus dedicated to the cultivation of the "cochineal".
What to see
- Estimated duration of the visit : 1 hour
- Prices: Adults: 5,50 Euros; Children 7-12: 2,75 Euros Resident in the Canary Islands: Adults, 4,40 Euro; Childs, 2,20 Euro
- Opening hours: Daily from 10:00 h to 17:45 h
- Restaurant and Bar: 10:00 h to 17:30 h
- Gifts Shop: 10:00 h to 17:30 h
The interior presents a circular structure, a possible metaphor of the Island´s craters.
In the 5.000 m2 of this Tourist Centre there are more than 7.200 specimens of over 1.100 cactus species from such different places like Peru, Mexico, Chile, USA, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Morocco and Canary Islands.
Services and Other Data
Opening hours: 10:00 to 17:30 h.
In the "palas" of the cactus (also known as prickly pears) grown a parasitic insect called cochineal (Coccus cacti), a parasitic insect from which is obtained an intense colouring carmine after a careful process of manufacture. Traditionally used as textile dyeing, now this natural dye is highly valued in food and cosmetics industries. Despite in La Vega de Guatiza we find the largest area of cochineal cultivation in the Canary Islands, it is a culture in decline due to the competition of industrial synthetic dyes.
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