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Cactualdea Park

May 8, 2013
Cacti high at Cactualdea Park

Cactualdea Park: the perfect pit stop

We’re humans, not machines. But when we’re hiking, we need a break every now and again. So that’s how we found ourselves in Cactualdea Park which, located off Tocodoman’s Carretera del Hoya, prompts many a vehicle to leave this main road otherwise known as the GC-200.

Turn off, tune in, drop out

The GC-200 connects La Aldea de San Nicolás, where we were staying with family, with Puerto de Mogán, where we were heading towards. But Cactualdea Park offers an altogether different route. One which transcends the boundaries of time and sends you hurtling back to the epoch of the cave-dwelling canarii.

The Troggs

The canarii, many believe, were landlocked Berber slaves who stayed on the island after being exiled in GC because they had no shipbuilding knowledge. Neither had they been exposed to the invention of the wheel, it seems. Especially in the sphere of pottery, where they made pots with their bare hands.

Caves for graves

As well as sleeping in caves, on beds fashioned from leather and plants, they’d bury their dead in them. Accompanying the corpse were the deceased’s personal belongings. These were placed in ceramic pots and then filled with seeds.

Getting your five a day

There are in excess of 1,200 different species of cactus growing at Cactualdea Park. They hail from locations as diverse as Bolivia and Madagascar. Enjoy a fruit juice with a twist on Cactualdea’s restaurant terrace, as the eatery’s signature drink is zumo de tunos indios.

Open all hours

It’s not quite a 24-hour establishment, but Cactualdea Park’s open every day from 10:00am to 6:00pm. The price is 7€ which includes the opportunity to explore 15,000 square metres of caves and gardens. Although the coach-tour parties seemed content enough to soak up the sun, sipping on juice. A pit stop provides the ideal opportunity to refuel, after all.