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Spanish geologists propose El Teide as the first international geotouristic destination

El Teide Tenerife the first international geotouristic destination

The Official College of Geologists (ICOG) has proposed six international tourist locations where geology is the undisputed protagonist, highlighting the volcano and the El Teide area on the island of Tenerife.

Geotourism consultant for the College and director of the Geology Tourism Course of the ICOG’s School of Professional Geology, Gabriel Chicote, stressed that “many times the visitor does not know” the special of the sites “until he does not get there”, Reason that has prompted them to make known this sort of ‘ranking’.


On El Teide, they explain that “with almost three million visitors a year”, Teide’s geology “can not go unnoticed.” “It is a world reference of geotourism for its spectacular, for its geological importance and for its accessibility to be located on a island as magnificent and well equipped as Tenerife,” they conclude.
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The Teide is, therefore, the only Spanish destination cited by the Official College of Geologists, continuing its international review, for example, with the Grand Canyon of the Colorado in the United States.
“With one of the most popular destinations in the United States, it hides spectacular landscapes. With vertical walls up to 2,400 meters high, it gives us a clue to the incredible transformation capacity of the landscape on our planet,” says the expert.
Also highlights El Everest in China and Nepal: “If we talk about geological sports tourism Everest is the top without a doubt.” “Sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks that with their structures of deformation and rupture are a true geological manual for those who dare to visit it,” they point out.
Geologists also point out New Zealand, a destination “perhaps not very visited”, reason that “precisely increases its magic.” “Among the many attractions offered by these two islands, geology is one of them,” they explain.
Also outstanding are the Perito Moreno Glacier, in full Argentine Patagonia, where nature shows “the geological processes with all their potential and at a speed that allows us to enjoy them and even fear them.”
Also in Argentina are mentioned the Iguazú Falls, which this year expects to receive 1.4 million visitors, of which the vast majority comes only by the visual spectacle of its more than 275 waterfalls. “The great challenge is to make it acquire, in the eyes of its visitors, the very important geological character that it possesses in reality,” the expert points out.



Courtesy of Europa Press