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Legend has it that there are not only eight islands that make up the Canary archipelago. A ninth island has been appearing and disappearing for centuries, but only a few adventurers have been able to see it.

Explore the Canary Islands with our eight adventurers on a journey full of exciting tests to discover this mystery.

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ince the arrival of the monk San Brandán in the sixth century to a mysterious desert island in the environment of the Canary archipelago, legends have not stopped growing around it. There are many adventurers and explorers who in the course of history have mentioned it in their writings. Throughout several centuries expeditions have been sent to find it.

A whale, a deserted island that appears and disappears, a mirage, clouds over the sea... There are many theories about this legend and our explorers will try to figure out the mystery in this new adventure.

Excitement, adventures, friendship... and everything in an incredible environment: the Canary Islands. The program of the season that will take you straight to paradise. Promoted by “Turismo de Islas Canarias” and presented by Rakuten TV.

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They, along with the Canary Islands, are the real stars of the program. Here you can learn a little more about each of the adventurers.

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The Islands

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29°02′06″N 13°38′06″W

lanzarote

The craggy, lunar-looking landscapes of this magical island Will be the starting point of this adventure

The original inhabitants of Lanzarote, known as ‘Majos’, named the island Tite-Roy-Gatra when they landed on its shores more than two thousand years ago. Before their eyes was a land full of peculiarities: fields of petrified lava next to Golden Sandy beaches, rocky volcanoes that give way to fertile valleys, cliffs followed by quiet seaside... A microcosm in which the Majos managed to integrate, achieving a symbiosis with the territory that is still in place centuries later.

Lanzarote is a living monument to biodiversity and the ability of nature and human influence to coexist peacefully. Its inhabitants, as well as the endemic flora and fauna of the islands, have been able to adapt to its peculiar conditions, creating an ecosystem so unique that the island in its entirety was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1993.

Lanzarote

Our adventurers will follow in the footsteps of those first inhabitants, the majos, and begin this challenge in the east, in the natural sanctuary of El Charco de la Novia. This saltwater lake, separated from the ocean by a lava barrier, is a small aquatic paradise where migratory birds come to rest. This is precisely where the teams of adventurers will be formed, after a challenge where they will demonstrate their speed (and their camaraderie) by running and swimming through this unique natural landscape.

La Corona, one of the main volcanoes of the island, erupted 21,000 years ago, creating volcanic tubes that are over 6 km long. The Majos referred to it as 'Jameos' due to the sinking roof of the tubes. and turned them into the hubs of their Civilization, using them as shelter, to work in, and to store their crops. That is where the first group challenge will take place, in the Jameos del Agua. César Manrique, a renowned artist born on the island, transformed this unique natural environment into a cultural space, creating an extraordinary place that combines art, tradition, and nature. This is where our adventurers will have to demonstrate their energy and balance. Each group will have to choose a member to carry sandbags on their shoulders, 'majo style'. Will brains or brawn prevail?

The island's capital, Arrecife, is another privileged enclave. The majos called this area Elguinaguaria, which translates to 'the bay of the islets'. The city is home to such picturesque enclaves as El Charco de San Ginés, a saltwater pond connected to the Atlantic by a narrow channel and surrounded by traditional buildings.

In its waters, the groups of adventurers will demonstrate their confidence and paddle blindly guided by their teammates in search of some traditional baskets that they Will then have to take to the Castle of San Gabriel. Built in the 16th century to defend the island from pirate raids, the castle was declared a Place of Cultural Interest in 1979. Its walls, built with volcanic rocks, will constitute the adventurers’ next challenge: with the help of catapults, they will have to throw their sandbags aiming at different baskets. The winners will then face a surprise that will determine who can continue their adventure on the next island, Fuerteventura.

Fuerteventura

The oldest island of the archipelago will be the second stop for our contestants

First included in cartographic maps in the fourteenth century by Angelino Dulcert, Fuerteventura was already known since the time of Ptolemy as the westernmost place in the known world. Its name means 'good luck', alluding to the fortune that sailors found when they reached its shores safe and sound, despite the strong winds found in the region.

With more than 150 km of golden sandy beaches and an arid and wild interior that contains several oases of biodiversity (such as the Natural Park of Jandía), it was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 2009.

Fuerteventura

Its history is illustrated in towns like Betancuria, the former capital of the island. It is surrounded by volcanic landscapes and buildings, such as the Church of Santa Maria, built in the fifteenth century in Gothic-French style. Its north coast also hides another scenic treasure, the Natural Park of the Corralejo Dunes, a unique ecosystem that protects the native flora and fauna while allowing visitors to enjoy an endless beach of golden sand, where they can breathe in the sun and the sea.

In the northeast of the island is Playa del Castillo, another immense strip of calm coastline and crystal-clear waters that gets its name from the Torre del Tostón, built in the 1700 to defend the area from corsair raids. Located next to Cotillo, a picturesque fishing village of seafaring heritage that served for centuries as a waypath for pirates and merchants, this beach is where our adventurers will first land on the island.

It was there that a commercial ship sailed between Europe and the Americas sank and lost a valuable cargo that will have to be 'rescued' by the adventurers in a challenge of endurance where they will have to demonstrate their strength by carrying the cargo to the beginning of the La senda de los cetáceos walking path. This path, developed by the Cabildo of Fuerteventura, the local authority during the colonial era, pays tribute to the marine life of the island through the exhibition of the huge skeletons of the cetaceans that inhabited these waters.

Another emblematic location on the island, Las Salinas del Carmen, will be the setting for the next challenge on the island. These natural salt flats, formed at the end of the 18th century, obtained their current appearance in 1910, becoming a tangible legacy of the salt activity in the region. This tradition dates back to the first inhabitants who were already collecting the so-called 'white gold'. Using the same tools that were available to the island’s original inhabitants, our adventurers will have to dig in the piles of salt to find a treasure that will earn them the title of victor of the challenge.

Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura offers an enormous variety of landscapes in which the island’s particular terrains merge with emblematic buildings such as El Faro de La Entallada, a lighthouse on the southeast coast. This imposing building, set on steep cliffs and built in 1953, plays a crucial role in maritime security. It also offers an impressive panoramic view of the island's volcanic landscape in contrast to the vast horizon of the Atlantic Ocean. Just as it has guided sailors for centuries, we hope it will guide our adventurers in their final challenge on the island. A complex gymkhana held by the lighthouse will determine which adventurer will not travel with the group to their next destination: Gran Canaria.

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Gran Canaria

27°57’31”N 15°35’33”W

The third stage of this adventure will take place on the third largest island of the archipelago, Gran Canaria

An enclave caressed by the Elysian winds and very close to the Tropic of Cancer, which gives it an average annual temperature of 22 degrees.

This island offers unique contrasts between its coastal areas and its interior landscapes. From the Natural Reserve of the Dunes of Maspalomas, a one-of-a-kind desert landscape in Europe that ends at the beach of the same name, one of the most beautiful of the island, to the Roque Nublo, a volcanic monolith, 80 meters high, located in the rocky formations of the interior, which has become the symbol of Gran Canaria.

An island marked by the contrasts of its history, where archaeological sites such as the Cueva Pintada in Gáldar coexist with the old stately mansions of the Vegueta district, the historic quarter of the capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. There is the Cathedral of Santa Ana, built from the 16th to the 19th century, which blends architectural styles ranging from Gothic to neoclassical, reflecting the evolution of the city’s history and culture.

Another emblematic location on the island is Acusa Seca, a picturesque village in the mountains where the locals built their first houses dug into the volcanic rock. Today, these cave houses, now equipped with running water, electricity and all the comforts of habitability, continue to provide shelter for the residents of the area. And it will be in this location that our adventurers will carry out the first challenge, inspired by the survival skills of the ancient canarians: a town that prospered in a hostile environment thanks to the strength, ingenuity, concentration and resistance, character and dexterity. And these same virtues will have to use the adventurers to pass the next challenge.

Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria

Nestled in the stepped terraces of a fertile valley are the Agaete Coffee Plantations, known for being the only place in all of Europe where Arabica coffee is grown. Protected by the mountains and with a very favourable climate for cultivation, these plantations are free of pests, due also to the traditional work of the expert coffee growers of the area, who produce a coffee of superior quality. This coffee tradition will inspire the next challenge to be faced by the adventurers, who will have to do their best at harvesting and carrying coffee in order to win.

One of the standouts in the north of the island is Arucas, a privileged municipality where history, architecture, and natural beauty merge in an environment where there are still numerous vestiges of farming tradition. An example of this are its 'cantoneras', a curious system built with stone from the area, to distribute water through irrigation ditches. The aruquenses were experts in hydraulic architecture, due to their need to bring water from areas with the greatest amount of water resources to the location of their banana and sugar cane crops. For this purpose, they created a unique network of canals and irrigation channels. Once again, our adventurers will have to follow their example and look for the tools, the buckets for carrying water, scattered around the Municipal Park, an immense garden full of native flora that serves as a green refuge within the town.

Gran Canaria

Afterwards, they will move on to another essential point of Arucas, the Plaza de San Juan, at the foot of the Church of San Juan Bautista, which rises above the low houses of the town with its high towers and its imposing façade sculpted in sandstone. There they will have to demonstrate their ability to transfer as much water as possible and, after knowing the result of the challenge, they will decide which participant will abandon the adventure and thus be unable to take part in their next challenge, located in Tenerife!

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TeneriFe

28°16’07”N 16°32’20”W

The largest island of the archipelago will host our adventurers new challenges

From the time of its first inhabitants, the Guanches, until the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in the 15th century, Tenerife has witnessed an intense cultural mix. An example of this is the city of San Cristobal de La Laguna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. This city surprises visitors with its heritage, showing the fusion of architectural styles that have developed on the island over the centuries.

Another example of the cultural melting pot of Tenerife is La Orotava, declared a Historic Artistic Site in 1976.. This city stands out due to the splendid gardens and buildings that come together to give life to the city, most of them, has been declared a Place of Cultural Interest. And its capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, combines these historical vestiges with modern landmarks, such as the impressive Tenerife Auditorium, designed by Santiago Calatrava.

Tenerife
Tenerife
Tenerife

In addition to its important historical heritage, its coastline hides some of the most beautiful beaches of the archipelago. Both in the north, where the beach of Las Teresitasis located, and in the south, where the Costa Adeje, Playa de las Américas o Los Cristianos, offers a landscape highly coveted by those seeking to enjoy the sun and the sea.

Spain's highest peak, the Teide, located in the National Park of the same name, is undoubtedly another of its great attractions. This imposing volcano, surrounded by lava fields and moon-like landscapes, contrasts with other landscapes across the island, completely different, but equally impressive, such as the Acantilados de los Gigantes cliffs, which are over 500 meters high.

The ancient Guanches referred to them as 'The Walls of Hell', because they believed it was the wall at the end of the world. Surrounded by this stunning scenery, our adventurers will face their first challenge on the island. From a catamaran, at the foot of these 'walls', they will have to locate some bamboo reeds that contain a surprise inside and will be indispensable for the rest of their adventure. They will have to use a kayak and paddle to reach as many reeds as possible and then return to base to count how many each group has managed to gather. Which group will get more? The number of reeds will be crucial to determine who will emerge victorious from their Tenerife challenge...

Next stop, the coastal town of Candelaria. The Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de Candelaria is located there, making the area a unique place of pilgrimage. At the foot of this sanctuary the adventurers will be greeted by the 'Menceyes', the ancient kings who ruled the island before the arrival of the conquerors, represented by the monumental bronze sculptures created by Canarian artist José Abad. There they will perform a delicious challenge that will allow them to discover one of the traditional dishes of Tenerife's cuisine. With the help of Braulio Simancas, one of the best chefs of the Canary Islands, they will learn how to cook mackerel, an authentic local delicacy. But before eating, they will have to catch, clean, and prepare the ingredients. Happy fishing!

Tenerife

The island boasts breathtaking landscapes, on land, sea, even underground. Underground Tenerife surprises with geological wonders such as La Cueva del Viento, one of the largest volcanic caves in the world. Our adventurers will live a unique experience, performing their last challenge within its intricate passages and chambers. The winning group will travel, reinvigorated, to the next destination: La Palma.

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28°40′00″N 17°56′25″W

La Palma

Our contestants will spend their fifth adventure in the “isla bonita” (beautiful island)

The island of La Palma got this nickname thanks to its impressive natural beauty and biological diversity, which earned it the title of Biosphere Reserve since 2002.

Its first settlers, the Benahoaritas, left their mark in archaeological sites all over the island, such as the Cuevas de Belmaco, known for its cave engravings. The Spanish colonizers who arrived in the 15th century also left their mark in locations like the island’s capital, Santa Cruz de La Palma. This old town of this city of cobblestone streets has been declared a historical-artistic site thanks to its emblematic historic buildings, such as the Church of El Salvador or the Plaza de España.

The island’s rich biodiversity becomes evident in the Rout of the Volcanoes or the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, where you can follow trails, to discover the deep canyons and lush forests of the area. Over on the coast, the volcanic sand beaches, such as the Playa de Nogales, are another of the great attractions of La Palma due to their black sand and landscapes.

The top of the island is crowned by one of the most important astronomical observatories in the world, thanks to the altitude and atmospheric purity of the area, the Roque de los Muchachos Astrophysical Observatory with one of the most complete telescope batteries.

La Palma
La Palma

But what truly defines La Palma is its volcanic activity. An eruption in 1677 created a true geological wonder, the Crater of the San Antonio Volcano. The most recent volcanic eruption also took place in this same area,the Cumbre Vieja ridge, in 2021, when the Tajogaité Volcano remained active for 85 days. Thanks to the efforts of the community, the island has managed to return to normality and crops have returned once again, as have vineyards. The vineyards of La Palma will be the location of our adventurers’ first contact with the island. Here they will face a challenge that will allow them to contribute to the recovery of the region by planting five vine stocks. Will they get a good vintage?

The 2021 eruption also affected areas such as the plataneras plantations, one of the main engines of the island's economy. The adventurers will travel to San Andrés and Sauces to know the bowels of this crop. This time, they will have to go at full speed through a fast-paced circuit to transport the largest amount of banana clusters to another unique enclave of the island, Charco Azul. Located on the northeast coast, it is known for its natural saltwater pools, formed by the action of the sea on volcanic lava. Here the adventurers will have to face a challenge that involves concentration and danger, breath-hold free diving.

The geological and environmental conditions of the island have given its inhabitants, the palmeros, a special idiosyncrasy that can be appreciated in municipalities such as Los Llanos de Aridane. The traditional architecture of the Plaza de España or the church of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, is sprawled out among cobblestone streets that host local markets where you can feel the authenticity of local life. This authenticity is also reflected in its native sport, Lucha Canaria.

Our adventurers will be immersed in the traditions of the island with this challenge: a Lucha Canaria combat for which they will be trained by Ana Molina, first female champion of this discipline and founder of the Lucha Tenercina Club. The winners of this hand-to-hand combat will have on their shoulders the hard decision of choosing who will not continue to the next stop of their adventure: La Gomera.

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La Gomera

The next-to-last stop of this adventure will take place in the hidden jewel of the Canary Islands, La Gomera

This island of millenary traditions, ancestral vegetation, unique species, and singular landscapes was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 2012.

Its original inhabitants, the Gomeros, developed traditions so deeply rooted in the island's environment that they are still preserved today. This is the case of the Silbo Gomero, a whistling language with which those first natives began to communicate between valleys and ravines. They created their own language, recognized by the UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, which is still taught in schools.

Spanish colonization also left a deep mark on the island. In San Sebastián de La Gomera, you can still stroll through the network of narrow streets that connected the various historic buildings of the capital, such as the church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción or the fortress of Torre del Conde.

La Gomera

This historical heritage coexists on an island just 370 square kilometers, with a landscape that cannot be found in any other part of the world: the Garajonay National Park, declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. This natural sanctuary with lush laurel forests contains vegetation that covered Europe in the Tertiary era and has only survived in areas of Madeira, the Azores, and here, in Canary Islands. This unique ecosystem has given rise to the survival of native species such as the Giant Lizard of La Gomera, an ancient species and symbol of the island. Finding them will be our adventurer’s goal in their first challenge on the island. Searching for them in the lush laurel forest of Garajonay will not be easy... Will they find it?

To get to know this island in depth, you cannot miss the rugged beauty of the slopes of Valle Gran Rey. This unique and rebellious landscape ends in the volcanic beaches of the Atlantic. The first Gomeros developed extraordinary skills to adapt to it, such as their whistled language (the aforementioned Silbo Gomero) or a unique technique that allowed them to move with agility through the steep and abrupt landscape of the island. The 'Salto del Pastor' requires precision, experience, and an innate ability like that of Mario, the local who will help the adventurers to overcome their next challenge: learn the Salto del Pastor techniques.

La Gomera

The cliffs of Valle Gran Rey are a key environment for the Gomeros, but so are its beaches, witnesses of the island's colonial history, where the conquistadors first set foot and the natives established their first defences. La Puntilla, with its picturesque surroundings; the beach of Vueltas, facing the port, but it will be the Playa del Inglés, with its serene waters and fine sand, that will bear witness to our adventurers’ last challenge in Gomera. Strength, endurance, and a rivalry that can end in the most unexpected way... Would a betrayal change the course of this adventure on its way to El Hierro?

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El Hierro

27°44′35″N 18°06′38″W

The westernmost island of the archipelago, El Hierro, will be the end point of our adventure

Its name could come from the word ‘Egeró’ o ‘Hero’. In the language of the Bimbache, the former inhabitants of El Hierro, it meant 'rocky stone', a term that perfectly describes travellers first impression of its landscape when first stepping onto the island’s shores.

The ancient sailors knew it as 'The Island of the Meridian', since this point was chosen to mark the Zero Meridian, until it moved to Greenwich in 1885. In the 19th century, the Orchilla Lighthouse marked this geographical point. For centuries, sailors measured distances and time from there, and now it is a historical reminder of the island's importance in the development of universal navigation.

Atop that rocky outcrop, the capital, Valverde, offers breathtaking views of the ocean and the peculiar topography of the island. Its narrow streets wind among typical Canarian buildings, hiding surprises such as the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Concepción. This, added to the character of its people, makes it the perfect place to immerse yourself in the culture of El Hierro.

But El Hierro is also home to a natural treasure unique in the world El Sabinar. One of the oldest ecosystems in Europe, in which the junipers, twisted by centuries of windy gusts, have become a symbol of nature's ability to adapt and have transformed the area into a place with an incomparable millenary landscape.

On the island’s southern coast, the marine reserve of La Restinga, home to multiple fish species, corals, and other marine creatures, is a hub of scientific research and environmental conservation. It is also an example of the rich biodiversity that characterizes this island.

El Hierro
El Hierro
El Hierro
El Hierro

The impressive aerial views of El Hierro, declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and Geopark, will be the first thing our adventurers see after paragliding into their final destination... A somewhat 'forced' landing that will determine which of them will go directly to the semifinal in El charco de Los Sargos.

These impressive natural pools, nestled at the foot of deep cliffs, are one of the most beautiful spots on the island, and a safe way to take a dip in the immensity of the Atlantic nature. An unbeatable setting to celebrate a race inspired by the island's past, so closely linked to sailing. The adventurers who can most easily decipher the International Code of Maritime Signals will be the ones who go on to the end of this adventure.

El Hierro

In Tamaduste is where our adventure will end. This area is a picturesque coastal town, with traditional houses that blend harmoniously into an environment of cliffs, black sand, and crystal-clear waters. The perfect landscape for the last two adventurers to face the final challenge and finish their intrepid journey through some of the most unique places of these lands full of adventures: the Canary Islands.

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Beyond the tests and the competition, this program is able to show a true paradise a few hours away from the main European capitals and with a privileged climate all year round. Have you fallen in love with the Canary Islands as our discoverers have? You can also live your own adventure, you only need the need to have fun and enjoy.