La Rofera de Teseguite

Man-made interventions in a natural landscape can sometimes leave very strange, yet eye-boggling sceneries. La Rofera de Teseguite just happens to be one lovely example of this phenomenon. 

La Rofera de Teseguite is near the Barranco de las Piletas, close to the town of Guatiza, right on the LZ-404 road from Guatiza to Teseguite. in the north of Lanzarote. From this intriguing area, the Rofe (which is volcanic sand with coarse and rough grains, used as the top layer of cultivated land.) The rofe was extracted, for many years, and the remains of the extraction have left a strange landscape. 

The rofe is, for example, that layer of volcanic ash that we see when there are vines within a semicircle of stones, a very typical way of agriculture here. This layer can retain atmospheric moisture and protect plants from the sun, in addition to preventing uninvited weeds. On the slope of the volcanic cone, you can see these interesting remains of the extraction.

The rofe is extracted from these curious formations, they are easily eroded volcanic ash, shaped by the wind. The rofe is extracted from the volcanic cones that contain it and the sites from which it is extracted are called "roferos or roferas". 

This whole area makes you feel like you are, going back in time and visiting an ancient, stone-age town…

These curious formations are awaiting your visit.

Have fun and explore!

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