We aim to bring science and tourism together in a bid to protect our "dark" night skies. Most people are not aware that we are loosing our dark night skies and the relevance that this has on all life on the planet. By providing star observations, astronomy courses and astrophotography workshops, we can inspire tourists and residents alike to protect this vital part of our heritage. Enrique, “El hombre de las Estrellas” explains why a dark sky is important and how we can easily put in various measures to protect it. There are still nomadic tribes that rely on star navigation, as, incredibly, does the dung beetle. The connection with turtles and the moon is well documented. Increasing light pollution can confuse baby turtles, as they follow this light and not the moonlight!
We opened in January 2013. We are new. At present we are spreading information through social network sites, but in the future our aim is to be active in local educational institutes. We also encourage research students, from around the world, the chance to carry out specific scientific research regarding animal/plant dependence on a dark night sky in connection with astronomical studies.
We are supporting the local community on various levels. We only support local restaurants that source their produce locally, and by doing so, ensure that our money circulates and supports the local economy, and reduces the carbon footprint. We take our clients away from the touristic hotspots, into more rural areas, supporting independent businesses and highlighting the true beauty and culture of the island.
Fuerteventura has already been cited as a prime location to achieve the ”Starlight Reserve” status granted by UNESCO. This includes two initiatives: Starlight Reserve, that is based on scientific findings related to sky quality and secondly Starlight Tourist Destination, that is based on tourist access to the stars and the dissemination of information regarding this environment. We support both initiatives, and works alongside the island council and tourism board to help achieve these classifications that will undoubtably increase general tourism numbers.
In the future, we aim is to work alongside educational institutions to get kids inspired about science. Science is an integral part of our ever day lives. Literally everything we use from our mobile phone to ordinary kitchen appliances to the way we travel originates from the basis of science. We will also be organizing light pollution campaigns and supporting “star counting” observations.
Reviews of Fuerteventura stargazing tour, Canary Islands
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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 19 Apr 2015 by helen kemp
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
The stars by night tour was exceptional. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about astronomy. We particularly liked his storytelling style of his talk as he guided us through the night sky. This was perfectly balanced with the scientific input.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Book now!!! This experience should not be missed.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Very little environmental impact. We stood in the dark looking at stars through a telescope.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
So glad that we booked this trip. I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Fuerteventura.