La Zarza & La Zarcita Cultural Park
La Zarza & La Zarcita Cultural Park (La Mata, Garafia) – located 1 ½ hours (51 km) northwest of Santa Cruz, the rock art sites of La Zarza and La Zarcita are one of the most important archaeological assets of the Canary Island archipelago. La Zarza occupies a spacious caboco (circular depression in the bottom of a ravine), between the La Mata and Llano Negro districts, while the latter is located on the left side of the La Zarcita ravine, a short distance away. Both sites are situated at an altitude of around 1,000 meters and are immersed in mixed vegetation of myrtle-heather woods and pine forest.
The rock engravings are the most spectacular element at La Zarza, both for the extent of the engraved surface (29 panels), as for the complexity and ample chronology they exhibit. La Zarcita is less extensive (18 panels), but also shows a great diversity of patterns. The combination of circular, meandering, and lineal motifs is extraordinarily varied. The Park also has an interpretation center providing a general picture of the auarita culture, with numerous explanatory panels about the natural characteristics of the surroundings. Admission: €2 per person (free parking). Hours: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm (winter), 11:00 am – 7:00 pm (summer) daily except for Monday.