"Guinea Ecomuseum - El Hierro" Canary Islands Things to Do Tip by zweiblumen

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  Guinea ecomuseum cottage
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The Ecomuseo de Guinea is located to the North of the island of El Hierro a short drive from La Frontera. The museum is a collection of original houses dating from the 17th century up to the mid 20th century. What is surprising is just how similar the houses were as regards construction, and all very basic inside. Surprising too that these houses were still being lived in up until the 1950's, the house shown in the photograph dates from the 20th century (yes 20th!). Located nearby is the Lagartorio which houses several examples of the rare endemic El Hierro Giant Lizards. The Lagartorio has a breeding programme and the species which so very nearly became extinct* is now being reintroduced to several locations on the island.

*(indeed it was thought that they had become extinct until several were found living on a virtually inaccessible rock outcrop back in the 1970's)

Phone: %cb(34) 922 55 5056%c*
Website: http://www.el-meridiano.com/Index2I.html

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  • Updated Dec 3, 2006
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