The Jardin de Cactus is located in the north of Lanzarote, near the village of Guatiza. On our way north, when leaving the LZ1 just before Guatize, we see another example of the erosion on the island. A large piece of the hill has literally come down.
We pass through vast fields of cactus plants. These plants were grown mainly because of a parasite, that came from Mexico in the 17th century. The “cochinilla”, louse or parasite, contains a red pigment which is (or was) used for colouring textiles and cosmetics (e.g. lipstick).
Probably this was the reason for Manrique to build an open-air museum devoted to the theme. The Jardin de Cactus is located in a circular “crater”. From the outside only the mill, which rises above it, attracts the attention but once you've passed the entrance, you find yourself in another world. Along the circular paths there are hundreds of species of cactus, from small to large, sometimes with the most peculiar forms. Depending on the season more or less species in bloom can be seen.
If you are planning to visit various works of Manrique, the best thing will be to buy a combination ticket. It is valid for 14 days and yet you can save a few Euros. The combination ticket for the three, four or six sites costs resp. 21, 28 or 33 Euros. The individual price of each is in parentheses: