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Tindaya is a unique and special place in the Canary Islands because it's a mix of legends, biodiversity, history and an area with great archaeological significance.
With an altitude of just over 400 m, the Natural Monument Montana de Tindaya holds a great significance in Fuerteventura, due to its unique geomorphological characteristics in the Canary Islands.
The mountain was eroded with the passing of time and it's now composed of trachyte, an igneous volcanic rock, that is the volcanic equivalent of syenite and has the aspect of marble.
Due to its location in the middle of a plain field called Llano del Esquinzo, Montana de Tindaya is visible from many parts of the island, including from Mirador Morro Velosa. On clear days, if you go up to the summit of Montana de Tindaya, you can even see Mount Teide in Tenerife and Pico de la Nieves in Gran Canaria.
Montana de Tindaya is protected for its geological significance, as well as for its importance as a natural space and archeological areas. Many endemic species to Fuerteventura can be seen in this area and also a great number of engravings which prove the historical and archaeological value of this sacred place.
In total there are 213 engravings, distributed between 57 panels and another 29 silhouettes which all have 3 motifs:
Besides the there were also found other types of engravings which are heavily eroded and can't be classified in any of the categories above.
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The reason why Montana de Tindaya is also known as the Sacred Mountain is due to these engravings and other signs that show how the ancient inhabitants of the island used this area as a place for funeral structures as well as the chosen place for their engravings in regards to astrological observation and other proofs of their knowledge.
In Fuerteventura's flat landscape, Montana de Tindaya stands out and it's easy to understand why the ancient inhabitants used to see this place as magical and sacred. Some of the locals still call the place Montana de las Brujas, which translates to Mountain of the Witches.