Recently, we were asked on a radio show if every tour were similar, and our answer was definitely NO. Although all participants overcome the same challenges, experiences always change. That's something we can't plan.
At the beginning of the tours, we meet the participants and we realise every single person has a personal mission to achieve:
1. Getting to know the history and the culture of the Canary Islands
2. Making new friends
3. Being better than the other team
4. Practising “un poquito” de español that they learnt in the school
5. talking with local people on the streets…
And many more.
It is time to tell you what happens backstage, which funny stories happen in every tour. All of them need to be written and shared with all of you. Boring face out, please ;)
Let’s start from December 2017.
On a Wednesday in December we met Jesus and August in Teror. Even though they didn’t know each other, they fought to be the most Canary, to be a real islander.
One of the challenges we suggested them was to “take a selfie”. August had never ever made one before and for him was the first time to use the front camera. He made something for the first time!
And he felt he had a good reason to do it. We were amazed by the outcome of it because he made the best of himself, showed up all his creativity and he took the best selfie of all ages.
Elena, during the tour, usually checks the time on her watch. Once, she looked at it and realized that the time stopped, literally.
The watch had a wrong time, so she checked her phone to see what the real time was. It is usual to lose the track of the time and get away of everything, but not like this ;).
Veronica from Girona (Spain) was one of the last #Handies of the year in Teror. We fell in love with her easy-going personality and her enthusiasm. She told us her favourite accent in Spain was the Canary Islands accent because of the smooth way to talk.
Once Veronica got lost in the historical center of Teror because she was very hooked in HandyVisits philosophy. She wanted to find out a mystery asking local people for a clue. The clue was closer to her, but she just wanted to interact with the destination #feelhandyvisits.
Veronica loves playing with her students because she uses the gamification method for the lessons. She knows it is an active way to learn.
Among the last #Handies of the year we met Miriam, Marc and Gonzalo. They discovered the mystery of the Canarian treasure in Vegueta and they lost the sense of shame talking with local people. Gonzalo confessed that, thank to our tours, he was able to overcome this personal challenge, because on his own, he wouldn’t be able to do it. He achieved a personal and a #handy challenge.
Miriam and Marc came from Germany and they were looking forward to having a good time, they just wanted to have fun and do funny things in Gran Canaria. Miriam told us she had been involved in similar tours in England before, but not in a HandyVisits way.
Finally, the time has come…It's time to count how many #handycoins earned each team… an unexpected thing had happened! We already named the winner that got more coins and suddenly…. the other team realised they had TWO MORE #handycoins in their pockets! Surprises are happening until the last minute.
Aída and I were very nervous that day. We were about to meet travellers from all over Europe: Spain, Italy, Germany, Russia, Ukraine…It was a big group. They were spending the New Year Eve celebration in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and they were making activities around the island organised by AEGEE-Las Palmas. HandyVisits offered a funny morning full of creativity, friendship and Canary challenges.
In the dog’s challenge, the first group, used all what they had in their bags like an orange, a Canarian banana, a blue sequin bikini and all their valuable creativity to get more #handycoins than the other team. Later, we were amazed when they showed us a voice message recorded by themselves instead of a note on the phone to overcome a challenge. That was a clever move!
The second group surprised us with a BIG Canarian banana. One of the participants bought a banana float and they wanted to name themselves as banana team instead of conquerors. There is nothing more canarian than this.
The year started with a very friendly andalusian couple. They were Jose and Carmen and they wanted to discover Teror in a local way, like many travellers do in their trips and avoid tourists. They wanted to get to know all the curiosities and stories from the village.
They told us that they have travelled around the islands for many years and they only missed El Hierro and Gran Canaria islands. In the warming up #handychallenge they told us that they knew the Dwarf tradition in La Palma island (Los Enanos de la Palma) and they liked a lot Lanzarote’s wines. For just being very Canarian travellers, they deserved more #handycoins than we usually give.
Ronnie came from London and he was staying in Juncalillo (Gáldar area) during his holidays. Before starting Vegueta’s tour he told us he learnt how to drive in the mountains and he said that it was totally different from the big cities. Here the relief is volcanic and it has many curves.
Ronnie doesn’t stop talking about his experiences about travelling and we learnt a lot from him. He got a lot of #handycoins and he was able to guess what kind of #handychallenge was coming next. When it was the time to discover the mystery of the Canarian treasure, he was doubting between a plátano de Canarias (Canarian banana) or an Aloe Vera.
Cold, very cold ;)!
Paulina, Edouard, Ricardo, Arthur & Aga came to overcome the challenges of Go pa’l Pino, pilgrim! It was a little bit cold, but the weather didn't stop the curiosity and the desire to win #handycoins.
In the middle of the tour we walked until a hidden place to overcome the TOP challenge. There, they got a sweet thing and were lucky enough to see live a very special person ;)
Their smiles were bigger when we invited them to a Canarian food tasting: avocado mojo sauce, chocolate mojo sauce, bienmesabe (almond jam) and of course ¡chorizo de Teror! Pictures talk more than words.
We want to talk about you in the next posts.
We want to share the unexpected things that happen in the tours that photos or videos cannot remember them.
These moments are unique and that's why every time we meet new #Handies we are nervous and happy to see what the destiny has planned.
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Yesterday I took part in a sightseeing tour around Vegueta in Las Palmas on Gran Canaria. It was an different experience. The tour was created interesting and interactive with a small treasure hunt and at different quests with a little friendly competition.
Una muy buena e innovadora experiencia. Me sorprendió gratamente ya que al residir en la misma ciudad no esperaba descubrir/aprender grandes cosas, ¡pero lo consiguieron!. Lo recomiendo si quieren descubrir la ciudad de una forma diferente y divertida.
A great introduction to the city and Gran Canaria. This is the most fun you will ever have on a tour, as Aida and Elena make the tour fun and interactive and let you experience first-hand the friendliness of the people of Gran Canarian, as well as the food, language, music and many more things that make this island so great. A must do for anyone new to the island!
If you like discovering local culture in a funny way, you will love Handy Visits! The tours are full of challenges and small games really fun to do. A unique way to learn more about the place you are. Just go!
Handy Visits is a start-up whom unique value proposition is to offer a new concept of interactive tours in Canarias. Young and local guides will lead you around in town in order to discover secrets and tips unknown at any other tourist, including backpackers.
Una visita genial y diferente, llena de juegos. Experiencia innovadora y para rematar nos invitaron a una tapa de comida típica canaria. un 10!.
They make discovering the old town of Las Palmas a game with lots of group tasks, quizzes and stuff. I had a lot of fun, lost track of time and learn a lot of interesting facts about the city, its conquering and foundation and canarian culture. Way better than just listening to someone telling you the buildings history. 100% recommended
Hice su visita en Teror y Vegueta, fue muy divertida. Elena y Aída son personas encantadoras. El tour tiene una forma especial, y pude conocer la cultura canaria con ellas. No se puede comparar a otros tours que hice en otras ciudades. ¡Muy recomendable!
I did the Teror tour - it was awesome! :-) Elena and Aída are doing a great job showing you around in a funny and entertaining way. Both are originally from Teror and know everything about the city. That makes it super authentic. We also got some water and snacks of local products, which is quite convenient (water) and interesting to experience (snacks). I would definitely recommend it!
Do you like challenges? Say goodbye to those boring tours while you travel to Gran Canaria. Handy Visits is the best option to get to know the island, but in a funny and always-on-the-move way. I took the gastronomic tour in Teror, a lovely village in Gran Canaria. Found out interesting things about the place, explored hidden treasures and solved urban challenges. All this in a great and multicultural company. After this experience, Teror quickly became my favourite place on the island!
Thanks a lot Elena & Aida for the lovely tour in Teror. Discovering the beauty of Teror and got to know a lot of insights with the special interactive tour. You are doing a great job
Food getting to your lap as ordered and your only task is to enjoy it