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Quad safari tour: Teide Tour 4 hours
Quad safari tour: Teide Tour 4 hours
Quad safari tour: Teide Tour 4 hours 4 hours
On this 4 hours journey we will venture into the area of middle and high mountains before stopping at “Boca de Tauce” view point for a fantastic views of Teide, highest mountain of Spain.
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Hiking in Tenerife: Teide trail
Hiking in Tenerife: Teide trail
Hiking in Tenerife: Teide trail 6 hours
Explore the ecologically rich Teide National Park and discover the unharmed charms of the region. We follow different trails to capture the best scenic landscapes of the highest mountain of Spain and third largest volcano in the world.
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Journey into the Volcanos- Teide summit (3h)
Journey into the Volcanos- Teide summit (3h)
Journey into the Volcanos- Teide summit (3h) 3 hours
Hike the summit of Spain’s highest Teide Mountain. The feeling of standing between the sky and the sea is surreal. Food and drinks included. Level= easy (not suitable for hikers with heart problem)
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Journey into the Volcanos- the Humboldt trail (3h)
Journey into the Volcanos- the Humboldt trail (3h)
Journey into the Volcanos- the Humboldt trail (3h) 3 hours
Hike along Humboldt trail through Las Cañadas (The Cauldron)- one of world’s largest volcano depression, be dazzled by lava symphony of colors and semiprecious stone wall. Short educational film afterwards. Picnic included. Level=easy
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Journey into the volcanos - Teide Ascent (7h) Elite
Journey into the volcanos - Teide Ascent (7h) Elite
Journey into the volcanos - Teide Ascent (7h) Elite 7 hours
Climb from 2,200m up to summit of Teide (3,718m) and descent with cable car. Suitable only for climbers with good physical conditions and without heart problems. Picnic included.
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Las Cañadas (The Cauldron) Mountain Bike Tour
Las Cañadas (The Cauldron) Mountain Bike Tour
Las Cañadas (The Cauldron) Mountain Bike Tour 7 hours
Journey pass the gigantic cauldron-shaped volcano depression (La Caldera) with stunning views of Mount Teide! Tour Profile: Fitness level=3, technical level=3, difference in altitude=1500m, distance=50km.
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Teide - Masca jeep safari tour
Teide - Masca jeep safari tour
Teide - Masca jeep safari tour 7 hours
This 7 hours 4x4 jeep safari excursion takes you to the National Park of Teide, the highest village of Tenerife (Vilaflor) and the stunningly beautiful hamlet nestled amongst the narrow gorges of Masca.
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Teide Jeep Safari (half day)
Teide Jeep Safari (half day)
Teide Jeep Safari (half day) 4 hours
This 4 hours 4x4 jeep safari excursion is ideal for those who are pressed for time. We will show you the most interesting points of Teide National Park and you will be back to your hotel by lunch time. Highlights: Arona, Vilaflor and Teide
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Tour and activity categories in Teide National Park

Jeep safari
Jeep safari
Paragliding
Paragliding
Hiking
Hiking
Sightseeing Tours
Sightseeing Tours
Helicopter tours
Helicopter tours
Quad/ buggy (pick up from the south)
Quad/ buggy (pick up from the south)
Mountain Bike Tours
Mountain Bike Tours

Travel Inspirations - Teide National Park

                       Stretching across a whopping 189.9 sq. km, Parque Nacional del Teide, which also includes the highest mountain in Spain (standing majestically at 3718m), is sure to make you feel infinitesimal in the shadow of its looming rock formations, valleys and gorges. Situated in the heart of the island, this otherworldly expanse was declared a national park in 1954 and recently named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007. Each year, four million visitors follow in the footsteps of the island’s ancient aboriginal tribe, the Guanches (who considered El Teide to be sacred), by paying homage to its monolithic and domineering volcano. It’s not just tourists that remain fascinated by the allure of Teide; for over a century, geologists and volcanologists have been fervently studying the Teide-Pico Viejo stratovolcano and the surrounding crater’s endless variety of volcanic pipes, cones, lava flows and caves. Aside from the often snow-capped peak of El Teide, there are over 20 hiking tracks which wind through scrubland containing 12 plants, found nowhere else in the world, and gravity-defying rock formations such as the Roques de Garcia. It is easy for the imagination to wander as looking out across the badlands, you could quite easily be in a cross between a John Wayne western and sci-fi epic. However, for all these comparisons, Teide remains positively and unmistakably unique.   Geology Classified as a stratovolcano, Teide’s formation began over 300,000 years ago. Its landscape is composed of a number of escarpments known as Las Cañadas which are found around the walls of the caldera. Over the centuries, they have grown in height with the accumulation of various lava flows and pyroclasts spewed out of the volcano from erstwhile eruptions. Other materials expelled from the volcano include basalts, basanite, trachy-basalt, phonolites and trachytes.   Flora One of the most miraculous features of the park is its abundance of plants, which have managed to colonise the landscape through extraordinary feats of adaption. Despite the soil being almost non-existent, the remnants of previous lava flows contain enough nutrients and minerals to sustain 168 species of plant life, 12 of which are exclusively endemic to the park alone and, incredibly, cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Make sure to look out for the Teide white broom (Spartocytisus supranubius) which has a white and pink flower; the Teide Bugloss (Echium wildpretii), with its red flowers shaped in an upwards pyramid shape; and the Teide Violet (Viola cheirantifolia), found solely at the summit of Teide and one of the highest flowering plants in the world. As you ascend further up the escarpments of Mount Teide, you will also come across formations of the Canary Island Pine (Pinus canariensis), found at roughly 1000-2100m, and the Canary Island Cedar (Juniperus cedrus) which are sustained through the shelter of the surrounding Las Cañadas caldera.   Fauna Unlike the park’s vascular flora, vertebrate fauna are few in numbers. Currently, there are 30 species in the park, including the blue chaffinch (Fringilla teydea teydea), whose song can sometimes be heard reverberating though its deep gorges. Also found are three reptiles endemic to the archipelago: the Canary Island lizard (Gallotia galloti galloti), wall gecko (Tarentola delalandii) and skink (Chalcides viridanus), plus a rare smattering of mammals such as bats, feral cats and rabbits. However, there is a significant range of indigenous invertebrate species such as spiders, beetles, dipterans and hemipterans.   Teide Visitor Centres El Portillo Visitor Centre Situated in the northeast of the park, this centre contains a four-hectare botanical garden exhibiting and sustaining Teide’s native flora such as the Teide violet. It also stocks maps, hiking information leaflets and guidebooks. Entrance is free. Address: Carretera La Orotava  - Granadilla, km 32100. 38300 El Portillo, La Orotava , Tenerife. Telephone: +34 922 356 000 Opening hours: 09:00-16:00 Cañada Blanca Visitor Centre Forming part of the parador, it runs informative 15-minute video presentations concerning the park’s history and ecosystem. Similarly to El Portillo, the centre contains maps and information. Address: Carretera La Orotava  - Granadilla, km 46,400; Parador de Turismo de las Cañadas del Teide 38300 La Orotava , Tenerife . Telephone: +34 922 373 391 Opening hours: 09:00-16:00   General advice On the whole, Teide proves to be nothing short of mind-blowing for the masses that make the pilgrimage to its dusty crater each year. However, it is worth heeding the advice emblazoned on the park’s numerous signs- namely, make sure to wear comfortable walking boots; always wear sun lotion, even when it feels chilly at ground level (also bring layers); never forget to carry a bottle of water when hiking so as to keep yourself hydrated; and whatever you do, don’t deviate from the marked trails- aside from the obvious perils of getting lost, trampling on endangered species of plant life won’t make you any friends amongst the park’s patrons. It’s also worth checking the weather forecast prior to visiting in case of any adverse conditions such as rain and mist.   How to get there By Bus: Despite being the undoubted star attraction of the island, there are only two daily public bus services that run to the park’s parador: the 348 from Puerto de la Cruz (€5.20) and 342 from Playa de las Américas (€4.70) both depart at 9.15am. Returning, the 343 leaves at 3.15, the 348 at 4.00pm; both buses leave promptly so make sure not to be late, otherwise, the alternative is a wallet-stripping taxi ride. By Car: Due to the limitations of using public transport, the best option is to hire a car and make a day of it. If coming from La Laguna, take the TF-24, whilst the TF-21 also runs from La Orotava  and Puerto de la Cruz , continuing all the way through the park, passing the parador, cable car and visitor centres en route; both are particularly pleasant routes with picturesque views. If driving from the south, the park can be accessed by the TF-21 which runs from Vilaflor .
Teide national park is like a giant playground for nature lovers with its amazing volcanic landscapes and expansive views. Hiking and biking are the most popular activities in the this area. There are various Teide- themed excursions being offered, however they are run by activity providers based in other main cities (most offer transfers). You can either join them from their pick up point(s) or agree with on an alternative place and time to meet.   Mount Teide Cable Car Needless to say, the easiest way to ascend El Teide is by the cable car which zips up 1200m to the summit in just eight minutes. Here, the views are absolutely stunning- on clear days you can see beyond the volcanic expanse below to the neighbouring islands of La Gomera , La Palma and El Hierro . Keep in mind, the experience can be quite literally breathtaking due to low oxygen levels found at such high altitudes, so those with heart or lung problems should be wary. The funicular runs from 09:00-16:00 and costs a hefty- but justified- €22 for adults and €12 for children under 14. Telephone: +34 922 69 40 38.   Climbing Pico del Teide For those that are up to it, you can climb the 200 metres to the summit from the cable car drop-off point, but will need to apply for a permit beforehand. Applicable to up to ten people and valid for a specific date of use, you need to apply in advance to the national park office in Santa Cruz. Requests are accepted via email, fax, post or in person- if you choose the latter, make sure to bring a photocopy of your passport or driving license. All permits are free. Address: Oficina administrativa del Parque Nacional del Teide, C/ Emilio Calzadilla, nº 5 - 4ª planta, 38002 Santa Cruz de Tenerife . Telephone: +34 922 922 371 Fax: +34 922 244 788 Online booking: http://www.reservasparquesnacionales.es/real/ParquesNac/usu/html/Previo-inicio-reserva-oapn.aspx?ii=6ENG&cen=2&act=%201   Pico Viejo The last of the island’s volcanoes to have erupted in 1798, it is also the second highest peak in the Canaries, after Teide, standing at just over 3000 metres above sea level. Its eruption caused a large 800 metre crater into which lava was tumultuously thrown, leaving the bald slopes which still contain not a trace of fauna to this day.   Roques de Garcia (and Trail) Lying adjacent to the parador, the twisted lava pinnacles of Roques de Garcia are sure to leave you mesmerised. Of all the craggy rock formations, make sure to check out the Roque Cinchado- a towering rock with its plinth gradually being eroded away, it looks set to fall at just the slightest gust of wind, yet miraculously still stands proud at 150m. The trail (number 3) takes approximately 90 minutes to circumnavigate and also crosses the arid Mars-esque Llano de Ucanca plains below.   Other Notable Trails In total, there are 21 walks ranging in distance from 600m to 18km- most of which are signposted and graded in terms of difficulty, ranging from ‘low’ to ‘extreme.’ Siete Las Cañadas Trail Beginning at the Portillo de la Villa visitor centre, this 15km trek along the base of the Pared del Circo de Las Cañadas is the traditional route that the Guanches used centuries before (look out for remains of aboriginal refuges along the way). Amongst the flora found here is the native Tajinaste Rojo, which clings onto the sprawling escarpments. Filo Trail Those that decide to undertake this nine-hour trek, which borders the south face of Las Cañadas amphitheatre, will be rewarded by stunning panoramas of the entire park whilst encountering a vast variety of indigenous flora. Make sure to set off early!   Guided Walk If you don’t feel confident enough to tackle some of the tougher trails alone, you can book a guided walk led by one of the park’s experienced rangers. The walks are conducted at a comfortable pace with frequent breaks in which you can learn more information about the park, given in both Spanish and English. Departing from the El Portillo visitor centre (two daily at 09:15 and 13:30) and the Cañada Blanca Visitor Centre (09:30 and 13:00), walks tend to last approximately two hours and are free. Like nearly everything associated with the park, there is a continuous yearly demand, so make sure to phone ahead and book a group. You can do this by calling the National park Office (see number above).   Teide Astronomic Observatory Located just off the TF-24 motorway which runs between La Laguna and the El Portillo visitor centre, this centre has been catering to stargazers and eminent astronomers from across the world since 1990. Aside from being home to Europe’s finest solar telescopes with jaw-dropping views of the sun due to the clarity of the sky within its vicinity, the observatory’s facilities also include dormitories, a kitchen, dining room and games room for those planning to make a night of it. Due to significant demands, appointments need to be booked in advance. Where: The Observatory is located in the zone of Izaña (at an altitude of 2390m), accessible via autopista TF-24 if driving from the north. If driving from the south, of the island, take TF-21 which runs from Vilaflor , followed by TF-24. Head Office: Observatorio del Teide, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, C/ Vía Láctea, s/n, 38200 La Laguna, Tenerife . Tel: +34 922 329 110 Website: www.iac.es   Sleeping and eating Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide The obvious attraction of this parador (up-market hotel) is its location rather than its interior, although the rooms are tastefully furbished. A bed for a night costs in the region of €125. For non-guests, there is also a cafeteria which remains popular with parched hikers despite its rather lofty prices. Address: Las Cañadas del Teide, 38300 La Orotava , Tenerife . Telephone: +34 922 374 841 Website: http://www.parador.es/es/tratarFichaParadorCabecera.do?parador=023 Altavista Refuge Equipped with three dormitories, shower facilities and a kitchen, this refuge, situated at 3270 metres, can hold up to 60 guests. Whilst guests are permitted to stay for one night only, beds cost a very reasonable €20. Bookings need to be made through the Cableway Company Office, Santa Cruz: Reservation office: Cableway Company Office, C/ San Francisco, 5-4º, 38002, Santa Cruz de Tenerife Telephone: +34 922 010 440