Explore Teide National Park in Tenerife
Duration: Part day (4 hours) Difficulty: Easy
Why we love this tour
Hike around Spain's famous Teide National Park peak full of unique volcanic nature and sweeping views over Tenerife's land and sea.
- Visit Spain's highest peak and the Atlantic's highest volcano
- Explore a volcanic ecosystem
- Visit this UNESCO heritage site
- Reach panoramic views of Tenerife
- Take a cable car up to 3,500 m or hike at 2,100 m elevation
- Walk with an expert guide
Teide National Park is just as impressive on paper as it is in person. The park's centerpiece, Mount Teide, is the highest mountain in all of Spain and the highest peak of the entire Atlantic islands. From its ocean floor base to the very top, Mount Teide reaches up to 7,500 m ( 24,600 ft). Cooled lava from previous explosions created nutrient-rich soil, hosting species unique to the island. Explore the wild plant life and even wilder rock formations on a hike on the mountain. You may choose to take the cable car up and take a short walk or you may hike the Roques de Garcia trail through the mountains landscape. Further descriptions of the trips are below:
Option 1 – Teide Cable Car
Travel up Monte Teide by cable car to reach an elevation of 3,500 m (11,500 ft). From here, you admire views of the park’s rivers of petrified lava and craters dotting the hills. You hike the trails Ruta Mirador de la Fortaleza (number 11) and Ruta Pico Viejo (number 12) to pass through colored rock and intricate lava formations. Catch sight of cliffs and a wide caldera caused by past eruptions. In the distance, you see the famous Roque Cinchado, a gravity-defying formation of textured rock layers. From the station, you hike for about 45 minutes along flat trails winding through orange-tinted rock to discover the almost lunar landscape.
Option 2 – Roque de Garcia
If you’d rather focus more on hiking and opt out of the cable car ride, the Roques de Garcia trail leads you through Tenerife’s otherworldly landscape and to more famous natural wonders. Admire the Roque Cinchado's narrow base and red color up close. Continue on the trail to the spectacular Las Cañadas, a caldera of barren orange rock and sand stretching 16 km (10 mi) in width. The 3.5 km (2.2 mi) route passes this towering red formation along with other intricate rocky sculptures. After a nice 2-hour walk, you reach 2,100 m (6,900 ft) above sea level to find marvelous views of Mount Teide.
At the end of both trips, you take a rest and enjoy a picnic with your guide. After you return to the starting point, the shuttle takes you back to your accommodation.
Hike through this UNESCO world heritage site for almost unbelievable natural gems. Mount Teide reaches quite high in the sky, and it might just be the height of your visit to Tenerife.
Need to know before you go
At least 2 participants are required for a scheduled tour. Tours with less than 2 people may be canceled.
This tour runs on Tuesdays.
Groups are limited to 10 people. Larger groups will be split among guides.
Minimum age is 10 years old.
Pick up time is between 8:00-10:00 a.m. depending on your location. Please enter your accommodation's address in the booking form and the exact time will be confirmed.
What to bring? Wear warm, accommodating clothing, a wind and waterproof jacket, proper hike or sports footwear, gloves and a hat just in case the weather gets cold, sunglasses, and sunblock.
Teide with a cable car is not recommended for people with heart or respiratory problems, pregnant women, or children under the age of 10
The road to Teide National Park is winding and might cause car sickness.
The changes in altitude and thinner air might cause nausea, dizziness or mountain sickness. Consult your doctor before planning your visit.
The final ascent to the top of the crater is not included due to its difficulty.
The weather conditions in the National Park can change rapidly; the temperature drops and it can get windier up on the mountain.
The terrain on the trails is at times rocky and challenging.
Your booking will become valid after we receive your payment and send you a confirmation email.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance with 100% reimbursement.
There is no reimbursement for later cancellations. In case of cancellation from our side due to bad weather, we will return your payment in full.
Please enter your accommodation in the booking form