Parque Nacional del Teide Travel Guide

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    Parque Nacional del Teide
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Parque Nacional del Teide Things to Do

  • The Cable Car back down from the peak

    The view down from the cable car station is stunning. especially when the is snow around it. It is possible to see the Las Canadas Crater in all of its glory (that's all 16 kms or 10 miles of it). Other Canary Islands are also visible in the sea.When you get into the cable car, remember that the view down is very impressive, the view up is almost...

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  • Sea Shell Shaped Object at the Peak of...

    I don't really know what this object is or what it was called. To me it looks like a giant clam shell. It is up on the peak of Mount Teide and is about 5 minutes walk from the cable car station.You aren't actually allowed to walk up to it as it is off the path and has ropes blocking you, although these two didn't seem to be too worried about that!...

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  • Volcan Pico Viejo

    In this photo you can see a large chunk of the cone of the Teide volcano. The cone itself is 800 metres in diameter. The last time the volcano erupted was in June 1798. It followed 2 years of earhtquakes! So it probably wasn't a good time to visit the island.The explosion in June 1798 did not come out of the top of the volcanic cone. Instead it...

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  • See the other Canary islands from the...

    On a good day with good visibility, it is possible to see the other Canary Islands dotted around in the Atlantic when you are standing on the top of Mount Teide.The is is circular walk just below the peak that takes you around, giving you all of these views. Don't be surprised if part of this walk is closed due to ice!This picture shows the island...

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  • Llano de Ucanca

    Llano de Ucanca ia the plain off on the left hand side of this picture. Los Azulejos are on one side of this plain, so it is only a few minutes car journey from the Parador. The plain itself is very barren, there are no trees just a few bushes. Very little can grow in the poor soil and with the scarce water.Most people probably see this by harsh...

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  • Los Azulejos

    Los Azulejos is a word in Spanish used to describe tiles that you would place on a wall inside a house or in the garden. Typically they are placed in peoples porch ways in the South of Spain. The tiles are often a blue and white type colour.However in this case, due to volcanic activity, there is an area very close to the Roques de Garcia where the...

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  • Zapatilla de la Reina (Queen's slipper)

    I hadn't read about this in any guidebook, or heard it mentioned anywhere. It was just one of those things you unexpectedly see as you drive along the road.It's a few miles past the Parador, and is quite well sign posted.I'm not sure how well you can see it in this picture as it doesn't stand out too well, but there is a very large piece of rock,...

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  • Roque Cinchado (was on the 1000 peseta...

    The rock in this picture is the Roque Cinchado, and the rock at the top is of a harder material than the rock at the bottom, so the bottom wears away faster, which will eventually make it collapse under its own weight. This rock used to feature on the reverse side of the 1000 peseta Spanish Bank Notes, but with the advent of the Euro, you are...

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  • The Roques de Garcia (Rocks of Garcia)

    The Roques de Garcia (Rocks of Garcia) are a set of very strangely shaped rocks in the Teide National Park.They are incredibly close to the Parador (Paradors are state run hotels in Spain, considered to be some of the best hotel accommodation for offer in Spain. They aren't cheap, but they are normally very nice in very nice buildings). So close...

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  • Mount Teide, a volcano 3.7 km high

    Before the Spanish conquered Tenerife, the original inhabitants were called Guanches. The name 'Tenerife' in the Guanche language means 'White mountain'. No prizes as to what this was referring to!In this picture, Mount Teide is actually not that white as a lot of the snow has melted at the time the picture was taken, but apparently the mountain is...

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  • Teide Jeep Safari

    We went up Mount Teide on Jeep Safari run by Freebird Tours. I would recommend a trip up there to anybody, the scenery was breathtaking, from the tree lined roads, the neighbouring islands to the barren landscape that surrounds the foot of the mountain.Teide can be seen from almost anywhere on the island but to fully appreciate it you really need...

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  • welcome to the moon.

    if you ever wanted to visit the moon then teide is the closest you can come anywhere is this world without a spaceship.the vulcanic rock formations gives the whole place a surreal atmosphere.

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  • enjoy the view.

    the view from teide is absolutely stunning.you can see most of the island and you get a good idea of how big the crater actually is.the crater rim is really spectacular.

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  • Stone Sediments

    You will find a picture of these stone sediments in nearly every Teneriffa guide book. In real they look much better!

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  • Forrests

    Teide NP is not just Lava and the Mountain. In the lower parts of the National Park there are some very nice forrests. This is the region where the clouds blown in by the passat winds loose their water before geting blown over.

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Parque Nacional del Teide Transportation

  • How to visit the park

    By carCar is the best way to visit the Mount Teide National Park, it give you the freedom to stop every time you fancy to take a closer look to some lava formation or to snap a picture of the landscape.During the winter months, even if by the coast the temperature are quite warm, the conditions on the mountain can be dangerous so be aware of the...

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  • TITSA bus

    TITSA is the name of the bus company on Tenerife. It stands for Transportes Interurbanos de Tenerife S.A. Anyhow, these buses seem to go all the way around the island and almost antwhere you would want to go.I took the picture of this bus in the Teide National Park (home of the huge volcano), and there were plenty of these buses going backwards and...

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  • Cable car: Teleferico

    If you're in a hurry to arrive to Teide summit, you can use the cable car. It's an easy and relaxed way to get to it., but it's expensive, really expensive. And you won't be able to reach the summit (it costs 11/22 euros one way/return). You can indeed pay by credit card.In any case the cable car doesn't really reach the summit. You'll have to...

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Parque Nacional del Teide Warnings and Dangers

  • Snow and ice during winter

    As I said before, the temperature on the Teide Mountain are a lot colder than the coast.During winter it is very easy to find snow, even in big amount, and ice on the roads.It is advisable, in case of doubts to contact the visitor center (+34 922922371) to make sure it is possible to drive along the whole itinerary and to prefer the central hours...

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  • Daylight Hours and Tempretures

    Be ware about planning your assent at the right time of year and right time of day. The tempretures vary quite allot on Teide, I hope you find this of help.

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  • Falling Rocks

    I have often seen this sign, and considered it a bit of an idle warning. However in Teide, it is worth taking a bit more care! The roads g through lots of areas where there are big piles of loose rock. No one is quite sure whether it will come down. There are also steep drops in some places with no crash barriers, so if you had to swerve to avoid...

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Parque Nacional del Teide What to Pack

  • Appropriate clothing and shoes, water

    We visited in January and, while the temperature at sea level were quite mild (16-25 Celsius), we found ice along the road to the top and it was under freezing out of the car. Bring a tick jacket and warm sweaters, gloves are useful too.Sturdy shoes are advised to walk around as the lava is rough and not even if you get off the normal path. A UV...

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  • Almost no shops at all

    Take tough walking shoes, the volcanic rock will slice up soft shoes in no time.When it comes to clothes, you can't really take too much, it is very cold at the top, so a jumper and coat - preferably waterproof are best. Don't forgt your camera as the views are awesome. There are no shops at the top, so make sure you have enough film/memory card...

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  • Don't forget this when going to the...

    Take a warm pullover and long trousers with you. The Teide NP is mostly above 2'000 m, the top station of the Teide Cable Car is at 3'500m up there it can get very cold. In summer when there's not much wind it is prety warm. Take enough films with you!!! Take some food and drinks with you even if you are only driving through the park. There is...

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Parque Nacional del Teide Off The Beaten Path

  • Santiago del Tiede

    Santiago del Tiede is a town you drive through as you visit Masca. As its name suggests, it is on the ring road that goes around Mount Teide, although it will be quite a drive unless you are heading that way anyway. It's worth a quick stop. Apparently in February the Almond trees blossom and look spectacular.This is a statue of a Guanche. The...

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  • Casa de los Balcones - Oratava

    As explained in the previous tip, if you are driving to Teide from Puerto de la Cruz, Oratava is very much on the way.The Casa de los Balcones (or House of the Balconies) was built in 1632. It is one of THE things to see in Oratava. It's a short walk up the mountain from the Iglesia de la Concepcion.This house now appear to contain a group of small...

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  • La Iglesia de la Concepcion - Oratava

    If you are driving to Teide National Park from Puerto de la Cruz, you pretty much have to drive through Oratava. It's well worth stopping off at. This very picturesque church is in the little town of Oratava in the mountains. The name of the church is effectively commemerating the Immaculate Conception.I always find the word Concepcion sounds...

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Parque Nacional del Teide Favorites

  • permission

    you will need a permission to climb the last bit to the top of teide.it's free and can be picked up in santa cruz on the spot, as long as you bring your passport.the reason for the permit is to control the crowds going up there and to make sure that people with heart conditions don't do it.

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  • Climbing to Teide summit

    If you want to reach the summit you'll need a special written permit that you must obtain from the office of the National Park, which is only valid for a CERTAIN date:Office of the National ParkOpening hours: from 09:00 hours to 14:00 hours, Monday to FridayC/ Emilio Calzadilla, no 5 - Floor 4Telf. 922 290129 - 922 290183Fax: 922 244788 Santa Cruz...

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  • Tenerife endemic plants

    Teide is also noted for a large number of endemic plants, like Retama del Teide (a species of broom), Tajinaste rojo (a species of bugloss reaching 3 m tall). Lower down, the middle slopes from 1000-2000 m are clothed with forests of Pino Canario (Canary Island Pine) and Pino de Monterrey (Monterrey Pine).

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Explore Deeper into Parque Nacional del Teide
Blue sky , green grass and black rocks
Favorites
Piramides de Guimar
Off The Beaten Path
Cable-car up Mount Teide
Transportation
Don't try and move big rocks with a thin rope!
Warnings and Dangers
Glorious Sunsets
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Very cold on top of Mount Teide
Warnings and Dangers
Possible Altitude Sickness
Warnings and Dangers
Flying to Teide (Tenerife)
Transportation
Car is probably the most convenient
Transportation
By Push Bike
Transportation
toxic fumes.
Warnings and Dangers
be fit.
Favorites
if you are lazy.
Transportation
walk all the way.
Transportation
Hiking in Teide NP
Off The Beaten Path
Lavastone formations
Things to Do
Go up the Teide
Things to Do
Teleferico del Teide
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