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Tenerife: Mount Teide Tour with Cable Car Ticket & Transfer

1. Tenerife: Mount Teide Tour with Cable Car Ticket & Transfer

Join a day trip from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Teide National Park, home to Mt. Teide, Spain’s tallest peak at 12,198 feet (3,718 meters). Following pickup from your hotel, head to the park, and explore its lunar landscapes. Take a cable car to the peak and enjoy time at leisure to soak up the views. After getting picked up in the selected location, visit the largest national park in the Canary Islands and experience a volcanic landscape of unrivaled beauty with your Mount Teide cable car ticket. Forget the car and contribute to a sustainable Teide. By choosing group transport, beat overcrowding in the vehicle parking zones inside the national park which, as a conservation measure, are small and unsuitable for expansion. From the base station, board the cable car for the 8-minute ride up to the highest peak in Spain. The cable car’s upper station, at 3,555 meters, is the point of departure for 3 interesting trails for hiking enthusiasts. There are paths to Pico Viejo Lookout and La Fortaleza Lookout, where you’ll have spectacular views of the north and south of the island. The Telesforo Bravo path leads to the highest point of the volcano, at an altitude of 3,718 meters. To visit the peak you must apply for a permit in advance.

Tenerife: Teide National Park Full-Day Tour with Pickup

2. Tenerife: Teide National Park Full-Day Tour with Pickup

Explore the diverse geography and geology of Tenerife on a full-day tour to 4 distinct landscapes around the island’s tallest mountain. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to the National Heritage Site of Mt. Teide and the Teide National Park. Enjoy breathtaking views of the island’s west coast. Travel through local villages, such as Vilaflor, and see magnificent pine forests before going to the plateau of the volcano. Marvel at the lunar landscape that has been used as the location for films such as “Planet of the Apes” and “Clash of the Titans.” Drive through the Orotava Valley to Icod Los Vinos, famous for its wines. See the legendary drago tree, known for its mystical powers. Stop for a Canarian lunch (own expense), before transferring to Garachico, a local town destroyed by the volcanic eruption of 1706. Next, experience the magic of Masca, and enjoy fabulous views of La Gomera. With only around 120 inhabitants, Masca was the traditional hideout for pirates and their contraband stolen from the ships from La Gomera. Pass the giant cliffs of Los Gigantes before the transfer back to your hotel.

La Orotava: Ecological Banana Plantation Guided Tour

3. La Orotava: Ecological Banana Plantation Guided Tour

Experience sustainability and the future of agriculture at an eco banana farm in one of Tenerife's most wonderful regions: El Rincón in La Orotava. Meet the local producers and learn about their products. Take a walk through splendid corridors of banana plants and find out from the finca's owners how they have managed to create a 95% self-sufficient ecosystem that produces more than 150.000kg of bananas a year. BananaECOplantation's crops are characterised by enormous biodiversity. Discover how we use aromatic plants, cereals and other ecological measures that help us avoid the use of pesticides and fertilisers. Learn the secrets of banana ripening and local agricultural techniques on this picturesque organic plantation.

Tenerife: Teide and Las Cañadas Half-Day Tour

4. Tenerife: Teide and Las Cañadas Half-Day Tour

Benefit from a pickup in the south of Tenerife and then drive up to Mount Teide via lovely local villages. Stop for coffee, then at Vilaflor village. Journey through a beautiful pine forest that provides precious water and arrive at an unforgettable plateau with a lunar-like landscape. Ascend above the clouds at an altitude of approximately 2,000 meters above sea level and marvel at the volcanic rock formations surrounding you. Admire the UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 12 Treasures of Spain from different perspectives.

Tenerife: Mount Teide Summit Hiking Adventure with Cable Car

5. Tenerife: Mount Teide Summit Hiking Adventure with Cable Car

Take a 3-hour guided hike along one or more of the 30 trails on Mount Teide. The great variety and levels of difficulty make it easy for visitors to choose their ideal route with the recommendations of the guide. The trails with the most spectacular vistas are on the summit of Mount Teide (3,718 meters) and they can be reached from the La Rambleta starting point (accessible by cable car) followed by trail number 10.  Without a doubt the most popular trail is the one leading to the volcano's peak, but there are limits on how many people can visit that area of Teide. You will be provided with an official guide, who will prepare you for the hike and accompany you along the route to provide commentary on the spectacular natural landscapes.

Teide National Park Stargazing

6. Teide National Park Stargazing

Starting the tour after sunset, beginning with sights using the naked eye. Learn to recognize the different constellations and the most important stars. Point out the Polaris position and the celestial north pole. Navigate the the ecliptic and zodiac line. Follow Greek mythology through the skies to learn shapes and constellation positions. Then once orientation is established, observe objects and planets through the telescope.  This tour is offered at Teide National Park on areas with good and safe access. With a sky free from light pollution, the National Park, is ideal for such an experience. The professional guide/staff and the advanced telescopes, make for an evening to remember.

From South Tenerife: Mount Teide Hiking Day Trip & Cable Car

7. From South Tenerife: Mount Teide Hiking Day Trip & Cable Car

Explore the highest mountain in Spain on this hiking tour without having to walk the entire way. Enjoy reaching the top of the mountain with the help of the cable car, including the necessary permits. On this tour you will take the cable car up Mount Teide – from 2350 to 3550 meters high. You will then walk the remaining 170 meters. No other place in Tenerife offers such fantastic panoramic views of the entire island across to the neighboring islands. After a rest on the summit you will descend to the cable car station and travel back down by cable car. Enjoy a photo stop at Roques de Garcia and make the most of the perfect views to take amazing photos.

Tenerife: Private Day Tour of the Island with Hotel Pickup

8. Tenerife: Private Day Tour of the Island with Hotel Pickup

Enjoy the island of Tenerife on a private tour where we will tour the most emblematic places of the island Santa Cruz de Tenerife, San Cristobal de la Laguna, La Orotava, Puerto de La Cruz, Icod, Garachico, Los Gigantes, Costa Adeje ,Candelaria. You will know the peculiarities of the intricate landscapes of the island. The sun, wind and adrenaline combine to print an indelible memory of your stay in Tenerife. Enjoy the island of Tenerife on a private tour where we will visit the most emblematic places on the island. Once we have picked you up at your hotel we will go to Candelaria where the patron saint of the Canary Islands, the Virgin of Candelaria, is located, we will continue to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the island, it is a cosmopolitan and fascinating city, we will continue our journey to San Cristóbal de la Laguna, World Heritage of Humanity, we continue our way to La Orotava where we will visit its historic center. We advance to Puerto de La Cruz, the first tourist city of Tenerife, we continue to Icod de los Vinos where we can admire the famous thousand-year-old Drago, then we will visit Garachico, where its cobbled streets invite us to explore the heart of the town, its churches and historical buildings. We continue to Los Gigantes, cliffs that live up to their name, as they are one of the most spectacular landscapes in Tenerife, and continue to Costa Adeje, the destination in the south of Tenerife where luxury and exclusivity come together. You will know the peculiarities of the intricate landscapes of the island. The sun, the wind and the adrenaline combine to print an indelible memory of your stay in Tenerife. The order of the itinerary can be changed depending on where your hotel / accommodation is located

Tenerife: Los Arcos Canyoning Tour with Guide

9. Tenerife: Los Arcos Canyoning Tour with Guide

Try something new and spend an active day outdoors on this canyoning excursion to La Arcos from Tenerife. Gear up in canyoning gear, then prepare to rappel down the orange canyon walls, take in the fresh air, and get unbeatable views of the landscape. The approach to this dry canyon begins on a forest track with a gentle slope, where you’ll walk for about 45 minutes. The start of your descent begins with the first rappel of about 22 meters. From here, you can begin to observe how the accumulation of volcanic ash and the erosion produced by the passing of time has naturally come together and formed this unique canyon. The light playing against the moss-covered orange walls and creating various shades will undoubtedly be the main attraction during the entire descent. After finishing 8 rappels, arrive at the Chimoche track to conclude your descent. Finish off your trip by making your way back to the starting point on an approximately 30-minute walk. 

Tenerife: La Casa de Los Balcones Entrance Ticket

10. Tenerife: La Casa de Los Balcones Entrance Ticket

Pre-book your ticket to La Casa de Los Balcones and walk around a traditional 19th-century Canarian townhouse turned cultural museum filled with preserved belongings of the former owners and as well as unique art and traditional handcraft exhibits. Step inside the quaint yet impressive house and get a glimpse of what life was like for the family who originally lived here. Learn about their customs and see their personal antique collection. Admire art displays and samples of the traditional handcrafts called “Calados”, which features intricately-drawn thread work. Learn about the history Calados and the techniques used to make them. As you walk around, discover the history of this town, its ancient roots, and Canarian cultural traditions. At the end of your visit, buy local products, including embroidery, lace, pottery, and regional costumes, and other souvenirs, like the miniature balconies of La Orotava, at the gift shop

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4.5
(567 reviews)

Great views.. really worth it.. not much hassle about Masca. you can miss the first cafe where we spent 20 minutes and add more time to Masca. the driver was great.. bravo to him. as for the guide Tomas, I didn't like it very much smoking a cigarette while he was taking us to the bus. not everyone likes papidtosoey smoke and may be allergic... he was nice yes. but lethargic.... sorry... apart from that everything was fine...

In a day you get a good view of relevant places on the island. Pleasant trip

Very good, shame about the closed cable car but everything else perfect

the views and stops for small routes where you can enjoy the landscape

Beautiful excursion, varied and informative! Recommended!