Take the cable car close to the summit before a long descent from the very top of the island, through ancient pyroclastic flows, past Montana Blanco and all the way back to the floor of Las Cañadas caldera.
There are a couple of different ways to experience Mount Teide—which one you take depends entirely on how energetic you are feeling! The first is to take the teleferico (cable car) to cover nearly 2000m of ascent from the base to the upper station. From here, the Telesforo Bravo trail leads you steeply uphill to the summit at 3718m, taking approx 1 hour. Enjoy the most extraordinary views from the “top of Spain” over a sea of clouds, the Teide crater and its fumaroles spouting sulphur before heading back down on the cable car.
Or the other option is a longer loop walk, taking the cable car up to the summit before walking back down via the Altavista Refuge.
This description is from the top Cable Car station back down via the Altavista Refugio.
You can walk from the Parador to the cable car station but it is approx 4km, adding on quite a distance to your walk. Instead we recommend phoning Vilaflor Taxis on +34 - 682.654.050 who will be able to collect you from the Parador and pick you up from the cable car station.
Keep an eye out for the Fumaroles around the cable car station and summit. They are quite inconspicuous if not steaming but can be spotted as they have moss growing next to them due to being warm and moist year round.
As you are walking in the high mountains be aware that you may find the altitude affects you. If you feel dizzy, short of breath or nauseous at any point take a rest and remember the symptoms will diminish the further down the descent you go.
Do not stray from the marked path as this is a protected area, the sides of the volcano can also be quite loose and steep underfoot.
A pair of sturdy walking boots are advisable for this walk as the terrain is quite rough and steep underfoot. Along with the rest of your usual gear for a day outdoors remember to pack sunscreen, insect repellant and plenty of water. Windproofs and thermals are vital for today, even during summer, as temperatures can vary vastly from lower down in the Caldera. Be sure to also double check weather forecasts before heading out.
Food & Drink
Apart from a couple of vending machines in the Altavista Refuge there is nowhere to buy food en route. We suggest taking a packed lunch which can be arranged at reception in the Paradores Hotel, please speak to the receptionist the night before you set off.
Points of Interest
Mount Teide is the third highest volcanic structure and most voluminous in the world after Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Standing at 3718m it is the highest peak on the Canary Islands and in the whole of Spain. This is still an active volcano although the last eruption in the immediate vicinity occured from Pico Viejo and Montana Blanco in 1798. However the most recent eruption on the island was from El Chinyero, one of Teide's vents located on the Santiago Ridge, which happened in November 1909.
Fumaroles are openings, or vents, in the earth's crust which emit steam and gases when shallow magma flows interact with groundwater. On walking around from the top cable car station, and to the summit of Teide, you'll notice a number of these inconspicuous looking openings releasing steam every so often just to remind you that you're stepping foot on a still active volcano.
Huevos del Teide (Eggs of Teide)
Giant spheres of volcanic rock which were created from small pieces of solidified lava flowing downhill and gathering outer layers. They weigh up to 100's of kilos and are taller than a man - quite a sight!