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Spain Hiking Between the Volcanoes

Fantastic beautiful trek from the Teno National Park, via Chinyero to El Teide. From the Teno area, you first walk around to Masca, where after day two you walk to the Chinyero volcano. The trek is approximately 85 km long, which you will walk in 5 days. The start is in Santiago del Teide where you start with a circular walk. You walk through the beautiful Chinyero volcano area towards the top of El Teide, where you spend the night in the Parador Hotel. As a hiker, you will visit places that you would otherwise never see. You walk through a very versatile landscape such as pine forest, volcanic area, laurel forest, across the barren plains, from El Teide above the tree line, volcanic landscape and limestone. You then descend mainly through forests towards Villaflor to Arona. Canary Hiking uses small-scale authentic mountain hotels. Recommended by Canary Hiking!

Highlights

  • Self-guided hiking holiday with GPX and script included for a smooth journey
  • Trek along special views
  • Walk through the ancient forests
  • Spend the night on El Teide
  • Parador
  • Luggage transport
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: 2-2 participants
Airport transfer included: Tenerife–South Airport (Reina Sofia Airport)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00

You will stay at comfortable accommodations along the route.

Program

Trip facts

  • Distance: 85 km
  • Difficulty: Medium / hard
  • Up: 2920 m
  • Down: 2250 m

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Tenerife

Transfer from the airport to the first accommodation in Santiago del Teide on Tenerife, where you will stay for two nights.

Day 2: Walk Teno

The first stage has a total distance of 11 km. This route is not too difficult. A gradually ascending road, towards the Masca valley, with spectacular views. A nice day trip to acclimatize.

  • Distance: 10 km
  • Elevation difference: +480 up / – 480 down

Day 3: Santiago del Teide – Chinyero volcano

In the second stage of this tour, you walk to the Chinyero volcano. Step by step you walk towards the Teide area. The only sound is the sound of your shoes stepping through the stones! You walk to a unique accommodation in the middle of this volcanic area.

  • Distance: 16.6 km
  • Elevation difference: +660 up / – 420 down

Day 4: Los Llanos – Parking El Teide

Get ready for a new day! You leave this nice accommodation. But don’t worry, it will be a very beautiful day. You walk further up to the Teide area. From the starting point, you can see in the distance where you are going today. You walk a long route with the necessary elevation gain. You climb up through the forest until you reach the tree line. When you have reached the end point of this day, you will be taken to Parador. Optionally, you can stay an extra day in Parador to go to the top of El Teide with or without a guide. The rest day in El Medano is therefore canceled. Ask for the possibilities.

  • Distance: 21 km
  • Elevation difference: +960 up / – 70 down

First peak then rest (optional as an extra day in Parador)

  • In the morning you can’t miss the sunrise!
  • Option: Alone or with a guide to Pico del Teide at 3715 meters. With an 80-meter large crater, the highest point in Spain. And the view… unforgettable!

Day 5: Village in the mountains

The next day you leave with your transfer to the starting point of the stage. After a small climb, you come to a point where you turn around one more time to look at El Teide. You see the hardened lava flows and go back in time in your mind. If you walk further you enter one of the most beautiful varied nature reserves in Tenerife that you can only reach on foot. Descending further and further to Vilaflor, you slowly reach the tree line again and walk to the accommodation. Vilaflor is the highest village in Spain, at 1400 meters. You can completely relax in the cozy spa hotel with a swimming pool.

  • Distance: 18 km
  • Elevation: +495 up / – 1156 down

Day 6: Downhill

The last day of this GR131 has arrived. From Vilaflor, you walk downhill towards Arona. You wind your way down between the pine trees. The journey is completed! Your transfer will drop you off in El Medano where a lovely hotel awaits you.

  • Distance: 20 km
  • Elevation: +668 up / – 1391 down

Day 7: Restday in El Medano

Day 8: The end of this beautiful walking trip

A transfer will take you to the airport. If you want to stay longer, Canary Hiking can arrange that for you.

Location

Food

The package includes breakfast at the hotels.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

If you want to do this excursion, you will have a free day in El Médano and you will spend 2 nights at the top of El Teide.

El Teide is located in the national park. It is the highest mountain in Spain with the recent measurement of 3715 meters above sea level. It is a stratovolcano measuring almost 7000 meters from the base (seabed). It is the 3rd highest volcano in the world after Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, both located in Hawaii.

Parador Nacional-Pico Viejo Teide with a private guide (185 EUR per person)

TOP 3715 meters cable car return

You go up on foot from the parking lot of the hotel “Parador Nacional” to the Pico Viejo volcano crater and to the top of Teide. You stay at the summit for about 30 minutes and then descend on foot to the mountain station of the cable car at 3555 m, and descend to the base station at 2356 m. (in case you cannot use it, the descent will be done on foot, which requires about 3-4 hours of descent).

  • Total approx. 12 kilometers.
  • Height difference: total approx. 1450 m.
  • Height: 3715 m. max. and 2348 meters. min.
  • Timetable: total 7 – 8 hours approximately. (including descent with cable car).

The team will study the weather conditions in advance to make sure the cable car is working before the descent. The time depends on your pace, as well as the terrain conditions and weather on that day.

If the cable car is not operating due to weather conditions, you will descend on foot, which may cost you an additional 4 hours and a descent of approximately 1200 meters, so you must be prepared for that. Make sure you have enough food and water.

Montaña Blanca to Pico Teide with a private guide (145 EUR per person)

Ascent Teide via Montaña Blanca + descent with cable car.

You will make a climb on foot from the parking lot at the foot of Montaña Blanca. You climb to the top and descend on foot to the mountain station of the cable car at 3555 m, and then descend to the base station at 2356 m. (in case you cannot use it, the descent will be done on foot, which requires approximately 3-4 hours of descent).

  • Total approx. 10.5 kilometers
  • Altitude meters: Total 1600m approx. (+1400m ascent; -200m descent)
  • Height: 3715 m. max. and 2348 meters. min.
  • Timetable: Total 5 - 6 hours approximately. / including cable car

The team will study the weather conditions in advance to make sure the cable car is working before the descent. Time depends on your pace, as well as the terrain conditions and weather on that day.

If the cable car is not operating due to weather conditions, you will descend on foot, which can cost you an additional 4 hours and a descent of approximately 1200 meters, so you must be prepared for that. Make sure you have enough food and water.

Montaña Blanca to Pico Teide walking back with private guide (145 EUR per person)

You will make a climb on foot from the parking lot at the foot of Montaña Blanca. You climb to the top and descend on foot to the Montaña Blanca parking lot.

  • Total approx. 18.5 kilometers.
  • Elevation difference: total 1331 elevation meters.
  • Height: 3715 m. max. and 2348 meters. min.
  • Timetable: * Total 7 - 8 hours approximately. It depends on your pace and that of the group, as well as the terrain conditions and weather on the day

Minimal requirements:

  • This is a high-level hiking activity not only because of the incline, but also because of the height at which you will walk.
  • You must be in good health and physical condition (regular physical activity), allowing you to perform the activity comfortably, as it is estimated that a total of approximately 7 hours of activity is required.

Hiking to Guajara top with a private guide (99 EUR per person)

The best view of Teide National Park, Alto de Guajara. The perfect place to see the volcano Teide, Spain’s highest mountain, and observe the pure air of Tenerife. Location of the world’s first high mountain astronomical observation.

Hiking to Alto de Guajara

One of the legends of the National Park is Guajara, a Guanche princess who, after losing her darling Tinguaro in the Battle of Aguere, rose to the top and, after a long wandering, threw herself into the void of the walls of Guajara. The walk leads to 2700 meters above sea level and offers what is considered by many people the best viewpoint for seeing Spain’s highest mountain, Teide.

The trail continues south until a marked trail is found that climbs the Alto de Guajara mountain. At the summit, it is possible to see the remains of the various astronomical observatories placed in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and the first astronomical observatory on high mountains created by Piazzl Smyth. He demonstrates Isaac Newton’s theories on the benefits of observation from great heights. Therefore, this place is perfect for watching the dark sky at night.

  • Total approx. 12 kilometers.
  • Height difference: Total 760m.
  • Height: 2718 m. max.
  • Timetable: Total approx. 4.30 hours.

Cable car at sunset on the Teide with a guide (from 60 EUR per person)

Imagine yourself on the cable car on its way to an altitude of 3555 m when it is closed to the general public. Make this dream come true with the Teide Sunset Cable Car activity, where you can experience the thrill of flying over craters and lava rivers just before the sun sets on Spain’s highest point. You will also feel truly privileged with the cable car at sunset.

Highlights:

  • Take the Cable Car to an altitude of 3555 meters outside regular opening hours
  • Be amazed by the spectacle of the shadow of Mount Teide casting itself over the sea.
  • Admire Tenerife’s beautiful sunset from the Pico Viejo Viewpoint hiking trail, with the islands of La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro on the horizon.
  • Complete the Cable Car at sunset with an astronomical observation.

Included:

  • Ticket for the ascent and descent with the Teide Cable Car (max. 90 people)
  • Access to the Pico Viejo Viewpoint hiking trail

Not included:

  • Transport
  • Astronomical observation
  • Accompanying guide
  • Access for people with physical or motor disabilities

Climb El Teide with the cable car tickets (from 22.50 EUR p.p.)

Enjoy the fastest way to get up to Mount Teide with cable car tickets. When you step out of the cabin of the cable car, you stand at an altitude of 3555 m and you can choose from several options to enjoy the impressive landscape of the largest National Park in the Canary Islands. Choose the La Rambleta Viewpoint to enjoy the view over the Siete Cañadas and the Ucanca Valley. So you can imagine how big the ancient volcano, better known as Cañadas, was from 150,000 years ago when El Teide did not yet exist. The Las Cañadas cirque unfolds in front of you, with Montaña Guajara as its highest point. They are the remains of a larger volcano that collapsed under its own weight and moved towards the north coast in just a few minutes.

With this option, you can take the cable car up and down yourself.

If you want a private guide with this option, who will tell you everything about this area, there is an additional charge of 150 EUR in total.

What's included

  • 7 nights comfortable accommodations with breakfast (including overnight stay in luxury hotel Parador at an altitude of 2100 m)
  • Return airport transfers
  • Transfers during the walking tour
  • Luggage transport!
  • Permit Pico del Teide 3715m (Must be applied for in time)
  • Self-guided hike with GPX and script
  • 24/7 support

What's not included

  • There and back journey
  • All meals other than breakfast
  • Sunset on El Teide (optional)
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
  • Mountain sports insurance (recommended)
  • Extra night in Parador (optional)
  • By cable car to El Teide (optional)
  • Please contact Canary Hiking for the different options, if you want to do the expedition to the top of El Teide

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Tenerife–South Airport (Reina Sofia Airport) Airport transfer included: Tenerife–South Airport (Reina Sofia Airport) No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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