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“Great views, shame about the price” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Volcan El Teide

Volcan El Teide
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Tenerife Teide National Park Tour including Volcano Teide and Masca
Ranked #3 of 366 things to do in Tenerife
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“Great views, shame about the price”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2012

First of all, if you take a drive up and around the volcano, it's pretty good and there's plenty to look at. The roads wind a lot and are very narrow in places, so it's not for less-confident drivers.

To get to see the uppoermost part of the volvano though, you have to use the cable car and this is where things start to get expensive.

The cost was 25 Euros for each adult and I think it was 12 for kids under 14.

However, after standing in a queue for more than 60 minutes, you notice the letter they have stuck to the windows stating that in order to get the children's discount, you need to show a passport.

We saw several people queue, only to leave after reading the notice.

We had our 12 year old son with us and we had no passport, but we weren't charged full rate and no comment was made about his age. Maybe it was a bluff, but I couldn't see the point of annoying people in this way.

The queue outside though, was only the tip of the iceberg, as we had another 40 minute wait once we got inside. I think a couple of coaches must have descened on the place when we arrived.

The cable car was rammed with people - most of whom seemed to want to take photos with extra large cameras, push our son our of their way and having no kind of respect for anyone else's space.

The trip back was better, as there were less people.

Was it worth the money? Not really, but then it's not every day that you get to go up a volcano.

Visited August 2012
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“An absolutely must do, but EXPENSIVE cable car to top! Also get your permit in advance”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

Absolutely loved the trip from Playa de Las Americas up to El Teide, a 3500metre vertical climb. Loved it so much we did it again to be up the for sunrise, which was quite literally surreal. With complete zero residual light the stars in darkness before dawn were incredible.

Definitely hire a car, don't do an organised trip - you'll want to explore at your own pace. Go up on one road and come down another.

The cable car was €25 return for an adult and €12.50 for kids 12 or under. Pretty steep but it is still worth it. The cafe at the bottom of the cable car serves surprisingly good food and drinks, but make sure you take plenty of water with you, you will surprise yourself y how long you want to spend up there. We were able to see La Gomera and La Palma, then Gran Canaria the other way too!

And the big HUGE piece of advice is to arrange your summit permit in advance - only with this can you get to the very top of the crater to look down inside it. They limit these to protect it from erosion and you can't arrange or even buy one on the day, I was gutted to is this bit. You can do it online here: https://www.reservasparquesnacionales.es/real/ParquesNac/usu/html/detalle-actividad-oapn.aspx?ii=6ENG&cen=2&act=1

Visited August 2012
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Moscow, Russia
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“Easy trip to vulcano”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

The most impressive thing was that you can go from the shore with the warm sea to the foot of mountain with the snow on its peak... And the trip by car will not last more than 1 hour to get above the clouds and to see the peak. We get to 2 000 m height by car and desided not to go to the peak that time and postponed it to the next visit - we did not take warm clothes since we initially drove to the beach and just occasionally desided to go to the vulcano since it was going to rain on the shore :-) Next time I will definitely go to the peak (as high as it would be comfortable for me). On 2 000 m I saw tourists who went there and they looked very warm weared and excited :-)

Visited December 2011
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“A must, but pricey to visit the top!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2012

You have to visit Teide if going to Tenerife, thats a definite. We have visited Tenerife 3 times in the last 4 years, and every time have visited Teide. The landscape is lunar and the air is beautifully clear if a little thin!
We have done it in a hirecar and on an organised trip. If planning to use the cablecar to go to the top, be prepared for it to be expensive, it is very costly, but it is beautiful once up there. We have done the cablecar once, wouldnt again purely as the cost is so high. On subsequent visits we have just visited the lower part which is stunning in itself. Be careful to read organised trip details. We were stunned every year to discover people believing theyve booked to go to the top who are astonished to find they have to pay extra for the cablecar...but its their lack of attention to the details clearly there when booking trips.

Visited August 2012
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“Amazing views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2012

Long drive up to the base of the volcano but worth it. The cable car is 25 euros each and the queue is long so be prepared. There is a small cafe but this is very expensive 3.30 euros for a can of pop!! there are lots of photo stops on way up and well worth the drive.

Visited August 2012
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