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3
moderate
Activities
  • self-guided walking
Accommodation
  • Hotel
  • Parador
  • Quinta
Meals

8 Days£1160GBP

Overview

Trip Code: JTI

Tenerife Island hiking Trip highlights


  • Sleep at the foot of Spain’s highest peak: Mount Teide
  • A lunar-landscape of volcanoes, ravines and sculpture-like formations
  • Cablecar up to 3550m
  • Walk from plantations to pine forests and laurisilva cloud forest to lava fields
  • Colourful deserts of Tenerife that contrast with laurisilva cloud forest & lava fields
  • Taste delicious Canarian cuisine with many influences
  • Interesting formations of 'Roques de Garcia'
  • Ascend Pico Guajara (2730m): Tenerife's second-highest peak
  • Walking the trails of both north and south Tenerife

Your first view of the great volcano Mount Teide (3718m, 12188ft) will probably be from the aeroplane window. A day or two later you will be there, walking across the Cañadas del Teide, a massive crater of 16km diameter to arrive at the unrivalled Parador Las Cañadas del Teide, your overnight stop (2200m).

Mount Teide is Spain's highest mountain and the third tallest volcano in the world. Tenerife is the highest island in the Atlantic and is the largest of the Canary Islands at 1275 square miles, 2053 km2. Walking on North Tenerife is hugely varied and our aim is to show you as much as possible. After the Cañadas del Teide adventure, you explore the north west of the island with its own mountain range, the Teno and views across the sea to the island of La Gomera and down the cliffs to the impossibly located village of Masca. Finally, there is a walk in the rugged Anaga Peninsula - its top is covered in dripping ancient 'laurisilva' woodland. Descending past fertile cultivated fields, tiny villages, then dry cactus strewn valleys, you'll reach the rocky coast of this stunning Canary Island.

This is an island walking adventure like no other.

This hike could be combined with the 8-day La Gomera walk (code JG8) to make a fabulous two-week Canarian walking holiday.

Countries:

Spain

Starting Point:

Vilaflor

Finishing Point:

San Cristobal de La Laguna


A private transfer from Tenerife South (Sur) Airport of around 30min leads to Vilaflor. This is the highest village of Tenerife, located at 1414m above sea-level, on the southern side of the Teide National Park. It's a quaint mountain village surrounded by Canarian pine forests. Legend says that the current name of the town comes from a Spanish Captain who said "Vi la flor" ("I saw the flower") when he came to conquer the town and saw a beautiful "guanche" native girl. A free afternoon to wander around the town Accommodation: Relax at our comfortable 2* hotel in Vilaflor with its spa and outdoor pool where you'll spend 2 nights.

Meals:  Nil

You travel further north in the morning to start a walk through a volcanic lunar landscape with strange rock formations. Walking along part of the Camino de Chasna, a five-century-old trade trail, discover the dreamlike rock formations called "fairy chimneys". The walk ends in the centre of the village of Vilaflor. Ascent: 475m Descent: 675m

Meals:  Nil

The day starts with a morning transfer to the Cañadas del Teide. This is an 18km/11 mile wide old crater left after the first volcano eruptions on Tenerife; the ones that originated the upheaval of the island from the sea. At the edge, an impressive peak attracts your attention: El Teide (3718m). It is the highest mountain of Spain and your goal today. Enjoy the cable car ride up to 3200m and walk to the vista point of Pico Viejo and back. There is the possibility to add another 1.5 km/1 mile to summit Pico Teide. This does however require a permit from the national park that you could obtain yourself (allow plenty of time to request this). It gives stunning views of the island and, on clear days, some of the other Canary Islands. Finally, walk 5km / 3 miles, after your cable car ride back down, to the iconic Parador de la Cañadas del Teide where you'll spend 2 nights. (5km/3mi, 1.5 hrs; 20m ascent, 250m descent) If you still want to explore further, a good option for the afternoon is the loop walk to the interesting formations of the “Roques de Garcia” in the surroundings of the Parador. (1.5h; Ascent 250m and descent for the loop walk). Accommodation: The 3* Parador Las Canadas del Teide is our hotel for 2 nights. With an outdoor terrace and swimming pool.

Meals:  Nil

A challenging, but also very rewarding ascent to Montaña Guajara (2730m), the second highest peak on Tenerife. At the summit, breath in the fresh air and enjoy the superb views across the huge Cañadas del Teide Crater, towards Teide and across the southern part of the island. After a rewarding walk head back to the Parador where you can relax and enjoy what it has to offer. Ascent: 500m and descent.

Meals:  Nil

A great walk along the Aguamansa Woods. A mountainous route through old Canarian pine woods and barrancos with lush vegetation. At the end of the walk the taxi will drive you to your charming hotel in the old town of Garachico, you'll spend two nights in this quaint and beautiful historical town. It was the capital of Tenerife before it was damaged by a lava stream in the important eruption of Volcán Trevejo in 1706. Don´t miss swimming at the natural pools near the harbour! Ascent: 965m and descent. Accommodation: Your accommodation tonight is at a 4* former mansion built in the Baroque style, it is one of the emblematic buildings of the historical town centre and owes its name to its previous owners, the Marquis of Quinto Roja.

Meals:  Nil

After a short transfer to the village of El Palmar, in the barren western part of the island, you enter an area of open woodlands and farmed areas, ascending to a viewpoint higher up and from there, along steep 'barrancos' to the tiny village of Teno Alto. Traversing a high plateau with bizarre vegetation of giant euphorbia plants, get to Punta Teno and enjoy the lovely views that on clear days show all the way to La Gomera. You'll be picked up at El Palmar for the ride back to Garachico. Alternative route: for very windy or warm days we suggest doing a circular hike from Las Portelas, which is better protected and has more shade but equally good views. Standard routes: 8 - 11 -15 km / 5 - 7 - 9,5 miles, approx 3.5 / 4.5 / 5.5 hrs walking, 400 / 500 m ascent and descent. Alternative routes: 7 - 10 km / 4,5 - 6 miles, approx 4 hrs walking, 525 / 650 m ascent and descent.

Meals:  Nil

During your last day you will explore the rain forest ecosystem in Tenerife, the laurisilva woods in Anaga Rural Park. Located above the cliffs of the North-Eastern corner of the island, it shows a completely different landscape of lush green vegetation, deep ravines and steep cliffs. A taxi will pick you up after breakfast and take you to Cruz del Carmen or Chamorga as you have a choice of two walks today. There is a shorter and steeper route or a longer but more gentle one. In the late afternoon the taxi will pick you up again and drive you to the hotel in San Cristobal de la Laguna. There will be enough time to explore this beautiful historical town founded more than 500 years ago and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its multicultural roots and influences and its authenticity. Its lively centre is fun to visit, with many shops and restaurants. Short route: 9 km / 5,5 miles, approx 4-4.5 hrs walking, 650 m ascent and descent. Long route: 11.5 km / 7 miles, approx 4.5 hrs walking, 400 m ascent and descent. Accommodation: Our hotel is situated in a charming 16th century mansion, a complex that boasts elegant suites and rooms and an à la carte restaurant to surprise the visitor. The building lived many different experiences before finally being converted into a 4* hotel, located in the historical centre of San Cristóbal de La Laguna. With all the amenities, a gym and spa. A perfect combination of history and renovation!

Meals:  Nil

Our hiking trip comes to an end today after breakfast. A transfer to Tenerife South Airport is included.

Meals:  Nil


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 2 nights in a 2* hotel, 2 nights in a 4* hotel, 2 nights in a 4* mansion, 2 nights in the 3* Parador de Las Canadas del Teide, on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Luggage transfer on days 3, 5 and 7, not exceeding 20kg
  • Private transfers on days 3, 5, 6 and 7
  • Airport transfers from/to Tenerife Sur airport (supplement applies for Tenerife Norte Airport)
  • Teide cable car return ticket
  • Access to the trip on the Active Nav app
  • Emergency hotline

  • Lunches and dinners
  • Transfer from Tenerife Norte airport to first accommodation (the standard one is from Tenerife South)
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
  • Compulsory dinners at Christmas' Eve and New Year's Eve are not included in the package price. The surcharge will be informed at the time of booking
  • Guide - this is a self guided holiday
  • Excess luggage
  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo or book a single room
  • Travel insurance

Suitability

moderate

3

We grade the tour as 'Moderate’ and the walk should present no difficulties for anyone in reasonable condition and accustomed to walking in hilly areas. Stretches of a few metres only may be considered vertiginous by some. Day Stages: 5 - 16 km per day with ascents/descents of up to just under 1000 metres.


Departure dates

Daily

Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
P
Peak Season Supplement
Note:
Mid season is from 1 Apr - 31 May & 1 Sep - 15 Dec. High Season is from 18 Jan - 31 March. Peak season is 16 Dec - 17 Jan. A supplement applies for mid, high and peak season departures.
NB:
Minimum stay might be compulsory for specific festive periods. Supplements will apply for compulsory dinners on Christmas' Eve & New Year's Eve.
NB:
Combine the Hiking in Tenerife trip with our 8-day La Gomera walk (code JG8) for a 2-week walking holiday in the Canary Islands.

Priceper person from

£1160GBP

Options & Supplements*
  • Single SupplementGBP£290
  • Mid Season Single SupplementGBP£350
  • High Season Single SupplementGBP£380
  • Peak Season Single SupplementGBP£420
  • Solo Traveller SupplementGBP£660
  • Mid Season Solo Traveller SupplementGBP£730
  • High Season Solo Traveller SupplementGBP£750
  • Peak Season Solo Traveller SupplementGBP£800
*Prices listed are per person

Frequently Asked Questions

Apart from the Parador Las Cañadas del Teide, you stay in a small charming 2* hotel in Vilaflor, at a 4* hotel in the ancient university town of la Laguna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and at a 4* quinta (former mansion) in the historical town centre of Garachico.

Private airport transfers are included from Tenerife Sur airport (TFS) to your first accommodation in Vilaflor and from La Laguna back to Tenerife Sur Airport. Please note that if you’re flying into and from Tenerife-Norte airport (TFN), there’s an extra charge, please ask our team.

On this hike you will take the cable car up to 3200m and then walk to the viewpoint of Pico Viejo. You can obtain a special permit (via https://www.reservasparquesnacionales.es/) for a specific time slot to extend the walk with 1,5km (1 mi) to the summit of Pico Teide (3718m). From here you can have stunning views overlooking the island and - on clear days - some of the other Canary islands. There are 200 permits per day given and we advice you to book this well (2-3 months if you can) in advance.


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