Santiago de Compostela, Noviembre de 2015 — The attraction of mount Teide or how to conquer that “something” Spain’s highest mountain has. The explorer Humboldt said: “I’m leaving almost in tears. I would like to move here.” And that is what the Teide has. Once you enter the National Park, it is very hard to leave. There is something that hooks you forever. The earth is alive, powerful, full of energy. No matter where you go, towards the South or the North. No matter if you drive or if you decide to hike on one of its 37 trails. The point is that it captivates you.

[codepeople-post-map] Reach the highest point of Spain by cablecar (3,555 meters).

It is a majestic mountain. Imperial. The highest mountain of Spain. But, at the same time highly sensitive. It dominates everything. Its 3,718 meters above sea level make Teide mountain the highest peak in Spain, and the third highest volcano in the world. In 2007 it was declared a World Heritage Site. However, these numbers are not what makes it unique. There is something else. Something that, like everything in life can only be discovered on the road. By yourself.

So a good way to connect for the first time with Teide is to take one of its fascinating trails. Undoubtedly, one of the nicest is Los Roques de García (4 km long). It may last 20 minutes or 3 hours, depending on how much you stop to gaze at the wonderful scenery. It’s not a difficult track, it is circular and offers some spectacular views on the Ucanca plains.

Here your imagination starts to overflow: the curious forms the lava took on cooling off have led to names like the “God’s finger”, which is a rock that rises in balance defying gravity with a spectacular backdrop, the Teide. Also “El Roque Cinchado”, “The Cathedral” and “The Cascade” are natural sculptures that in a way, it’s as if the Earth is trying to communicate something. Maybe that something that hooks you forever.

How to get there: the trail starts in front of the hotel National Parador Cañadas del Teide, crossing the TF-21 road and next to Ruleta viewpoint. Also, you can access the path by public transport, with buses 348 and 342.
Where to sleep, our suggestion: Parador Cañadas del Teide (La Orotava).

Maria Campoy, expert guide of Volcano Life, explains how to have a unique experience in the Teide for 12 hours.
“6 extraordinary things you can do in 12 hours that you probably cannot repeat all your life”

1. Enter in a night telescope at the Observatory and see the Sun’s spots and flares live.
2. Reach the highest point of Spain by cablecar (3,555 meters).
3. See the giant shadow of Teide projected on the island of Gran Canaria while sipping a glass of champagne and a hot chocolate.
4. See one of the most spectacular sunsets on the planet overlooking the islands of La Palma and Gomera. There are even people who claim to have seen the ghost island of San Borondon.
5. Walking on a volcano and seeing up close the crater of Pico Viejo, whose mouth is 80 meters in diameter.
6. Spotting stars, planets and the Milky Way with the help of a professional astronomer (Starlight), who will teach you to find your way by looking at the sky.

Vulcano Experience exclusively offers all these activities.
More information on their web: volcanolife.com – + 34 637 365 429
Price: guided visit to the observatory: 21 €, and 18 € for children. Sunset and stargazing: 111 €, for children 78 €.
Level: medium
How to get there: in your own car until Teide National Park.
Advice: bring warm clothes, even during summer.

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