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Tenerife

The shadow
of the great
volcano

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CANARY ISLANDS ARCHIPELAGO

After walking for six hours, we come to the highest peak in Spain and see the great shadow of the third-tallest volcano on the planet—at a height of almost 4000 metres—projecting over the island and the sea.

LAS CAÑADAS DEL TEIDE

Along with Mount Teide, Roque Cinchado is probably the most photographed natural element in this impressive natural space. After visiting it, we start the route on Montaña Blanca, at the heart of Teide National Park, where an extensive network of trails will afford us beautiful views of the volcano. We take trail 7, which goes to La Rambleta Viewing Point, to get up to the highest area.

ALTAVISTA REFUGE

The same trail takes us to The Altavista Refuge, the highest mountain refuge in Spain, at a height of 3270 metros. It takes an average of 4 or 5 hours to get here, but it's worth it. We leave it behind us and continue on for the last 2 hours to the crater.

MOUNT TEIDE PEAK

We are 3720 metres above sea level. I have decided to see the shadow projected by Mount Teide at sunset and the scenery is truly majestic. I'm speechless.

MAKE A NOTE OF THIS TIP/RECOMMENDATIONS

- You can see the shadow of Mount Teide at both sunrise and at sunset.
- Wear warm clothing and footwear for the mountain whatever the time of year. 
- Get an advance permit for climbing to the peak if you are going while the cable car is running (check times by season).
- If you are going up to the crater, I recommend you leave the refuge between 5 a.m. and 5.30 a.m. to get there before sunrise. You also have to book in advance to stay overnight. If you spend the night at the refuge and reach the peak before 9 a.m., then you will not need a permit to climb up to the crater.