Volcano Life Experience

... a Unique Opportunity to Learn About El Teide from Within

From September 2015 we have started collaborating with Volcano Life Experience, which helps widen our offering of activities in Tenerife’s natural environment, and specifically in the Teide area.

The company came from the various petitions by visitors to the Teide to know the volcanic area much better.

Tenerife Travel Secret

Volcano Life Experience is the only active tourism company which offers activities in the Las Canadas del Teide National Park on a regular basis.

Volcano Life Experience Activities

A variety of excursions and experiences to try at the Teide is now within easy reach with Volcano Experience.

Even in summer, we always recommend taking warm layers and ideally walking boots. Remember that you will be halfway up a volcano where the stones aren’t always as stable as one might want, and at more than 3,500m above sea level there is every chance of it being cold and windy (especially at night).

Offers at Sunset

  • The most exclusive sunset in Tenerife is from the Teide. You have the option of going up in the cable car when no-one else is able to, having a drink and enjoying the sunset on the highest peak in Spain. It is a two hour-long experience. Throughout the year at times there are different activities which can accompany the ‘simple’ activity of going up the Teide in a cable car (the ‘Noche de Guayota’ on 31st October, NaturrJazz, etc.);

Tenerife Travel Secret

Volcano Life Experience is the only company which provides the view of the highest sunset in Spain in a comfortable way using the cable car when it is already closed to the general public. From up high you will be able to see the silhouettes of Gran Canaria, La Palma, Gomera and El Hierro without a problem.

  • Sunset and stars. This excursion combines the experience of seeing the sunset from the Teide, having a glass of bubbly and a Canary Island cocktail dinner and being able to observe the stars with starlight guides and professional long-range astronomical telescopes;
  • Observation of stars near the cable car area, where you can use professional telescopes which provide a view of the stars and some planets (among other things in the Universe) which you will very rarely have occasion to see. The monitors help you to observe everything interesting ‘up above’ J

Tenerife Travel Secret

The Canary Island sky, in general and in the Teide area in particular, is especially clean and well-suited to star-gazing. It is particularly recommended in summer when the temperatures are more pleasant.

Guided Visit to the El Teide Observatory in Izana

You have the unique opportunity to visit the largest solar observatory in the world. You will learn how things work there and some astronomical curiosities, and you’ll get the chance to see the sun (and a solar eruption) with a solar telescope. Also during your visit we’re sure you will be able to recognise which country (or countries) each telescope there belongs to J

Experiencias de senderismo

They also offer exclusive and unrivalled hiking experiences. In the Las Cañadas del Teide National Park there are more than 30 hiking trails and the ones which have the best views are those on the Teide volcano. You can walk up or go in the cable car. There are three different options for ascending to the summit of the Teide:

  • Climb to the summit of the Teide in the cable car (the price of the cable car itself, €27, must be paid separately) and the excursion lasts some 4 hours

Tenerife Travel Secret

The Teide cable car opened on 27th July 1971 (after 8 years of construction), but the project was started in 1930

  • VIP Excursion to the summit of the Teide (5 hours) – this is the ideal opportunity to get to know the summit of the Teide in a more intimate and relaxed way in the hands of an official guide. They will collect you from home or wherever you are staying;
  • Hike to the summit of the Teide, setting off from Montaña Blanca, and descend by cable car (not included in the price). It is an experience that requires good physical condition and takes about 9 hours. You will be able to access the crater with a special permit. You must bring your own food and drink.

Tenerife Travel Secret

The aboriginal Guanches believed that Guayota (the demon of misfortune) lived inside the Teide and the origin of the legend coincided with the last great eruption of the volcano … So when you see the sulphur fumaroles and you notice the heat under the ground, ask about this mythological being J

Prices of the Different Activities

The prices (in October 2015) for all the excursions are detailed in the following table.

AdultChildAdult + transferChild + transferResidentResident Child
Sunset + stars€71€50€90€65€51€36
Montaña Blanca--€55€27.50--

We describe the most popular options. The transfers are from the south of the island, but if your accommodation is not in the south, ask for a quotation as on some occasions the price can vary. The age for children depends on the different excursions.

Source: Volcano Life Experience

Other Options Related with Volcano Life Experience

Volcano Life Experience is closely linked with the Teide cable car and the Refugio de Altavista.

The Teide cable car is the ideal way for those who don’t have much time but still want to enjoy an experience up high. It is the most comfortable, relaxed way to go up to 3,555m where the upper terminal is.

Tenerife Travel Secret

The cable car has two cabins, each of which can carry 44 people. The journey takes 8 minutes, with 3 of them particularly ‘interesting’ for the stomach :)

The Refugio de Altavista is located at 3,260m above sea level and has the highest ‘accommodation’ in Spain. It is the perfect place for those who want to enjoy the Teide more deeply. On the whole, the reason why most people stay there is to see the sunrise from the summit … If you are a nature lover, without doubt it will be one of the most spectacular experiences of your life.

Tenerife Travel Secret

The shadow created by the Teide over the sea at sunset is the largest in the world.

Final Comments from the Authors

Personally it seems to us that the general services of Volcano Life Experience are the most suitable option for those visitors who want to get to know the Teide a little better, but (because of their circumstances) don’t have many hours available to be able to spend a whole day doing just one activity. Obviously the company offers the possibility of more detailed excursions for those who are interested, always offering curious details which will make your visit a really special volcanic experience.

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