A guided tour of Mt. Teide makes for a great and active excursion on Tenerife, but don't forget to bring a jacket!
The CaÃ±adas del Teide includes an enormous volcanic crater 30 miles in circumference with a staggering height of 12,200 feet, the highest in all of Spain. This is not a site to miss out on.
Once more we were rushed around throughout this trip, with one quick toilet stop and the odd photo opportunity... Our guide was tedious and we found that we were often nodding off, with his vast lectures regarding the geology and geographical nature of the landscape... I would suggest 'overkill' on the detail here!
Very interesting to pass through the clouds and rain as we drove higher and higher and then to break out into sunshine and blue skies! The geography of the pine forests and moonscapes of lava were well worth seeing.
Four of us took a private tour to El Tiede National Park. Our tour guide was fantastic and we were never with the other large tours, so it was very relaxing and informative. Went to wonderful little, restaurant where we ate local food (family style) - it was delicious. It was a lovely day.
Well worth the money and guide was very knowledgeable. The landscape was like a lunar experience but weather was not great. Tenerife Santa cruz was not my favourite place and thought it quite ugly in places
This tour was another casualty of the seasons - or our choice to book this late in the year. It was a fairly long coach trip up into the Las Canadas National Park and we did see some spectacular views from our side of the coach when we ascended, but all was lost in mist on the return journey. There was a photostop on the way up and a brief comfort stop / chance for a beverage even higher. At the highest point we reached the views were stunning - and would have been more so if it wasn't for the hill fog and rain which had set in! On fascinating aspect was the huge numbers of pickup trucks parked on the side of the roads, which I guide pointed out were for the men and their dogs hunting rabbits in the very short season! Even they were giving the day up as a bad job and heading home when the weather turned. The actual trip was well organised and reasonably good value.
Once back on the ship we warmed up and relaxed rather than venturing out into Santa Cruz de Tenerife again.
A.) Tenerife, Canary Islands
I chose going up the mountain side of Mt. Teide, on this dormant volcanic island, Canadas del Teide. The island drive wasn't as pretty as Ponta Delgada, Azores, in my opinion. The scenes near the end by the rock formation were more reminiscent of many scenes I've seen in Arizona in the canyon-like caldera. We did get a goodly number of pictures here. A few stops were made for photos and coffee, and some time to pick-up a souvenir. We sampled some local fare near the port after coming back from our tour at the Port of Tenerife. Unemployment on this island is 30%.
We opted for the Mount Teide National Park trip and were surprised just how far it was from the port. We certainly wouldn't have wanted to do the trip independently and were pleased that we had a proper guided tour organised via P&O. The weather was cloudy in Tenerife but we went above the cloud on Mount Teide and had fantastic weather. The temperature is definitely cooler on the mountain so you need to remember to wear layers.
Being interested in anything science related in general, and a big fan of geology in particular, this tour of the Island's volcanic park was a top priority. I thought the price was reasonable and was THOUROUGHLY satisfied.
Nice tour halfway up Mt. Teide. Interesting rock formations; you are above the tree line and there is not much vegetation at the highest point the tour takes you.
Not much to do in town; many of the same as in Caribbean ports.
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