on November 28, 2010
El TeideTenerife is an island known for its volcanoes. The most famous and largest volcano is El Teide. This summit of the volcano is located less than 3718 meters above sea level and even more than 7000 meters above the sea floor! This is a volcano that last erupted in 1909. The volcano is considered a dormant volcano. This means that the volcano is quiet now, but that is expected to be erupting once more. The volcano and the area around it is called the Parque Nacional del Teide and covers an area of 18,900 hectares. The area received in 2007 the World Heritage List of UNESCO. To conserve nature you can only go up with a number of walkers at a time up and you need a permit for the last part to be allowed to enter. This authorization must arrange in advance! We didn’t had a license. It is also forbidden to take things from the area. So no rocks or anything like that. You could be in big trouble because they are very strict with this!AccessibiltyThere are organized bus trips to El Teide, which is a popular destination. You need to book a place on time especially if you want to climb all the way to the top. Personally, we went with the car and have the advantage that you can come and go whenever you want. We also have the car parked on a small parking lot at "Montana Blanca" which is about 200 meters from the parking lot of El Teide is.EL TELEFERIQUE del TeideThis is the cable car that’s goes up and takes eight minutes. A maximum of 8 meters per second pass. The total distance you traveled with the cable car is 2482 meters and a "wagon" can be transported up to 35 people. Please note: there are no seats. You have to stand the journey and the fact that it goes pretty fast and sometimes fluctuates is difficult for some people. People with vertigo should also be a bit careful. The view was magnificent! For the cable car you can buy two types of tickets, a return (most common) or one-way ticket. We have over one-way ticket bought, since we already had walked up. We have one way is a bit of 15 euros paid. A return ratio was slightly cheaper and is approximately 25 euros.KNOW WHERE YOU GOING TO GO!What struck me when we were informed of the cable car were tourists who had had no idea where they went. Enjoyed walking in slippers, a shirt and nothing else with them. The cable car is not a problem, but ifyou want to climb you will still need good shoes. Also be informed by a different temperature than at the bottom. A jacket is not a luxury (wind) but also a good sunscreen and sunglasses (you're closer to the Sun and the radiation is more intense) are highly recommended. WWALK TO THE TOPI shall stress that this is really a trip is what you should be well prepared and you need to be an experienced hiker! Wise is not starting so late! The only thing you can do is carefully check the weather! That prediction is right then you can walk up. It will take up to 4,5 hours to walk up. Remember to drink plenty, good footwear, spare laces - not a luxury - walking sticks! Furthermore, natural food (carbohydrate) and energy bars are no luxury!The route starts glowing in a nice flat path. But then you come to rocky trails that you have to climb. You can’t differ from the main path and that’s not advisable. At 3260 meters altitude is Refugio de Altavista. If it is open you can go for a drink, just inside for the shade and rest. Consider the thin air and the risk of altitude sickness. Symptoms include extreme performance loss, dizziness, rapid heartbeat thumping alpha, nausea and headache. Anyone suffering these symptoms should start to take it very easy and not to do too much. If it doesn’t get better then quickly turn back immediately and not continue the climb.MY OPINIONThe Teide National Park and are definitely worth a visit. Please note that you are dealing with a thin air above the volcano and think of good shoes. Whoever is in good condition and has experience in mountain hiking, I can really recommend the trail to the top. Departure at dawn, we left at 6:45 and were up 5 hours later. That was not against us because it takes normally 4.5 hours on average. The experience itself to climb the El Teide is satisfaction enough for me!
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