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billi161

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« on: June 28, 2007 »
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  • is teide a good trip and what does it cost to go to the top in the cable car.
    also what other trips are worthwhile and is it worth going to la gomera for the day

    RoyL

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    « Reply #1 on: June 28, 2007 »
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  • First time up Teide is really interesting. Second time is not so good. Third time is downright boring. I dont care if I never go up there again! The view can be fantastic though if you are lucky enough to get a day with no cloud, otherwise its just like looking out of the plane window. Not sure if the cable car is running at the mo, it closed for some reason a couple of years ago, never noticed if it has reopened.

    Brookiree

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    « Reply #2 on: June 28, 2007 »
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  • Went up Teide in April.  Cable car was running.  Very good trip if you like scenery and obviously don't mind heights. Have been up there serveral times now and still enjoy it. Cable car stops running if there is the slightest bit of wind. Can be a bit scary when you go over the pylons though. My husband has been to Gomera but you will need to take a car over to make the most if it.

    If you like to be up close and personal with monkeys there is a monkey zoo on the way to Americas, a bit akward to find though.

    Leigh

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    « Reply #3 on: June 28, 2007 »
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  • Hi billi161,

    Hubby and I went up Teide with Nikki GQ and her mum (who is now affectionately known as 'Utility Belt Girl').  I was just getting over a chest infection and poor Nikki had her leg in plaster and so the pair of us didn't venture up as high as the other two. 'Him In Doors' was like a mountain goat and hot on his heel was 'Utility Belt Girl'.  The views are literally breathtaking and what with the thinning of oxygen at that altitude and good company, we had a laugh a minute.  I thoroughly recommend this trip.  Happy Days. :D

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    « Reply #4 on: June 28, 2007 »
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  • teide well worth a visit though ive never got up the top and now due to health maybe never will.Went to la gomera afew years ago took car it was lovely well worth a visit.Also loro parque worth a visit.
    Enjoy

    Offline losgiganteskid

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    « Reply #5 on: June 28, 2007 »
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  • is teide a good trip and what does it cost to go to the top in the cable car.
    also what other trips are worthwhile and is it worth going to la gomera for the day

    Can't tell you the cost of going on the cable car cos it's been a few years since I went up.  It is worth the trip, although be mindful there is a good bit of walking when you get off the cable car if you want to walk to the very top.  I did and it stunk of sulphur.  Its the sort of trip you must do if you are fit and able, but also the kinda trip that after you've done it you wouldn't really want to do it again.

    As for La Gomera, you can go on a 1 day coach trip leaving Los Gigantes early morning - did that trip a few years ago and it was well worth the pesetas.
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    Falstaff

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    « Reply #6 on: June 28, 2007 »
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  • Look here for information about the cable car and prices.

    http://www.puntoinfo.idecnet.com/index.php?sectionID=13&lang=2&s=2&ID=3889

    and

    http://www.telefericoteide.com/

    I think the National Park itself is just as interesting as Mount Teide. The scenery is breathtaking, particularly to the north.


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    quondam

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    « Reply #7 on: June 28, 2007 »
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  • Seeing that El Teide is the second highest mountain in Europe, and the highest in Spain, how anyone from the UK could call it boring is beyond me, but we are all different I suppose.  

    Apart from that, the cost of the cable car is 22 Euros for adults and 11 Euros for kids under 14.  Various companies run excursions to the cable car, but sorry, I don't know current prices.  The trip to the cable car, which incidentally is at 2350 metres (7700 feet) above sea level, is worth it in itself just for the scenery, both on the way and when you get there. It is unique and stunning scenery.

    The cable car takes you another 1200 metres higher, so then you are only 163 metres from the peak, however to go on foot to the top you NEED A PERMIT, which can only be obtained (in advance) from the National Park Office in Santa Cruz.  However, on a good day, the views from the top of the cable car are spectacular and you've no need to climb the last 150 metres or so.  You can check the weather in advance by phoning the cable car office (they speak English) on 922 010445, open between 9.00am and 4.00pm. It is true that it doesn't operate when there are strong winds or snow (yes it snows up there in the winter!)

    I agree with other thread about La Gomera, its a tiring trip by coach, but well worth it if you take your own (rented) car, but of course you need to enjoy driving.

    Any trip to the North of the Island is worth it 'cos everything except the climate is much better, i.e. scenery, food, culture, history, and architecture.

    Tenerife certainly has more to offer than the concrete jungle (Los Gigantes being somewhat of an exception) which is the south of the island.

    Falstaff

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    « Reply #8 on: June 28, 2007 »
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  • Teide National Park in Tenerife has been chosen as a world heritage natural site, it has been announced during the 31st UNESCO world heritage convention that is being held this week in Christchurch (New Zealand).

    Offline Edward Bear

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    « Reply #9 on: June 29, 2007 »
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  • Just a cautionary word check with your hire car company that you are covered for the ferry journey to the island. If it is your own vehicle it is also worth while clearing the journey with your broker.

    sebastian

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    « Reply #10 on: June 29, 2007 »
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  • My life already, you have one of the most spectacular national parks in the world and people find it boring, Blackpool is boring, England is boring sorry to say that but at least the weather holds upto something like NICE................As we can see by the fact of the downpours you are getting right now.

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    « Reply #11 on: June 29, 2007 »
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  • have to agree with you seb teide is great and each time i visit i see something different :)

    gibbo

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    « Reply #12 on: June 30, 2007 »
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  • teide is a must.  i think the best way is to hire a car and go up at your own pace.  The are plenty of places that you can pull over and get out and just take in the view.  The roads are wide and you feel safe.  Even if  you dont manage to get to the top via cable car you can still have a great day out.  Every time we come to tenerife we drive up the mountain, there are picnic places also.  Take some lunch up there with you, the scenery is fantastic.  I can never get bored of it, and actually agree with seb, people who find it boring must be crazy, it is a sight to be seen.

    Marcham Maid

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    « Reply #13 on: June 30, 2007 »
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  • You don't have to go all the way to Santa Cruz to get a permit to climb to the very peak of Teide as you can book your slot by email as I did.

    The email address is teide@oapn.mma.es.

    You need to:

    1. Attach a scan of the page in your passport that gives your identity details
    2. Say the date you want to climb - giving at least 7 days' notice
    3. Give a time slot eg 11am to 12 noon
    4. As a courtesy, I wrote my request in both English and Spanish (used the     Google translator!)

    On the day you will need to take your passport up the mountain with you.
      :) :D ;D



    quondam

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    « Reply #14 on: July 01, 2007 »
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  • You don't have to go all the way to Santa Cruz to get a permit to climb to the very peak of Teide as you can book your slot by email as I did.

    The email address is teide@oapn.mma.es.

    You need to:

    1. Attach a scan of the page in your passport that gives your identity details
    2. Say the date you want to climb - giving at least 7 days' notice
    3. Give a time slot eg 11am to 12 noon
    4. As a courtesy, I wrote my request in both English and Spanish (used the     Google translator!)

    On the day you will need to take your passport up the mountain with you.
      :) :D ;D






    Many thanks for that very useful information, makes a welcome change from most of the drivel on this site

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    « Reply #15 on: July 02, 2007 »
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  • we went on a trip to Gomera last year with a company in Los Gigantes - office near the indian restaurant in LG, it was along day but a really good trip, we were picked up at 7am and got back about 7pm only 31 euros each

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    « Reply #16 on: July 02, 2007 »
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  • Hi cs, does it still include a substantial meal at Las Rosas and a demmo of Silbo.

    Offline cs

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    « Reply #17 on: July 02, 2007 »
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  • yes it does still include a meal and as much wine as you can drink and yes you do still get a demo of silbo