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Guided tour to the Pico Viejo viewpoint: which option to choose

A friend tipped you off, you read it somewhere or you’ve seen photos on social media: you know that choosing a guided tour to the Pico Viejo viewpoint on Mount Teide is well worth it.

Fortunately, there’s no need to request a permit because the viewpoint has open access, so join a guided tour to the Pico Viejo viewpoint and when you get there, you’ll enjoy the stunning views you’ve seen in the photos. Just one of the many reasons to join a Pico Viejo viewpoint guided tour.

If you’re visiting Mount Teide in the near future and want to enjoy one of its best attractions, a guided tour to the Pico Viejo viewpoint should definitely be included in your plans and that’s why we’ve written this blog post. We’re going to tell you all about our 3 options and 1 extra option—but first let’s talk about the trail itself.


The trail to the viewpoint

When you join a guided tour to the Pico Viejo viewpoint, you’ll follow a 751-m trail (round trip) that ascends 55 m. It’s not particularly demanding and therefore can be enjoyed by practically anyone provided they don’t have mobility problems, injuries or a severe cardiovascular illness.

This Pico Viejo viewpoint guided tour starts on La Rambleta and leads to the viewpoint, passing fascinating points of interest along the way such as the famous Las Cañadas caldera and its different layers of magma, the famous Corbata del Teide (“Tie of Mount Teide”), arms of lava and finally the viewpoint with views of El Hierro, La Palma and La Gomera in the distance. Several stretches of the trail are flanked by fumaroles; gases produced by the volcano use these channels to reach the Earth’s surface. Get ready to experience hot, sulphurous air!

A viewpoint that looks over the Pico Viejo crater is located at the end of the trail; the Pico Viejo volcano is now dormant but once contained a lava lake. Today its crater has a mixture of impressive colours: those Instagram photos you’ve seen are completely true! Now you just have to come and see it for yourself.

Guided Tour to the Pico Viejo viewpoint

Your 3 + 1 options for enjoying a guided tour to the Pico Viejo viewpoint

Now you’ve seen the trail, it’s time to take a look at the experiences:

Option 1: Day guided tour to the Pico Viejo viewpoint

Definitely one of the most popular experiences with travellers. This Pico Viejo guided tour is the perfect way to discover the secrets of Mount Teide: the tour includes the cable car and a guide.

During this Pico Viejo viewpoint guided tour an official guide will be waiting for you at the cable car base station and join you for the enjoyable 8-minute ride up the sides of the volcano, which you’ll see from on high. It’s totally spectacular!

Once you’ve reached La Rambleta at an altitude of 3,555 m, you’ll set off for the viewpoint. Along the way you’ll be able to ask your guide any questions you might have about the curious sights you see along the trail. After reaching the viewpoint you’ll have another chance to enjoy the trail as you follow it in the opposite direction back to the cable car base station.

Here’s a video of the experience to pique your curiosity:



Intrigued? Here is all the info you need about this Pico Viejo viewpoint guided tour:

Day guided tour to the Pico Viejo viewpoint

Option 2: Sunset guided tour to the Pico Viejo viewpoint

If you liked the day route, just wait till you explore it at night.

This time you’ll take the cable car in the afternoon, outside of its normal opening hours, and reach the top station shortly before sunset to enjoy an exclusive experience.

There will be far fewer people than normal (maximum 90 people) and as the light dwindles the image of the National Park will be something you treasure forever.

This time the final touch on your guided tour to the Pico Viejo viewpoint will include watching the shadow of Mount Teide stretch out towards the horizon with Gran Canaria in the background and admiring the sunset with views of the three islands and the Pico Viejo crater.

And it’s quite some sunset. Can you imagine a better place than at an altitude of around 3,555 m?

Take a look here:



Afterwards you’ll set off on the journey back and the Pico Viejo viewpoint guided tour will draw to a close at the same place you started, back at the base station.

If you would like all the details about everything that is included in this sunset guided tour to the Pico Viejo viewpoint, click here: 

Mount Teide guided tour at sunset

Option 3: Guided tour and astronomic observation

Exploring the National Park at dusk is amazing, just in case that wasn’t made clear by the description of the experience above. You can take our word for it—we’ve done it dozens of times and are still taken by surprise each time we do it again.

Take a look at this: as well as enjoying a guided tour along the trail to the Pico Viejo viewpoint and watching the glorious sunset, you can finish this experience with a typical Canarian dinner and stargazing with Starlight guides.

That’s right, after returning to the cable car base station you’ll get to try the best of the local cuisine with a dinner menu that includes hors d’oeuvres, a starter, main course dessert and drinks, all made from local produce so you can experience the flavours of our island. Dinner is only available on certain days. Please check the weekly calendar.

What to do on Mt Teide: weekly calendar of activities

After dinner Starlight guides will be waiting for you with long-range telescopes to view the firmament.

How much do you know about the skies?

And the sky above Mount Teide?

Did you know that from here you can see 83 of the 88 known constellations?

Your stargazing experience will tell you everything you need to know: history, mythology, curious facts about the islands’ skies... And if you’re the sort of person who loves to ask questions (of course you are!) our guides will be delighted to help.

Here is an example of what we’re talking about:



And finally, to finish up: did you know that this experience includes the option of transport from your hotel or a nearby point? Total comfort!

Here are all the details:

Guided tour to the Pico Viejo viewpoint with astronomical observation

Extra option: complete the trail on your own with an audioguide and trail guidebook

This is the additional extra that we’ve been saving for last.

If you would prefer to follow the trail by day on your own and hear all the information from a fantastic audioguide available in several languages or use a full-colour printed guidebook, all you have to do is book your cable car tickets and choose these options.

Read more about it here:

How to take a self-guided tour

Mount Teide has even more to offer

The guided tour to the Pico Viejo viewpoint is a compulsory experience for anyone with the slightest interest in knowing what makes this National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so special.

But of course, Mount Teide has more than these excursions: a lot more, in fact. Here is a summary of all the activities that we run in the National Park, so you can see when they take place each week:

What to do on Mt Teide: weekly calendar of activities

And if you’re looking for a table that summarises all the cable car information (prices, timetable, etc.) so that you can compare the cable car activities and see which suits you best, we can help with that too:

A comparative table of activities including cable car

That’s it from us for today. 

So what do you think? Are you tempted to join a guided tour to the Pico Viejo viewpoint? We’ll say it again: you don’t want to miss it.

We’re waiting for you!

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