It’s impossible to visit the island of Tenerife without seeing a real dormant volcano. It was with this in mind that we decided to rent a car and head off to conquer the mountains one day.
It was also decided to stop by the monkey park, it is on the way to the volcano. Now it’s the first thing in a row.
Monkey park in Tenerife
The Monkey Park is located close to Las Americas, but it’s not accessible by public transport. There are at least three ways to visit it:
- Rent a car, as in our case
- Join an organized tour
- Take a taxi
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Please note that it is not worth going for a whole day at this park. We had less than 1.5 hours to fully explore the park. There are benches in the park to rest on and most of the way is on wooden or paved paths.
Be sure to bring goodies to feed the monkeys, in our experience the animals actively eat fruit and the nuts that are sold locally do not enthuse them. So stock up on goodies to take a souvenir picture.
Zones in the Monkey Park in Tenerife
The park is divided into several zones:
- A monkey enclosure
- Bird aviaries
- Free zone, where you can interact with monkeys, turtles, iguanas
We arrived just before the opening of the park, so there was not a lot of people in the park, according to workers, there are never any queues, after the construction and active development of Loro in Tenerife, Monkey Park is no longer popular.
After wandering around the park, we managed to meet and feed the beautiful lemurs, who were very attentive in their choice of treats.
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The bird area features different types of parrots, and visitors actively feed them nuts and other goodies.
Huge iguanas are at arm’s length or can lie in a tree right above your head.
Monkey Park opening hours
The park is open from 9:30 to 17:30.
I recommend visiting in the morning, this time of day, the animals have had time to rest from the visitors and they are more likely to show interest in you.
Overall, we enjoyed the park, walked around, fed and touched the monkeys, but it was time to move on. Volcano Teide was planned as the next point on the itinerary.
Volcano Teide on the island of Tenerife
The volcano is located in the centre of the island and is considered dormant. The last eruption was just over 100 years ago. It is 3718 metres high, of which 1200 metres can only be reached on foot or by cable car; there is no motorised transport to the peak.
The way to the volcano is through a serpentine road; if you do not tolerate the road, but very much want to visit this place, have pills.
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While climbing the mountain, you can stop at panoramic vantage points to admire the views. You’ll pass canary cedar forest, fields, burnt-out chunks of woodland and finally you’ll be 1200 metres from the summit and can enjoy a real lunar landscape.
Due to the danger of erosion, 150 people a day can climb to the top of the volcano, they have to pick a date, register on the reserve’s website and bring a copy of their passport. Everyone else can climb to the top, reached by cable car, and enjoy the view from there. For those wishing to visit the volcano in winter, be aware that the cable car may not work due to weather conditions or repairs.
The volcano and its surroundings have the status of a National Park and it is the largest park by number of visitors in Spain. There is only one hotel in the reserve which needs to be booked well in advance and a hostel is available for tourists wishing to spend the night on the volcano.
How to get to Teide volcano
- Hire a car and drive yourself.
- With an organised tour group.
- By public transport: There is bus no. 342 from Las Americas (departs daily at 9:15 am and arrives around 11 am). It is the only bus that goes directly to the funicular railway. The return bus leaves at 15:40, in case you are late, you will have to find a hitchhiker.
What to take with you to Volcano Teide
- Rocking pills and headache medication.
- Warm clothes if you want to climb the peak.
- Comfortable Shoes
- A camera
That’s all. Have a nice trip to Tenerife!
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