10. Access to the crater at the peak of El Teide. Telesforo Bravo Trail

Technical information

  • Start: La Rambleta
  • Finish: El Teide Peak
  • Approval status: Not officially approved
  • Degree of difficulty: Intermediate
  • Type of trail: Linear
  • Distance: 0.6 km (12.89 ft)
  • Duration: 40 mins.
  • Highest altitude: 3,718 m (12.89 ft)
  • Lowest altitude: 3,550 m (12.89 ft)
  • Elevation gain: 170 m (12.89 ft)
  • Elevation loss: 2.77 m (12.89 ft)
  • Links to other trails:
  • Protected Nature Areas:
  • Authorisation required: Yes
  • Where to get authorisation: Online booking centre

Trail description

In the interest of your safety and the preservation of the area, restrictive measures have been put in place to prevent people from accessing the Peak (at 3,718 m - 12,198 ft) from La Rambleta (3,550 m - 11,647 ft) without permission. The trail, which goes from La Rambleta to the summit of El Teide, is in good condition, so the main difficulty lies in its steep slopes, which can reach gradients of up to 60%, and in its high altitude, starting at 3,550 m (11,647 ft). You will have to walk calmly and it is advisable to stop regularly to catch your breath. Once at the top, when the sky is not too cloudy, you will be rewarded with absolutely breathtaking views of Tenerife and the neighbouring islands. The name of the trail is dedicated to Telesforo Bravo, a distinguished Canarian geologist who is considered by many the father of volcanology in the Canary Islands. Near the crater, you will see fumaroles emitting smoke as a reminder that the volcano is still alive.


Altimetría 10. Acceso cráter del Pico del Teide. Sendero Telesforo Bravo 

For your own safety, don't forget to check the condition of the trail.

The competent authority will be responsible for informing you if the trail is not recommendable in the wake of adverse weather conditions, as well as if the trail or part of it is closed, etc.

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Remember: Prevention, Information and Knowledge are the key to avoiding unpleasant situations.
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  1. Make sure you always have somebody else to walk with, stick to the marked footpaths and respect the way of life, privacy and property of the local inhabitants.
  2. If you keep your noise levels down, you will discover just how much life there is all around you.
  3. Take any rubbish with you, even organic waste. This will help preserve the beauty of the scenery and prevent the proliferation of rodents in the area. Take special care with cigarette butts.
  4. Picking up plants, animals or other items from the environment may entail the loss of irreplaceable resources.
  5. The people who take care of these Protected Nature Areas would be very grateful if you let them know about any incidents you may have noticed on your walk. To do so, contact the Environmental Department of the Island Council of Tenerife:

    Área de Medio Ambiente del Cabildo Insular de Tenerife


  6. Remember that the Island's environment is as unique as it is unpredictable. It must be enjoyed responsibly and sensibly. Take special care in natural areas and don't forget that accidents can happen at any time.
  7. Pay attention to signs.
  8. Check the weather forecast to make sure the conditions are suitable.
  9. Wear suitable clothing and footwear for hiking and always pack your mobile phone, sunscreen, a hat, a coat, a waterproof, enough food and plenty of water in your backpack.
  10. Let your family and/or friends know which route you will be taking and bear in mind how many daylight hours you will need to complete it.