GUIDED VISIT TO THE TEIDE OBSERVATORY
Did you know that the Teide Observatory is one of the most prestigious places in the world for the study of the sun? Book your place today to visit the Teide Observatory with us, discover this spectacular scientific center during the day, and learn about this reference scientific center in an enjoyable way.
At the Teide Observatory you will find three of the five best European telescopes: the VTT, the Themis and the Gregor and thanks to this interesting guided activity you will be able to visit them following one of the routes that are organized inside the enclosure.
During the visit you will receive an introduction about the importance of the Canarian sky, the different projects that are carried out at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias and you will have the opportunity to participate in the astrophysics workshop that takes place in the visitor center. There the Starlight guides will explain what astrophysics is and how the scientists who meet there work.
It also includes a walk among large telescopes to learn first-hand about the activities taking place at all times. You will be able to access the inside of one of the domes and, of course, enjoy watching the sun live through telescopes (sunspots and flares are easily seen through the two solar telescopes available to the group).
If you want to learn more about the sky of the Canary Islands we recommend you to take a look at our stargazing activity. It takes place at night inside the Teide National Park and is a perfect complement to this visit. More details, availability and prices by clicking here.
It is essential to show proof of reservation, printed or on the screen of a mobile device.
Remember that you must be at the Teide Observatory access barrier at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time of the visit. Upon arrival, the tour staff will tell you how to proceed. In the event of a delay in the assigned arrival time, the visit to the Teide Observatory will be shortened (but never extended) in the same proportion, and may even be cancelled in the event that the delay is considerable and produces a mismatch in the rest of the scheduled visits.
For safety reasons, the visit to the Teide Observatory does not admit children under 8 years old.
We ask you to be punctual. Please note that the Observatory is located at an altitude of 2,400 meters above sea level and that access to it is by high mountain road. Therefore, we kindly ask you to calculate your travel time to the Tenerife Observatory.
Bicycles are not allowed on the premises.
Please note that you must have sufficient knowledge of the language in which the visit to the Teide Observatory takes place in order to be able to follow the guide’s explanations correctly.
The contracted visits will be carried out as long as the weather and the operation of the telescopes allow it. Due to adverse weather conditions, especially during the winter, that may affect the safety of access to the Observatory (snow, ice, landslides), visits may be cancelled unexpectedly.
The Teide Observatory is located at an altitude of approximately 2,400 meters above sea level, at which altitude the oxygen level decreases. The displacements inside the Observatory of Tenerife are walking and by gravel paths. For these reasons, the visit is not recommended for people with physical problems in general (anemia, heart disease, respiratory problems, etc.). If you have doubts about the convenience or not of the visit, consult your doctor beforehand.
El Observatorio del Teide no se hace responsable de cualquier deterioro de salud que pueda producirse como consecuencia de la altitud o del incumplimiento de estas recomendaciones y advertencias.
The Tenerife Observatory does not have medical assistance at its facilities.
Please note that the nearest hospital is approximately an hour and a half’s drive away.
In case of symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath, tinnitus, ringing in the ears or headache during the visit, please inform immediately the guide in charge of the visit to the Teide Observatory.
Take precautions to protect yourself from solar radiation. It is advisable to wear hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Due to the low humidity that can occur in the Tenerife Observatory, take plenty of fluids (water or juices) to prevent dehydration.
Bring comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear (avoid sandals and heels).
Bring some warm clothes in case the weather suddenly changes and for access to the inside of the telescopes.
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The date may be changed or the activity may be cancelled free of charge up to 24 hours before the activity. After this period, 100% of the amount will be retained.
If access to the Teide Observatory is not possible due to technical reasons or adverse weather conditions, the amount paid for the activity will be refunded. In case of cloud cover at the Observatory, the usual itinerary of the visit may be modified.
Date changes are valid for 1 year if the reservation has not been exchanged. Date changes or cancellations must be made within 30 days from the date of the initial reservation. Up to 3 changes can be made.
- Adults: 21€
- Kids (8-16 years): FREE
- Children under 8 years old: Not admitted
- Prices include taxes (IGIC)
Guided tour of the observatory
Guide in Spanish
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