Pico Viejo - the old peak -at an altitude of 3.135m, the second-highest mountain in Tenerife and the Canary Islands.
Here took place the last eruption in the Teide National Park back in 1798 and lasted more than 90. The lava it emitted was of basaltic composition, continuous, very fluid and at high temperatures.
Pico Viejo or Montaña Chahorra is considered the small brother of Pico del Teide (the highest peak in Spain).
This guided tour starts on La Rambleta and leads to the summit of the volcano., passing fascinating points of interest along the way such as 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.
If the weather permits, from the summit point of Pico Viejo, you will see the neighbouring islands of La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma.
At the top of the crater rim, you have a view over the entire huge crater of Pico Viejo. You can see the Teide close up and the entire national park below you. It has a spectacular crater of 800m in diameter with its depth surpassing 250m. Going for a walk on the impressive crater rim will be the highlight of the hike.
This hike is overlooked by most travellers in the hurry to stand atop Spain, but those who climbed it, rate this as more impressive than the climb to the summit of Teide itself, and it’s certainly much less busy. And has the added advantage of not requiring any special permits.