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San Cristobal de La Laguna, Spain
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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

Marvel over the wonders of outer space at the world’s largest solar observatory – the Teide Observatory in Tenerife. Climb the 2,400-meter (7,900-foot) peak of Mt Teide Volcano and embark on a 2-hour guided tour of the famous observatory. Discover its importance in research and monitoring solar activity; take a peek at the solar and nocturnal telescopes; and learn why the Canary Islands is one for the best places in the world for observing the sky.
  • 2-hour guided tour of the Teide Observatory
  • Take a peek at the solar and nocturnal telescopes
  • Learn more about the daily work of researchers at the Teide Observatory
  • Great fun for families: suitable for all ages

What's Included

Guided visit of the Observatory
A guide
Food and beverages
Children under 8 years old
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

Observatorio del Teide, Tf-514 Km 1, 38200 San Cristobal de La Laguna, Tenerife Spain
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What To Expect

Start your tour with hotel pick-up (from selected locations) or make your own way to the Teide Observatory to begin your tour. Meet your guide, an expert astronomer, at the Observatory and begin your behind-the-scenes tour.

Hear how the Observatory is the largest in the world as you stroll around the mountaintop complex and marvel at the various solar and nocturnal telescopes. Listen as your guide reveals little known secrets and impressive facts about the universe, and learn about the daily work of the researchers at the Observatory. Finally, enjoy the spectacular views over the Teide National Park from the 2,400-meter (7,900-foot) peak of Mt Teide Volcano.

Please note: Tours are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12.00 in Spanish and English simultaneously and at 2.30pm in Spanish and German simultaneously. On Thursdays, there are visits in French at 1.30pm. On Sundays, there are visits in Spanish at 11.00am. Hotel transfers are available from Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos on Wednesdays and from Puerto de la Cruz on Tuesdays and Sundays. If you would like to make your own way to the Izaña Observatory for your guided visit, you must arrive at least 20 minutes before the tour is scheduled to start.
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Itinerary
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Observatorio del Teide
Our guides will make you feel like a scientist for a day as during this tour of the Teide Observatory: You will be introduced to the importance of the sky in the Canary Islands, the Teide Observatory telescopes and the different projects of the Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics, the institution that manages this solar observatory. You will participate in a workshop on astrophysics given at the visitor centre, in which our guides will explain what astrophysics is and how astrophysicists work. You will observe sunspots and solar flares through two solar telescopes, which you will have at your disposal to fully enjoy them. You will explore the inside of a nocturnal telescope and won’t leave until you know how it functions and learn about its exciting history.
Duration: 120 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Purchase of this service, or filling out the reservation form in the case of students in the province of Tenerife, implies that you have read and accepted all the points described in this section.
  • .The arranged visits will only be carried out when the weather and the operating status of the telescopes permit.
  • Due to adverse weather conditions, especially during winter, which may affect the safety of the roads leading to the Observatory (snow, ice, falling rocks) visits may be unexpectedly cancelled.
  • The TO is located at an altitude of approximately 2,400 meters above sea level, an altitude at which oxygen diminishes. Groups will move about within the TO on gravel paths. For this reason, the visit is not recommended for people with general physical problems (anaemia, cardio-pathologies, respiratory problems, etc.). If you are not sure if you should visit, consult your doctor.
  • The TO is not responsible for any health problems that can be caused by the altitude or by not following these recommendations and warnings.
  • The TO does not have medical assistance within its facilities. Keep in mind that the closest hospital is approximately one and a half hours away by car.
  • If you show symptoms of dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath, ringing in your ears, plugged ears or headache during your visit, please let your guide know immediately.
  • Be careful to protect yourself from the sun. It’s recommended that you use hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Due to the low levels of humidity that are common in the TO, come prepared with sufficient liquid (water or juices) to prevent dehydration.
  • Bring comfortable clothes and adequate footwear (avoid sandals).
  • Bring some warm clothes in case the weather changes abruptly and to enter the interior of the telescopes.
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Unpleasant experience
robypu
, Jan 2020
We booked this event through Viator web site, but we went to the wrong address for this event. We found this address on the Viator web pages. After we realized this, we were not able to arrive at the correct events address on time, because we were late. When asked for a refund they replied that we need to contact TripAdvisor, which we did not use for this booking?
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We did not get to do this tour : It was...
US
, Jan 2018
We did not get to do this tour : It was closed not sure why we were able to book it.
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Excellent experience with good...
John S
, Jan 2017
Excellent experience with good explanations. Well worth a visit. Time passed all too quick.
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Leider hat der Besuch am 14.3.17...
Sabine K
, Mar 2017
Leider hat der Besuch am 14.3.17 nicht geklappt. Zuerst wurde die Besichtigung von Montag auf Dienstag verschoben, da die deutsche Führung entgegen der Vorankündigung nicht möglich sei am Montag. Dann standen wir mit unserem Auto vor verschlossener Schranke und nach mehrmaliger Nachfrage wurde uns mitgeteilt, dass die heutigen Führungen ausfallen. Später bekamen wir eine nette Mitteilung dazu und ich hoffe die angekündigte Rückerstattung erfolgt bald. Schade um die lange und kurvenreiche Anfahrt und den verlorenen Urlaubstag

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