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[[Image:El_Teide1.jpg|thumb|300px|El Teide]]
 
[[Image:El_Teide1.jpg|thumb|300px|El Teide]]
  
From the car park, tourists can take the 10 minute cable lift to 3550 m (27€ per person/return). Return ticket is valid for 1 hour, if you miss it you will have to pay additional 12.50€ to go back down (however this limitation does not seem to be enforced very strictly).  To climb to the summit (the uppermost 168 m) special permission is essential by request to the National Park Office in Santa Cruz.  From the top there is an amazing view all over the island.
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From the car park, tourists can take the 10 minute cable lift to 3550 m (25€ per person/return). Return ticket is valid for 1 hour, if you miss it you will have to pay additional 12.50€ to go back down (however this limitation does not seem to be enforced very strictly).  To climb to the summit (the uppermost 168 m) special permission is essential by request to the National Park Office in Santa Cruz.  From the top there is an amazing view all over the island.
  
 
'''WARNING:''' At 3718 m (12,198 ft) El Teide is the highest mountain in Spain.  The rapid ascent by cable car can lead to [[altitude sickness]], in even the strongest climbers.  If symptoms start to manifest you should descend immediately, note that at peak times the wait for the cable car descent can be over an hour.  At the summit, strong winds are not uncommon which significantly reduces temperatures.  Irrespective of temperatures on the beaches, a trip to Teide (or even just the National Park) can be very cold, with snow at the peak common until typically March/April on average. In winter expect a few feet of snow and ice, and strong winds so prepare accordingly.  Details on what to expect can be found at [[Altitude sickness#How high is high]].
 
'''WARNING:''' At 3718 m (12,198 ft) El Teide is the highest mountain in Spain.  The rapid ascent by cable car can lead to [[altitude sickness]], in even the strongest climbers.  If symptoms start to manifest you should descend immediately, note that at peak times the wait for the cable car descent can be over an hour.  At the summit, strong winds are not uncommon which significantly reduces temperatures.  Irrespective of temperatures on the beaches, a trip to Teide (or even just the National Park) can be very cold, with snow at the peak common until typically March/April on average. In winter expect a few feet of snow and ice, and strong winds so prepare accordingly.  Details on what to expect can be found at [[Altitude sickness#How high is high]].

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