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“A great way to see the island” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Madeira Explorers

Madeira Explorers
Estrada Monumental, Funchal | Shop 5, 3rd Floor, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
(00351) 291763701
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Ranked #22 of 69 Activities in Funchal
Type: Hiking Trails
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“A great way to see the island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

I would highly recommend Madeira Explorers for those who have not rented a car but wish to do levada walking. The tours are good value (about €25 pp for a half day and €36 pp for a full day) given that it includes the transport to and from the levada (which could be at the other side of the island) as well as the informative guided walk. We did two of these walks, Referta and The Lakes of Madeira, both of which were very enjoyable and not too challenging.

Visited January 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“spectacular scenery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

This half day walk that is classified as easy, is a 5km hike along a stretch of an 85km levada. Levadas are everywhere in Madeira as they are a network of irrigation channels that water the stepped terraces up the mountainsides. Madeira Explores picked us from our hotel and took us to the start point some 500m up in the mountains. The driver was also the guide. He was quite an entertainer cracking jokes along the way and also giving us a history of the levada, and showing us points of interest, as well as the flora and fauna of the area, and other fascinating information. We were in a bunch of 8-10 and I was impressed with his care towards those less able, emphasing time and again the importance of safety - it is all to easy to fall off the mountain side. If you are afraid of heights this is not for you as although the walk is flat, the levada paths are barely 18 inches wide at some points and looking down can be scary. Then again you would be missing out on spectacular , breathtaking scenery.

Visited December 2012
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Lincolnshire
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“Walking in Levadas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Excellent guide and very knowledgeable. Guide named all plants, trees etc. He bought cheese on the way up for us to feed the finches - this made our trip. Wet gear and torches - for the long tunnel - we thoughfully provides for all. Also guide walked at a pace to suit all of the party.

Visited October 2012
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Gloucester
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“very very fun!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Did an excursion from our cruise on our day in Madeira. It was very fun and well worth the money. It was well and truly off road and really wouldn't recommend it to those with back problems!

Visited April 2012
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Safe and interesting walks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Good range of walks and they pick you up from your hotel. The guide checked we all had waterproofs (you need them in Madeira as the weather is very unpredictable) and made sure we were safe throughout the walk. The levadas can be dangerous if you're careless so this was really important.

I would book with them again, in fact I will as I'm going back to Madeira in April 2013 for another walking holiday. I did do another walk with a different company but didn't feel safe as the guide didn't seem that bothered about whether we were kitted out appropriately or whether the conditions were suitable.

Visited November 2012
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