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Ribeiro Frio - Portela
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Ribeiro Frio - Portela

By Madeira Free Spirit walks
Recommended by 100% of travelers
100% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 0-90, max of 16 per group
Duration: 4h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: German, Portuguese, English, French, Spanish
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  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • All Fees and Taxes


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      Port pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
      • Porto do Funchal
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Infants must sit on laps
        • Infant seats available
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 182146P7

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
        • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
        • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
        • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

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

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 182146P7

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        • Madeira Free Spirit walks
          358
          Funchal, Portugal
          Joined in August 2019
        • Go596186
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Wonderful experience for novice Levada walks
          Walk with Alvaro and his excellent knowledge, good sense of safety (and sense of humour). Our first Levada walk; very enjoyable. Right pace for us (active 70 year olds), not too slow or fast. Small, quiet group also suited us. Finished at a nice cafe with super coffee and banana cake. Alvaro also made an excellent recommendation for us for the following (our last) day.
          Written June 11, 2024
        • H8789AIseanh
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing sunrise and hike
          This Free Spirit sunrise Pico Do Areeiro walk was amazing. Spectacular scenery and well worth getting up early for. Iulia, our guide, was very knowledgeable and shared her knowledge of the regions flora with enthusiasm. We watched the sun rise from Pico Do Areeiro. Then were offered hot chocolate and cake before starting the hike to Pico Ruivo. We found hiking at this altitude difficult so opted for the alternative safer and less strenuous walk from Teixeira to meet at Iulia and the group at the top. This was a very enjoyable and scenic walk. We all ended the walk together. A very well organised experience, highly recommended.
          Written June 7, 2024
        • Chump57
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great walk
          From start to finish an excellent trip. Alvaro was knowledgeable about the history of levadas and about plant life. The walk was paced to the slowest walker. Walking poles were offered at the start of the trip. There are a number of steps to negotiate. These can be tricky because they vary in height. Also beware of trip hazards,lumps of rock and tree roots plus mind your head in some sections. Around 4 hours was allocated for the 11km trip. Stops were built in along the way to admire the views and waterfalls. Overall excellent.
          Written May 31, 2024
        • 39david
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fantastic!
          Last minute booking with the free spirit team and so glad we did, from start to finish Suzanne our guide was amazing 👏. The group was a good size, Suzanne is very knowledgeable and she has a great passion for the island, 100% would recommend 👌
          Written May 22, 2024
        • Wanderer41131807783
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Loving Levadas!
          We went on the Larano Walking Tour on April 18, 2024 which we booked through our hotel. Right from the moment we were picked up Alvaro’s humour and knowledge set the tone for a fun, safe and engaging trek. His love for the outdoors, the area’s history and the local people he interacted with along the route demonstrates his passion for Madeira. If we are fortunate enough to return to Madeira, another walking tour with Alvaro will be on our ‘Must Do’ list.
          Written April 24, 2024
        • Ann M
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Lots of people but great guide
          From pickup to drop off this tour went flawlessly. Susana was a great guide - I was in a group of 9 and she kept everyone together on this busy path. We started a bit early so we were the first group to first waterfall but after that it was busy. She paced our hike well, gave encouragement when needed and also gave information about the plants we saw along the way. I would recommend this tour.
          Written March 28, 2024
        • Bethany H
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Highly recommend
          I would highly recommend this company. Very organized , friendly , funny and informative guide. Felt safe - with smaller group numbers than others we saw on the trek . Suzanna was our guide and was fantastic and very experienced! Thanks for facilitating a great day out.
          Written March 13, 2024
        • thepostie2010
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          A tad disappionting-a stoll by a gully
          A day trip where we expected more. For a regular walker there is not much to challenge you. The scenery is random when the weather is poor, but that could a off-season problem? Like the rest of the Island there is not a lot of wildlife but the engineering of the levada remains impressive even if this particular walk is underwhelming. Shame really.
          Written March 9, 2024
        • peterB195
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          The best in the business
          We have just completed 2 walks with this company. Unlike other companies they keep the party size to no more than about 12. Their guides ( Felipe and Suzanna) were excellent combining safety with humour. In addition they have huge knowledge and enthusiasm . They took care to ensure all members of the party were looked after and I would recommend this company as the very best for prompt efficient service and for providing brilliant days out on this beautiful Island
          Written March 6, 2024
        • awK5842RF
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing levada walk
          Amazing guide, Phillipe, explained the history of the levadas and chatted about all the plants, flowers and fruit. Thoroughly enjoyable experience would highly recommend
          Written March 3, 2024
        • L536SHpeterl
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Excellent easy walk
          Easy and comfortable Lavada walk with an excellent guide in Alvero. Spectacular views along the route with many features being explained with great local knowledge.
          Written February 25, 2024
        • Camper609270
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Enjoyable Levado walk
          Alvaro was our guide on this two hour Levado walking trip in Referta. He is very knowledgeable and told us many interesting facts and stories along the walk, he has a great sense of humour! The walk is easy but some parts had steep drops but Alvaro would tell us in advance where to take care. Beautiful scenery, would definitely recommend.
          Written February 15, 2024
        • fionat574
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Larano Cliff Walk - Excellent!
          We had a brilliant day on the Larano Cliff walk. Suzanna was the perfect guide. She was so knowledgeable about the plants, birds, geology and local information. She had the right balance of talking and being silent to let us enjoy the spectacular scenery. She was very safety conscious and we never felt at risk, at any point. It is listed as a moderate level walk which, as a hill walker in Scotland, I would say is about right. (Note - this walk is definitely not for children due to the cliff-edge path.) We were picked up promptly from our hotel in a nice, clean mini bus. We had a comfort stop at a smart cafe, where we could buy our lunch, before the start of the walk. Again, at the end of the walk, Suzanna pointed out some nice cafes for refreshments. We were then taken back to our hotel by the same mini bus and driver. The trip was put together perfectly and it was the highlight of our visit to Madeira.
          Written February 4, 2024
        • ClMacki
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Excellent experience with Maderia Free Spirit Walks
          A great hike with Madeira Free Spirit Walks, picked up on time (as usual) and once all the walkers were in the van were given a debrief of the day. Enroute to the hike Alvaro provided information about the island including the airport, building of the Levadas and Madeiran foods. Alvaro is a professional guide, he ensures all the walkers are comfortable with the pace, stops to ensure we have time to take great pics and explains what we are seeing…whether it be the birds, trees, winds. Stopped for a coffee at the end of the hike and had time to chat about the wonderful hike. Highly recommend this company and will be booking with them again.
          Written January 30, 2024
        • karolinao482
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Levada 25 fontes
          today we had a wonderful trip to levada 25 fontes. we were lucky that our guide was the wonderful Philipe, a man with enormous knowledge and the gift of passing it on. 100% commitment to the group. it was an unforgettable experience and I highly recommend it to everyone
          Written January 29, 2024
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        Ian5426
        Rotherham, UK8 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Apr 2022
        This was my fourth walk with Free Spirits, and lived up to expectations. The collection and bus trip was trouble-free. Our guide Alvaro, was outstanding - knowledgeable, humorous and safety conscious. The walk was stimulating, at a comfortable pace, with plenty of time to ask questions and learn. We spent 30 minutes in a small local cafe after we finished walking - a perfect end to a perfect walk.
        Written April 15, 2022
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        Louise W
        14 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Mar 2023 • Solo
        I was fortunate enough to do 3 walks with Free Spirit Walks within the 5 days on the island,
        Ribeiro Frio, Larano Cliff Walk and Rabaçal - 25 Fontes. All very different but individually beautiful.

        I found the trips really easy to book, well organised and good value for money. As a solo traveller the fact that I was collected and dropped back off at my hotel, really helped and put me at ease, especially on the first day.

        All my walks were with Susana, who was just the most fantastic guide. Friendly, relaxed, funny and informative and went at a pace which suited everyone in the group.

        Going with a group was great as I met different people and meant that I could explore the island with others and have conversations whilst taking in the beautiful scenery.

        I hope to get back to the island soon and would definitely use Free Spirit Walks again. Thank you for making my trip so special.
        Written April 1, 2023
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        D Smith
        Greater Manchester, UK16 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Oct 2019
        We were looked after very well. Our guide Susana, aided by Maria, was so friendly and knowledgeable about the walk, the history of Madeira plus the flora and fauna along the way. Best of all she was entertaining and imposed a lively humorous banter amongst our small group. We were a mixture of English and Germans and she spoke well in both our languages.
        Our driver was equally entertaining and altogether the friendly attitude of all at Madeira Free Spirit Walks makes them highly recommended.
        The walk itself was lovely amongst shade. It did get a bit narrow in parts and was very flat until leaving the levada itself at the end when it is a bit downhill - no problem but I mention this just so you know and as with all these walks a proper pair of walking boots is recommended. A walking pole might be useful but I didn’t take mine and didn’t miss it.
        Written October 22, 2019
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        Dear Mr David, Thank you so much for your wonderful comments on our walk and towards our guide Susana, Maria and our driver. Our staff and guides work to give our guests the best experiences. We would also like to thank you for sending us the wonderful pictures taken during the walk. Thank you for choosing Madeira Free Spirit Walks and we hope to welcome you to Madeira in a nearby future and would be glad to recommend you other walks of our program.... Best wishes Madeira Free Spirit Walks Team
        Written October 29, 2019
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        Ali
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Nov 2023 • Solo
        I actually did 3 walks. All great and matched my experience last year. Small groups. Lots of local information and history..well organised highly recommended. Guides were very knowledgeable which made it even more interesting..still fall for Alvaro's jokes !
        Written November 30, 2023
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        Marion H
        3 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2024 • Couples
        Everything was great. Susanna was a very experienced, super friendly and dedicated hiking guide. The trail was beautiful, the group was small and the expertise was great. If we travel to Madeira again, we will book tours through this provider again!
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        Written February 23, 2024
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        Telse B
        6 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Beautiful, easy tour along the Levada through the forest with beautiful views and small waterfalls. Towards the end there are a few nasty steps down the mountain, but they are doable.
        It was a great pleasure to do this tour with our guide Susanna, she is funny, super nice and can explain every plant to you.
        You can rent jackets on the tour, Gucci, Versace... everything your heart desires.
        Google
        Written December 13, 2023
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        Bastian H
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great tour, best guide Susanna, top driver, perfect timing. A great day. We have already booked again. Thank you very much
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        Written February 25, 2024
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