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Ribeiro Frio - Portela provided by Madeira Free Spirit walks

Ribeiro Frio - Portela
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
4h
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
16
Infant seats available
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    4h
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    16
  • Infant seats available
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
This walk is where you will see the natural beauty of our Laurissilva forest, with many endemic species of plants and birds. A walk that will convey a calming and peaceful ambience and give you a remarkable opportunity to admire the unique and oldest laurel treed along the way.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Portuguese, English, French, Spanish
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Portuguese, English, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 182146P7
Important information
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • All Fees and Taxes
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Ports:
  • Porto do Funchal
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • 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
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • All Fees and Taxes
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Ports:
  • Porto do Funchal
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • 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
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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RodBl
London, UK3 contributions
As this was our first time walking the levadas in Madeira we'd been advised by others to go in an organised party.

We struck gold with Madeira Free Spirit Walks booked via our hotel, The Cliff Bay., especially as there are so many tour companies to choose from.

Our guide Susanna and driver George were both fantastic and made it a memorable day out. With lots of interesting information about Maderia and the levadas and ensuring an inclusive experience for a group who comprised several nationalitties. We stopped at excellent local cafes and were provided with rain jackets and walking sticks if required.

George is an excellent driver, making navigating the steep roads (we thought the streets of San Francisco were hairy) of Madeira a doodle, especially in the wet.

We were so delighted that we booked a further day's walk (the "25 Fountains") with the same pair of leaders and will book other walks with Maderia Free Spirit Walks next time we visit the island.
Written January 1, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ian5426
Rotherham, UK7 contributions
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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mtnlife2
Davos, Switzerland152 contributions
Sep 2021
The guided hike with Alvero was perfect. The company drops you off with a guide at the starting point and they pick you up at the end of the tour. Alvero was extremely knowledgable about all of the plants along the way. He even brought bird feed so that when he called some of the local little birds, the guests could offer them some bits of food.
The Ribeiro Frio to Portela was a good tour with some great views near the end, some tricky narrow sections along steep cliffs, and a much different climate than the south side of the island.
We will certainly organize a walk with Free Spirits on the next visit to Madeira.
Written September 24, 2021
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MFSW2019
Hello :) Thank you so much for your wonderful comments on our walk and towards our guide Alvaro. Ribeiro Frio is a nice and forest walk with some views in between. Thank you for choosing Madeira Free Spirit Walks and we hope to welcome you to Madeira in a nearby future Best wishes from Madeira Free Spirit Walks Team Stay Safe
Written September 29, 2021
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D Smith
Greater Manchester, UK16 contributions
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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MFSW2019
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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
About the operator

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By: Madeira Free Spirit walks
jackieherdman1
jackieherdman1
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Excellent walk with very interesting guide.
Excellent walk with Avaro who was an entertaining very knowledgeable guide. Lovely coffee/ cake stop at end of walk
Michele L
Michele L
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Beautiful introduction to Levada do Nord.
A beautiful Saturday morning hike which was not over taxing. Alvaro guided us all so well ensuring, throughout, we
Paul E
Paul E
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What an amazing time
We cannot praise this company and the guides enough. We went on 3 walks Ribeito Frio Portela Pico Arieiro- Pico Rui
139hennah
139hennah
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Very nice and well organized walk
Our guide Alvaro was very informative and showed us many plants and birds. He was also very entertaining and humoro
Michelle P
Michelle P
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Lovely starter levada walk
Very enjoyable tour with Avaro as our guide. A nice simple starter levada tour across a beautiful valley. A great h
rozdaa
rozdaa
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Fantastic Walk!
We did Queimadas – Caladeirao Verdo and Larano walks. Both fantastic walks with amazing views. Alvaro was a grea
Ian5426
Ian5426
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An excellent walk, an outstanding guide, a brilliant day.
We were collected from our hotels in a comfortable minibus. The drive to the walk was informative and interesting.
barbarabT837OV
barbarabT837OV
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Great walk
Great walk with wonderful views over the ocean. Alvaro guided us with full profesionalism and responsibility
TJC1115
TJC1115
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Nice, moderate levada walk
Even though it was a rainy day to start, Alvaro kept us engaged, pointing out interesting birds, flora and fauna. A
953flemmingb
953flemmingb
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Superb way to experience Madeira
We very much enjoyed the magnificent views and Philips super knowledge of the flora and the island history. We felt
Telcol
Telcol
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Well organised trip to 25 Waterfalls (Fountains??)
This trip was excellently organised by our guide Alvero and with his knowledge and safety advice we felt in good ha
MrNotty
MrNotty
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Expertly led and enjoyable hike
We were collected from the hotel. We had an opportunity to buy food and drink before setting off on the walk. Walki
Rosemary T
Rosemary T
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Beautiful walk
A beautiful, easy, Levada walk taking in the local area which highlights village life and with great views overlook
milesgraham
milesgraham
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Stunning walks and great guide!
Filipe is very amusing and incredibly knowledgeable. Sofia recommended two great walks; Mimosa valley and Lakes wal
X6039SIkatarzynak
X6039SIkatarzynak
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Best Madeira experience
Great trip!!! Beautiful views, guide was amazing. We really enjoyed our trip.I righly recommend this experience ;)
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