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Pico Ruivo

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Pico Ruivo

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Madeira Island’s western shores are home to natural sea pools, traditional fishing villages, soaring cliffs, and dense forests, but reaching the top sites requires local knowledge. On this tour, travel from your Canico, Funchal, or Machico hotel via air-conditioned minibus, and reach the sites with ease. Hit sites of interest including Câmara de Lobos, Porto Moniz, and the Ribeira Brava, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people.
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Lori Z wrote a review Jan 2021
Vancouver, Canada171 contributions62 helpful votes
It took us 6:38:51 from car to car, including a 40minute lunch and stops along the way for photos. Many people pay for a tour and only do the one-way hike but you still have to go down from Pico Ruivo to where the bus picks you up. It's a great hike and doable as a return-hike if you plan in enough time. Yes, there are many stairs (both up and down) but we did not find it especially difficult (and we are not super fit).
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Date of experience: December 2020
TomasBB wrote a review Jan 2021
Ostrava, Czech Republic133 contributions72 helpful votes
Pico Ruivo is the highest peak in Madeira. Despite it relatively low altitude (below 2 km above the sea level), its character is like e.g. in high peaks in the Alps in summer. Thanks to Madeira climate, there is no snow there but rocks are steep. There are two potions how to get there. The first is a walk from Pico do Arieiro that is longer and physically demanding walk with high elevation but the whole path is comfortable for tourists, the exposed parts are paved and fenced. The distance in one direction is about 7 km but it takes about 3 hours. The total elevation of the trip fro Arieiro till Pico Ruivo was about 1000 m. The other comes from Achada de Texeira thet is shorter and more comfortable. It can be prolonged up to from Queimadas. If you can, choose a sunny day for the trip because of magnificent views to other peaks and into valeys up to the sea.
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Date of experience: December 2020
JP_Luigu wrote a review Dec 2020
Annan, United Kingdom51 contributions9 helpful votes
This is a review of the longer route from Pico Areeiro to Pico Ruivo. You drive directly to the start of the trail at Pico Areeiro. I would recommend arriving just before the crack of dawn to see the sun rise from beneath a sea of clouds (weather permitting), also loads of parking at that time. When you arrive head up the steps at the café and over to the right, across the road, and behind the rock, this is the best place for sunrise (it’s a 2 minute walk). After you take a couple of hundred pictures, head back over to the back of the café, up the ramp, where you will see a signpost for Pico Ruivo. Don’t hang about and you will have most of the trail to yourself. The trail has a few ups and downs but in general is feels like a U shape. The hardest part are the steep metal steps in the middle but once you are past that the route is fairly easy going. Maybe a little steep at the end after the toilets but its short. It took me about 2 hours, but I did a bit of yapping at a view point and also took loads of pics. I arrived with only 2 people at the top so it was very calm, although I think they came the short way as they looked a lot less sweaty than me, Now, here is a little tip if you are feel you have some energy in he tank, head back down to the toilet area and head along the path to Teixeira (signposted and easy to see), this is where the short route starts. Look up and see the peak right in front of you, that’s what you want to get up. So follow the paved route right around the back of it, and look out for a small path, its not as obvious as the other paths but you’ll see it. Get yourself fired right up that which takes about 15 minutes, You’ll get some amazing views of both the valley at one side and the sea at the other. No one goes up it either so have your lunch there, Come back down the same way and then start heading back to Pico Areeiro, now that it is later in the day you’ll get some cool pics with more light shining on the mountains. The trail is easier on the way back but you still have some elevation to climb especially at the end so keep the game face on. Grab a table outside the café, order a coffee, and look back over the mountains at a job well done. Take the long route if you can, even if you only go one way because the best views are on the way. The path is paved and very easy to follow so don’t worry too much about a gps. Couple of short tunnels so take a headtorch/phone. I used hiking boots but can be done in trainers (in Dec), bring water/food, sunscreen!!!, and of course a camera, Enjoy.
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Date of experience: December 2020
Oleksandr V wrote a review Sep 2020
Czech Republic72 contributions2 helpful votes
This was the most difficult levada(trail) I’ve ever had. Levada goes from Pico do Arieiro to Puco Ruivo. And lots of people have 1 way trip, because at the end there is a possibility to take a bus in Santana city. Even somebody come from Santana to see Puco Ruivo. During whole trail you will see breathtaking views of mounts and mother nature. You will go up and down almost for whole you trip. My phone counted 278 floors and 12.6km(according to official data trail has 7km in one way). So, if you’d like to really challenge yourself take this levada from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo and all way back. The main thing is to take enough water and some food. At the end near Pico Ruivo there is a toilet and some bar, also possibility to fill up your water tank. Not less important is to pick right weather. Sunny day will improve your expectation, view and pleasure. Definitely recommend, but please consider your strength before choosing it. As this is extremely hard.
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Date of experience: September 2020
Amantha M wrote a review Sep 2020
Funchal, Portugal10 contributions
Hiked up with our 5 and 12 year old and it was easy enough for them. After a few hours, we reached the most beautiful views. Changing weather was also an interesting experience. Coffee shop is not well stocked but good enough for a few drinks.
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Date of experience: August 2020