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“Amazing views, great hike to Pico Ruivo”
Review of Pico do Arieiro

Pico do Arieiro
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Madeira Peaks - Open 4X4 Full-Day Tour
Ranked #3 of 170 things to do in Funchal
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Reviewed July 17, 2014

The views from Pico do Arieiro are worth the journey up and there's a cafe and shop there to sit and enjoy the views too. We got a taxi up and back for €40 with Celestino (info@madeirataxionline.com).

We walked from there to Pico Ruivo, which is spectacular and seriously well maintained. It's tough going with heavy ascents and descents, even on the easier 5.6km route which we took back after the harder 7km route. We were destroyed and out of water by the end - it was roasting! It took us about 5 hours plus about 1 hour of rest stops and picnic, though we were in no hurry and you have to stop and enjoy the views a lot; so amazing as we were lucky to have a clear day.

If you do the walk, please don't leave your tissues/wet wipes on the route! It's really disappointing to see so many discarded in such beautiful natural surroundings.

3  Thank idamonster
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Reviewed July 15, 2014

Only very short walk to a viewing point, nice views of mountains, Can be chilly and windy over there.

1  Thank evz32
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Reviewed July 13, 2014

After leaving tropical Funchal, you find yourself in a very different setting with views over the island that are worth seeing. Be careful because it might be cold compared to Funchal's temperature.

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Reviewed July 11, 2014

Obviously hadn't done my research! We hired a car, grabbed a map and drove all round the Island in a day, crossing the Island at different points twice. Coming up here was a whim based on noticing it was a high point and not far off the road we were on. What a fantastic surprise! Was brilliant to be up in the clouds and have such fantastic views and even a cafe and shop. Not to be missed! Don't be put off by the comments about driving in Madeira - if you're an experienced driver and able to steer round corners you'll be fine. We were expecting bad and scary roads but found them to be fine. Yes a little narrow here and there, yes a little step here and there but hey, drive to he conditions - the Madeirans do!

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Reviewed July 10, 2014

the walk to pico ruivo then return to pico Arieiro is hard, about 13km.
Start early and have good shoes.
but the view during the walk is beautiful

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