Achada do Teixeira / Pico Ruivo

From: 37/per person

Quick Details

  • Availability: Saturday.
  • } Duration: In total, including with transportation this tour takes about 6 hours, being the hiking time around 3 hours.
  • Distance: 6 Km.
  • Highest Point: 1862m.
  • Lowest Point: 1542m.
  • Location: Santana.
  • Difficult: Moderate.

From: 37/per person

Achada do Teixeira / Pico Ruivo

Highlight:
  • A Great Alternative for those who want to reach Madeira´s top in a more accessible way (Pico Ruivo 1862m).
  • Unique experience walking on clouds.
  • Enjoying an impressive 360-degree panorama, the whole island lies at your feet.

About Achada do Teixeira / Pico Ruivo

This hike starts at “Achadas do Teixeira” and it goes for approximately 6km. This is not an easy path, but it is not as demanding as if you would start at Pico do Areeiro. It is more than 300 meters going up, as well as coming down, giving a total of approximately 3 hours walking.

All this trail is integrated in the Natura 2000 Network, an European network of great importance regarding nature. Throughout this walk, you will be able to see the central mountain range of Madeira (Paul da Serra, Encumeada, Pico do Areeiro e o Pico Ruivo).

Here, the vegetation is mostly composed of trees of extreme resistance, like the Urze (Erica arborea), which can sustain the strong winds and weather variations known to this area. The vast majority of these trees are centennial others, predate Madeira’s discovery.

After going for around 3km, we get to Pico Ruivo (1862m), where you will be dazzled with great views that can only be seen from up there, from the highest point in Madeira. One of the best things about this walk, is the feeling of walking on clouds, a unique and incomparable experience.

FAQs
What’s included on the price?
Official mountain guide, transportation and personal insurance (according with the Portuguese law).
This hike is ideal for me?
Achadas/ Pico Ruivo is a moderate walk and for that reason you will need to have a good physical condition to do it safely. Along the walk we have some parts exposed but very well protected. You will need to be prepare to some ascents and descents. This walk is not recommended for people with vertigo.
What kind of equipment I need to bring?
For this kind of levada walk, we recommend you bring comfortable clothes, rain and sun protection and shoes with good grip (never sandals or flipflop). We also recommend you to bring plenty of water and food.
Is food included on the tour?
The food is not included on the tour, but we have the possibility to provide you a picnic pack (extra cost).
Is a Vereda different than a Levada?
A Vereda is a kind of Footpath and is completely different than a Levada. Most of the levadas are flat paths, while the Veredas are irregular paths with ascents and descents. We can say that the vast majority of the Veredas are more difficult than the Levadas.
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