Pico do Areeiro to Pico Ruivo

From: 37/per person

Quick Details

  • Availability: Wednesday.
  • } Duration: In total, including with transportation this tour takes more than 6 hours, being the hiking time around 4 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Distance: 10 Km.
  • Highest Point: 1861m.
  • Lowest Point: 1542m.
  • Location: Santana.
  • Difficult: Challenging walk.

From: 37/per person

Pico do Areeiro to Pico Ruivo

Highlight:
  • Amazing hike with breathtaking views onto the roof of Madeira Island.
  • This is “the” hike, the one that you cannot miss in any way if you are a hiking enthusiast exploring the island.
  • Between Pico do Areeiro to Pico Ruivo you will walk above the clouds, a Lifetime experience!

About Pico do Areeiro to Pico Ruivo

There is not a more exciting mountain walk in Madeira. This mountain path links the three highest mountains of Madeira.

The walk between the 3 peaks starts at Pico do Areeiro, at approximately 1818m above the sea level and ends at the highest point of Madeira, Pico Ruivo (around 1861m above the sea).

Along the 10km route, it is possible to observe panoramic views of Madeira over the absolutely breathtaking, central mountain range. After enjoying the beauty of the surroundings in Pico do Areeiro, the course leads to “Ninho da Manta”, where you will have privileged views over Fajã da Nogueira Valley, Nun’s Valley as well as the highest plateau in the island – Paul da Serra.

This mountain range is integrated in the Natura 2000 Network, a European network of great importance for nature conservation. Here nests the Freira da Madeira, one of the most endangered and important bird species in Europe.

In this area, the vegetation of altitude is predominant, mainly of Centenary endemic Urzes; these large trees predate Madeira’s discovery.

To reach Pico Ruivo (1862 meters), Madeira’s highest point, we must overcome steep ascents and descents so, this is a walk advisable only for those in good shape. Still, getting to the top is reinvigorating and beyond that, you will be rewarded with a 360° panoramic view that can only be experienced up there.

After stopping at Pico Ruivo for a snack and an energy boost, we start the descent until Achadas do Teixeira (1817 meters), where the walk ends.

FAQs
What is included in the price?
Official mountain guide, transportation and personal insurance (according with the Portuguese law).
This walk is ideal for me?
The hike between the peaks is a challenging walk, for that reason you will need to have a good physical condition to do it safely. This is not a flat hike you will have more than 2000 steps. There are some parts exposed but very well protected. Is not recommend for people with vertigo and if you don´t feel comfortable with hights.
What kind of equipment I need to bring?
Walking from Pico do Areeiro to Pico Ruivo is very challenging, suitable footwear for walking over wet terrain is necessary at all times of the year. Is also necessary sun and rain protection as well as plenty of water and food. During the summertime we recommend you to put sun cream and also to bring a gat with you. A torch is also necessary but no worries if you don´t have it because we have some for all the clients.
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).
There is any easier way to reach the highest point of Madeira?
If you don’t feel comfortable to walk during 10km ups and down, we have other tour on Saturdays easier and more comfortable to reach the top of Madeira (Pico Ruivo 1861m). If you are interested, please check the walk between Achada do Teixeira to Pico Ruivo.
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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