Day trip

Hike Madeira: Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

Activity provider: Nature Meetings
Day trip

Hike Madeira: Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

Activity provider: Nature Meetings
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From US$ 45.80 per person

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Take a walk up to the highest point in Madeira - the Pico Ruivo peak. Enjoy spectacular views, award winning guides, and a beautiful walk past volcanic rock embellished with lava veins, jagged peaks and incredible flowers!

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, French, Portuguese
Pickup optional
Pickup time will be confirmed after your booking.
Private or small groups available


  • Take a hike up to the highest point on the Madeira Islands
  • Walk past ancient volcanic peaks
  • Challenge yourself to reach the 6,107ft (1862m) peak
  • Enjoy coffee on your way there and drinks on your way back!
Full description
The sun rises over your hotel as you set out on your walking tour adventure. Leaving from the comforts of your room in Funchal on the Madeira Islands, we'll drive you up to the third highest peak in Madeira - the magnificent Pico Arieiro. You'll sip coffee or a drink on your way up to the base of the peak, looking out at all the stunning beauty this place has to offer. As we head from sea level up to the base at 5,964ft (1818m), you'll pass beautiful flora and fauna. Finally, we'll begin our mighty walk up the mighty Pico Arieiro up to the highest point on the island, the Pico Ruivo peak at 6107 ft (1862m). Finally, we'll walk down to Teixeira where you'll be comfortably transferred back to your hotel. And of course, no day of hiking is complete without a drink at a traditional bar, so we'll make sure to stop at one with a spectacular view to enjoy the closing of your day!
  • Hotel pick up and transport
  • Certified mountain guide
  • Picnic
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Food and drinks
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • The guide´s decision is final - safety is the priority
  • The walk between the two peaks is a challenging walk
  • Although the walks are offered in several languages, a guide with your language cannot always be guaranteed
  • An English-speaking guide is always guaranteed
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 727 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Service
  • Organization

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The walk was quite accessible with a relatively flat and even surface for most of the journey. There were some steep declines and inclines but these were brief each time. The tour guide was reassuring to all who had less than an easy time with the heights. The tour guide also provided exceptional background into the local flora and views. I’d recommend to prepare for multiple weather systems with a warm jumper, a rain coat, and something light for the warmer moments of the trek. Bring at least 1.5 L of water and some snacks. There’s a stop- off point about 1 hour from the end with restrooms and a shop that sells additional snacks. The views will live with me forever. As the hike ended I was immediately planning a return trip to redo it.

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March 25, 2023

This hike was breathtakingly stunning from start to finish, a challenging hike for sure, but a must do when in Madeira. We were extremely lucky with the weather and managed to reach the end with no hiccups. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, with a good sense of humour. Our driver was also great and expertly navigated the sharp bends. Highly recommend going with a tour, rather than on your own. We saw a few people who had to walk from Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo, then back again to their start point, and I can honestly say that feels like an impossible task, it is a tricky hike, my sister and I are very physically active ordinarily but we struggled on the inclines, to do it both ways would be a really exhausting challenge.

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March 25, 2023

The Pico to Pico hike is a can't miss! While I don't typically go on guided hikes, this particular hike is either a very long out and back hike, or you have to arrange for transport from the end of the hike back to your car, which can be upwards of 70 euro! A guided tour is definitely the way to go. Our guide was on-time, very accommodating to all guests of varying ages and skill levels and checked in regularly to make sure that everyone was comfortable. He was also very knowledgeable about the flora, fauna and history of the mountain throughout the hike. We unfortunately had a pretty cold and windy beginning to the hike and a very rainy and foggy end to the hike, but that's not uncommon with the ever changing weather in Madeira. I'd still do it again 100 times over. Come prepared!!

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March 25, 2023

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