Guided tour

Madeira: Ribeiro Frio to Portela 4-Hour Guided Walk

3.8 / 5

6 reviews

Activity provider: MBtours

Madeira: Ribeiro Frio to Portela 4-Hour Guided Walk

Activity provider: MBtours

From US$ 44.02 per person

Discover the Laurisilva Forest of Madeira on this 4-hour guided walk from Ribeiro Frio to Portela. Explore the natural vegetation and admire the fantastic views over the gorges and valleys as you walk along Madeira’s levadas (aqueducts).

About this activity

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese
Pickup included
Pick-up at hotels in Funchal City, the Caniço area, or Calheta


  • Enjoy walking in the Laurisilva Forest of Madeira
  • Admire the spectacular views over Porto da Cruz and Faial villages
  • Walk along the levadas in Madeira on this quiet walking trail
  • Look out for trout swimming in the levadas
  • Explore the laurisilva vegetation
Full description
Every Friday you can enjoy this 4-hour walk from Ribeiro Frio to Portela. It is a well-known levada (aqueduct) walk, and due to its location it is very popular for walkers. After a short visit to Madeira’s trout farm and knitting stalls, you enter the Laurisilva Forest of Madeira which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999, covering 149.5 square kilometers of Madeira. During the walk you see all the laurisilva vegetation with beautiful views into the valley located on the north side of Madeira (Porto da Cruz). If you look into the levada you might even see some trout. The walk ends at Portela, where you can relax after the long walk and admire the wonderful views over Porto da Cruz and Faial villages.
  • Return transportation from the hotel
  • Mountain tour guide
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Food in the vehicle

Know before you go

  • Difficulty degree: Moderate
  • Distance: 10 kilometers
  • Please note:
  • Be sure to confirm the pick-up time with the tour operator.
  • Wear suitable clothes and shoes.
  • Bring some food and water with you.
  • Always follow the tour guide's instructions.
  • No refund can be given for cancellations made within 24 hours of departure of excursion.
  • - Please inform the name and address of the Hotel or the private house/apartement with the full address where you are staying in.
  • IMPORTANT: If you are staying in a private apartment/house, you must confirm with us the meeting point location and pick-up time
  • Please note that without this information we may not be able to accept your booking.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.8 /5

based on 6 reviews

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Guide knowledgeable and helpful

Nice walk along the levada and into village. Guide knowledgeable on plants and trees. Pick up time - difficult to know when transport will arrive for pick up, was told 8-40, but pick up was much later. It would be nice to know the approximate length of the time for the day, including pick up to drop off. Time given only relates to the walk. Overall pleased with the organization and would use again.

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May 13, 2017

First of all: no organizer / guide can do anything for bad weather. For dealing with it, however, it does. During the entire hike, we had low-hanging clouds (= no visibility) and rain almost all the time. It would make sense to not start / cancel the hike. However, the guide André did not really react to the weather conditions. It went so far that at a point where there is always a break (we did the hike a few years ago) a picnic break was taken in the continuous rain. He also wanted to get the group to have a tomato soup or a coffee in the café at the destination after the hike, even though most of the participants were completely soaked. However, we were able to prevent this conclusion. At another operator (unfortunately forgotten name) we experienced a breakdown a few years ago before starting a hike. That made for significantly more satisfaction.

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October 25, 2021

Really good day out with interesting, helpful and amusing guide.

February 23, 2019

Product ID: 34333