Sunrise Transfer To Pico Do Arieiro And Hike To Pico Ruivo

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38 reviews

Activity provider: Pico Transfers

Sunrise Transfer To Pico Do Arieiro And Hike To Pico Ruivo

Activity provider: Pico Transfers

From US$ 35.58 per person

Discover the beauty of Madeira's mountains at your own pace with a car transfer to and from your hiking tour. Enjoy a pick-up from Funchal or Caniço before heading to Pico Do Arieiro.

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Duration 7 hours
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Pickup included
The activity provider will notify you of your exact time of pickup 1 day before your transfer in the evening, through WhatsApp or email. For logistical and timing reasons, the provider is not able to pickup/drop off in other areas than the ones listed above. If you come by rented car, it is recommended to go to the parking “Parque 2000,” as it is the cheapest and most convenient place to park. In this case the activity provider will pick you up and drop you off there.


  • Marvel at the sun rising over Madeira from the summit of Pico Do Arieiro
  • Hike at your own pace through mountain paths that are only accessible by foot
  • Enjoy a hassle-free transfer from your accommodation in Funchal or Caniço
  • Admire lush vegitation and search for bright birds like the Madeira firecrest
  • Capture pictures to share of as you climb the famed "Stairway to Heaven' path
Full description

Explore Madeira Island's highest mountain on paths that are only accessible by foot with this convenient car transfer from Pico Do Arieiro. Enjoy a convenient transfer in an air-conditioned minivan from Funchal or Canico to Pico Do Arieiro, with a pick-up in Pico Ruivo.

Be picked up early in the morning from your accommodation in Funchal or Canico. Sit back and relax in a spacious minivan as you ride through the countryside to Pico Do Arieiro, the 3rd highest mountain on the Island. Hike to the top before sunrise and take in the myriad of colors that paint the sky.

Take your time as you walk and set your own pace or join others in the group. It takes 4 and a half hours to complete the hike but it can take longer depending on the agility level of the group. Travel from Pico Do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo, the highest mountain on Madeira Island with 1862 meters of altitude. 

Keep an eye out for vibrantly colored birds as you walk above the clouds. Pass thorugh tunnels and go up the famed Stairway to Heaven path. Continue on to Achada Do Teixeira where you can board the minivan for the ride back to your accommodation. 

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Guide
Not suitable for
  • Children under 16 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People afraid of heights
  • People with vertigo
  • People with recent surgeries

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Food and drinks
  • Food
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Jacket
  • Rain gear
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Flashlight
  • Daypack

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking in the vehicle
  • Drinks in the vehicle
  • Food in the vehicle
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • If you are staying in some other area and want to book this service, make sure you can arrive at Funchal city center by bus or car on time and the provider provide transfers from an agreed upon place in Funchal
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 38 reviews

Review summary

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Star rating:'s an early start BUT believe me it's well worth it! Firstly the sunrise is stunning, I mean truly breathtaking. Then there is the added benefit of there being far fewer on the trail so you will have MANY opportunities to take amazing photos as well as navigating the trail with greater ease and enjoyment. So go on then! Put it on your bucket list and do it! You won't regret it!

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November 10, 2022

One of the most beautiful hikes I've ever done! The hike is definitely doable for anyone who is physically active and the hiking trails are very well developed. We were well prepared by the organizer and felt comfortable. On the way back we even made a short stop in Santana and Kevin told us about the culture there. We are more than happy for the experience and would recommend it to anyone!

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August 28, 2022

The day before, we have received information about what car, at what time and place to pickup, the next day happened exactly as planed. Had a nice drive to the first peak had detailed info about where to meet up after walk. We watched nice sunrise and walked with beautiful scenery although the walk was a bit hard for me, but can be managed in the last. Everything went as expected.

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August 11, 2022

Product ID: 423769