Levada do Risco

Levada do Risco: Our most recommended tours and activities

Madeira Day Trip: Levada Walk in the Rabaçal Valley

1. Madeira Day Trip: Levada Walk in the Rabaçal Valley

Depart Funchal and journey to the start of your walk, where you will follow the routes of the "levada" irrigation system developed in the 16th century by Madeira's first settlers. Descend from the plateau of Paul da Serra to the Rabaçal guesthouse and walk to the waterfall of the Levada do Risco. Continue towards the Levada das 25 Fontes, dominated by moorland at its highest point. Walk until you reach a small lagoon at the bottom of an enormous cliff, and marvel at the sight of 25 natural springs cascading into the lake. Return along a different path, passing through a tunnel that carries water to the south of the island. Admire a wide variety of endemic flora and fauna along the way.

Madeira: Private Levada do Risco Hiking Tour with Transfer

2. Madeira: Private Levada do Risco Hiking Tour with Transfer

Visit one of the Emblematic Levadas in the Rabaçal area, the Levada do Risco, at 1000m of altitude above sea level, taking you to an impressive waterfall, which falls horizontally creating a white ridge in the dark rock. This is a Small Levada Walk with approximately 3km, it is a roundtrip Levada itinerary that will take us to see the amazing high waterfall. For those who want to experience a small version of what is a Levada water course, it is recommended for beginners.

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What people are saying about Levada do Risco

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 345 reviews

We were picked up by a minibus 21 people and brought back to the hotel. Our bus driver drove very passionately but safely. Our tour guide Sara was great. She explained everything in detail and with fun. And all of that in German and English. The hike is doable, but I didn't find it moderate as described. 10-12 KM and that with some rain, and 300 stairs down, and up and down again. About 400 meters in altitude. It's fun, but I was floored afterwards. But you will be compensated with the beautiful nature and waterfalls. All in all a bit crowded, but still great. At the end it goes through an 800 m long tunnel that ends at the edge of the forest. Light recommended, the tunnel is very dark. From here it is 15 minutes through the forest to the bus station. All in all it was fun and I would recommend it. Everything was perfectly organized with Get your Gide. Dariusch 55 Darmstadt /Germany

Nunu (driver) and Sara (guide) were excellent. We got a Whatsapp message the day before to confirm pick up location and hour, very helpful and welcome. Sara was passionate, knowledgeable and personable. Took time to explain bits of history about the island, flora and its natural reservations. We were a mix of English and German speaking people where the she comfortably switched between. Amazing walking tour paired with a an excellent guide. One the best highlights of our trip.

Amazing hike with Sarah, our very knowledgeable guide. Comfortable pace, with stops to learn about flora and fauna (and to catch our breath after the few steep climbs). Very enjoyable. Would definitely recommend. Can’t wait to go on another tour.

Our guide, Miguel, was brilliant. The views are outstanding, even if it is raining!

Very beautiful scenery, it is like walking through an enchanted Forrest!