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Madeira: Level-1 Canyoning Adventure

1. Madeira: Level-1 Canyoning Adventure

Madeira island is one of the top 5 places in the world for the practice of canyoning/canyoneering, and this is your opportunity to experience it first hand. Following pickup from your hotel, you'll head up to the mountains where you will receive your canyoning gear. After being decked out in your gear, it will be time for a small hike through some of the most impressive and exclusive nature that Madeira has to offer. As soon as your safety briefing concludes, it will be time to rappel down paradisaical waterfalls, where the mountain spring waters are always flowing. Along the canyon you'll also encounter natural swimming pools which you can swim in and even jump into. In some of the canyons you may also have the opportunity to slide down natural water slides. Once the activity ends you'll change back into your regular dry clothes, following which you'll be returned back to your accommodation.

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Funchal: Half–Day Easy Canyoning Experience

2. Funchal: Half–Day Easy Canyoning Experience

Get set for a sporty challenge and an insight in the beauty of rural Madeira. Discover the scenery of a beautiful valley. After a short walk through a rural area, reach a steep path through a characteristic tree heath to the beginning of the canyon. Come across 4 different rappels varying in altitude up to 17 meters, 2 small slides and 2 small jumps. Marvel at the trees in this canyon, covered with mystic tree beard and encounter fennel, which gave the capital of Funchal its name. At the end of the canyon, walk for fifteen minutes through ancient terraces, back to the starting point.

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Madeira: Canyoning Ribeira do Cidrão

3. Madeira: Canyoning Ribeira do Cidrão

The beautiful Ribeira do Cidrão canyon lies in the middle of the island of Madeira, within the valley that the nuns from Santa Clara Convent fled to when Funchal was attacked by pirates in 1566, giving it its name as the Nun's Valley. After a walk of approximately 20 minutes on a dirt road and along a levada, the canyoning adventure begins. Along the way, get ready to conquer six rappels, the highest being 15 meters. Discover a series of refreshing pools that you can jump and slide into, and take in the beautiful mountain views which serve as a constant backdrop. After the canyon, walk another 20 minutes back up.

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Madeira: Canyoning in Ribeira do Lajeado

4. Madeira: Canyoning in Ribeira do Lajeado

Start your adventure in the Paúl da Serra plateau, the largest one in Madeira and starting point for many beautiful canyons. The tour will focus on the Ribeira do Lajeado canyon, part of the Laurissilva Unesco World Heritage Site. First, walk along the picturesque Levada do Alecrim for 30 minutes to reach the beginning of the canyon. Inside the canyon, find various rappels along the waterfalls with up to 25 meters in length. Thera are also multiple possibilities to jump up to 12 meters down into beautiful lagoons (optional). After the last splash into the water, walk 40 minutes up a steep trail that brings you back to the starting point.

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Ribeiro Frio: Beginners 3-Hour Canyoning Experience

5. Ribeiro Frio: Beginners 3-Hour Canyoning Experience

Your 3-hour canyoning experience takes place on a mountainous watercourse. To overcome the obstacles of nature, you’ll have to swim, jump, and rappel down small waterfalls. All you need to bring is a towel, swimsuit, sports shoes (that you don't mind getting wet) and a change of clothing. All other equipment items, including a safety harness and wetsuit, are provided. Armed with a sense of adventure, you’ll hike through the lush landscape of Madeira and along rocky paths to reach the rappel site. Once safely harnessed, you’ll abseil down the waterfalls. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done this before, as the guides are extremely safety conscious and professionally trained. You’re sure to end up with a newfound interest in this exhilarating sport and perhaps a desire to take it to the next level.

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Madeira: 3-Hour Level-1 Canyoning Experience

6. Madeira: 3-Hour Level-1 Canyoning Experience

Located some 300 miles off the coast of Africa, and more than 600 miles off mainland Europe, the volcanic island of Madeira offers some of the best landscape for outdoor activities, and on this 3-hour tour you will try one of the best. Canyoning takes place on a mountainous watercourse. To overcome the obstacles of nature, you have to swim, jump, and rappel in small waterfalls. The route of the Chão da Lagoa offers 2 rappels, the largest some 60 feet (18 meters) high. All you need to bring is a towel, bathing suit, sports shoes (that you don't mind getting wet) and a change of clothes. All other equipment, including safety harness and wetsuit, is provided. Armed with a sense of adventure, hike through the lush landscape of Madeira - legendary for its floral diversity - along rocky paths to the rappel site. Once you are safely harnassed, abseil down the waterfalls. Don’t worry if you’ve never tried it before; the guides are extremely safety conscious and professional. You will leave with a new found interest in this exhilarating sport, and perhaps a desire to take it to level 2.

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From Funchal: Advanced Canyoning Experience in Madeira

7. From Funchal: Advanced Canyoning Experience in Madeira

Join in on an advanced-level canyoning adventure with this tour from Funchal. Use high-quality equipment to traverse Madeira's canyons and streams. Keep your up your energy with snack stops along the way.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Funchal. Sit back and relax as you head to a location that is hand-picked for the day's conditions at Seixal, Calheta, Santana or Ribeiro Frio.  Start abseiling down rock faces and crossing water lines. Get wet as you swim and slide through the picturesque canyon. Enjoy jumping from waterfalls, where it is possible to do so. Take a break with some water and snacks.  Have photos and videos that you can take home to share. Eat some more snacks before returning to your accommodation in Funchal.

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From Funchal: Madeira Island Canyoning for Beginners

8. From Funchal: Madeira Island Canyoning for Beginners

Let your guide share their passion for canyoning with you on this beginner-level tour from Funchal. Slide and swim through lush natural settings on the beautiful island of Madeira.  Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in Funchal and transported to the canyoning starting point. Get acquainted with the necessary gear and do a short walk to ensure that all the equipment has been properly adjusted. Listen to a short briefing on the trip. Start your adventure of crossing water lines, swimming, sliding, abseiling, and jumping. Marvel at the diversity of landscapes and the rich flora. Replenish your energy with a snack and water stop. Take home photos and videos of your trip. Have more snacks before heading back to your hotel in Funchal.

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What people are saying about Madeira

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 86 reviews

Beginners trail with hotel pick-up and really excellent team of 3 who made sure, that we all had a safe, fun and memorable trip. Im 50, female and went with doughter 13 years. We had such a great day and recommend this as a thing to prioritise on your visit to Madeira. Regards, Tine, Denmark

So professionally organised. Pedro and Fabio where absolutely great, friendly and very welcoming. They were knowledgeable and always happy to share with us. I highly recommend this adventure and would definitely be back for round two. Thanks

I would recommend this canyoning experience to everyone who wants to have an epic adventure! The beauty of the nature around you is stunning! The guides are top notch in every way!! They made the experience an A+!

Very nice guides who were always friendly and funny, but also had the necessary experience and safety awareness. I would love to do it again and again!

Awesome experience. Reliable, comfortable guides. Great scenery, suitable for a little joyful excitement.