Hike Madeira: Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo
- Pickup available
- Duration: 8 hours
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Highly recommend Lido Tours for this walk and our excellent guide for the day. From Funchal we drove for 30 mins before stopping at a supermarket to use the toilet (the last chance) and to buy lunch if needed. Then after 15 mins drive we reached the walk. This route is busy and popular, but still beautiful. The walk begins high up where it is cooler so bring layers. Most of the walk is downhill or flat when doing it on this route. On the way to the fountains there is only 2 uphill climbs, around 60 steps up and then a further 100+ steps right before the fountains. On the way back there is just 57 steps down and then up again and the whole route back is flat as you go back through a tunnel and get picked up there instead. The guide was excellent at keeping a steady pace and giving lots of information about the nature and history with regular stops. As someone with a low fitness level it great and I never felt left behind. Be aware if not cutting through the tunnel its much harder!
We booked a second tour with True Spirit as we enjoyed the first so much. This was a half day tour with Diogo who was also friendly, informative and fun. We were lucky to have great weather the whole morning, getting to see incredible views along our journey and at the main sights. The off roading was fantastic and with great views and lots of nature and wildlife to be seen. Love how ethical this company is too, with Diogo picking up any rubbish he saw on the way
Due to very bad weather conditions we couldn't climb Pico Ruivo, but the guide suggested an alternative trail along the coast. It was a great experience! Beautiful and diverse route, very interesting stories told by the guides (there were two small groups). If you are interested in Madeira's nature, history and culture you should definitely say yes to this trip. I really hope I will come back and join the guys again to climb the mountains.
Beautiful and very interesting walk! I learnt a lot about Madeira's nature, the guide was very nice and helpful. Everything was well organised.
Breathtaking hike and fantastic guide and driver both of which super knowledgeable and fun!