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Pico Ruivo (the reddish peak; 1860 m NN) is one of the highlights for hikers on Madeira. It’s the highest peak on the island and there are several ways to get there.
As a hiking fan you should start from Pico Arieiro. 800 meters altitude down and up – if you do it in a round trip it’s the double. Nothing for mollycoddles and I have big respect of those who do this trail in a roundtrip. Even harder is to continue the walk to the Encumeada Pass or down to the levada Calderão Verde/Ilha.
When you think this trail was created only to ease your walk through the mountains, you are wrong. In former days the workers who constructed the levadas built this trail to have a quicker access from Funchal into this area. Imagine 30 kg sand and cement on your back, a spade in your hand, and then do the walk.
Keep in mind; you are walking on the top of the mountains. The weather can change very quickly. Take an anorak, to eat and to drink with you. Mountain boots are obligatory.
An easier access you can have from the village of Santana/Achada do Teixeira. But even so, it’s not a drive-in.
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