Laurel Forest Habitat and Botany Tour

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Price: € 40
Duration: (9h-13h30) 4,5 h
Minimum: 2 Persons
Maximum: 8 Persons
Available days: Sunday, Wednesday

This tour takes place in an area of the Laurel Forest - a UNESCO “Natural World Heritage, where you can find traces of a primitive ecosystem that has resisted five centuries of human influence. About 20 million years ago, Laurissilva Forest covered large areas of the south of Europe and of the Maditerranean Basin. Nowadays, it is confined to the geographical area known as Macaronesia.

quoting  A unique chance to walk on a UNESCO classified Natural World Heritage!
Shrubby Sow Thistle Sonchus Fruticosus -laurel forest Madeira Island
Shrubby Sow Thistle © B&C

In this tour you will have the opportunity to walk in the largest Laurel Forest area of the world located mainly on the north of Madeira Island.

The Laurel forest is known for its high biological diversity composed by a great number of species exclusive to Madeira and Macaronesia.
As the set for this unique diversity you will also be  treated with amazing landscapes and overwhelming sights of the Forest and mountains of this vulcanic Island - one of the highlights and main reasons to visit Madeira Island.

waterfal folhadal - laurel forest- madeira island
Waterfall © Duarte Santos

The vegetation is characterized by imposing trees from the Lauraceae family with centuries old, such as Fetid laurel (Ocotea foetens), Bay Laurel tree (Laurus novocanariensis), Lyli of the Valley tree (Clethra arborea) and an immensity of plants and ferns, particularly in shadowed places.

In this area it's also possible to find different micro-habitats of endemic bushes such as Honey spurge (Euphorbia melifera), Shrubby Sow Thistle (Sonchus fruticosus), Black Parsley (Melanoselinum decipiens), showing anomalous secondary growth, evolutionary evidence specific to oceanic Islands.

 

levada walk - laurel forest - madeira island
Laurel Forest © Carla Gonçalves
quoting  This amazing adventure takes you into the heart of Madeira Island's nature between stunning valleys and beautiful waterfalls hidden and untouched between a luxuriant green forest

The tour usually takes place about 1000 meters of altitude in a Levada walk. This man made structures made to suply mountain water to villages set your path between the dense vegetation and sometimes go trough tunnels that are dug into the volcanic rock - they are definitlly the best way to go inside the forest and offer fantastic spots to watch and photograph the stunning valleys and water falls originated by the relief of mountains and “produced” by the forest.

 

levada walk - laurel forest - madeira island
Levada Walk © Duarte Santos

birds and company highlights INCLUDED IN THIS TOURBOOK NOW

  • Naturalist guide, Field guides, Torch, Personal insurance, Taxes, Pick up from Funchal and Caniço (Other locations available on advanced request).
  • Recommendations: Appropriate shoes with good grip, warm/water proof mountain jacket, hat, sunscreen. The weather conditions in this area can change very fast, so you should have appropriate attire to change if necessary.

 

highlight  This tour can be organized and personalized according to participants experience.

 

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