A walk with approximately 16 km, also known as Pináculo and Folhadal path and stars at Lombo do Mouro (1280 meters) in the road between Encumeada and Paul da Serra - the biggest plateau in the island.
A very beautiful and long walk through different levadas, paths and tunnels, showing different landscapes and a variety of flora and fauna.
The first part of the walk runs along to a levada and a climb in a stone path that will lead you to Pináculo (1515 meters) – a prominent basaltic formation with columnar junction, similar with the sugar loaf mountain in Rio de Janeiro, but miniature. During this part, the landscape over Ribeira Brava Valley and Central Mountain Massif are magnificent.
Great part of the journey unfolds along a Levada, the mini-channels that were developed to carry water from the north of the island to the drier regions on the south.
From Pináculo the journey follows the Levada da Serra excavated in a volcanic tuff with water dripping and splashing, which need caution in the walk.
Surround the levada the native high-vegetation are luxuriant always accompanied with the birds songs, such as Madeira Firecrest (Regulus madeirensis) and Madeira Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs madeirensis).
Along this part of the walk until Caramujo area (1250 meters) you will see stunning views over São Vicente Valley coverered by water courses.
After exploring the Caramujo area, with their beautiful lagoon over the area of the crater of one of the newest eruptions island of Madeira, we will continue to Levada do Folhadal (1000 meters).
In the past century part of this walk was a municipal path used by the population to move between the northern and southern of the island.
This last part of the walks takes place inside of Laurel Forest – UNESCO Natural World Heritage and Nature 2000 network, with a variety of micro-habitats and floristic diversity.
Waterfalls and tunnels dug into volcanic rock are found all along this levada, some of them with more than 500 meters. One kilometre after the last tunnel you reach Encumeada, the ending point for this stunning walk.
Nº Identified Bird Species: 10
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