Ribeiro Frio / Chão das Feiteiras
A Walk through Laurel forest with fantastic views over mountains

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Price: € 26
Duration: (08h30-13h30) 5 h
Minimum: 4 Persons
Maximum: 8 Persons
Difficult grade: 2 (Medium)
Available days: Thursday


A 7,4 km walk departing from the very famous place for the walkers known as Ribeiro Frio (860 metres), an area in the depths of the luxuriant Laurel forest – UNESCO Natural World Heritage and Natura 2000 network. The first part of the walk is meant to explore the beauty of the footpaths across the Forest Park.

quoting  Along this circular walk you will have fantastic views of the highest peaks of Madeira Island – but, of course, the weather here is always a matter of luck!
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Levada do Furado © B&C


The second part of the walk goes along the famous Levada do Furado, covered by a dense rooftop of laurel and tree heathers with dripping water from fogs, mainly during the wet season.
 

The biodiversity of this area is immense and, with some luck, we can spot some of the exclusive birds of Madeira Island, like the Trocaz Pigeon (Columba trocaz)  and Madeiran Firecrest (Regulus madeirensis).

 

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Chão das Feiteiras © B&C

After about one hour of easy walking, we reach the levada’s bridge over the Ribeiro do Poço do Bezerro. From here we start a steep climbing along the footpath, some steps inside the green forest, overgrown with ferns and scrubs.

This climb will take about one hour and will lead us to the plateau of Chão das Feiteiras (1183 meters), an open area with ferns, heathers and bilberry bushes.


After reaching this place we will return to the starting point - Ribeiro Frio, passing through some trails and parts of the old and typical Madeirensis stone footpaths.
 

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Old footpath ©B&C

birds and company highlights INCLUDED IN THIS TOURBOOK NOW

  • Certiefid mountain guide, Personal insurance, Taxes, Pick up from Funchal and Caniço (Other locations available on advanced request, subject of payment).
  • Recommendations: Water, appropriate shoes good grip, warm/water proof mountain jacket, hat, sunscreen. You can bring walking sticks, which can be helpful along the walk. The weather conditions in this area can change very fast, so you should have appropriate attire to change if necessary.

 

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