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.
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!
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).
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.
Nº Identified Bird Species: 10
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Nº Identified Bird Species: 12
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