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Portugal - 10 Stages - 115Km. - 2.265Pos/2.265Neg - Easy - Independent Routes - Portugal January 2010
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Madeira is a complex island for its intricate relief, with strong contrasts between the south coast, warmer and populated the northern cliffs, green and moist interior dominated by a mountainous Massif Central in the roof peak Ruivo with 1861 meters of altitude and a wide plateau.

Hiking is the main supply of the island. Maderira has 2,500 kilometers of trails and Levada. Levada are an endless network of canals to carry water that run almost all of the island.

In general the routes are well marked. The Levada do not present any difficulty as guidance only keep the water channel to the other many trails are marked with the corresponding signals of PR.

For Levada is essential to wear a flashlight and chubasquero or some waterproof. Also some of them have to take extra precautions as they have very overpasses without protection.

The set of tours that we propose here are the most spectacular of the island.



Resumen de la ruta
lugar Lugar Número de estapas Días Longitud Longitud Desnivel Positivo Desnivel Desnivel Positivo Desnivel Negativo Desnivel Desnivel Negativo Dificultad Dificultad Tipo de ruta
Tipo ruta
Portugal 10 115 Km. 2265 m. 2265 m. Fácil Excursiones Independientes


Madeira | Entre Montañas



25 Fontes - Cascada do Risco

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Distance: 12 Km.Up/Downhill 320 m. - Up/Downhill 320 m.Time: 03:00 h.
25 Fontes - Cascada do Risco

The Levada of 25 Fontes is one of the paths that all visitors to Madeira should not stop performing. The trail leads through forests of laurel to the birth of the Levada, can come back to the Risco Waterfall , an impressive waterfall.

The trail starts at the parking lot of Forestry Since Ra Baçal located on Highway 110 ER, the Paul de Serra and Porto Moniz .

From the car park, situated at 1285 meters altitude, descend a paved path but closed to private vehicles to reach the forest because of Rabaçal (2 km, 30 min, 1160 m) .

Following the directions of the PR 6 , the trail descends along a paved road crosses the Risco Levada and continues down through a steep path up to the Levada of 25 Font Is (3 km, 40 min, 950 m).
From this point our path continues parallel to the leavened by a comfortable way. In the tightest places Levada is protected by a fence.

After 3.50 km walk we arrived at the Ribeira Grand Gorge and we crossed over a bridge (3.50 km, 45 min, 950 m) and return to take levied by some steps. From here the road is very narrow and sometimes vegetation form tunnels.

Leaving a path down to the left and continue along the Levada always up to the 25 fuen tes (4.5 km, 1:15 h, 970 m). In the steep wall covered with ferns slide 25 sources.

If we go 10 minutes by the Levada reach an exceptional place: the valley of the Ribeira dos Cedros (5 km, 1: 30h, 950 m). It is worth visiting this corner less traveled to explore its beauty.
Return along the same route up tocontrarnos the detour to the do Risco Waterfall (7.5 km, 1:45 h, 1150 m) that will take us 10 minutes to this wonderful place, where we can see a drop of water over 200 meters (8.5 km, 2 h, 1150 m).

Then we returned to the forest station (10 km, 2:30 h, 1160 m) and the paved road back to the parking (12 km, 3 h, 1285 m). If you are tired, this last stretch can be done with bus services.

Profile Stage : Parking Stall Rabaçal Forest (1285 m) - Forest Stand Rabaçal (2 km, 30 min, 1160 m) - Levada of 25 Fontes (3 km, 40 min, 950 m) - Ribeira Grande Gorge (3.50 km, 45 min, 950 m) - 25 sources (4.5 km, 1:15 h, 970 m) - Valley of the Ribeira dos Cedros (5 km, 1: 30h, 950 m) - Detour do Risco Waterfall (7.5 km, 1:45 h, 1150 m) - do Risco Waterfall (8.5 km, 2 h, 1150 m) - Forest Stand Rabaçal ( 10 km, 2:30 h, 1160 m) - Forest Parking Stall RabACAL (12 km, 3 h, 1285 m).


         Stage profile: 25 Fontes - Cascada do Risco
Stage profile: 25 Fontes - Cascada do Risco


Avistamiento de delfines

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Avistamiento de delfines

dolphin watching in Madeira , & nbsp; we went to Funchal, the harbor, near the telef & eacute; rico Funchal, there is a mall in the & nbsp; which is a company that makes the sightings seemed to us & oacute; serious and interesting.

The company called & ldquo; broken two cet & aacute; ceos & rdquo; est & aacute and; located in the Marina Chopping & ndash; Centro Comercial Infante, Avenida Arriaga, 75 Local 230 Funchal Tel & eacute; phone 00351291280600, and whose price is 45 & euro; watching from the boat and 20 & euro; m & aacute; s if you decide to throw yourself overboard, to view M & aacute;. s close

& quot; Rota dos Cet & aacute; ceos & quot; is a company focused on the observation & oacute; n and dolphin watching in Madeira. Your customers est & aacute; n always accompanied & ntilde; ed by a team of bi & oacute; marine logos. Before each trip is a brief introduction & oacute; n, c & interesting oacute; mo get the boat secure sighting. We andThey xplicaron with some people on the coast in the highlands where they have observation posts & oacute; n from land they gu & iacute; n animals, groups of dolphins, & nbsp; and & nbsp; warn boats to go to the exact spot where the dolphins or whales, which view is & aacute; insured actually tell you if they give you the avistas another trip.

Once you get on the boat, very well equipped and & nbsp; all very C & oacute; fashion, but dress warmly recommend as a windbreak for the return because they will all breed & ntilde; a and wind atl & aacute; ntico unforgiving

.

Tambi & eacute; n & nbsp possible; swim with the dolphins, in fact we tried it, you pull the water and catching a rope out to the boat, reducing speed, with a team of mask and snorkel, you enter the head in the water and see all & iacute; one, two or three feet away. How awkward the situation & oacute; nis that you go looking for dolphins, they do not come to you, they est & aacute; n swimming around the boat, around the boat, and you are within the catching water at a rope with hand see m & aacute; s close . It is a nice experience, but m & aacute; s pretty serious stand with the boat and the dolphins come and swim with you, I think that's possible in Hurghada in Egypt, but I think it is very dif & iacute; cil, the dolphins are free animals and wild flying into the water.

The sighting is Fantasy & aacute; stico, we saw them all & iacute; to our side, swimming alongside the boat, the sides, the group jumping, flying, and seeing how their bodies are transparent below the sea water.

& nbsp; puden observe some small & ntilde; as well as the delf & iacute; stained n Atl & aacute; ntico (Stenella frontalis) or delf & iacute; n com STILL (Delphinus delphis) and species of large size & ntilde; or, the whale com STILL (BalaeThysanoptera physalus) and sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus). Adem & aacute; s of these mam & iacute; mammals, which regularly can see sea turtles Caretta caretta as

.

We saw flocks of common dolphins and a lone sea turtle swimming by all & iacute ;, which seemed & iacute; it was pasero. We were told we'd surely & iacute; a. Confused by all & iacute ;, because as there are no beaches in Madeira turtles can go to spawn all & iacute ;, and therefore probably came from the neighboring island

AFTER & eacute; s of the sighting, the return, take you to see from the boat, part of the coast which is Cliff m & aacute; s high across Europe, rather the second, 580 meters high, it is called The Guirao.

Cliff

The Pen & iacute; insula San Lorenzo can visit the Whale Museum, located in the town of Cani & ccedil; at this institution & oacute; n dedicated to the history of whale hunting and activitiesrelated, and is also & eacute; n an engine for the development of studies of cet & aacute; ceos of


Boca do Risco - Espigao Amarelo

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Distance: 10 Km.Up/Downhill 200 m. - Up/Downhill 200 m.Time: 02:45 h.
Boca do Risco - Espigao Amarelo

This road connects the towns of Machico and Porto da Cruz . In its most spectacular stretch the trail runs along a cliff with stunning views over the north coast of the island.

To get to the starting point of the path we take the R109 from Funchal Caniçal address . Past the old tunnel Caniçal take the first exit to the right slowly ascends Uptown Machico. Before reaching a sharp bend to the left at the end of the valley, we left the car. The trail begins just a few meters from the Bar or cake, just a staircase that seems to be directed to the nearest houses. We are located at 180 meters above sea level.

We take these stairs going between the houses until they become a little trail begins to climb gently until crossing with the Levada Caniçal (0,300 km, 10 min, 195 m). Cross the Levada and kept onWe climb up to the Boca do Risco (2 km, 35 min, 30 m). At this point moved to the north side and follow the path already in dimension between the vegetation to reach the cliff. The road carved into the rock reaches a stage in which a metal cable ensures passage. At this point if it has rained a small waterfall will fall.

Finally we arrive to the outgoing Espigao Amare what (5 km, 1:20 h, 385 m) marked with a stone from where we measured magnificent views over the north coast and the peninsula São Lourenço .

From here we can return by the same path or go to Porto da Cruz . If we choose the latter option we have to consider returning to the starting point. Note that the most spectacular way of this route is to Espigao Amarelo .

There is another option starting point for this route. Just past the tunnel Caniçal can leave the car and follow the road until levied amounting to Boca do Risco . With this option we add about 45 minutes round back to 45 minutes walk.

Profile Stage : Incio trail (180 m) - Levada Caniçal (0,300 km, 10 min, 195 m) - Boca do Risco (2 km, 35 min, 30 m) - Espigao Amarelo (5 km, 1:20 h, 385 m)

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         Stage profile: Boca do Risco - Espigao Amarelo
Stage profile: Boca do Risco - Espigao Amarelo


Caldeirao Verde

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Distance: 18 Km.Up/Downhill 25 m. - Up/Downhill 25 m.Time: 05:30 h.
Caldeirao Verde

The path that leads to Levada Green Caldera, PR 9 can be considered as one of the most spectacular on the island. The orientation and the large amount of water they always look lush vegetation.

This path is carved into the rock in much of its route, and several tunnels and waterfalls traverse to reach the end of travel. In winter, the road is often wet and will likely be splashed. Throughout the trail there's protective fences for air areas are enough though not without difficulty.

a torch to pass through the four tunnels that we find is required. With flashlight we can see where we stand, avoiding puddles and do not forget to light the ceiling to prevent head injuries in the lower steps.

The trailhead is at the Riding Centre Pico das Pedras . To get to this point you have to go to the village dand Santana and then take the road up to Redondo. A few meters before the barrier closes road ascent to Pico das Pedras, we will see a turning on the right is the entrance to the riding where we can leave the car. This deviation is also indicated with a sign for Queimadas.

From the parking lot and see the beginning of the road where there is an information panel. Leaving behind the typical houses of Santana and followed a wide path to the Levada do Caldeirao and accompany us throughout the tour. The start of the route presents no difficulty. We crossed a small stream by a bridge and after a short 30 minutes we reached 2.5 Km Queimadas . Many hikers start the journey from the point at which it is accessed by a paved track.

We passed both houses with thatched roof and a sign indicates that we lack 6.2 Km to our destination.

The road continuesbeing wide, until gradually begins to narrow and sometimes we have Wall levied only to move forward.

All the way to our left we Levada with large walls and vegetation and to our right we sometimes over 100 meters cliffs drop.

We may enjoy in this first part of the road to fabulous views over the north coast and the occasional small village at the bottom of the valley. We turn next to some waterfalls and occasionally leaves the road for a few meters Levada to circumvent steps closer.

At this point most of the way is blocked by a fence.

We got a very short but closeup dark tunnel and a few minutes later we arrived at the second much longer tunnel just past the turning to Ilha leaving on our right. A few meters passed the third tunnel sections is very low and much longer than before. In half of the recorrido, this tunnel has a window that will allow us a break. Later we spent the fourth tunnel.

After this tunnel have a waterfall that we must overcome if it has rained since Levada falls right on.

About 15 minutes later we arrive at turn-off for the climb to Caldeirao Verde at 100 meters. The Levada continues into the inferno Caldeirao do but we let this detour to your right and up the path to meet the great waterfall of Caldeirao Green .

From the Caldeirao Green and following Levada do Caldeirao , in about 2 hours and with a height of 110 meters upstream and 110 meters downstream, can reach Caldeirao do inferno . This trail is one of the most fascinating of Madeira. It is difficult to understand how they could install this ingenious system of channels in a hilly place so inaccessible. Waterfalls, tunnels, cannons andhuge caldera are the attractions of this dizzying route. If you decide to make this trail deb


         Stage profile: Caldeirao Verde
Stage profile: Caldeirao Verde


Camino de la Costa de Sao Jorge

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Distance: 3 Km.Up/Downhill 50 m. - Up/Downhill 50 m.Time: 0:40 h.
Camino de la Costa de Sao Jorge

The old coast road Sao Jorge passes was carved into the cliff where once it reached the neighboring village of Santana . The old pier defies gravity waves on the sea.

This walk just 3 kilometers in total worth it to see the cliffs of the north coast and the view of the neighboring island.

To get to the starting point must follow the ER 101 road between Sao Jorge and Santana and take the road towards the pool indicated with a yellow sign on a track end. At the end we will find a parking lot and left the paved path that we take and we take about 20 minutes to the old pier.

Stage Profile: Parking Pool (20 m) - Pier (1.5 km, 20 min, 70 m) - Parking Pool (3 km, 40 min, 20 m) <. / p>


         Stage profile: Camino de la Costa de Sao Jorge
Stage profile: Camino de la Costa de Sao Jorge


El balcón de Ribeiro Frio

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Distance: 3 Km.Up/Downhill 10 m. - Up/Downhill 10 m.Time: 0:40 h.
El balcón de Ribeiro Frio

This excursion & oacute; n, very short, worthwhile as it leads us to one of the most watched m & aacute; s known on the island of Madeira is that from this viewpoint we can see a spectacular view of the three peaks m & aacute; s high central massif.

On the Road begins at Ribeiro Frio (ER 103) , on the road between Funchal and Santana.
At Ribeiro Frio below the trout farm and about 30 meters AFTER & eacute; s Restaurant Ribeiro Frio is a path to the left indicated with an are & ntilde; as of GP 11 (Balcões)

.

The road enters a thick forest along the waterway up to a bar with views over the valley, we reach a bifurcation & oacute; n and we turn right following the signs to the viewing of Balcões <. / p>

Stage Profile: Ribeiro Frio (860 m) & ndash; Balcões (1.5 km, 20 min, 850 m) - Ribeiro Frio (3 km, 40 min, 860 m)

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         Stage profile: El balcón de Ribeiro Frio
Stage profile: El balcón de Ribeiro Frio


Levada Nova

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Distance: 10 Km.Up/Downhill 25 m. - Up/Downhill 25 m.Time: 02:30 h.
Levada Nova

The Levada Nova goes from the sea to the interior. It is a very aerial Levada sections presenting views to the valley in which it is situated Ponta do Sol . The trail passes through one of the most attractive points of Madeira , a waterfall with a spectacular crash.

To get to the starting point we go from Funchal towards Ponta do Sol. At the roundabout at the entrance to Ponta do S ol take the turning to Paul da Serra and from there follow the signs to the Levada Nova .
We can leave the car on the road and down a small flight of stairs not situate the leavened.

All this walking tour we will leavened by its concrete wall that is wide enough to walk on it.

The road is not suitable for people who suffer from vertigo since some sections are passed through areas felldas of over 200 meters and at no point Levada is protected by fences, so extreme caution is necessary.

At some point the walls are covered with ivy road, and if it rained not save us from a good shower.

After three miles of walking and 50 minutes we arrived at a tunnel about 200 meters long. Just past the tunnel you will see a great waterfall that has opened a furrow in the rock. The Levada makes its way through the waterfall behind.

At 5 kilometers and 1:15 pm. arrived about the birth of Levada Nova .

The return by the same path l. It is possible to return by the Levada do Moinho which runs parallel to the Levada Nova but closer to the river, but in January 2010 the Levada was closed due to landslides.

Profile Stage : Start Levada Nova (400m) - Tunnel (3km, 50 min, 400m) - Birth Levada Nova (5 km., 1: 15h, 400m)


         Stage profile: Levada Nova
Stage profile: Levada Nova


Península de Sao Lourenço

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Distance: 8 Km.Up/Downhill 340 m. - Up/Downhill 340 m.Time: 02:15 h.
Península de Sao Lourenço

This route runs on the eastern end of the island. The spectacular view of the coast with the different hues of the cliffs and blue sea make it a very attractive route. During the winter this dry area is covered with increased green color contrast.

The start is at the end of the road from where the highway ends in the free zone of Caniçal , in the parking lot of The Baia d'Abra 80 meters above sea level. From this point begins the path marked as PR8 .

The road descends a few feet and crosses a wooden footbridge. We started planning and came to a viewpoint with stunning views over the cliffs (800 m, 15 min, 80mm). From here there is also the ability to go to a small bay of rocks.

The road begins to rise and continues along a ridge. The most exposed parts are protected by a fence. In this punto got a second viewpoint from here we will find the narrowest part of the peninsula of just a couple of meters and cliffs on both sides (2 km, 30 min, 130 m).

We continue moving forward and closer to the Casa do Sardin has been a center of the Ministry of Environment surrounded by palm trees. From here begins the stretch run that started on the left.
When we arrived at the height of the house we took a left turn to climb the Pico do Furado (3.45 km, 1 h, 70 m). After a short climb we reached a double peak (3.90 km, 1:10 h, 200 m). From the second a little higher, you have the best views of the rest of the peninsula and the island of Porto Santo.

We descend by the same path and follow the path round until you have come by (4.90 km, 1:20 h, 75 m) and that will take us back to the starting point of the road (8 km 2:15 h, 80m).

ProfileStage: Baia d'Abra (80 m) - Lookout (800 m, 15 min, 80mm) - Ismo Peninsula (2 km, 30 min, 130 m) - Pico do Furado Forwarding (3.45 km, 1 h, 70 m) - Pico do Furado (3.90 km, 1:10 h, 200 m) - circular path End House Sardinha (4.90 km, 1:20 h, 75 m) - Baia d 'Open (8 km 2:15 h, 80m).


         Stage profile: Península de Sao Lourenço
Stage profile: Península de Sao Lourenço


Pico Arieiro - Pico Ruivo

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Distance: 20 Km.Up/Downhill 750 m. - Up/Downhill 750 m.Time: 05:00 h.
Pico Arieiro - Pico Ruivo

One of the routes MOUNTAIN to m & aacute; s exciting Madeira. This road connects the three peaks m & aacute; s highest on the island. We strongly recommend this route early as usually from midday & iacute;. These summits are covered with clouds

The trail starts at the same parking Pico Arieiro 1,818 meters. Leaving the restaurant on your right, go up to the point geod & eacute;. Sico peak

About 15 minutes m & aacute; s afternoon we arrive at Viewpoint Minho Manta where we have splendid views over the Valley of the Ribeira da Faja da Nogueira

For a path secured by a meth Cable & aacute; lico went down to the T & uacute; nel Pico Cat . T & uacute; nel about 50 meters long and generally very h & uacute;. Medo

AFTER & eacute; s of t & uacute; nel the road forks. We take the path on the right.

The csteep amino begins AFTER & eacute; s & ldquo poster; Fonte & rdquo ;, for half an hour to the eastern slope of the Pico das Torres . Descend the Pico das Torres to get a second t & uacute; nel. On leaving the t & uacute; you can go to the right

.

After climbing for another half hour we found the road up the shelter from Achada do Teixeira and within two minutes we reached the shelter of the Pico Ruivo .

begins the ascent to the Pico Ruivo . After five minutes followed by the left and in five minutes m & aacute; s we are at the peak m & aacute; s top of the island of Madeira: The Pico Ruivo located 1,862 meters above sea level.

The re back along the same path.

Profile Stage : Pico do Arieiro (1810 m) & ndash; Tunel Pico do Gato (3 km, 0:45 h, 1600 m) & ndash; Pico Ruivo (10 km 2:45 PM1862 m) - Pico do Gato Tunnel (17 km, 4 h, 1600 m) - Pico do Arieiro (20 km, 5 h, 1810 m)

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         Stage profile: Pico Arieiro - Pico Ruivo
Stage profile: Pico Arieiro - Pico Ruivo


Pico Ruivo

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Distance: 7 Km.Up/Downhill 270 m. - Up/Downhill 270 m.Time: 01:45 h.
Pico Ruivo

The peak m & aacute; s high of Madeira, the Pico Ruivo , is an affordable upgrade to everyone since a c & oacute; thus paved road becomes the trail on a nice walk of about one hour of duration & oacute; n with little difference of just 300 meters

.

To get to the starting point we move towards the population & oacute; n Santana from Funchal , once the Repsol petrol station must follow the marker only & oacute; n & ldquo; Pico Ruivo & rdquo; indicating left. Past Pico das Pedras will find the barrier that blocks access to the road to Achada do Teixeira open from 7 ma & ntilde; ana to 7pm. A few kil & oacute; arrive at parking meters Achada do located Teixeira to 1592 meters of altitude above sea level

.

We started the ascension & oacute; n from the parking Achada do Teixeira to take the indications of PR 1.2. Thirty minutes later & eacute; s the start begins the paved road. Let enjoying wonderful views over the Peak Arieiro and our backs to the north coast Pen & iacute; insula São Lourenço & ccedil;. Or

From the second shelter and we saw the Pico Ruivo , continue climbing to go through a third shelter.

We continue ascending along the way until the point scalar geod & eacute; sico Pico Ruivo with magnificent views over the whole island. We are located at 1862 meters altitude, the point m & aacute; s top of the whole island of Madeira

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Profile Stage : & nbsp; Achada do Teixeira (1592 m) - Pico Ruivo (4 km, 1 h, 1862 m) - Achada do Teixeira (8 km, 1:45 h, 1592 m)


         Stage profile: Pico Ruivo
Stage profile: Pico Ruivo


Ribeiro Frio - Portela

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Distance: 17 Km.Up/Downhill 260 m. - Up/Downhill 260 m.Time: 06:30 h.
Ribeiro Frio - Portela

This route is quite cl & aacute; sico of Levada Madeira because in it we have a vegetation lush & oacute; n of a MOUNTAIN forest, subtropical bear special fascination & oacute; n because the environment h & uacute; Medo almost all the a & ntilde;. o

It should be well informed before coming to Ribeiro Frio for this leavened, since restoration works carried on & oacute; n alg STILL time. As & iacute; it is best to approach the tourist office Funchal and reported the state of the Levada before going to Ribeiro Frio .

Ribeiro Frio is in the ER 103 road linking Funchal and Santana.

Ribeiro Frio we look for indications of PR 10 and cross a creek via a bridge. We follow the wide path until we find the Levada do Furado & aacute adentr; ndonos in a forest h & uacute; Mede ofShe allowed laurel & eacute; ndonos enjoy views of the mountains & ntilde;. as

After an hour and about 4 kil & oacute; m walking cross the Well Ribeira do Bozerro a trav & eacute; s from a bridge. The road est & aacute; full of waterfalls and parts m & aacute; s a & eacute; areas where we have to pick your way through the wall of leavened only 30 cents & iacute;. m

We arrive at t & uacute; nel It & ccedil; o Furado from here & iacute; a series of short t & uacute; tunnels carved into the rock come our way

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At Forest House Lamaceiros A & aacute; recreation area, where we left the Levada and started down a wide path in direction & oacute; na Portela . Simply follow the prompts to reach this population & oacute; n.

From here & iacute; we have two possibilities. Return by the same route or take some STILLtransport p & uacute; lic that we return to Funchal

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Profile Stage : Ribeiro Frio (860 m) & ndash; Lamacieros (11 km, 2:45 h, 780 m) & ndash; Portela (17 km, 3:30 h, 600 m)


         Stage profile: Ribeiro Frio - Portela
Stage profile: Ribeiro Frio - Portela


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