Walk between Madeira´s highest peaks!Starting at Pico do Areeiro, within a short distance we come upon the Ninho da Manta (Buzzard’s Nest) belvedere. From this platform one can see the valley of Fajã da Nogueira, where some Manx shearwater (Puffinus puffinnus) breed, São Roque do Faial and a large part of the Central Mountain Range. To reach Pico Ruivo at 1862m, we must go around Pico das Torres up a steep incline of steps carved in the rock and then descend, the most difficult part of this trail being the final climb to the Shelter at Pico Ruivo. But the thought of reaching the highest point of the island is a driving force. From the Pico Ruivo shelter, the footpath leads to Achada do Teixeira car park, where you can see “Homem em pé” (Standing Man), a basalt rock formation found on the way down the slope after you pass the shelter at Achada do Teixeira.
• Meet your guide in Funchal at your chosen accommodation or pre-arranged meeting point and get to know your knowledgeable guide. • Enjoy a the drive to Pico do Arieiro, (about 45 minutes) and reach the starting point of your walk. • Bring a camera to capture the outstanding views as well as: • unique altitude plants as this area is known as a high-altitude heath and is marked by the presence of various endemics of Madeira, which include the Madeira violet (Viola paradoxa), Madeira grey heather (Erica madeirensis), the rock orchid (Orchis scopolorum), and the Madeira kidney (Anthyllis lemanniana). • and several birds, some of the more important ones being Zino’s petrel (Pterodroma madeira), a species endemic to the island and species restricted to Macaronesia, the canary (Serinus canaria), Berthelot’s pipit (Anthus berthelottii madeirensis) and the plain swift (Apus unicolor), as well as other subspecies found only in the Madeira archipelago: the Madeira rock sparrow (Petronia petronia madeirensis), chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs madeirensis), and the firecrest (Regulus ignicapillus madeirensis). • After the walk, you driver and guide will bring you back to your chosen accommodation or original departure point. • Please bring walking shoes/boots, something to eat and drink during the walk as well as sunhat and sun cream and a jacket.