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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Medium Group
If you are fit, step into our PICO DO ARIEIRO to PICO RUIVO hike tour, a renowned hiking trail considered one of Madeira’s most incredible hikes. The Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo Trail opens up landscapes, where you’ll witness all kinds of weather and discover untouched natural beauty, ancient volcanic landscapes, colourful mountains and impressive views in every direction. An awe-inspiring scenery for people who want to push themselves to the limit! BOOK NOW!
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- Certified Staff
- Entrance fees, when mentioned
- Insurance (Required by Portuguese law)
- First aid kit (basics recommended by ATR)
- Air-conditioning vehicle
- Pickup & drop-off in Funchal, Caniço, and for private tours.
- Drinks and meals (Please bring your picnic and water).
- Pick-up and drop-off services outside Funchal and Caniço:
These pick-ups require the supplier to confirm availability and pick-up time. We will send the detailed information by e-mail, and you will pay the driver directly on-site.
Outside the municipalities above, prices will be subject to availability.
Hotel Pick-up (Departure time)
A staff member will pick you up at the indicated place and confirm your voucher identification. You can present either a paper or an electronic ticket for this activity. The tour will begin as soon as we finish collecting tour members.
Year-round, except on December 25 and January 1
The tour starts at 9:00 and finishes around 16:00.
Approximately a 3.5-hour walk with many stops along the way.
Distance & Altitude
Distance: 7.4 km (45 miles)
Max. Altitude: 1861 m (6105 ft)
Min. Altitude: 1491 m (4891 ft)
Departure Point and Time
Confirmed by email
Punctuality & be fit to walk
What do you need to bring?
Non-slip walking boots and the more waterproof, the better; camera, and a coat or a jumper if it gets cooler.
We also suggest taking your sunscreen and a hat.
We provide torches (free), but if you prefer, you can bring your torch or head torch.
Take a bag to carry your litter away with you.
We remind you to bring your picnic and enough water, as nothing is available on the route.
A raincoat or poncho if rain is in the forecast.
Walking poles might be a help.
Parents must bring a hiking child carrier backpack to carry their children under 4.
Good to Know
This walk is unsuitable for people with vertigo problems; Parts of the path are narrow with a steep drop on one side, but most have a barrier running alongside. There are steep steps and narrow sections to overcome. There are toilets at Pico do Arieiro and at Pico Ruivo mountain hostel.
Not recommended for children under 9.
Don't take risks
Better to go with a guide and relax, instead of getting lost in the mountains of Madeira. Knowing that the mountain guide activates the emergency system is reassuring if you fall or feel unwell. He/she sends a warning and the group’s location to the local authorities, enabling a quick rescue. All well worth the money for the hike.
We pick you up from where you are staying and drop you off when finished. It is an easy and comfortable way to get to the walk. There are comfort breaks before and after the walk. It’s easy to book. Our staff are qualified. We take you to various sites we know you will want to explore. Our fundamental principles are the comfort, safety, and flexibility of our guests and personnel.
15:30 - 16:00
Hotel Drop-off (Return Time)
The order of the itinerary as shown above may be subject to change and/or affected by local conditions.
Yes, we offer pick-up services. The charge for this is €15 per person for one-way transport, and €30 per person for a round trip, which is an additional cost to the tour price and is payable on-site. Please select the service and number of people, and we will email you the pick-up time.
Calheta, Ponta do Sol, Ribeira Brava, Machico, Caniçal Pick-up: €15/person one-way, €30 return, payable on-site: