Ribeiro Frio – Portela Walk (Furado) – TEMPORARILY CLOSED

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All about the Ribeiro Frio – Portela Walk (Furado) – TEMPORARILY CLOSED.

Follow us in one of the most fascinating and oldest levadas owned by the Government, built to irrigate Porto da Cruz’s farmlands — LEVADA DO FURADO. We will start in RIBEIRO FRIO PARK, where we will find a charming garden, a trout hatchery, and bars. After the comfortable stop, we will join the Ribeiro Frio to Portela Levada Walk. We’ll see birds and small waterfalls along the path and go through a few short tunnels with natural windows. You’ll feel you are in a mystical forest, with shards of sunlight breaking through the ancient laurel trees. As the walk proceeds, the scenery changes: the various shades of green through the well-preserved native forest — Laurisilva — breaks to show agricultural fields, the island’s peaks, and the ocean villages. The walk ends at the viewpoint of PORTELA, with fantastic views over the village of Porto da Cruz and the Penha D’Águia rock formation. An excellent walk not to miss! BOOK NOW!

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Certified Staff
  • Taxes
  • Entrance fees, when mentioned
  • Insurance (Required by Portuguese law)
  • First aid kit (basics recommended by ATR)
  • Torches, but if you prefer, you can bring your torch or head torch
  • Air-conditioning vehicle
  • Pickup & drop-off in Funchal, Caniço and for private tours.
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • 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.

  1. Pick Up Funchal: 09h00 | Pick Up Caniço: 09h30 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.

  2. When Friday

    Year-round, except on December 25 and January 1

  3. Duration 8 hours

    The tour starts at 9:00 and finishes around 17:00.

  4. Trip Specifications Distance & Altitude

    Distance: 11 km (7 miles)

    Duration: 5 hours

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Max. Altitude: 880 m (2,887 ft)

    Min. Altitude: 670 m (2,198 ft)

  5. Departure Point and Time Confirmed by email
  6. Requirements Punctuality & be fit to walk
  7. What do you need to bring? Don't forget

    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.

  8. Good to Know Activity level

    The first part of the walk is smooth going, flat, for most of the day until the descent to Portela almost at the end.  There are fences to protect you from the steep drops. We will cross several short tunnels, but the path is easy to walk, except for people with vertigo.


    Not recommended for children under 8.

  9. Security 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.

  10. Our Expertise Why us?

    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.

  11. 16:30 - 17:00 Hotel Drop-off (Return Time)
  12. Please Note The order of the itinerary as shown above may be subject to change and/or affected by local conditions.