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Today you arrive at the airport in Funchal and member of our team will be waiting to greet you. A short transfer to Machico where you can settle in at your hotel and meet the other members of the group. Tonight there will be a pre-trek briefing by your guide.
After breakfast, we leave on foot from our hotel and climb to the peak of Pico do Facho. From there we follow the Caniçal levada for 4 km in a beautiful valley of eucalyptus and mimosas trees. Throughout the day we can see the island of Porto Santo in the distance. A cliff-side path lasting 1 hour 30 minutes allows us to reach Maiata then Porto da Cruz, famous for being home to one of the last rum distilleries on the island. From Porto da Cruz, we continue on foot to Sao Roque do Faial, where we spend the night.
After breakfast today we depart our accommodation on foot. Our trail gradually ascends through mimosa forests before entering eucalyptus forest and we soon discover amazing views of the picos and the tip of Sao Lourenço. The Faial valley is dominated by an enormous rock - the Penha de Aguia (the rock of the eagle).This huge feature is a result of gradual water erosion over thousands of years. From our high point we begin a long descent to reach our accommodation in Santana.
This is going to be one of the most spectacular days of the whole trip but also a tough one. Get ready to gain some height!
After breakfast we take a very short transfer to Achada do Texeira, the starting point of our crossing of the high peaks of Madeira.
We set off towards Pico Ruivo, the highest peak on the island at 1862m above sea level. This will be a demanding ascent but well worth it for the panoramic views of the island and the surrounding ocean. We will take a well deserved rest on the summit to soak up the views and take some photos. We then continue to Encumeada, 12 km away. Alternating short climbs and long descents, we enter an alpine environment and arrive at the village where we will be spending the night.
Leaving our accommodation in Encumeada, we set off towards Bica da Cana, crossing an impressive valley with steep walls on either side. We then cross the high plateau Paul da Serra and discover an area of the island that has remained almost completely untouched by human habitation. We will see groves of magical laurel trees with twisted and wind battered shapes. We eventually drop off the northern edge of the plateau and descend through steep and wild cliffs to reach the north coast and our accommodation for the night.
Leaving our hotel in Seixal, we climb up away from the coast to reach Ribeira Funda. Here we can find a deep canyon with huge waterfalls and deep pools. We continue to Ribeira da Janela, a small village just above Porto Moniz and named after the longest river on the island. From here we can look down on impressive rock formations just off the coast. The slow erosion of the waves has created vertical spires of rock that look as though they could tumble at any moment.
From here we start our long descent towards Porto Moniz where we end our crossing and spend the night. In Porto Moniz there are natural rock pools that provide warm and sheltered water for a refreshing swim.
After breakfast a one hour transfer takes us to the bustling capital of Funchal where we have a fee day to explore this charming city.
Markets, churches, museums or the famous botanical gardens, there is loads to see and do here. If you still have energy left after the crossing, optional activities include whale watching tours, canyoning , sea kayaking or swimming with dolphins (all payable locally).
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
During the trip, drinks are your
own responsibility and are not included in the tour cost. The water on Madeira
is very high quality and perfectly drinkable. You should bring 2 reusable
water bottles or a hydration pack that you can refill each day (see recommended
equipment). Staying well hydrated during this trek is absolutely essential for
your health and wellbeing.
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