"Hike from Pico Do Arieiro..." Madeira Island Things to Do Tip by Jannick_L.
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Hike from Pico Do Arieiro (1819 meters) to Pico Ruivo (1861 meters)
This is the most interesting and beautiful hike on Madeira. The views are spectacular. You get over the clouds when you arrive by minibus on Pico Do Arieiro. From there on you can start your hike. It is about 13 km before you reach Pico Ruivo, but you have to come back when you don't have somebody that can pick you up at Pico Ruivo. It is advisable not to start the hike when you have vertigo because sometimes the paths are very small and you can just pass with one person at the time. On one side: the rocks and on the other side: a few hundred metres downwards. You have to be in rather good condition. Check the weather before you leave Funchal, because the weather in Madeira can be very tricky. Sometimes the sun shines in Funchal and on the other side of the island it may rain. You see a lot of flowers on your hike and when you have a guide with you he gives you a complete explanation of these plants and flowers: very interesting !!
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