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Experience - Portugal

Pico do Arieiro & Pico Ruivo


  • Madeira’s most famous & spectacular hike

  • Great views and variety of flora and fauna

  • Includes transfer & experienced hiking guide


The hike from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo is one of Madeira's most famous and spectacular hikes. With its breathtaking views and variety of flora and fauna along the way, it has earned its fame. Put on your hiking shoes and get ready to soak in excellent views.



  1. Portugal
  2. Madeira

Around 09:00, an experienced hiking guide will pick you up for a full-day hike to Pico de Arieiro and Pico Ruivo.

Pico do Arieiro is the third highest mountain in Madeira, with a height of 1818 meters and the first destination of your trip. Once you arrive at the top, the 360-degree view is stunning. A breathtaking lookout toward the nuns’ valley, Curral das Freiras, expands before your eyes.

Afterward, head up Pico Ruivo’s summit ascent. Madeira’s highest mountain appears in full sunshine even on a cloudy day — the climb makes these sights worth it. In good weather, you can even see the neighboring island of Porto Santo, about 50 kilometers away. There’s also a large wooden surface on the summit, which offers plenty of space for picnicking and relaxing.

Duration of the trip: All day


  • Collective transfer from/to hotel in Funchal, Caniço, and Machico

  • Experienced hiking guide


  • Meals and drinks not mentioned
  • Personal expenses


  • Saturdays and Wednesdays
  • Departure: 09:00 from Funchal, 08:30 from Caniço, and 08:15 from Machico
  • Walking time: approx. 5 hours / 13 kilometers
  • Difficulty: hard
  • We recommend that you always prepare well for a hike and bring rain, cold, and sun protection with you. A sun hat and food are recommended for longer hikes. Since some of the tours lead partly through tunnels, we also recommend a flashlight and suitable footwear.
  • Requirements: Moderately challenging hike for experienced hikers with surefootedness and a head for heights

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