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Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

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5.2 Miles 8.4 Kilometers

2,276' 694 m


-2,954' -900 m



Avg Grade (11°)


Max Grade (31°)

6,041' 1,841 m


5,083' 1,549 m


Shared By Leslie Meerburg



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An absolutely stunning hike through Madeira's highest peaks.

Leslie Meerburg

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Family Friendly This would be a fantastic hike for OLDER children (I'd say 10+). Not appropriate for toddlers due to the steep drops and the climbs.

Always check the Madeira website to ensure the trail is open as it is subject to closure due to rockslides.


An amazing tour of some of the highest peaks in Madeira with outstanding views along the way.

Need to Know

This route is mapped as a shuttle, so plan on leaving a car at the end, or having someone pick you up. Alternatively, you can make this a much longer day by doing it as an out-and-back.


This trail starts at Pico do Areeiro (second highest mountain in Madeira), which is already stunningly panoramic. The trail is very, very easy to follow and is super well-marked. It continues along a crest (and eventually through tunnels) to Pico Ruivo, the highest mountain in Madeira, where you can hike right to the peak of Ruivo. The views throughout are absolutely stunning, with steep drops next to the narrow trail.

The trail is not super difficult, but does have a good amount of climbing, so you should be in decent shape before starting out. Trekking poles are helpful for the descents. The trail is also under repair, so there are portions with no guiderail, and thus I would not recommend the trail to people who suffer vertigo.

Flora & Fauna

Beautiful endemic wildflowers and plants.

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My 6 and 8 year old children did this walk last month with no problems. In fact they would have completed in around 5 hours had we not had to keep waiting for our teenager lol. Feb 24, 2017
Is it possible to do this other way round? So start from Ruivo and hike to Arieiro? As we would like to go to this hike on our own (no guided tour) I planned that we could take the bus from Funchal to Santana and from Santana taxi to Achada do Teixeira. Then do the hike to Arieiro and order taxi there to take us back to Funchal. Is this totally crazy plan? As all the blog, sites etc always tell you to hike as you also advice here. Thanks for your answers. Or any others ideas how to handle the transportation?' May 6, 2018

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