Vereda do Pico Ruivo

  • PR1.2 - Vereda do Pico Ruivo
  • PR1.2 - Vereda do Pico Ruivo
  • PR1.2 - Vereda do Pico Ruivo
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This trail of 2,8km and duration of 1.30 hours allows you to get to the highest summit of the island, Pico Ruivo.

Beginning at Achada do Teixeira this trail climbs up to the island’s highest peak, Pico Ruivo (1862 m).
Next to the Pico Ruivo government house you can gain access to 3 other trails that take the hiker to different parts of the island: PR 1 - Pico do Areeiro footpath (5,1/6,4 Km), which takes you to Pico do Areeiro, the island’s 2nd highest peak (1816m); PR 1.3 - Encumeada Footpath (8.6 Km), goes along the central mountain range to the West; and PR 1.1- Ilha Footpath (8.2 Km), which descends to the parish of Ilha. Along the climb you will meet several shelters as the change in climate is sudden and sharp and the area often becomes covered in a sea of clouds or rests above it.

This area is part of the European network of important areas - Natura 2000 - and is known as the central mountain massif. It covers from the highest peaks to 1200m above sea level. It is characterised by herbaceous and bush vegetation that is well-adapted to big temperature variations, heavy rains and strong winds, and is where you can find many types of heather (Erica scoparia ssp maderensis and Erica aborea), which many years ago were used to produce charcoal.

The trail climbs along the ridge that separates the cliffs of Faial and those of Santana, and so allows for an excellent view to the left of the Ribeira Seca valley, topped by Pico das Torres, and Pico do Areeiro in the background.
On the right-hand side you can see the “gables” of the Santana mountain range, from where in the distance you can see the Queimadas Forest Park and further ahead Achada do Marques (a small hamlet known for its straw lofts and traditional fields), which appears in the centre of the Ribeira dos Arcos valley. T
owards the interior we can see the Ribeira Grande valley that begins at the “mouths” of Caldeirão Verde and Caldeirão do Inferno.

When visibility is good to the East you can see the rocky outcrop of Penha d’Águia, the Funduras mountain range and part of the S. Lourenço Point (far eastern part of Madeira island).

At Achada do Teixeira you can also visit the “Standing Man” (“Homem em pé”), a basalt formation which you will find walking down the cliff, after passing the Achada do Teixeira government house.
Obs. We inform that the regional road that connects Pico das Pedras to Achada do Teixeira is conditioned due to maintenance works undertaken in this location.
Detail Distance: 2,8 Km (+ 2,8 Km return) Degree of dificulty: Moderate Duration: 1.30 hours Start/End: Achada do Teixeira / Pico Ruivo Max. Altitude/Min. Altitude: 1857 m / 1852 m


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