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Trekking on the highest mountains in Madeira. Tourist trail no. PR 1 from Pico to Arieiro (1 818 m) to Pico Ruivo (1 862 m). The route is not easy, maybe it is not too long - it is about 12-13 km both ways but the difference in levels is quite large - 1200 m down and 1200 m up, and the approaches are really steep. The walking time with numerous stops for enjoying the views and taking pictures is about 6-7 hours. It is worth planning a trip to return to Pico do Arieiro before sunset.



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The trail begins on Pico do Arieiro

The trail begins on Pico do Arieiro

There you can reach Pico do Arieiro by car - there is a large free car park under the peak. I marked the exact place on the map.


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Steep descent

Steep descent

The hiking trail goes down almost all the time at the beginning. Sometimes the descents are very steep.


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Mountain views of Madeira

Mountain views of Madeira

The mountain views of Madeira are delightful - steep slopes, sharp ridges, rocky peaks and swirling clouds ... you can stand and admire these amazing landscapes for hours ...


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Trail through the tunnel

Trail through the tunnel

And again there are tunnels on the trail - this is probably the norm in Madeira. You always have to have a flashlight with you because some tunnels are really long and dark.


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Pico Ruivo  6106 ft

Pico Ruivo 6106 ft

Pico Ruivo rock walls in front of us ... There will be a steep climb in a moment ...


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Burned forest on the slope of Pico Ruivo

Burned forest on the slope of Pico Ruivo

And again we entered the clouds ... Dry and twisted tree trunks appearing from the fog made a great impression on us ...


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View from Pico Ruivo

View from Pico Ruivo

View from Pico Ruivo to the highest mountains of Madeira. There you can see a radar ball in the distance - we came from there and we will return.


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Mountain hut under Pico Ruivo

Mountain hut under Pico Ruivo

Beautifully situated mountain shelter on the slopes of Pico Ruivo. We didn't enter the shelter - we had water and food with us.


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The highest peak of Madeira

The highest peak of Madeira

Pico Ruivo is 862 m (6,106 ft) high. Pico Ruivo is the highest peak on the Madeira Island.


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Return to Pico to Arieiro

Return to Pico to Arieiro

After a quick meal and rest at the top, around 5 p.m. we began to return - we have almost 3 hours of walking ahead.


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Descent again

Descent again

Steep descent down the trail ...


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Hiking trail PR 1

Hiking trail PR 1

The trail is very scenic, in dangerous places the route is secured by a metal ropes.


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Madeira's greatest attractions

Madeira's greatest attractions

Very well prepared hiking trails and amazing mountain views - Madeira is a paradise for trekkers.


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Evening in the mountains

Evening in the mountains

The sun is getting lower - the end of the trail is getting closer... every step more and more beautiful landscape... it's hard to stop photographing


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Mountain landscapes from Madeira

Mountain landscapes from Madeira

Classic mountain landscape from Pico do Arieiro in Madeira. This view can be seen on many postcards but it is worth going to the mountains to admire such a spectacle.


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Pico do Arieiro

Pico do Arieiro

We returned to the radar at the top of Pico do Arieiro just before sunset (around 8 p.m.). The trail was quite exhausting ... We expected much lower temperatures and strong wind ... we had jackets, fleece, long pants in our backpacks ... but the trail was very hot and practically windless in many places ... it was possible that it was such a special day ... but these conditions were tiring ... Apart from that, we think that this trail is our number 1 on Madeira


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