Day trip

Hike Madeira: Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

Activity provider: Nature Meetings

Hike Madeira: Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

Activity provider: Nature Meetings
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From US$ 46.17 per person

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Take a walk up to the highest point in Madeira - the Pico Ruivo peak. Enjoy spectacular views, award winning guides, and a beautiful walk past volcanic rock embellished with lava veins, jagged peaks and incredible flowers!

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Portuguese, German
Pickup optional
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Private or small groups available


  • Take a hike up to the highest point on the Madeira Islands
  • Walk past ancient volcanic peaks
  • Challenge yourself to reach the 6,107ft (1862m) peak
  • Enjoy coffee on your way there and drinks on your way back!
Full description
The sun rises over your hotel as you set out on your walking tour adventure. Leaving from the comforts of your room in Funchal on the Madeira Islands, we'll drive you up to the third highest peak in Madeira - the magnificent Pico Arieiro. You'll sip coffee or a drink on your way up to the base of the peak, looking out at all the stunning beauty this place has to offer. As we head from sea level up to the base at 5,964ft (1818m), you'll pass beautiful flora and fauna. Finally, we'll begin our mighty walk up the mighty Pico Arieiro up to the highest point on the island, the Pico Ruivo peak at 6107 ft (1862m). Finally, we'll walk down to Teixeira where you'll be comfortably transferred back to your hotel. And of course, no day of hiking is complete without a drink at a traditional bar, so we'll make sure to stop at one with a spectacular view to enjoy the closing of your day!
  • Hotel pick up and transport
  • Certified mountain guide
  • Picnic
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Food and drinks
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • The guide´s decision is final - safety is the priority
  • The walk between the two peaks is a challenging walk
  • Although the walks are offered in several languages, a guide with your language cannot always be guaranteed
  • An English-speaking guide is always guaranteed
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 685 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Value for money
  • Safety

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Due to inclement weather, we changed the hiking location, but the guide made sure it was comparable in terms of length and challenge. We had stunning views, and the guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. No matter where you end up, I highly recommend good hiking boots. Lots of folks struggled on our hike bc they were only wearing sneakers. Hiking poles came in handy, but perhaps aren’t necessary.

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January 5, 2023

Highly recommend this hike. I was picked up from my hotel at the exact time that was communicated the day before. Our guide was very caring and considerate of everyone in the group. He was very pleasant to talk to and did not fail to make us all laugh. I suggest having cash with you and to dress warm.

December 3, 2022

It was a great hike. Well organised pickup/drop off. Medium sized group. Approachable and knowledgeable guide. We had some free time at the top of Arieiro peak before the hike and after the hike we were taken for a snack/drink stop at a local café (expenses not included in price). Overall a great tour but the pace was a little bit too fast to be able to enjoy the scenery. But once we started the final ascend, the guide waited and told us to take our time, that was nice. The trail is very well marked and maintained, so if you prefer more leisurely walks, maybe self guided walks is something to consider. We did the whole walk in about 4.5 hours, including lunch stop. Tips: bring cash for toilets at Arieiro and Ruivo (50c each) and a headlamp for the tunnels if you have one (or a well charged phone will work too).

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December 3, 2022

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