Madeira Highest Peaks Walk from Pico Areeiro to Ruivo


This walk starts at Pico do Areeiro, at approximately 1818 meters above sea level and ends at the highest point of Madeira, Pico Ruivo (around 1861 meters).

Walk on Madeira Highest Peaks (Pico Areeiro to Ruivo).
Panoramic views of Madeira over the central mountain range.

Official Mountain Guide, transport and insurance (Required by Portuguese law)
Meals & Drinks
Pico do Areeiro
Pico Ruivo







This walk starts at Pico do Areeiro, at approximately 1818 meters above sea level and ends at the highest point of Madeira, Pico Ruivo (around 1861 meters).

Along its 10km, it is possible to witness panoramic views of Madeira over the central mountain range that are absolutely breathtaking.

After taking in the surroundings in Pico do Areeiro, the course leads to Ninho da Manta where you will have privileged views over Fajã da Nogueira Valley, Nun’s Valley as well as the highest plateau in the island – Paul da Serra. This mountain range is integrated in the Natura 2000 Network, an European network of great importance for nature conservation. Here nests the Freira da Madeira, one of the most endangered and important bird species in Europe.

In this area, the vegetation of altitude is predominant, mainly of Centenary endemic Urzes; these large trees predate Madeira’s discovery.

To reach Pico Ruivo (1862 meters), Madeira’s highest point, we must overcome steep ascents and descents so, this is a walk advisable only for those in good shape. Still, getting to the top is reinvigorating and beyond that, you will be rewarded with a 360° panoramic view that can only be experienced up there.

After stopping at Pico Ruivo for a snack and an energy boost, starts the descent until Achadas do Teixeira (1817 meters), where this walk ends.
42,00 €
wednesday - 09:00 to 17:00;
saturday - 09:00 to 17:00;

Duration: approximately 4 hours 30 minutes.
Distance: 10 Km.
Highest point: 1862m.
Lowest point: 1542m.
Location: Santana
Difficult: Difficult.
Days: Wednesdays.

Picnic Extras (paid directly to the supplier on the day of the activity):
Normal (Cheese and Ham Sandwiches) cost €10 per person.
Tuna Salads, Chicken, Tuna Sandwiches, Chicken are 12€ per person.
Vegetarians are 15€ per person.
Free Pick up in Funchal area around 09h00. Exact Hotel Pick up Time will be provided after the booking depending on hotel location
Upon your booking you will receive a .pdf voucher. You just need to show the electronic .pdf to our agent.
Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.
Free Cancellation: Cancel up to 24 hours in advance and get a full refund.
Allows a full refund when canceling up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If the start time is not defined, the deadline to change or cancel the reservation will be two days before the date of travel, at 23:59 (local time of the supplier).


Based on 2 reviews
Luke Wilcox 2023-12-05 09:54:12
A tough, challenging but very enjoyable walk, some amazing views. Definitely recommend this walk, but only for the physically fit and seasoned walkers!
Erica 2023-05-31 18:10:14
Escursione davvero bella e rigenerante. Il percorso si snoda su 6 chilometri, con un dislivello di poco più di 300 metri, percorribile in 3 ore. La particolarità di questa camminata, quello che la rende di livello "difficile", è che per il primo tratto non si fa altro che scendere, per poi cominciare la dura risalita, tramite anche delle scalinate. Nonostante questo, è un'escursione che si sviluppa su un sentiero davvero bello, ben tenuto e curato, e che dà su dei panorami davvero eccezionali. Fabio, la nostra guida, è stato davvero simpatico e attento alle esigenze e al ritmo di tutti. Il sentiero è esposto, ma protetto: sebbene soffra di vertigini, l'ho affrontato con molta tranquillità, perché appunto protetto e ben tenuto. Super consigliato!