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Pico do Arieiro Tours

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Pico do Arieiro
Pico do Arieiro is a mountain on the island of Madeira, off the coast of Portugal. At 5,965 feet (1,818 meters), it’s the island’s third highest peak and one of its most popular tourist attractions, thanks to incredible views from the summit and challenging hiking trails.

The Basics
Located in the center of Madeira, north of the capital Funchal, Pico Arieiro has been drawing visitors to its impressive summit for many years. Looking out over the surrounding landscape from the peak is a surreal experience, as the top of the mountain is often above cloud level. On a clear day, visitors can look down onto clouds dotted below and the blue sky above and even see all the way to the neighboring island of Porto Santo, some 30 miles (48 kilometers) away.

From the summit, a hiking trail extends into the surrounding hills toward Pico Ruivo, the island’s highest peak. It’s a challenging walk, but the panoramic views are spectacular, even if you only venture a short distance along the trail. Visitors can opt to explore Pico do Arieiro as part of a guided island tour combined with other popular sites. Many small-group tours travel by 4WD vehicle in this area.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Refreshments, bathrooms, and a souvenir shop are located at the summit.
  • There is free parking at the summit.
  • A chairlift is available to access the summit for those with limited mobility.
  • Check weather conditions before you set out.
  • Bring an extra layer or two, as the temperature can change rapidly at the summit.
  • Wear suitable footwear if you’re planning to hike the trails, and take water and sunscreen with you.
 
How to Get There
Pico do Arieiro is around 30 minutes by car along route ER103 from Madeira’s capital, Funchal. The mountain road is very steep and winding; consider traveling with a guided group if you’re not experienced at driving in this type of terrain.

When to Get There
The summit is open daily, but the restaurant and shop may close on certain holidays. Try to set out early in the day if you’re planning to hike to ensure you have enough daylight to return.

A Wild Ride on the Monte Toboggan Run
For a one-of-a-kind Madeiran experience, hop on a wood-and-wicker sled for a thrilling ride—down paved streets, not pristine snow. Take the cable car from the capital Funchal up to the town of Monte and then step on board a sled (carro de cesto) for a quick zip back down the steep streets. Two experienced drivers ride behind the sled to steer you safely down the hill while you enjoy the ride.
Address: Funchal 9030, Portugal
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Sunrise Transfer To Pico Do Arieiro And Hike To Pico Ruivo

Sunrise Transfer To Pico Do Arieiro And Hike To Pico Ruivo

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Budget transfers to enjoy this amazing hike in your own rhythm! Designed for travelers that are looking for freedom! Pick-up and drop-off included in Funchal and Caniço. Is the service a guided tour? No, all our services are transfers. You will have the freedom to enjoy the hike in your own rhythm without having to follow anyone and make stops whenever you want. Is it safe to do the hike without any guide? Yes, it is safe. You must be careful but: 1) There are clear signs all over the trail. 2) Travelers with rented cars do this hike without a guide. 3) You can hike with the other travelers of the transfer. Travel Agent & Tourism Licence Number: RNAVT N° 8899
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Morning Transfer To Pico Do Arieiro And Hike To Pico Ruivo

Morning Transfer To Pico Do Arieiro And Hike To Pico Ruivo

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Budget transfers to enjoy this amazing hike in your own rhythm! Designed for travelers that are looking for freedom! Pick-up and drop-off included in Funchal and Caniço. Is the service a guided tour? No, all our services are transfers. You will have the freedom to enjoy the hike in your own rhythm without having to follow anyone and make stops whenever you want. Is it safe to do the hike without any guide? Yes, it is safe. You must be careful but: 1) There are clear signs all over the trail. 2) Travelers with rented cars do this hike without a guide. 3) You can hike with the other travelers of the transfer. Travel Agent & Tourism Licence Number: RNAVT N° 8899
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Pico Arieiro To Pico Ruivo / Highest Peak Challenge

Pico Arieiro To Pico Ruivo / Highest Peak Challenge

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This is it! This walk will give you a fuller idea of the real beauty of this island. Rock formations seem to want to reach the sky like endless sculptures. Along the way the views are simply breathtaking. Numerous plants have their habitat here, and it is to see them dress proudly in a multitude of colors in small flowers for all to see. Near Pico Ruivo we pass through the oldest heather forest. These old trees count for hundreds of years already and they already existed when Zarco arrived at the Island. From here to Pico Ruivo (the highest peak on the island) is just a step away - take advantage and dazzle yourself with magnificent views of the island. A fascinating walk through breathtaking landscapes designed for true explorers!
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  • 8 hours
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Pico Arieiro

Pico Arieiro "FlowerEAST" Santana Full Day 4x4 Safari Small Group Tour

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Explore the wild and rural side of East Madeira by going on an exhilarating 4x4 tour. You won’t have to worry about your trip being overcrowded as you’ll be traveling in a small group. Visit off-road sites that would be hard to reach alone such as Pico do Arieiro. You’ll see incredible landscapes, learn about local flora and fauna, and see traditional houses in Santana. A guide will enhance your tour with fascinating stories about the island along the way.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Full Day Jeep Safari East - Pico do Areeiro - Santana - Ponta de são Lourenço

Full Day Jeep Safari East - Pico do Areeiro - Santana - Ponta de são Lourenço

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Experience Funchal’s rich culture and natural environment on this all-day off-road adventure. After a convenient hotel pickup, hop in a 4x4 and explore the island’s pristine corners with a local guide. Stop for souvenirs in Santana, visit Madiera’s first capital city, and marvel at picturesque views of the Red Cliffs—all on one affordable, family-friendly tour.
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  • 8 hours
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East of Madeira Tour. Full Day Minimum 2 people

East of Madeira Tour. Full Day Minimum 2 people

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One of the most ancient trips the island has to offer, taking you through historic places and imposing landmarks. Mountain and landscape in cultivation! This tour stops in: Camacha » Pico Arieiro » Ribeiro Frio » Santana » Porto da Cruz » Ponta de São Lourenço » Machico
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  • 8 hours
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Madeira Peaks - Open 4X4 Full-Day Tour

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Madeira Peaks - Open 4X4 Full-Day Tour

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The island of Madeira is renowned for rugged mountains whose summits shoot into the sky. Ascend to the island’s best viewpoints on a 8-hour 4x4 tour from Funchal, ideal for lovers of nature and the outdoors. In an open-top 4x4, you’ll conquer rugged, off-road routes and absorb views of natural landmarks such as Eagle’s Rock and Ribeiro Frio , the island’s third-highest peak. Plus, you’ll visit a sugar cane factory in Porto da Cruz. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours
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Levada Walk- Pico do Areeiro

Levada Walk- Pico do Areeiro

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Our first priority is the client and we want to propose a unique tour. We are very happy agency and professional at the same time. Everything for the happiness of the next, and you'll see that you'll enjoy.
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  • 8 hours
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Madeira East Tour from Funchal

Madeira East Tour from Funchal

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Discover the eastern landscapes of Madeira with ease on an 8-hour tour from Funchal, ideal for lovers of natural landscapes. Ascend to Pico de Arieiro, Madeira’s third-highest peak, and admire the famous Laurissilva Forest, which dates back to prehistoric times. Plus, you’ll enjoy lunch in the colorful town of Santana, visit Machico, and admire panoramic views from Ponta de São Lourenço. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Funchal are included.
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  • 8 hours
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Pico Do Arieiro / Pico Ruivo

Pico Do Arieiro / Pico Ruivo

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With a wonderful view, this trail has the peculiarity of connecting two of the highest peaks of Madeira Island, the Pico Ruivo (1862m) and the Pico do Arieiro (1818m), traveling to that part of the area of the Central Mountain Massif. This course will be quite uneven, so some physical effort will be required. Between some ascents and descents, it is important to arrive at Pico ruivo where you will find a steep ascent along hundreds of steps carved inside the rock and a meticulous descent. This is a suitable trail for lovers of flora and fauna and physical challenges. It is recommended the use of walking stick, suitable footwear, water (2l) and waterproof.
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  • 7 hours
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Arieiro Peak and Nun´s Valley Half day Tour in Open Roof 4x4

Arieiro Peak and Nun´s Valley Half day Tour in Open Roof 4x4

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Famed for its splintering mountains and rugged coastlines, Madeira is a mecca for outdoor adventurers. See some of the island’s most spectacular scenery on a 4-hour jeep tour from Funchal, including convenient hotel pickup and drop-off. Absorb panoramic views of Funchal from Pico dos Barcelos Viewpoint, visit the famous Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras), and Pico do Arieiro, the island’s third-highest peak.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Full Day East Madeira - Camacha, Pico do Ariero, Ribeiro Frio, Portela, Santana

Full Day East Madeira - Camacha, Pico do Ariero, Ribeiro Frio, Portela, Santana

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Experience the culture of Madeira during this full-day tour leaving from Funchal. On this tour see artisans at work in Camacha and the renowned cottages atop Santana mountain village. Also while visiting east Madeira, capture stunning views in Pico do Arieiro, Ribeiro Frio, and Portela.
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  • 8 hours
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Sunrise Tour : Half Day Private 4x4 Tour

Sunrise Tour : Half Day Private 4x4 Tour

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This is a special tour indeed. Ideal for adventurous families, couples and photographers There is a certain feeling about being up before everybody else, experiencing the marvels of nature uninterrupted and in all its glory Our number 1 sunrise spot is Pico do Areiro, the third highest peak of the island. Very often we are above the clouds and the colours are absolutely extraordinary, truly a once in a lifetime moment! Of course we cannot always guarantee the perfect weather conditions for the perfect sunrise so we have back up spots such as; Pico do facho, Ponta Sao Lourenço, Guindaste Viewpoint and one or two secret spots, each with their own unique characteristics. This is a real adventure and an experience you will not easily forget.
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  • 5 hours
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South East and North East Island Day Tour from Funchal

South East and North East Island Day Tour from Funchal

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Explore the eastern part of Madeira Island on a full-day private tour from Funchal. Learn about the local culture of the region from your informative guide as you visit small villages such as Camacha, Santana, Santa Cruz, and Machico. Take in the stunning panoramic views from the highest point on the island, Pico Ruivo, and stroll through the Ribeiro Frio Forest Park before heading back to your hotel in Funchal.
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  • 7 hours
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PR1 Sunrise on Pico do Areeiro - Pico Ruivo guided small group Hike

PR1 Sunrise on Pico do Areeiro - Pico Ruivo guided small group Hike

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On this amazing sunrise tour, it is a small group guided walk, Maximum 8 travellers, an amazing experience to see the day starting on the more amazing sunrise spots, often above the clouds. Beating away the big groups, we will have the mountain to ourselves
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Private 4x4 Tour Full Day

Private 4x4 Tour Full Day

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With dense forests, sweeping beaches, and spectacular natural scenery, Madeira is widely considered the jewel in Portugal’s crown—but the rugged terrain can make exploring a challenge. On this flexible private tour, step off the tourist trail and explore Madeira’s wilderness at your own pace. With your guide at the wheel of your powerful 4x4 vehicle, reach corners of Madeira many visitors miss.
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  • 8 hours
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$144.26
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Full-day Walking Experience in Pico do Arieiro

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Full-day Walking Experience in Pico do Arieiro

Our local and qualified staff has a passion for nature and will transmit the best information about the history, Fauna and Flora of the Island. Our mission is to innovate, ensure excellence and being environmental friendly. We are a company that you can trust with a touch of originality, creativity and great mood. Come, walk with us and be delighted with the best that Madeira has to offer, a truly unforgettable experience!
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  • 5 hours
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$45.43
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Sunset Tour : Half Day Private 4x4 Tour

Sunset Tour : Half Day Private 4x4 Tour

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Yet another very special tour! ​ Our number one spot, just as the sunrise tour, is Pico do Areiro, the third highest peak on the island. ​ This is a fantastic opportunity to explore the high peak without the big crowds of the morning and early afternoon tour groups. ​ The peak comes alive at dawn. The colours are something of a dream and even the air is different. Watching the sun set above the clouds is a truly unique experience! ​ There are plan b´s for bad weather, thankfully we have been graced with many epic sunset spots in Madeira. ​ On our way back down into the city we will also be stopping at a viewpoint to see Funchal by night, with all the lights and the moon shining on the ocean. ​ A very romantic and quiet tour, a must do for all photographers!
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  • 4 hours
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Pico do Arieiro - Pico Ruivo - Achada do Teixeira Walk

Pico do Arieiro - Pico Ruivo - Achada do Teixeira Walk

This walk starts at Pico do Areeiro, at approximately 1818 meters above sea level and we make our way to the highest point of Madeira, Pico Ruivo, around 1861 meters. It is possible to witness panoramic views of Madeira over the central mountain range that are absolutely breathtaking. This is the only known breeding site in the world of Zino’s petrel (Pterodroma madeira), an endemic species considered to be the most endangered seabird of 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, we must go around Pico das Torres up a steep incline of steps carved in the rock and then descend, the most difficult part of this trail being the final climb to the Shelter at Pico Ruivo. But the thought of reaching the highest point of the island is a driving force. Near the Pico Ruivo shelter, we take footpath, which leads to Achada do Teixeira, where we finish our journey.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Pico do Arieeiro - Highest peak - Adventureland Madeira 4x4 Tours

Pico do Arieeiro - Highest peak - Adventureland Madeira 4x4 Tours

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This tour will go throught the following interest points: 1) Funchal 2) Pico do Areeiro 3) Ribeiro Frio 4) Cova da Roda 5) Santana 6) Porto da Cruz 7) Ponta de São Lourenço 8) Return to Funchal Duration: Approximately 8 hours (09:00 – 17:00) Land Rover Discovery - 06 pax Open Roof
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  • 8 hours
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1 day buggy ride

1 day buggy ride

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Take a full-day buggy tour of Madeira Island. There is something for every taste ! Whether you are with family or friends, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll or an extreme hike. Personalize your visit! We choose together what you want to do and see during your excursion. Stop at the request, your guide is listening to you. Far from the beaten track and tourist trap circuits, Cocorico Extrem Road makes you discover all-terrain hiking in the magnificent landscapes of Madeira. Including a traditional Madeiran barbecue skewers, Madeira sweet potato, traditional Madeira bread wine and dessert Up to 8 people
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  • 7 hours
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Traditional Market - Adventureland Madeira 4x4 Tours -

Traditional Market - Adventureland Madeira 4x4 Tours -

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A half day tour where you can visit unique and very traditional places, and feel like a real local. We started in Funchal to the village of Camacha to visit the wicker factory. By regional roads, we arrive at Santo da Serra where the Mercado Agricola delights those who visit it. In off-road we arrive at Portela, with a fantastic viewpoint on the north coast. And we ended the morning at 1810 meters in Pico do Arieiro.
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  • 4 hours
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East Tour - Santana - Adventureland Madeira - 4x4 Tours

East Tour - Santana - Adventureland Madeira - 4x4 Tours

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East Tour: This tour will go throught the following interest points: 1) Funchal 2) Pico do Areeiro 3) Ribeiro Frio 4) Cova da Roda 5) Santana 6) Porto da Cruz 7) Ponta de São Lourenço 8) Return to Funchal Duration: Approximately 8 hours (09:00 – 17:00) Land Rover Discovery - 06 pax Open Roof
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Sunrise (Private Tour) - Adventureland Madeira 4x4 Tours -

Sunrise (Private Tour) - Adventureland Madeira 4x4 Tours -

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a unique and fantastic experience, lived on the top of the mountain. Where the sunrise becomes a magical moment
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  • 3 hours
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