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Funchal: Sunrise Hike from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

Funchal: Sunrise Hike from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

Hike at your own rhythm on a self-guided trek in Madeira with pick-up and dropoff at your accommodation. Explore Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo, for the sunrise or a later morning schedule. View unique landscapes between Madeira's highest mountains (up to 1862 m). Get picked up at your accommodation with a shared transfer (up to 8 guests per van) and head to the 2nd highest mountain, Pico do Arieiro. Get instructions and map explanations from your host along with a schedule. Hike for 5 hours from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo and then Achada do Teixeira (10 km). Be picked up after the hike at Achada do Teixeira in the parking lot. Hike information: • Duration: 5 hours • Extension: 10 km • Starting point: Pico do Arieiro (1818 m) • Ending point: Achada do Teixeira (1600 m) • Max elevation: 1862 m (Pico Ruivo) • Min elevation: 1548 m Transfer information: • Capacity: 8 people • From the city to Pico do Arieiro: average 1.5 hour • From Achada do Teixeira to the city: average 1.5 hour • Pick-up/Dropoff limits: Funchal and Caniço areas exclusively

From Funchal: Transfer to Pico do Arieiro & Pico Ruivo Trail

From Funchal: Transfer to Pico do Arieiro & Pico Ruivo Trail

Enjoy a flexible transfer from Funchal to Pico do Arieiro to enjoy the hike all the way to Pico Ruivo. Trek up to the highest and second-highest mountains on Madeira at your own pace and enjoy pickup and drop-off at your accommodation. Receive instructions from the host, and learn about the schedule and where you will pass by. The day before the hike, get the exact pickup time and a weather forecast to get ready for your transfer (conformation needed). Get picked up at your accommodation in Funchal and dropped off at the entrance to Pico do Arieiro to begin your self-guided hike. Soak in the natural scenery around you as you walk for 5 hours from mountain to mountain on a hiking trail. Walk up to 1862 meters in elevation at the Pico Ruivo, the highest peak on Madeira Island. When you're done exploring, head to the parking lot area at Achada do Teixeira.

Madeira: Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo Hike

Madeira: Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo Hike

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!

Funchal/Caniço: Sunrise Pico do Arieiro & PR1 Hike Transfer

Funchal/Caniço: Sunrise Pico do Arieiro & PR1 Hike Transfer

Let the van take the strain with organised transportation to some of Madeira's best hiking locations. See the sun rise above scenic trails with timed departures from across the island. Meet your van at one of the pickup points and be transported straight to the trailhead. Experience the serenity of the awakening day amidst the striking peaks of Madeira. Once completing your hike, benefit from timed transportation back to your chosen stop. Have peace of mind that you will catch the sunrise with each trip timed to ensure that this happens.

Madeira: Shuttle for Sunrise Hike at Pico do Arieiro

Madeira: Shuttle for Sunrise Hike at Pico do Arieiro

Welcome to our Mountain Sunrise Service, where you can experience the beauty of a mountain sunrise and hike at your own pace. If you're someone who loves to witness the first light of the day and embark on a breathtaking hike, then this is the ideal service for you. Our pickups begin bright and early, starting at 5:20 a.m. during the summer and 6:00 a.m. in the winter. We will pick you up from your location and transfer you to Pico do Areeiro. You will receive a time confirmation the day before your scheduled pickup. After enjoying the awe-inspiring sunrise, we’ll arrange a pickup at the other end at 12:00 midday in the summer and 1:00 p.m. in the winter, allowing you to hike at your own pace. Your hike will start from Pico do Areeiro and end at the Pico Ruivo car park in Achada da Teixeira. Once you've completed your hike, will be waiting to transport you back to Funchal, ensuring a comfortable and convenient return journey. Join our Mountain Sunrise Service and let us take care of the logistics while you focus on enjoying the majestic sunrise and the freedom of hiking at your own pace.

Funchal: Morning Transfer Pico Do Arieiro Pico Ruivo Hike

Funchal: Morning Transfer Pico Do Arieiro Pico Ruivo Hike

Benefit from a morning transfer service from Funchal or Caniço to embark on your self-guided hike of Pico do Arieiro and Pico Ruivo. After pickup from your accommodation, drive to Pico Do Arieiro in the late morning where the hike starts. Your driver will provide a briefing with all the information needed about the route and the timings. You can walk on your own or join other people in the group. Walk from Pico Do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo, the highest mountain on Madeira Island with 1862 meters of altitude. You will have between 4 and a half hours to 5 hours to complete the hike, which is plenty of time even for slow hikers. Admire breathtaking views along the trail and feel as if you are walking above the clouds. On the challenging path, you will find a few tunnel walks and the famous stairs to heaven. Finally, arrive at Achada Do Teixeira, the ending point of the hike. Your driver will be waiting there to bring you back to your accommodation.

Madeira: Pico Ruivo Guided Sunrise Hike with Hotel Pickup

Madeira: Pico Ruivo Guided Sunrise Hike with Hotel Pickup

Admire Madeira's starry night sky on a guided trek up to the jagged Pico Ruivo. Enjoy a warm cup of tea while you catch the first rays of sunlight from the island's highest point and relax with a transfer back to your accommodation at the end of your hike. Start your early-morning adventure with a convenient pickup directly from your accommodation. Then, drive for about 1 hour to Achada do Teixeira, where your trek begins. Take some time to admire the starry sky and gaze up at the Milky Way above before you begin the 260-meter climb up to Pico Ruivo. Reach the dramatic peak, the highest point on Madeira, in time to watch the first rays of sunlight illuminate the island below you. Sip on a cup of tea and refuel with a healthy granola bar while you soak in the magnificent views and take photos. Finally, begin your descent back to the car park where your hike began and enjoy a comfortable journey back to your accommodation to finish your tour.

From Funchal: Pico Do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo Sunrise Hike

From Funchal: Pico Do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo Sunrise Hike

Explore Madeira Island's highest mountain on paths that are only accessible by foot with this convenient van transfer from Pico Do Arieiro. Enjoy a convenient transfer in an air-conditioned minivan from Funchal or Canico to Pico Do Arieiro, with a pick-up in Achada do Teixeira after Pico Ruivo hike. Be picked up early in the morning from your accommodation in Funchal or Canico. Sit back and relax in a spacious minivan as you ride through the countryside to Pico Do Arieiro, the 3rd highest mountain on the Island. Hike to the top before sunrise and take in the myriad of colors that paint the sky. Take your time as you walk and set your own pace or join others in the group. It takes 4 and a half hours to complete the hike but it can take longer depending on the agility level of the person. Travel from Pico Do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo, the highest mountain on Madeira Island with 1862 meters of altitude.  Keep an eye out for vibrantly colored birds as you walk above the clouds. Pass thorugh tunnels and go up the famed Stairway to Heaven path. Continue on to Achada Do Teixeira where you can board the minivan for the ride back to your accommodation. 

From Funchal: Transfer to Pico do Arieiro / Pico Ruivo

From Funchal: Transfer to Pico do Arieiro / Pico Ruivo

Embark on a flexible and immersive journey with our bespoke transfer service from Funchal to Ponta de São Lourenço in Caniçal, unlocking the extraordinary hiking experience along this rugged peninsula. As you traverse the cliffs and peaks of Ponta de São Lourenço at your leisure, savor the freedom of trekking amidst breathtaking coastal landscapes and dramatic ocean views. The day prior to your adventure, anticipate precise pickup arrangements, ensuring you're well-prepared for your exploration of this coastal marvel. Your excursion begins with a seamless pickup at your accommodation in Funchal, transporting you to the trailhead of Ponta de São Lourenço to commence your self-guided hike. Immerse yourself in the natural splendour as you navigate the winding paths, experiencing approximately a 4-hour journey through this unique terrain. Reach the pinnacle of your adventure as you absorb the panoramic vistas from the highest points of Ponta de São Lourenço. After your exploration, relax as we transfer you back to your desired location, ensuring a comfortable and hassle-free conclusion to your coastal escapade. Book your transfer now and elevate your Madeira experience with seamless logistics and captivating coastal vistas.

Funchal/Caniço: PR1 Pico Ruivo - Pico do Areeiro Transfer

Funchal/Caniço: PR1 Pico Ruivo - Pico do Areeiro Transfer

Drop off at Achada da Teixeira Car Park and Return from Pico do Areeiro. Embark on a remarkable journey with our Round Trip Transfer from Funchal to Pico Ruivo - Pico do Areeiro self-guided hike. Dive into Madeira's enchanting landscapes as you venture into these iconic peaks. Our hassle-free transfer service ensures you're all set for the trail at your own pace. Discover panoramic vistas, lush terrain, and the thrill of conquering two of Madeira's highest points. Experience the magic of self-guided exploration while we handle your transportation. Prepare for an adventure that merges natural beauty and personal freedom on this extraordinary hike.

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What people are saying about Pico Ruivo

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4.8
(1,216 reviews)

Excellent trip—highly recommend! I had a really fun and wonderful time. Helder was a great guide and provided lots of information about the plants along the trail and also about Madeira’s history. He was friendly, conversational, and spoke and understood English fluently. Despite many different walking paces of everyone in the group, Helder kept us all together and we did not lose anyone at the end. Even for the fastest hikers, rest assured, there’s plenty of time to see and take photos of many of the different views along the trail. A plus is that because you start at Pico do Arieiro and end at Vereda do Pico Ruivo, you get to see different views as you walk along instead of similar ones if you did an out and back hike by yourself. Pick up/drop off in Santa Cruz was free.

Filipe is a good tourguide to the Pico tell a lot about Madeira on the way. And Logan she is very clear about the things you need during the day and her communication is good. I had a great trip today !!

The driver was very nice, could tell a lot about the area and (fortunately) had extra vests in the trunk. Keep in mind that it can be very cold at the top!

This hike was breath taking the climb was not as hard as I thought with just one section of steep stairs

Lovely views, well timed guide. We got to the pick up location with spare time for lunch at cafe.