Madeira Laurel Forest Ecotour

Levada walk through the Laurel forest. A slow, short, flat and easy walk to watch endemic birds, trees, flowers, butterflies and to admire beautiful views of Madeira mountains.

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Madeira Levada on the Laurel Forest Tour Ribeiro Frio, Madeira Island Mandon's Chrysanthemum (Argyranthemum pinnatifidum succulentum) Madeira central mountainous massif View of Funchal, Madeira Island Madeira Island Laurel Forest North view Funchal Ecological Park

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Highlights

  • Easy, flat, 1.5 km walk each way with nature interpretation
  • A 5 senses tour through Madeira's native fauna and flora
  • Observe Trocaz Pigeon, Madeira Firecrest and Madeira's subspecies of Chaffinch
  • Admire breathtaking landscapes and beautiful endemic flowers
  • Friendly, local, naturalist tour leaders, very knowledgeable & experienced

Detailed Description

Get to know Madeira Laurel Forest allying sightseeing with nature interpretation. Understand the adaptations of the flora and fauna to the island and why Madeira has so many species that do not occur anywhere else.

The ride from Funchal to Ribeiro Frio takes about 45 minutes after which we are ready to start our interpretative walk, evoking our 5 senses.

At about 600 meters of altitude we start following a path alongside a water channel built for irrigation which in Madeira is called "Levada". It guides us through the evergreen native forest comprising many endemic species as Bay Laurel Laurus novocanariensis, Lily-of-the-Valley tree Clethra arborea, Broom heather Erica scoparia, Tree header Erica arborea, Madeira Blueberry Vaccinium padifolium, Madeira Crane's Bill Geranium palmatum, Shrubby Sow Thistle Sonchus fruticosus and many others. Only when the sun is higher up we will start to observe the tiny Madeira Firecrest Regulus madeirensis and butterflies as Madeira Speckled Wood Pararge xiphia and Madeira Brimstone Gonepteryx maderensis.

Arriving at the viewpoint, if on a clear day, you will be amazed by the scenery of majestic mountains surrounding you and a deep valley cut by a river which flows to the blue sea. Here the Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs maderensis is used to people and usually get very close to us while the Trocaz Pigeon Columba trocaz flies or feeds on Laurel Trees down the valley.

The return is partly by the same path until we get to a short-cut to the hamlet passing through some cultivated fields.

After this walk and weather and time permitting, there might a stop at another viewpoint where one may admire steep coastal cliffs and where it is also possible to observe Atlantic Canary Serinus canaria, Buzzard Buteo buteo, Kestrel Falco tinnunculus canariensis and Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea schmitzi.

Birds seen on this tour (last 14 days) More news at MadeiraBirds.com

  • Madeira Firecrest Regulus madeirensis
  • Madeiran Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs maderensis
  • Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea schmitzi
  • Kestrel Falco tinnunculus canariensis
  • Common Buzzard Buteo buteo
  • Atlantic Canary Serinus canaria
  • Berthelot's Pipit Anthus berthelotii
  • Trocaz Pigeon Columba trocaz
  • Eurasian Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla heineken

Tour days: Friday
Departure times: 9am
Typical duration: 3 hours and a half

Space: minimum 1, maximum 6
Staff to Guest ratio?: 1:6
Tour Languages: English and Portuguese

Pick up location: Free pick up is available from all Funchal, Caniço and Câmara de Lobos hotels or similar accommodation. Other locations please contact us.
Return details: Tour concludes at original point of pick up.

Friendly advices: A jacket is always useful for the altitude cold, a hat and a bottle of water
Photography: Allowed.

General itinerary dependable on the weather and wildlife.

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