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Paradise Valley - Levada Walk

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Funchal, Portugal
Paradise Valley - Levada Walk

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 4 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Hike through the Madeira highlands on a half-day walk that follows the historic Levada da Serra do Faial, a century-old irrigation canal, through lush forest. You’ll cover 3.4 miles (5.5 km) of trail, earn views of Madeiran villages, and see a wide range of plants in a scenic, natural environment. This 4-hour, guided walking tour includes pickup and drop-off at Funchal hotels.
  • Half-day walking tour from Funchal
  • Follow the Levada da Serra do Faial
  • Walk with an experienced guide
  • See the island's plants and trees in a natural environment
  • Pickup and drop-off at Funchal hotels
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Professional guide
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Ports

  • Cruise Terminal Funchal, Av. Sá Carneiro, 9000 Funchal, Portugal


Departure Time

8:30 AM
Meet a driver at your hotel in Funchal for a 9am departure, then travel to the town of Choupana, in the highlands above the Madeira coast.

Set an easy-going pace as you walk alongside an experienced hiking guide, following the Levada da Serra do Faial through the forest—islanders have been building these irrigation canals since the 16th century, bringing water to the most arid places on Madeira. This section of trail is known for a profusion of flowering plants, and the air is scented by thick stands of eucalyptus trees.

Soak up the quiet, peaceful atmosphere of the forest, emerging at point to viewpoints that look out across the picturesque villages that surround Funchal and Camacha.

Your walking tour comes to an end at the historic village of Camacha, known for traditional handicrafts and a thriving local culture. Finish the morning with return transfer to Funchal, and drop-off at your hotel.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Sports shoes with a good grip or hiking boots.
  • Clients must be prepared for all situations due to changing weather conditions.
  • If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Lido Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Paradise Valley - Levada Walk?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Paradise Valley - Levada Walk.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Paradise Valley - Levada Walk?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Paradise Valley - Levada Walk.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Paradise Valley - Levada Walk?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Paradise Valley - Levada Walk.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Paradise Valley - Levada Walk?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Paradise Valley - Levada Walk.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Super flat walk so suitable for all ages and walking capabilities with a nice cafe stop about halfway." See review
  • "There was also a cafe and restroom stop after a couple of hours." See review

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Great levada walk
jacqueline_p
, Dec 2021
Excellent tour yesterday with a very knowledgeable guide. Really worth the trip, very enjoyable. Thank you
star-5
Great experience without too much effort
Gill_K
, Oct 2021
Pleasurable easy going walk in a group of 6. Collected from our hotel on time. Guide & driver both very friendly. Useful information given to us along the walk. Nice café stop too.
star-5
Great experience
Michaela_L
, Oct 2021
Really great experience. Lovely pace of walk . Ruby was a great guide and every question asked Ruby could answer.
star-4
Nice levada
Michael_R
, Oct 2021
Nothing stand out but guide was good and the walk nice and easy. Could have done with a little more wildlife on the journey
star-5
Great half day
Drury_D
, Mar 2020
Great guide.lovely comfortable walk..not a challenge.unfourtunately the coranavirus put pay to the coffee stop ..but overall a lovely half day trip..enjoyed the flora and fauna ..would definitely recommend
star-3
An OK half day
Dylan_C
, Jan 2020
My partner and I decided that we wanted to do a levada walk before leaving Madeira and so we were limited on options due to only having a half day on the morning before we flew home so booked this tour. No water running in the levada which is fine but the guide wouldn't stop talking and he was so loud so it was hardly a relaxing walk especially given he did his talk in both english and german. Super flat walk so suitable for all ages and walking capabilities with a nice cafe stop about halfway. Stopped again on the way home at the wicker basket store/factory however we didn't go inside as this didn't interest us. If I had more time I would probably choose a different tour next time.
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star-5
A lovely walk
Paul W
, May 2019
My partner and I were collected from our hotel in Funchal by our guide and her driver. In total we were a small group of seven, a German couple, and a Norwegian lady and her 3 daughters. We chose this particular Levada walk as the publicity said it was fairly flat and easy and my partner has MS and sometimes has mobility issues. We needn’t have worried, she had no problems and it was just as described. That is not to say it wasn’t interesting or lovely! It was about three and a half hours walking at a fairly gentle pace, with a few stops en route to admire the flora and surroundings. There was also a cafe and restroom stop after a couple of hours. Our guide was lovely, very interesting and informative but also extremely caring to make sure everyone was always ok! Would really recommend if you are looking for a lovely walk that is not too challenging!
star-5
mooie wandeling en zeer goed...
ytje v
, Sep 2016
mooie wandeling en zeer goed geïnformeerde gidse, mooie halve dag besteding. voor iedereen toegankelijk.

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