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Madeira Levada Walk - Rabacal Lakes and Fountains

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Funchal, Portugal
Madeira Levada Walk - Rabacal Lakes and Fountains
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icon7 to 9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Get acquainted with the verdant natural splendor of Madeira on a full-day tour of North West Madeira from Funchal. Alongside a knowledgeable guide, discover the secreted treasures of the Laurisilva Forest and enjoy the tranquility exuded by its abundance of flora and fauna. Continue to the spectral Rabacal Lake, home to 25 fountains and beautiful cascading waterfalls, and spend some relaxed free time enjoying the area of outstanding natural beauty. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Funchal hotel on this enriching excursion.
  • Full-day tour to Laurisilva Forest and Rabacal Lake from Funchal
  • Hike through the beautiful flora and fauna of Larisilva Forest with your expert guide
  • Marvel at the sight of 25 fountains and cascading waterfalls at Rabacal Lake
  • Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Funchal hotel
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Driver/guide
Professional guide
Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
Gratuities
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Estrada Monumental, 284, Edf. Monumental Lido, 3.º andar, 9000-116 Funchal, Portugal

Will will confirm exact pickup location with confirmation e-mail

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 17 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Nature Meetings
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 a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience 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 Madeira Levada Walk - Rabacal Lakes and Fountains?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Madeira Levada Walk - Rabacal Lakes and Fountains?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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star-3
Only 3 stars because the pre tour...
Ged S
, Nov 2017
Only 3 stars because the pre tour communication was so poor. The telephone number on the voucher was not in use and emails received no response. The tour company finally made contact at 6pm the night before to provide pick up details. Picked up at 8.40am.. walk started at 10.40am. Not surprisingly wed been delayed because of a pick up mix up. Its a nice waik and the tour guide, Gloria, was excellent. Got off to a slow start due to two unfit americans who only just about managed the first 2 kms on a paved path before giving up and getting in the rescue van. Main problem with the walk is that its overcrowded...its way too busy. Also helps if youre okay going close to 6 hours without atoilet.
star-3
to be honest, this walk can be done...
jieh37
, Nov 2017
to be honest, this walk can be done by yourself with the necessary research and willingness to drive around the island to get to the walk. this tour is good for pple who don't drive, don't do much researching and solo pplein a way. it's nice to the someone pick you up and just guide you along the paths so you don't have to worry if you get lost, etc. if you are fast and adventurous, you may feel held back and you generally have to go at the pace of the slowest member in the group. also the first walk idea is not exclusive to any tour company as i found out. there were already a lot of other tour groups and independant trekkers there already. it all boils down to who has less and easier members to pick up and of course, who has the faster vehicle. the guide did give certain information during the walk but i felt that more information could have be shared. the infos given were basic and could be read up on your own in the internet if you want.
star-4
This was our first trip to Madeira...
Christine M
, Sep 2017
This was our first trip to Madeira so we thought it would be a good plan to go on a guided walk or two rather than set off independently straight away. The added bonus of a guided trip is also the transport being laid on, avoiding the need to negotiate the winding roads and enabling drop off and pick up at different locations at the beginning and end of the walk. When we booked this one, we didn't quite appreciate that it was one of the most popular of the guided levada walks and that it would be quite as busy as it was. Our day began when we were picked up by the minibus at a pre-arranged spot. Our guide for the day was Rita, who proved to be well-informed, knowledgeable and concerned for our safety, wellbeing and enjoyment. We were a group of 10, mixed in terms of nationality, age and walking experience. It was a good size of group, unlike some of the other guided groups we met. Our first stop was at a small village supermarket, with a cafe and toilet facilities. Rita also took the time to show us our route on the map, which was helpful. Our route from there was up a steep road to the Paul de Sierra. The sun was shining, and it was magnificent. We set off from where the minibus had dropped dropped us off, our driver having ensured we all had torches for later in the day. The first part of the route was down a tarmac road, leaving it to descend on a cobbled path. The native woodland was beautiful, and Rita was great at pointing out flora and fauna. The walk to the waterfall was lovely, and a welcome stop there allowed for a snack, before we headed down to the levada leading to 25 Fontes. This section was quite slow, mainly because of the need for care because of the narrow path, and also because of the number of people coming back from the 25 Fontes. When we got there, we were out of the sun so it was quite cool. Loads of people having lunch. No toilet facilities of course. We stopped for 45 minutes, possibly slightly longer than needed, but not a problem. Setting off again, it didn't seem to take us long to retrace our steps on the levada, before taking a new stretch along to where a very long tunnel cut through the mountain. We were glad of jackets and needed the torches for the 700 metres, moving from the north side of the island to the south. Having been in sun or able to see the sun through the trees for most of the day, we were surprised to come out of the tunnel into cloud and mist. A relatively short walk led us to where the minibus was waiting for us. Down the mountain, a very welcome stop allowed bathroom visits and drinks, some of us sampling the local Ponchas. It was also nice to have time to chat further to others in the group. Back in the minibus, it was about 30 minutes back to the first drop off point on the outskirts of Funchal. All in all, a very good experience. Big thanks to Rita. Also very grateful for the way staff dealt with walking poles left in the minibus - a phone call and clear explanation of when they would be dropped in at the office and could be collected. We have booked another two walks during our stay in Madeira.
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star-4
Fantastic day on this Levada walk...
ANNE M
, Jun 2017
Fantastic day on this Levada walk led by Denis who was very entertaining and informative. Lovely walk to and from dramatic lake with many streams flowing down but very busy area so you need to prepare yourself for that. 4 stars as admin was hopeless. No communication until late afternoon day before.
star-5
We were picked up promptly at our...
Debra_K
, Apr 2017
We were picked up promptly at our hotel by the mini bus driver and tour guide. Had a comfortable journey to the start of the walk via a stop for coffee/picnic things/toilet. Our guide was keen for us to have a great walk but was also to have a safe walk so stressed the right way to walk a levada. Very reassuring. He was very knowledgeable about the area and knew his plants and wildlife. A very enjoyable walk even providing torches when going through a tunnel. Would thoroughly recommend this trip.
star-5
Loved the tour but my wife found it...
Steve_R
, Sep 2016
Loved the tour but my wife found it a bit nervey due to some of the drops. Beautiful scenery and a brilliant, multilingual and informative guide in Gabriel. So if you get the chance, do this tour but not if you're a bit nervous of heights
star-5
This was a very nice tour. The guide...
Mila
, Jan 2016
This was a very nice tour. The guide made enough stops to enjoy the views and timed the tour so that we arrived before the other groups and had time to enjoy the fountains by ourselves. During levada walk you have to keep your eyes on the ground to stay safe. So making enough stops is essential. Even though our guide did not have a big script for the tour, but he has good humor and always answered the questions about history and nature.
star-5
Wonderful guide. Superb and worth every...
Lesley P
, Jan 2016
Wonderful guide. Superb and worth every penny. Do not hesitate to book this trip.
star-4
Very good trip,the organisation was...
Ms gm H
, Oct 2015
Very good trip,the organisation was fine and bus picked me up exactly when and where agreed.guide was extremely informative about native plants and wildlife and the walk was spectacular through amazing scenery,but mostly pretty flat for actual walking.final part walking through 800 metre tunnel was unique in my experience!altogether a really good day out.
star-3
No es tan espectacular como otras...
Maria Begoña I
, Feb 2016
No es tan espectacular como otras levadas de la isla. Lo que mas no llamo la atencion los pajritos que comian de tu mano. Nuestro guia nuno hablaba un español bastante comprensible pero aunque fue correcto no demasiado amable.

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