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Sunrise Transfer To Pico Do Arieiro, Hike To Pico Ruivo & Return From Teixeira

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Funchal, Portugal
Sunrise Transfer To Pico Do Arieiro, Hike To Pico Ruivo & Return From Teixeira
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icon7 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

One of the most popular hikes in Madeira is the challenging trek between the Arieiro and Ruivo mountain peaks. Take the guesswork out of getting there by booking a transfer service to easily get to and from the hike. This is not a guided tour but an easy way for visitors who don't have cars to access the hike.
  • Set your own pace to complete the hike
  • A sunrise start means scenic hiking views
  • Hassle-free transfers from Funchal and Caniço
  • A smaller bus means fewer stops along the way
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This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Parque 2000 , 9000-900 Funchal, Portugal

For customers coming by car to Funchal from other parts of the island outside our pick-up areas (Funchal and Caniço) we recommend to park at Parque 2000 as it is the cheapest and most comfortable parking of Funchal center. We will pick you and drop you there.

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Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
11/9/2019 - 7/16/2023
Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 02:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.We pick-up customers in all type of accommodations in Funchal and Caniço (hotel, hostel, Airbnb, apartments, etc.) We will notify your exact time of pick-up 1 day before your transfer in the evening, via WhatsApp or email. Please provide your phone number with country code, email, name of your accommodation, address, and a reference point. You can also find in our profile: "Morning Hike from Pico Do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo".
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Pico Transfers
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.
  • 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 Sunrise Transfer To Pico Do Arieiro, Hike To Pico Ruivo & Return From Teixeira?
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 Sunrise Transfer To Pico Do Arieiro, Hike To Pico Ruivo & Return From Teixeira.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Sunrise Transfer To Pico Do Arieiro, Hike To Pico Ruivo & Return From Teixeira?
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 Sunrise Transfer To Pico Do Arieiro, Hike To Pico Ruivo & Return From Teixeira.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sunrise Transfer To Pico Do Arieiro, Hike To Pico Ruivo & Return From Teixeira?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Sunrise Transfer To Pico Do Arieiro, Hike To Pico Ruivo & Return From Teixeira.

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  • "This is the perfect option if you want to hike alone or with friends only." See review
  • "This is a drop off and collect service and it’s fab, works really well giving you the freedom to explore and do your own pace Great communication and advice Value for money Hope you expand the service" See review
  • "The day was not the best to enjoy the trekking, very rainy but still a must!!" See review

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star-5
The Driver was really...
Ramona_H
, Jul 2022
The Driver was really nice! He told us a lot about the places we drove through and he also gave good recommendations for restaurants! I really enjoyed the drive!
star-5
Amazing hike and perfect service!
Tim_B
, Jun 2022
We we’re picked up by the friendly driver Kevin right on time. He gave us a little backstory of Madeira and the walk. The hike itself was really good. We were very lucky with the weather and had the most amazing views during the hike. We got plenty of time to enjoy and take pictures on the way to get picked up right on time again.
star-5
Well organized tour, great experience!
Youjia_H
, Jun 2022
It was a very well organized and comfortable trip. Way ahead of the trip day, Elisabeth from the office has contacted us immediately for possible change of plans due to landslides on mountains; she was always quick to respond. She provided all needed information the day before the tour. We were 8 people in total, Luís the driver was also very kind. On the day he picked us up from each accommodation, then drove us to and from the mountains safely, telling stories of the island In between. Unfortunately the weather was cloudy and it drizzled that we didn’t see much of the surroundings while hiking, but it gave a mysterious touch to the jungle-like hike way filled with subtropical plants. The 4.5 hours time they give us could be a little tight if you take a lot of pictures on the way like I did, but I made it to the pick-up point just on time after all. I’d be happy to be on their tour again when I come back!
star-5
Wow
Julie_A
, Jun 2022
Our driver was really awesome, and super friendly. He welcomed everyone, gave us a lot of extra information and his English was perfect. The sunrise was incredible and I enjoyed the hike even more. It did start out foggy but by the end of the hike it was totally clear apart from a few clouds. I would say I'm in average shape (ie. not fit, but not terribly unfit) and it was definitely hard, had to take many breaks. However there was no areas that was difficult skill-wise. A path all the way through, a rope to help you out in a lot of places, and some metal stairs (the hardest part IMO). The views were just incredible. I couldn't stop saying "Wow"!
star-5
Best day on the island
Lefteris_V
, Jun 2022
Breath taking views - Incredible landscapes - Moderate intensity activity - Louis and Elisabeth have been amazing and extremely helpful - on time to pick us up in order to see the sunrise and always on messages checking on us when a landslide happened that caused some relevant disruption - Strongly recommended!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best way to access this hike
Ieva_A
, May 2022
Perfect organizing, everything right on time, very good instructions before the hike. Very convenient, can not imagine a better way to do this hike (if come by car, could not make the full hike or it would be too long to come back. The path is very well marked so I do not see a need for private guide at this particular route)
star-5
Great experience!
malou_b
, May 2022
- Perfectly organized - detailed information provided - more than enough time to do the hike. - friendly drivers
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best Experience Ever
Isabelle_C
, Apr 2022
Getting out the door at 5 am was totally worth it. Our driver got us there in perfect time for a dramatic sunset. The most unique and exciting sunset ever! The hike itself was breathtaking at every moment. We had a time schedule based on our pick up time in Teixeira but the time allotted was plenty to complete the hike at a good pace with tons of picture and snack time. We would do it again!
star-5
Amazing trip
Monika_F
, Apr 2022
Lots of fun driving through extremely narrow and steep passages🙂Admiring breathtaking views of Madeira.
star-5
Transfer to Pico Do Areiro. Return from Achada Do Texeira.
Joshua_F
, Apr 2022
Kevin & Elisabeth were on time and very communicative so we knew exactly what was happening at all times. Friendly & informative. A perfect transfer to experience the hike from Pico Do Areiro to Ruivo to Texeira. Sunrise was cold so I would reccomend wearing layers, which Elisabeth mentioned, but I chose to ignore!!! Thanks team.
star-5
Stunning Pico Ruivo
Nick_B
, Apr 2022
We had booked for the Sunrise Transfer To Pico Do Arieiro, however that was cancelled due to bad weather and problems with the track. Elizabeth contacted me and offered a couple of alternative walks and dates. Her communication was fantastic and in a couple of days we rebooted on another hike. Kevin our driver was brilliant in picking us up, explaining the details of the hike and also for stories and local information on transit. Thank you so much for making sure we saw the fantastic sites of Pico Ruivo. Even though it wasn't the tour we booked it was still brilliant!
star-5
Our hike PR.1 was swapped...
Lydia_C
, Apr 2022
Our hike PR.1 was swapped for PR 1.1 because the route was closed. PR 1.1 was tough going. You need to be pretty fit as it’s up the whole way for circa 3 hours. Have to be a confident hiker. However, as with all tough hill walks you are rewarded with incredible views. To be above the clouds is stunning! Fab experience. Drive up/back to hotel was quick and smooth. Friendly, helpful, informative staff! Highly recommend
star-5
It was raining but...
Lilia_C
, Apr 2022
It was raining but nevertheless was good experience. Unfortunately couldn't see the island from the top.
star-1
Poorly planned
Louise_A
, Mar 2022
Firstly, my hotel was in Santa Cruz & the company refused to pick me up there & only allowed Funchal pick ups (other companies picked me up from my hotel with no problem). Secondly, as I was trying to find the pick-up point in Funchal, I scratched the rental car and on my way back from the hike, my car was tolled away from the police in a place they suggested I park and I quote “ was free to park” even though it was not free to park there. Thirdly, the driver (supposedly tour guide Kevin), did not guide us on the mountain, instead, he dropped up off, told us where the meeting points were and we had to make our own way there. If I wanted to order a taxi driver, I would have ordered one. It was fine to get to as the trial is self explanatory, however, the hike is dangerous, if someone had slipped or injured themselves, who do we turn to? Who do we ask for help? I didn’t have signal on my phone. Moreover, I was on this trip solo, so it would have at least been nice to have had the option of having the tour guide with us, as the hike is not an easy one
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hi Louise, I'm sorry for your experience but I must say that we are absolutely shocked by this review and with all due respect I invite you to remove it as it is extremely unfair and it makes no sense. We have almost 50 reviews 5 stars in this channel and more than 200 reviews 5 stars in other channels, which can speak for ourselves. 1. I STRONGLY suggest you for the future to actually read the service that you are booking. Each company have their own rules and is up to you to accept them or not and to book or not. We did not refused to pick you up in Santa Cruz, it is simply not a part of our pick-up area. It is in the description and we informed you as soon as you booked and you agreed to come to Funchal. You could have canceled if you wanted to. 2. Your quotation about the parking I don't know where is it coming from. I quote the real message which is "it is the cheapest and most comfortable parking of the city center". We have recommended that parking for 2 and a half years and NOBODY has had a problem before. It sounds to me, that you did not want to pay for parking and parked outside the parking, which we had no idea and it is NOT what we recommended. We said "Parque 2000" which in Google Maps is very visible that it is an inside paid parking. Not the street outside the parking. 3. Again, I recommend you to read our description. You booked a service called "SUNRISE TRANSFER" NOT "Sunrise Guided Tour". And in the description you can easily read that is a concept specifically for those that wants to hike ALONE in their own tempo. We sell a TRANSFER SERVICE and that is clearly marked everywhere. If you wanted a guided tour you should have booked one. Not a transfer service. 4. The hike is NOT dangerous, please do not spread false statements. The path is absolutely maintained and marked all the way. And besides our customers, there are around 500 to 1000 people PER DAY going by car or taxi and hiking ALONE. I kindly invite you to reconsider and remove this review. You clearly did not read the title, the description, the explanation about the parking, NOTHING! And it is highly unfair to rate our service based on the fact that you did not knew what you were booking and you did not want to pay for parking and got your car towed.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Awesome
Bianca_S
, Feb 2022
It was very beautiful to start the hike during sunrise. If you have an everage level of hiking you will be fine with the hike. We were not experienced or anything and we still had time left in the end, even with breaks during the hike. Just be prepared for mustle strain the next day ;)
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Transfer was on time and...
Emma_B
, Feb 2022
Transfer was on time and we were given clear directions and timings. I was nervous going by myself but it was the best hike Ihave done. The transfers were seamless
star-5
Patience was well rewarded ;)
KristiR
, Dec 2021
I tried three times to get to this tour. In December, the Master of the Weather is moody even in Madeira. Patience was well rewarded: the timing of me taking this hike was just perfect! Perfect sunrise followed by a perfect hike. Big thanks to Pico Transfers - I'm not sure if I would have got the same experience otherwise.
star-5
Pico do areeiro - Pico ruivo
Filipa_T
, Nov 2021
Due to the weather conditions we could not do the tour that we booked for. However, the Viator team was very efficient, and professional, and asked us if we could and would like to do the tour at another time, which we did. Everything took place as planed, picking up times both at home and after the tour. The pandemic hygienic procedures were carried on at all times. We really enjoyed it and would be happy to book with Viator again.
star-5
Wonderful experience
GraceMurray
, Nov 2021
Excellent service by Kevin and Elisabeth. The trip was awesome, made all three better by the fantastic weather. The hike is challenging though and i think it should state more clearly that a good level of fitness is needed.
star-5
Excellent trip
Meghan_J
, Oct 2021
One of the most amazing experiences from start to finish. Communication from Elisabeth was excellent and I cannot recommend Filipe highly enough. I was slightly nervous as this was my first solo hike but was put completely at ease by the friendly and professional transfer, as well as Filipe talking us all through the map. Quiet route due to the time and a sunrise I won’t forget.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for your awesome review :-) I am happy to know that you had a great experience!

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