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Ribeiro Frio, Portela Walk

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Escape to the peace and tranquility of the beautiful Laurissilva forest with this daylong walk from Ribeiro Frio to Portela.

Skip the over crowded bus tours the cruise lines offer when you book this full day adventure excursion, that brings you up close and personal with the natural beauty of the Laurissilva forest.

The ancient forest in Madeira is around 20 million years old and a natural UNESCO World Heritage site. During this 11 kilometers (6.84 miles), moderate walk from Ribeiro Frio to Portela, you will enter a magical forest, full of lush moss and a wide variety of plants and beautiful birds.

Your fully qualified, local and knowledgeable mountain guide will lead you past Laurel, Mahogany, Barbusan and many other trees reaching up to 40 meters (131 feet) into the sky while sharing the forest's history and secrets with you. Keep an eye out for orchids and geraniums, as well as the endemic Trocaz pigeon as you walk along the levada and enjoy the peaceful ambience. The total time you will walk is approximately 4 hours.

Go ahead, this is your chance to take a walk on the wild side when you book this small group tour that provides an intimate and up close experience in the countryside.

About Shore Excursions Group
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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memorie ...
from $54.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Active, Scenic, Cultural
Tour Duration
7.5 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier.
Food/Beverage Provided
Not included.
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes (no flip-flops, or sandals) or hiking boots. Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are suggested. You should bring a bottle of water, granola bar and light snack and a light weight, waterproof jacket. The weather can change quickly.
Guests must be able to walk a roughly 6.85 miles (11 kms) over 4 to 4.5 hours with varying terrain with inclines and steps. Due to the quick pace, this tour is not suitable for any mobility restricted traveler including guests who need to sit and rest periodically. Parents with small children should take the terrain into consideration and use a baby carrier instead of a stroller since the paths are not all accessible to baby carriages. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.