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Pico Ruivo, Curral das Freiras

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Pico Ruivo is the highest peak on Madeira Island. It can be reached only by foot, usually either from Pico do Arieiro (3rd highest) after a strenuous hike, or from Achada do Teixeira via a shorter, easier trail. There is an additional trail leading west to Encumeada. The hut just below the summit is now open, and there are water tap and toilets available.

Pico Ruivo is 1,861 metres (6,106 ft) high and provides panoramic views of the island from coast to coast, but unpredictable weather conditions can make it quite dangerous.

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  • I started my hike from Pico do Arieiro and ended at Achada do Teixera. I personally found the hike quite challenging, and partly because it was my first mountain hike since the pandemic started and... 
    I started my hike from Pico do Arieiro and ended at Achada do Teixera. I personally found the hike quite challenging, and partly because it was my first mountain hike since the pandemic started and...  more »
  • How to explain I started at Achadas do Teixeira It s November , fresh air , stunning blue sky First stop at Pico Ruivo refuge Then I discovered stunning view point and suddenly the rain arrives... 
    How to explain I started at Achadas do Teixeira It s November , fresh air , stunning blue sky First stop at Pico Ruivo refuge Then I discovered stunning view point and suddenly the rain arrives...  more »
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  • Great climb and impressive view. Recommend bringing long sleeves and long pants as it gets quite cold up top. Also good to bring a breathable rain coat as the weather was unpredictable.
  • Be sure to arrive during sunrise, you will be awarded with the amazing view and colours on the mountains. We started at Pico do Ariero and to reach Pico Ruivo but unfortunately, we did have to turn back after 1 hour because a landslide happened yesterday and it was too dangerous to cross, leading to many people returning as all. When we returned the police was about to investigate the area. But still, totally worth hiking up to that point.

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