If you stay in Madeira, you should definitely hike to Pico Ruivo in good weather, the views are gigantic! For more alpine tours, the hike from Encumeada Pass to Pico Ruivo is ideal, we hiked it in February 2017, absolutely fantastic!
However, depending on the season, you should pay attention to the temperature differences in the altitude, it can happen that in Funchal people splash around in the sea, while in the mountains there are icy temperatures (at least at night). We found puddles still frozen over in the morning.
April 7, 2017
The path from the Achada do Teixeira (northeast) is a continuous paved walk for walkers, in 30-40 minutes you are on the top. However, you have to pay attention to the height. At 20 ° C on the beach, there may be minus degrees at the summit where you want your cap and gloves.
The road from the south (Pico de Arriero), in about 2 hours is due to landslides and very well secured. He requires good surefootedness and absolutely no fear of heights and leads through a spectacular rock scenery. A headlamp is useful, (which also applies to a helmet, but you never see). He is challenging with about 1000 Hm.
The way from the west (Vereda do Chao dos Louros) is the longest and most strenuous, duration about 4h at 2000 Hm. He is often used by trail runners as a training route.
March 27, 2017
Anyone who sets off at sunrise has at least the easy route to themselves and gets a wonderful sunrise (usually over the clouds) to see the Pico do Arieiro. It also has the advantage of getting started early before the clouds eventually reach the peaks around noon.
The weather is wonderful here: meteoblue.com/de/wetter/vorhersage/woche/pico-do-arieiro_portugal_2271550
where it is more important to pay attention to wind and thunderstorms, as in sunshine hours, as these are usually more than stated and rain and clouds accordingly less, as both usually get stuck under the ridge.
June 29, 2017
The Pico Ruivo, also called Rothaarspitze, is Madeira's highest peak (1862 m).
He can be climbed on various hiking trails. The simplest variant is the PR 1.2 from the hiking car park Achada do Teixeira.
Alternatively - and recommended for lovers of alpine mountaineering - the tours are from the trail parking lot of the Pico do Arieiro (black) or from the Encumeada Pass (black) coming from. Alternatively, you can also go there afterwards (red).
September 28, 2015
The climb is well worth it, whether on the long trip from Pico do Arieiro or from the parking lot of Pico Ruivo. Due to the thinner and usually faster air, the view down to the valley and the Atlantic Ocean is a worthwhile present!
On a clear day even Madeira's sister island Porto Santo can be seen.
April 15, 2019
Very well developed for tourists, many visitors find their way to the Pico Ruivo. But that does not break the whole thing. If you want to be alone, you have to start at sunrise. You have a great panoramic view when the clouds play along. We were lucky that the cloud cover stopped around the 1400m, so you have wandered over the clouds.
July 27, 2019
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