The Laurel forest, also called laurisilva or laurissilva, is a type of subtropical forest found in areas with high humidity and relatively stable, mild temperatures. The forest is characterized by broadleaf tree species with evergreen, glossy and elongated leaves, known as "laurophyll" or "lauroid". Plants from the laurel family (Lauraceae) are also present at the Madeira´s Laurissilva forest which is a UNESCO heritage site. It is a rare and fragile ecosystem. The paleobotanical record of Madeira reveals that laurissilva forests has existed in this island for at least 1.8 million years. The levada 25 fontes was built in the late 18 th century, and transports water from Rabaçal to the south of the island. Rabaçal can be described as valley of vertical walls where different types of volcanic rock allow water from the upper water table to emerge in the form of numerous fountains along the walls of the mountain.
What's Not Included
Drinks and snacks
INFANT: Age: 6 - 15
ADULT: Age: 16 - 99
Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
Not recommended for pregnant travelers
Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
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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.
Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
The best hiking tour in Madeira
We had a great day hiking with Jorge at Rabacal (Levada das 25 Fontes / Levada do Risco). He is knowledgeable, very friendly and always goes above and beyond to deliver the best adventure.
Hike to 25 Fountains!
Great way to get to know Madeira’s nature and history. We went to Rabaçal and the 25 Fountain’s Waterfall. Jorge is an excellent guide he knows the area by heart and he can give you recommendations about where to go next or which restaurants to visit. I can not recommend it enough!
Excellent tour with Jorje around Rabacal
I had a great day of hiking with Maderia Mountain Tours. Jorje was really knowledgeable on the area, local nature and was able to tailor the tour based on weather and what I wanted to see. Highly recommended :)
Jorge was the best guid who I ever had!!!!The tour was amazing !Was sunny day, the view was beautiful and Jorge could answer for all of my questions(from the plants through the economy)
Lots of love
We had a great hike with Jorge. It was entirely tailored to our needs (ladies in our 50’s & 60’s). Amazing views and very informative. We did a 3 hour tour but Jorge was so flexible allowing us to stop for coffee and a local bar for traditional poncha.
We will return and definitely do another hike with Jorge.
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