Ribeiro Frio - Portela

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From $37.03

8 reviews   (5.00)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 4 hours

Departs: Madeira, Madeira

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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This walk is where you will see the natural beauty of our Laurissilva forest, with many endemic species of plants and birds. A walk that will convey a calming and peaceful ambience and give you a remarkable opportunity to admire the unique and oldest laurel treed along the way.

What's Included

Air-conditioned vehicle

All Fees and Taxes

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 4
  • CHILD: Age: 5 - 12
  • ADULT: Age: 13 - 90

Additional Info

  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Specialized infant seats are available

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • 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.


Very enjoyable day out.
dave3smith, 22-10-2019
We were looked after very well. Our guide Susana, aided by Maria, was so friendly and knowledgeable about the walk, the history of Madeira plus the flora and fauna along the way. Best of all she was entertaining and imposed a lively humorous banter amongst our small group. We were a mixture of English and Germans and she spoke well in both our languages.
Our driver was equally entertaining and altogether the friendly attitude of all at Madeira Free Spirit Walks makes them highly recommended.
The walk itself was lovely amongst shade. It did get a bit narrow in parts and was very flat until leaving the levada itself at the end when it is a bit downhill - no problem but I mention this just so you know and as with all these walks a proper pair of walking boots is recommended. A walking pole might be useful but I didn’t take mine and didn’t miss it.
Recomendo vivamente
Cruiser40839139341, 26-08-2021
Atendimento inicial atento, cordial e colaborante. Percurso muito bonito, bem organizado, com guia conhecedor e competente. Procurarei repetir a experiência quando voltar à Madeira.
An excellent walk, well-organised and well-guided.
Ian5426, 15-04-2022
This was my fourth walk with Free Spirits, and lived up to expectations. The collection and bus trip was trouble-free. Our guide Alvaro, was outstanding - knowledgeable, humorous and safety conscious. The walk was stimulating, at a comfortable pace, with plenty of time to ask questions and learn. We spent 30 minutes in a small local cafe after we finished walking - a perfect end to a perfect walk.
Stunning vistas, verdant vegetation and a well organised day's levada walking with excellent guide and driver.
RodBl, 01-01-2022
As this was our first time walking the levadas in Madeira we'd been advised by others to go in an organised party.

We struck gold with Madeira Free Spirit Walks booked via our hotel, The Cliff Bay., especially as there are so many tour companies to choose from.

Our guide Susanna and driver George were both fantastic and made it a memorable day out. With lots of interesting information about Maderia and the levadas and ensuring an inclusive experience for a group who comprised several nationalitties. We stopped at excellent local cafes and were provided with rain jackets and walking sticks if required.

George is an excellent driver, making navigating the steep roads (we thought the streets of San Francisco were hairy) of Madeira a doodle, especially in the wet.

We were so delighted that we booked a further day's walk (the "25 Fountains") with the same pair of leaders and will book other walks with Maderia Free Spirit Walks next time we visit the island.
Ribeiro Frio to Portela with Alvero
sjb_davos, 24-09-2021
The guided hike with Alvero was perfect. The company drops you off with a guide at the starting point and they pick you up at the end of the tour. Alvero was extremely knowledgable about all of the plants along the way. He even brought bird feed so that when he called some of the local little birds, the guests could offer them some bits of food.
The Ribeiro Frio to Portela was a good tour with some great views near the end, some tricky narrow sections along steep cliffs, and a much different climate than the south side of the island.
We will certainly organize a walk with Free Spirits on the next visit to Madeira.

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