Description

The trail starts from the parking near Achada do Teixeira (32.764911,-16.921043). which is located at the end of theж road ER 218. Just follow signposts “Pico Ruivo”. 

IMPORTANT REMARKS AND SUGGESTIONS

PATH

Clouds are used to gather in this area in the afternoon, so it makes sense to start early in the morning in order to have good views. 

In about 100 meters from the starting point of the route there is a basalt rock “homem em pe” that reminds a group of standing men. There are several unmarked paths leading there from the parking, although there are no signposts. These paths start from the side of the parking area which is the closest to Achada do Teixeira house. Take any of them (they are brunching and merging) and try to approach the rock, it’s difficult to get lost there.

CLOTHES AND SPECIAL EQUIPMENT

Comfortable non-slippery shoes; hiking sticks could be helpful for this route if you are accustomed to use them. The whole route is located on the height of 1600-1900 meters above the sea level, so it could be rather chilly there, especially in the morning or if the weather is cloudy. Therefore it is better to take something warm with you. And there is no shade over the major part of the trail, so think about sun protection.

ONE MORE WAY

If you do not need to return to the starting point, on the way back you can go to Pico do Arreiro (32.735580, -16.928836) or to Encumenada pass (32.754386,-17.018859).

IDEA

 In about 500 meters from the summit of Pico Ruivo there is a refuge, where you can have a drink if it is open.

HOW TO REACH THE STARTING POINT

By Car

taxi or car, there is a free parking.

By Bus

Public transport is not available to this destination.

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