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“Lots of steps”

25 Fontes and Cascada da Risco
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Levada do Rabacal 25 Fountains Walk and Jeep Tour
Ranked #32 of 284 things to do in Madeira
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

Be prepared for a lot of steps down and then back up. Its well worth if for the view. I would advise going in the afternoon to avoid the tour groups. This also leads to a less cluttered waterfall when you finally get there.

2  Thank Holly J
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

This is an easy walk with short distances involved. The local birds will fly onto your hands. Make sure you set off no later than 9.30am. That way you will miss all the mass groups who arrive about lunchtime. Nothing worse than being in a beautiful spot when 40 tourists decend - and there is group after group of them. This walk is easily achieveable in trekking sandals or trainiers (proper kit only required if it has rained heavily). Can be in the clouds at the begining - or anytime- so a watefproof is must. The final stage of the walk for the more adventurous is through an 800m tunnel - bring a head torch (our hotel also provided torches) as the walk through really is a unique experience.

11  Thank NLM17
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

We loved this place the walk was lovely, not easy but well worth the effort. There is some parts that are really challenging especially if you don't like heights. My husband doesn't and he gave it ago and said it was well worth going. You can get a shuttle bus so far down, we walked but we did catch it back up.

2  Thank sue e
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

We were lucky in that we went later in the day and out of the high season but even so it was a solitary walk - but then I didn't expect it to be.
From reviews I'd read of Levadas I was expecting to risk getting lost and for the signage to be poor however neither were true; the routes were simple to follow and I'm sure even those who are unfit wouldn't struggle too much to complete it. I'm not keen on heights but didn't find this walk a problem at all, at no point did I feel unsafe.
It's an easy walk and we found the timings given in our guide book and on the official signage to be a little excessive (but we do walk quite fast). If you really want to soak it up though make sure you give yourself plenty of time, you could easily loose an hour watching the waterfalls.
The walk itself is beautiful - though the walk from the main building back to the car park was a little boring.

1  Thank I_am_de_La_Condamine
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

We went on an organised party of about 45 people which was great as there was a good mix of ages and abilities. Our Guide was superb, taking time to explain parts of the route and showing us what looked like weeds but turned out to be very tasty herbs. The first part of the walk was easy going leading to a downhill zig-zag section. It was here that one of our group missed his footing and slid face down on the shale to the path below. Luckily nothing was broken or sprained but it did make us all very cautious, which was probably no bad thing. The path to the waterfall needed real concentration but the end result was magnificent. In the afternoon, the weather kept changing - so the tunnel was quite welcome to get out of the rain!
One section was a very hard climb - very steep and irregular. Overall, we enjoyed the experience but this particular walk is not for anyone suffering from vertigo or tunnel claustrophobia.

3  Thank MedEngland
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