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Madeira Laurel Forest Eco Tour

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Key Highlights
  • The breathtakingly green Laurel Forest is ideal for bird watching.
  • Enjoy a walk in the Ecological Park of Funchal and spot wildlife.
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    3 ½ hours

    Start time

    Start Time: 0900h (09:00 am)
    Duration: 3 ½ hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel or accommodation in Funchal / Canico/ Câmara de Lobos.
    (Please advise your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Tour concludes at original pick up point.

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview This tour is recommended for everyone who likes to ally short easy walking with sightseeing and watching birds, plants and butterflies. Enjoy a walk right into the heart of Madeira's Laurel Forest and observe many endemic species of plants, trees and birds. This green path accompanied by a levada (Madeira irrigation canal) takes you to a view point that will amaze you with its beautiful deep valley with a river cutting right in the middle, leaving a small portion of blue!

    Take a refreshing stroll inside the Ecological Park of Funchal, a protected area housing most of the indigenous species of Madeira wildlife. This short walk leads you to a peak where, if weather permits, you can enjoy a fantastic view over Funchal.


    You will be picked up in an air-conditioned vehicle from your hotel or similar accommodation in Funchal or Canico or Câmara de Lobos. Accompanied by an English-speaking nature guide, you will be taken on a scenic drive up north to a valley where Laurel Forest covers the mountains. A UNESCO World Heritage Natural Site, the Laurel Forest with its different types of green, is the habitat of several endemic species of flora such as Madeira Orchid, Madeira Geranium, Madeira Laurel, Azores Laurel and some endemic birds such as Trocaz Pigeon, Madeira Firecrest and Chaffinches among others.

    The first walk takes you along a levada (irrigation canal) for about 30 minutes to get to an amazing view point in the middle of the central massif of Madeira, over one of the deepest and most beautiful valleys of the island. Here, there is a possibility of spotting the Trocaz Pigeon for just a few minutes while Chaffinches gather around asking for food. Return through the same way, though the view might seem completely different.

    Further on, proceed to the third highest peak of Madeira and brace yourself for the second short walk and to observe the Berthelot's Pipit. There, at an altitude of 1810 metres, if clouds don’t hang too low, you have the chance to enjoy a view of almost 60% of the Island.

    The second walk is in the Ecological Park of Funchal, where you will start on a path surrounded by indigenous forest of Madeira with the sounds of Firecrests, Chaffinches, Robins and Grey Wagtails among others. In about 15 minutes, you will arrive at a view point surrounded by exotic flora and the complete landscape of Funchal at your feet.

    The drive back to Funchal is through a different way than the way up. After returning, you will be dropped back to your hotel.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
    • English-speaking nature guide
    • Binoculars
    • Guide book on plants, birds and butterflies
    • A small bottle of water and a cereal snack
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

  • reviews
    • enjoyed the wild life

      Walked along a levada and saw wild life...

      MR M J CRANFIELD, United Kingdom, 30/May/2013
    • enjoyed the flora and forna

      Was able to see the flora and forna and a walk through the forest...

      MR M J CRANFIELD, United Kingdom, 30/May/2013

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