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July 23rd, 2009 – by: sweettangerine
In total there are 2500 kms of levadas on the island and many were created even before the first roads!
Levada walks are very popular in Madeira as the way is cleared by maintence paths running along the water making it a calming experience with a scenic background of nature at its most lush.
Ideally we wanted to have made the walk to the highest point of the island, but due to our week-long schedule this was unfortunately not possble. Alternatively we opted for the walk "waterfalls and lakes", which turned out to be a beautiful one as well.
This time we were picked up at the hotel by minivan to be bnrought to the starting point of the walk. Normally speaking we would be part of a small group of abot 10 walkers, but because some walking guide got ill, we ended up in a large group with nearly double that amount of participants.
Nevertheless, we didn't let it spoil the fun and off we went, well equipped with a wooden walking stick.
Even though it was hot all alround, the foresty area in which we walked, along the levadas was nice and cool.
After a few hours of walking we come to a pretty little waterfall where we can stop to eat rest and have a swim. The mountain water is ice cold, so I don't get further than just dipping in a foot!
After about an hour's rest, we continue the walk via another little waterfall and a bit of a steep climb. Yet that was not hard at all, not even in the summery temperatures.
Too bad that tomorrow is already our last day, because I surely would have been into many more walks!
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