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Mountain walks on Madeira

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Madeira has a clear volcanic origin like its southern neighbors, the Canary Islands.
Volcanic activity, followed by erosion, has formed the impressive landscape: steep cliffs, large canyons and gullies, dominated by a number of peaks and needles, now rising out of the green, which due to rainfall on fertile soil, has sometimes even conquered the vertical.

Although the islands has mountains of considerable elevation (Pico Ruivo being the highest one with 1862 m of altitude), reaching these peaks by hiking from the valleys is not very popular, and, even undeveloped.
Mountain walking in general has come up only a few decades ago, inspired by some English who started mainly on the so-called Levada walks for which the island is now famous.










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