Did the classic tour from Areeiro to Ruivo and made a little detour to Pico Cidrao on the way back. Scenery was amazing and I started out in sunshine, but sadly clouds rolled in and covered the top 200-300 meters, so there was nothing to see from Ruivo and on the way back only little to see from Cidrao and Areeiro.
After a long day of travel the day before, Kimberly and I got up early and took a taxi to Pico Ariero for our hike over to Pico Ruivo. Once we reached Pico Ariero, it was snowing with freezing rain and very cold and windy. We put on our coats and raingear and headed for Pico Ruivo. We were in the clouds for much of the way, but when the clouds broke at times, the views and scenery was amazing.
The mountains in the area are very steep and rugged, but there was a good trail to Pico Ruivo which included several cables, staircases, and tunnels. It was a spectacular hike. It never did rain hard, but we had light rain and high winds for much of the hike.
Once we reached the mountain hut below Pico Ruivo, we took a rest and ate some snacks before heading for the summit of Ruivo. The trees and everything else around the summit of Ruivo were coated in ice, with some snow as well, but we didn’t get any views from the summit. The route was still a spectacular one though.
After enjoying the summit, we decided to head down the trail to Teixeira. We were originally going to hike the trail all the way west to Encumeada, but there wouldn’t have been any views anyway, so we decided not to.
Once at Teixeira (the route down was easier, but less spectacular than the route from Pico Ariero), we caught a ride down to Santana. After checking out Santana, we took a bus back to Funchal. It was a great day.
Areiero - Ruivo - Areiro.
Particularly satisfying as I was recovering from a long illness.
Same as before - drive to Arieiro, hike to Ruivo and beyond. Return all the way and enjoy one of the most impressive mountain areas on this planet
Well, not really a climb as the parking lot is on the mountain. However, we hiked over to Pico Ruivo and back and thus had a full day of scrambling to get back to Arieiro. Very impressive!