After the transfer, today’s walk starts from the high plateau of Paul da Serra. From the picnic site and view point of Bica da Cana, there are magnificent views over the highest mountains and São Vicente valley. The path descends steeply through gorse bushes to the ancient Levada do Plaino Velho, before you track beneath the escarpment through the laurel forest conservation area. After some magnificent views, the path descends steeply into the ravine before a short climb back up to join the Levada do Norte.
The levada takes you through a magical environment of water, forest and tunnel. Once out of the darkness of the tunnels, it stretches easily to the mountain pass. The Hotel Encumeada is reached by a smooth walk down the road.
Fantastic panoramas, a steep descent to the levada, a walk through long tunnels and the atmosphere in the heart of the laurisilva forest are some of the highlights of this adventure.
In order to recover, the bar at Encumeada pass provides a heart-warming break amongst locals and tourists.
You must be sure-footed and have a head for heights.
- Some slippery sections.
- When path is narrow, walk carefully on the trail, not on the vegetation.
- In case of landslides, do not proceed if there is any hazard.
- Poor signal reception on part of the trail.
- Poor gps coverage also, data might diverge from given information.
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Points of Interest
The origin of Levada do Norte is at an elevation of 1025m. From its origin to the point where it reaches the south of the Island, it is over 15 km in length of which 7.2 km are tunnels. The tunnel which crosses the Encumeada Mountain from North to South is about 540m long and supplies the hydroelectric plant in Serra d’Água. After helping to produce electricity, the Levada do Norte is channeled to the fertile terraces of Ribeira Brava, Campanário, Quinta Grande and Estreito de Câmara de Lobos, where the Day 7 walk passes by. This south part of the levada is at a lower altitude of 550 meters and runs almost 35 km.
- Santana is well served with banks, supermarkets, numerous bars and restaurants, a pharmacy and a bus station.
- Services only at the Hotel Encumeada.
Food & Drink
- Picnic and water required.
- Snack bar BOCA DA ENCUMEADA at Encumeada Pass.
- Transfer to Bica da Cana.
- Walk ends at the hotel.
- A good head torch is essential for the tunnel sections.
- Raingear and warm clothing.
- Walking boots.