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The 25 Springs of Rabacal and Risco Waterfall

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A mainly easy and enjoyable walk in beautiful surroundings. Some exposed areas.
Distance 10 km
4:00 h
287 m
567 m
1,278 m
963 m
Arrive at Rabacal National Park by private transfer (1 hr). One of the most iconic walking spots on Madeira, the sub-tropical forests and pretty waterfalls have earned this spot UNESCO world heritage status. Following a levada path you come across the 25 natural springs of Rabacal—a collection of waterfalls. Continue on a detour to the Risco waterfall– the tallest on the island. You will be picked up and taken to your next destination (35 mins); Jardim do Mar. On the return journey, you have the opportunity to visit a sugar cane factory– part working factory and part museum.   
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Laura Paterson
Update: January 16, 2018
Highest point
1,278 m
Lowest point
963 m

Safety information

Look out for branches at head height and exposed roots and rocks at some sections of the path. Bring a head torch for the 800m long Riders Tunnel which is not lit.

Start

Rabacal National Park Carpark (1,277 m)
Coordinates:
DD
32.754618, -17.133511
DMS
32°45'16.6"N 17°08'00.6"W
UTM
28S 300126 3626098
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Destination

Rabacal National Park Carpark

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These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

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Coordinates

DD
32.754618, -17.133511
DMS
32°45'16.6"N 17°08'00.6"W
UTM
28S 300126 3626098
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Distance
10 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
287 m
Descent
567 m
Highest point
1,278 m
Lowest point
963 m
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