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Canyoning Inspired by Nature
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Canyoning Inspired by Nature

 Duration: 7 Days
 Local: Madeira Island, Portugal 
 Type:  Canyoning

Breathe nature, feel the adventure and have a wonderful canyoning experience. 

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Getting down the rivers of Madeira is a way to see undiscovered and untouched parts of the island, while revelling in the exciting journey through transparent waters. During summer the northern rivers are the most appropriate, as the flows are high and there is enough white water to create an exciting challenge. During winter, however, we recommend the streams to the south, with gentler, quieter flows. Previously, it was common practice by the mountaineers and goatherds, men who treated cattle by the mountains and had to follow the tracks of goats to keep them together. With the departure of the animals of the mountains, the descents ogajes lost their practical sense, but gained adherents, adventurers who like to combine outdoor adventure. Madeira gathers excellent conditions for the practice of Canyoning, so we invite you to experience this paradise and feel inspired by their beautiful landscapes and its unspoiled nature inserted in the forest that is laurissivla Natural Heritage of UNESCO.

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival at the International Airport of Madeira
Welcome to Madeira
Transfer of the Airport to Accommodation
Check in at Hotel (Choose your hotel)

  • Option 1 

Estalagem da Ponta do Sol 
Perched on a cliff facing the Atlantic Ocean, this design hotel is within a renovated traditional farmhouse. Set on Madeira’s South Coast, Ponta do Sol has a stunning infinity pool and hot tub with panoramic views. Floor-to-ceiling windows lead from the hotel guestrooms out onto balconies. Some rooms provide sea views, others overlook the garden. The total-white décor is complemented by flat-screen cable TVs.A game of tennis can be enjoyed on the court, located a 2-minute walk from the Estalagem Da Ponta Do Sol. Guests can also relax the spa & wellness centre where a sauna and massage therapies are provided. Boasting the most hours of sunshine in Madeira, Ponta Do Sol village is just minutes from the hotel and can be reached with free bikes.


  • Option 2

Hotel da Vila 

Situated on Madeira Island in the coastal village of Ponta do Sol, this hotel features stylish rooms with balconies overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.The sea view rooms at Hotel Da Vila feature all-white décor and natural wood accents. Each is equipped with cable TV, air conditioning and a mini-fridge.Breakfast or evening cocktails can be enjoyed at Da Vila’s restaurant and bar. Bicycle and car rental can be arranged directly with the hotel. Guests have free use of the facilities at Hotel Da Vila’s sister resort, situated 200 metres away. The sister resort offers an sea-view outdoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi, steam bath, sauna, and spa. Parque Ecológico do Funchal is a 40-minute drive away. Madeira Airport is 30 km from Hotel Da Vila. 


Day 2: Canyoning Ribeira das Cales

Breakfast Buffet
Pick-up, exit to the Ribeira das Cales
Canyon Ribeira das Cales
Theoretical and practical information (and starting climbing the rope rappel descents).
This canyon starts in Chão da Lagoa at approximately 1500 meters of altitude. Along the route we find 4 rappels, the biggest with about 15 meters high. To overcome every obstacle of nature we’ll rappel, swim, and jump in fantastic lakes.
Level: Beginners
Duration: 02:00H / 02:30H
Transfer to the lodge
Jeep Safari (Optional)

Day 3: Canyon Ribeira do Lombo das Faias

Breakfast Buffet
Transfer to the the Canyon
Canyon Ribeira do Lombo das Faias
The Canyon of Ribeira do Lombo das Faias starts at Chão da Ribeira, has a length of 700 meters and 300 meters elevation and contains approximately about 7 rappeis. This canyon is held at 3:00 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.. The May rappel is about 20 meters. The Approach to the canyon takes about 40 minutes to climb and return 15 minutes.
Level: Beginners
Duration: 02:00H / 02:30H
Lunch: Restaurant Casa de Pasto Justiniano (We recommend the speciality fresh trout from local vivarium)
Visit village of Porto Moniz and its famous natural lava pools (Optional)
Transfer to the lodge


Day 4: The Ribeira do Seixal Canyon  

Breakfast Buffet
Transfer to the the Canyon
Canyon Ribeira do Seixal
The Canyoning of Ribeira Seixal begins at Levada of Seixal and ends at Chão da Ribeira, has an extension of 1200 meters with a gap of about 300 meters, with a route to go in about 04:00H to 4:30, and about 13 rappels, being the largest with about 45 meters. We can access this area of the canyoning Garagem / Rocha Vermelha or the pathway of Lombo Barbinhas being more physical this route be seen to rise over time both take the same 1H10.
Level: Moderate
Duration: 04:00H / 04:30H
Transfer to the lodge


Day 5:  Paúl do Inferno Canyon or Climbing in Saint Lawrence Tip or in Loin of the Moor

Breakfast Buffet
Transfer to the the Canyon/Climbing
Canyon Paúl do Inferno
The first part of the canyon it is quite unleveled line, characterized by successive elementary destrepes. Inserting increasingly full Laurel Forest becoming a canyon emblematic for its surroundings. Holds a vertical drop of 400 meters and a length of 1300 meters with 19 being the largest with rappels 30 meters, canyoning takes place in 4:30 a.m. to 05H00. Having such approach and return by approximately 00h40 minutes taken.
Level: Moderate

Or you can choose

Climbing in one of the two spots: 

  • Spot 1 - Saint Lawrence Tip, Abra Bay  
It is a bay or cove and harbor situated on the southern coast of the Saint Lawrence tip, between the tip of Abra Bay and the tip Punctured. Of all the small coves of Madeira is the broadest and most recession, forming a relatively spacious bay. It's a great climbing spot, this location is considered as a climbing school meeting the varying degrees of difficulty (between the fourth and fifth grade) and the routes to prowl around 15 meters tall. Activity lasting between 4/5 hours. Great place for family activity.
  • Spot 2 - Climbing in Loin of the Moor, Bica da Cana (Paúl da Serra)
This climbing spot is between the top of Encumeada and Bica da Cana, also works a bit like school classic climbing (placing protective material) will be given good quality rock for the use of protections climbing to a progression with security, where we have roads with difficulty from III to IV degree and about with 20 meters tall. Activity lasting between 4/5 hours in the mountain environment

Transfer to the lodge
Panoramic Bus Tour in Funchal (Optional)


Day 6: The Ribeira do Folhado Canyon 

Breakfast Buffet
Transfer to the the Canyon
Canyon Ribeira do Folhado
The Canyon of the Ribeira Folhado is an affluent of the Ribeira Hortelã, has a length of 700 meters and has a height of approximately 300 meters and about 19 rappels. This canyon is held at 03H00 to 03h30, contains the largest abseil 27 meters.
Level: Moderate
Duration: 03:00H / 03:30H
Transfer to the lodge


Day 7: Check out

Breakfast Buffet, and free morning for leisure until checkout
Check out
Transfer to the Airport

Program includes: 

  • Canyoning & Nature Experience 
  • 1 Spot of Climbing (Optional)
  • Canyon and Climbing Guide
  • Theoretical and practical information
  • Transfers to Canyons/Spot of Climbing and Airport-Hotel-Airport
  • Accommodation of your choice at: Estalagem da Ponta do Sol or Hotel da Vila 
  • Insurance 
  • Meal (Only contained in the program)
  • Daily Breakfast Buffet 


Program doesn't include: 

  • Personal expenses
  • Air fares (optional)

CANCELLATIONS: 20% cancellation fee applied if cancelled 60 days prior to departure. Cancellations within 60 days are 100% non-cancelable



Canyon Guide and Climbing Freelancer
Monitor of Canyoning ( TP nº 17786) Monitor of Climbing (TP nº 17788) (TP) - Professional Title - Instituto Desporto Portugal e Juventude
Technical Framework (TF) of National Moutain School (NMS) of FCMP.

- Course Mountain Rescue
Spanish School of High Mountain
- Team Course of Canyoning
National School of Mountain FCMP
Spanish School of High Mountain
-Course Crew Ambulance Relief
Course-Automatic External Defibrillation (AED)

For the specifics on this tour operator, please contact PerfectXP directly.

  • Canyoning in canyons surrounded by nature 
  • Located in the laurel forest that is classified as Natural Heritage of UNESCO
  • Climbing 
  • Beautifull views of North Coast of Madeira
  • Safe and quiet Island vibe
  • Idyllic climate

What is Canyoning?

Canyoning is an exhilarating sport that takes place in a mountainous watercourse and to overcome the obstacles of nature we have to swim, jump and do rappels in small waterfalls. This is an activity that guarantees strong emotions and unforgettable moments close to nature, where you will discover what few people know.

Come to visit Laurel Forest

In the highlands of the island of Madeira, is the Laurel, a type of subtropical to temperate rainforest dating back to the Tertiary Era, when occupied southern Europe, North Africa and the Mediterranean basin. Being the largest and best preserved spot laurel, with its wealth of biological diversity, considered World Heritage by UNESCO since 1999. 

Level of difficulty

Routes are low difficulty for everyone (beginners and experienced), it can venture out, accompanied by guides / monitors, so you can enjoy the maximum and safely activity.

Level of the Canyons: 

Begginers – Canyon of Ribeira das Cales, Canyon of Ribeira do Lombo das Faias

Moderate – Ribeira do Seixal Canyon, Canyon of Ribeira do Inferno and Canyon of Ribeira do Folhado

Information about Canyons:

Level: Initiation 
Description: Canyons which are greater rappelling around 15 meters with an elevation of approximately 220 meters over a distance of 700 meters, placed in full Laurel Forest (Ribeira das Cales).
Duration: 02h30 to 03H00

Level: Moderate
Description: Canyons whose biggest abseil is superior to 30 meters, gaps of approximately 400 meters and about 1km route inserted in full Laurel Forest, in the São Vicente and Porto Moniz, canyons lasting 04-05 hours of activity approach more necessary because of high level sports need for approximations over 1 hour walk .
Duration: 04H00 to 05H00

In both pathways is common feature verticality and succession of rappels, not common jumps and toboggans. Above all we have allied with nature by being invaded by our Laurel Forest along all paths.

Note: Outside the recommended period (March to October), the descents are dependent on suitable weather periods, the experience of practitioners, as well as a smaller number of pathways. Can be developed further activity in other locations that are subject to the completion of canyoning . For the first experience we always easy levels , to the degree of difficulty 3 at most.

Group size: Min. 04 persons | Max. 08 persons

Should Bring: sneakers, a swimsuit and a towel


Meal in the Restaurant Casa de Pasto do Justiniano:

Option 1 - Menu Skewered:

Caco cake with garlic butter
Skewered on a laurel
boiled potatoes
mixed salad

House wine, or beer, or juice
mineral water

Passion fruit pudding

Option 2 - Menu Trout:

Caco cake with garlic butter
Trout stuffed the fashion house
Boiled potatoes
Mixed salad

House wine, or beer, or juice
Mineral water

Passion fruit pudding



Panoramic Bus Tour

Panoramic Bus Tour in Funchal starts at 17:00h Winter and 19:00h in the Summer 
Local Match: Estrada Monumental - Lido
Duration: 1:45 a.m.
Circuit of the sightseeing: 1. Estrada Monumental - Lido, 2. Largo da Paz, 3. Avenida Sá Carneiro, 4. Avenida do Mar - Blue whiting, 5. Chairlift, 6. Campo da Barca, 7. Praça da Autonomia, 8. Hall, 9. Tour - Madeira Wine Lodge, 10. Rotunda do Infante, 11. Quinta Magnolia, 12. Church of St. Martin, 13. 14 Pico dos Barcelos. Cemetery of St. Martin, 15. Estrada Monumental, 16. Madeira Forum Shopping, 17. Alto Lido 18. Raga.

Jeep Safari arround the Island 

The route begins in Funchal going towards Câmara de Lobos. Here we'll pause to assess the Levada do Norte where we will have a panoramic view of Funchal and Câmara de Lobos. Then we start the journey through roads of land, where you can feel the different smells of our forest. During this route you will always be informed about the different flora and fauna along the way. It will also be possible to taste the famous "Poncha" (not included in price) - a typical drink of our region- and /or use the "toilet", if needed. Then we will go down to the viewpoint of Fajã dos Padres, returning to Funchal.

Duration: 3 hours e 30 minutes approximately

Visit Village of Porto Moniz 

Visit village of Porto Moniz and its famous natural lava pools, the Madeira Aquarium and the Fort São João Batista and the Living Science Centre of Porto Moniz. (Entries not included in price.)

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