Encumeada is this running adventure starting point.
Following the Levada do Norte path, with its stunning views over Ribeira Brava’s Valley, we’ll reach our first long tunnel cross. These 250 meters of hand-made tunnel will take us to the north face of this mountain that holds a big portion of Madeira’s Laurissilva Forest.
After yet another tunnel crossing and some 2 km’s we start our ascent towards Paredão - a privileged viewpoint with nothing but forest all around us, where we’ll be able to contemplate views like the São Vicente’s valley.
Some more running and we reach Ginjas dirt road, where a smooth climb among this ancient forest single track will lead us to ‘Lagoa do Caramujo’. After another fun run moment we reach Levada da Serra that will get us to ‘Pinaculo’, a point of interest that then will take us to the south face of the mountain once again.
Although we’ve already passed through countless waterfalls at this point, these next few ones won’t have much trail path to avoid the water, and some shower will be inevitable. A cooling, refreshing and much welcomed adventure finish, after the kms we’ve already put in.
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