Sunday, May 22, 2022

Levada do Caldeirão Verde

This pandemic has deprived me of one of the things I like the most, to travel by plane but last month, after two and a half years, I finally flew again. Every time I thought about where I would go when I got back on a plane, Madeira island was always one of the first options that came to my mind. 
On my 2nd visit to the island, 3 years ago, I became a fan of the levadas and on this visit I wanted to hike another one, the Levada do Caldeirão Verde. It is a very beautiful hiking trail, with fantastic landscapes and views, worthing every km and sore muscles. 

The Levada do Caldeirão Verde hiking trail begins at Queimadas Park, near Santana. It has a length of 6.5 km to which you can add 2.2 km if you decide to go the rest of the way to Caldeirão do Inferno. In total there will then be 6.5 km + 6.5 km (13 km, round trip) or 8.7 km + 8.7 km (17.4 km, round trip). It has a medium difficulty level.

Objecto Anónimo, Lda
The levada of Caldeirão Verde is an impressive work of art built in the 18th century that begins in the main stream bed of the Caldeirão Verde brook. Passing through steep cliffs and mountains, it carries the water that runs off the highest mountains of Madeira, to be used to irrigate the farm lands of the parish of Faial.
This levada is used for agricultural purposes, but it is also an important means of reaching the interior of the deep valley of the São Jorge brook on foot, offering the traveler a spectacular view of the mountainous terrain of the interior of the island and the opportunity to walk through tunnels carved by hand out of the rock.
 Objecto Anónimo, Lda
After you pass through the 4 tunnels on the route, Caldeirão Verde appears on the left of the levada.
The Caldeirão Verde lake is formed by water that falls from the bed of the Caldeirão Verde stream bed from a height of approximately 100m.
Indulge yourself and revel in the surrounding scenery and catch your breath for the return trip. - in:

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