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Levada da Fajã do Rodrigues / Ribeira do Inferno

This trail begins in Ginjas in the municipality of São Vicente and follows the walkway of Levada da Fajã do Rodrigues (or Fajã da Ama), ending at the source of the levada in Ribeira do Inferno. Tunnels are very common along this levada and between them you can appreciate beautiful panoramic views of the São Vicente valley. The source of this levada is the Ribeira do Inferno and it winds its way round ridges and vales to the agricultural felds of São Vicente. The exotic forest at the start of the trail, with maritime pine trees (Pinus pinaster), eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) and others, soon gives way to the dense vegetation characteristic of the Laurissilva forest. Watercourses ensure the vitality of species such as Canary willows (Salix canariensis), great Madeira laurels (Ocotea foetens), Indian bays (Persea indica) and the lily-of-the-valley trees (Clethra arborea). We can also fnd flowers such as geraniums (Geranium palmatum), Mandon’s chrysanthemums (Argyranthemum pinnatifdum), Madeiran orchids (Dactylorhiza foliosa) and Canary buttercups (Ranunculus cortusifolius). You may also see birds such as Madeiran chaffnches (Fringilla coelebs madeirensis) or little Madeiran frecrests (Regulus ignicapillus madeirensis).

Diffculty: Moderate

Distance: 3,9 km (+ 3.9 km return)

Duration: 3h30

Highest point: 600 m

Lowest point: 580 m

Start: Ginjas

Finish: Ginjas

Recommendations: Carry a torch for tunnels.

Access: Only by car.