Tourists ignoring closed trails

put themselves in danger

the path between Pico do Areeiro and Pico Ruivo one of the closed trails

More evidence is appearing of tourists blatantly ignoring advice and accessing closed trails despite the warnings and signs that prohibit the passage of some pedestrian routes that are still closed.

There are several tourists who ignore and cross the barriers that block access to these closed trails – illustrated by the image opposite, captured a couple of days ago at the start of the closed trail between Pico do Areeiro and Pico Ruivo, where several visitors continue to disobey the recommendations and prohibitions determined by the local authorities.

It should be recalled that it was precisely in this place that a 25-year-old tourist was hit in the head by a stone last Friday, precisely because he had ventured on this closed trail.

The latest list of walks from the responsible Regional body – the Institute of Forests and Nature Conservation (albeit a little out-of-date now) gives the following status:

The Institute of Forests and Nature Conservation, IP-RAM (IFCN, IP-RAM) hereby, and for all intents and purposes, inform you that, according to the survey carried out so far, and without prejudice to future updates,  

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The following pedestrian routes are already passable  :

  • PR 1.1 Footpath of the Island
  • PR 1.2 Footpath of Pico Ruivo
  • PR 1.3 – Vereda da Encumeada
  • PR 2 – Vereda do Urzal
  • PR 5 – Vereda das Funduras
  • PR 6 – Levada das 25 Fontes
  • PR 6.1 – Levada do Risco
  • PR 6.2 – Levada do Alecrim
  • PR 6.3 – Path of Lagoa do Vento
  • PR 7 – Levada do Moinho
  • PR 8 – Footpath of Ponta de São Lourenço
  • PR 9- Levada do Caldeirão Verde
  • PR 10 – Levada do Furado
  • PR 11 – Vereda dos Balcões
  • PR 13- Vereda do Fanal
  • PR 14 – Levada dos Cedros
  • PR 16 – Levada Fajã Rodrigues
  • PR 18 – Levada do Rei
  • PR 19 – Caminho Real do Paul do Mar
  • PR 21 – Northern Path
  • PR 22 – Vereda dos Chão dos Louros
  • A Path for all Queimadas – Pico das Pedras
  • PR 1- Footpath of Pico Branco and Terra Chã (Porto Santo)
  • PR 2 – Footpath of Pico do Castelo (Porto Santo)
  • PR 3 – Levada do Pico do Castelo (Porto Santo)- Only the section between Camacha and Capela da Graça is passable, the rest of the route is closed (tunnel).

 Please note that the following pedestrian routes remain closed trails :

  • PR 1 – Vereda do Areeiro 
  • PR 3 – Vereda do Burro
  • PR 3.1 – Caminho Real do Monte
  • PR 4 – Levada do Barreiro
  • PR 12 – Royal Path of Encumeada
  • PR 15 – Footpath of Ribeira da Janela
  • PR 17 – Caminho do Pináculo and Folhadal
  • PR 20 – Footpath of Jardim do Mar
  • PR 23 – Levada da Azenha

1 thought on “Tourists ignoring closed trails”

  1. Well yesterday I did see the Madeira channel news 161 the forest ranger said that if the tourists continue disrespecting the sites that are still closed they seriously think about applying the law and they will be starting to fine people .


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