Tourists flout Areeiro landslide risk

… and walk along the closed Areeiro – Ruivo trail

Areeiro trail yesterday

The photo opposite is from the Diario as they report tourists identified by the Forestry Police walking on the Areeiro – Ruivo trail contrary to the official status of the walk.

The classified trail is closed due to a landslide. Another 23 walking trails under the responsibility of the Institute of Forests and Nature Conservation, IFCN, are also closed.

The Forest Police identified, yesterday, a dozen tourists, of different nationalities, who were walking along the path that connects Pico do Areeiro to Pico Ruivo when it has been closed due to a landslide since last Monday- fair.

According to a note from the Institute of Forests and Nature Conservation (IFCN), “these actions of the Forest Police are legally supported by Regional Legislative Decree No. 24/2022/M, of December 19, which approves the Legal Regime of the Pedestrian Routes of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, and which provides that “access to temporarily or permanently closed pedestrian routes” constitutes an administrative offence.

“Access to temporarily or permanently closed pedestrian routes” ignored

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“Despite the prohibition signs, it appears that some pedestrians do not respect the prohibition of Classified Routes that are under the management of the IFCN”, states the same note.

Ignoring the closure, according to the same diploma, is punishable by fines for an individual between 250 and 2,500 euros. Companies or other legal entities may face a fine of 500 to 10,000 euros.

The following classified routes remain closed as of 23:00 last night:

PR 1 – Vereda do Areeiro

PR 4 – Levada do Barreiro

PR 7 – Levada do Moinho

PR 15 – Vereda da Ribeira da Janela

PR 16 – Levada Fajã do Rodrigues

PR 19 – Caminho Real do Paul do Mar

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PR 20 – Vereda do Jardim do Mar

PR 23 – Levada da Azenha

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3 thoughts on “Tourists flout Areeiro landslide risk”

  1. Well lets hope they get a big fine if a trail is closed for maintenance or because isn’t safe or damage the tourist they should respect that to avoid any possible accidents .But the problem is that many of this tourist many times ignore complete the prohibition signs and decide to risk and go for a hike many times thinking that everything will be all right when accidents can happen independent if you have careful or not .

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