The experience begins downtown Ponta do Sol, near the beach and supermarket where you can buy your last snacks and drinks for the journey. The first hour we will go upstream Ponta do Sol river, that will take us to a "levada" walk, where we will find a hidden waterfall. In the second hour we go up the mountain to do the sheperd's tour and be delighted with wonderful landscapes, wildlife and pure Nature. The third hour will be spent on preparing traditional food and drinks for a gastronomic experience, in a old sheperds shelter. The last 3 hours of the tour will be spent mostly in the Laurisilva endemic forest, in the north side of the island, which will take you to to the heart of the island and it's origins. For the end of this experience, I will take you back to the south coast for an amazing sunset.
I'm Luis and I was born and raised in Ponta do Sol, Madeira. Since I was a child I used to go to the local mountains of Ponta do Sol with my father to watch for the cows we have there, so I know these mountains as the palm of my hands. I've been driving this Polaris Crew 4x4 since 2016 doing guided touristic tours in Lisbon and Madeira island more recently. Driving is a passion for me, as I also am a co-pilot of my brother in rallies in Madeira, so I guess that makes me a very experienced and careful driver, always looking for my passengers safety and confort.
Traditional BBQ Local meat, handmade tradicional bread and local farmers potatoes
Local made wine Spring water
Polaris Crew 4x4 - Pick up in the entire area of Madeira island at no additional cost
We will be in some restricted areas where only shepards have access, like I do. We will see where most of the spring water comes from that suply local agriculture and domestic use. We will also have oportunity to experience a bit of the way locals do banana farming, like I also do.
Be prepared for adventure and some adrenaline. I'm going to be telling some stories about these landscapes and ecological value, the way older generations built these roads and water channels.