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Caldeirão Verde
Madeira
 
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Height of Caldeirao Verde:325 feet (100 meters)
Elevation:2,950 feet (900 meters)
Number of tunnels: 4
The hike from Queimadas to Caldeirão Verde is a fairly well known hike on Madeira. It is a walk alongside the levada where you walk pleasantly in the forest. In some sections the trail isn't very good. And the wooden fence isn't very convincing either.
   

 

 

A natural ampitheather of rock, painted bright green in slimey mosses and feathery ferns, the Calderão Verde, or Green Cauldron, of the island of Madeira is nestled among one of the last remaining virgin forests. Towering more than 30 floors high, and split down it center by a slender but powerful cascade that tumbles into an emerald pool of cold water, the cliff peaks out of a dense drape of Laurisilva forest. This is an ecosystem so rare that its was designated a World Heritage Site in December 1999. Located in one of the wildest regions of the island, reaching the cauldron is an adventure that follows trails carved into near-vertical slopes of canine-shaped massifs carpeted in thick vegetation, and through narrow, dark, and damp tunnels that can reach up to 360 feet in length. Despite the rugged terrain, and the relatively pristine state of the forest, the route is in fact a serpentine network of manmade canals known as "levadas," which early settlers constructed to collect and divert rainwater from the wetter, northern regions of the island, to the drier zones in the south. The path to Calderão Verde begins at Queimadas Forest Park in the town of Santana. [2]

 

QUEIMADAS ECOLOGIC PARK IN SANTANA

Queimadas is an ecological area five km south of Santana. It is an ideal spot for a picnic or a walk. West of Santana there is a detour where the road quickly turns into a rough mountain track. Along a trail that passes by gorse bushes, hydrangeas and wild flowers, this route leads right into a wonderful forest. Not far from here is the House of Queimadas (Casa das Queimadas) used by forest rangers. Here there are facilities like picnic tables surrounded by rare plants from the region and a lake with some ducks. It is a starting point for several spots for example to Caldeirão Verde and Caldeirão Inferno and from this spot one can even go for a walk to Ilha, Pico Ruivo and Pico das Pedras and continue with a walk along the Levada to Faial and Cruzinhas. In Queimadas there is a parking place for cars and you can even reach Queimadas by walking about 20 minutes from Pico das Pedras or Rancho Madeirense. [3]

 

Une video qui vous emmène en randonnée à travers les montagnes de Madère. Cette video est un supplément d'un article détaillant le parcours du Caldeirão Verde "Madeira"

 

Ilhigna
December 15, 2007

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References
 
1. Wikimedia-Calderão Verde-Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License-retrieved 6/27/2009
2. 1,001 Natural Wonders You Must See Before You Die 2005-p. 493- Michael Bright-retrieved 6/22/2009
3. Madeira Web-QueimadasPark--retrieved 6/27/2009
 

 

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