Yet another solo budget travel is recently done! Spectacular landscapes are affordable for all to joint if you use your head just a lil’ bit before booking your travel. I will very soon get back to you with some of my own advice for inspiration when you want to save money when travelling… cuz most of us want to go – but think we can’t afford!
I had a relatively impulsive visit to beautiful Madeira in Portugal, and of course it was the spectacular nature and outdoor activities that allured me to choose this green, mountainous and steep island… but in the end I think that also all the people you meet on your travels sum up at least half of the total travel experience… solo that is.
Hike/vereda from Pico do Areeiro to Pico Ruivo (Madeira’s highest point at 1862 masl.) and back. I often read the advice to start early, but if you want this awesome sunset above the clouds, have the whole hiking trail return from Pico Ruivo for yourself (didn’t meet a single soul on my way back) and enjoy the marvellous afternoon light – I can suggest you start a lil’ bit later! This hike is absolutely awesome!!
Have a look at magic moments in my Madeira shortie:
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The magnificent hike around Ponta de São Lourenço – I did twice – it was so beautiful and powerful to both feel and see the nature forces and cool geological formations. Make sure you have a chat with one of the park rangers if you want interesting information about this area.
There are plenty of awesome and scenic hiking trails/levadas, mtb/downhill/road biking and other outdoor activities to do here… so for me just 1 week was not enough to carry out all I wanted to do… it is easy to forget that you WILL need a resting day or two if you hike/bike/move a lot around on this island – the steep hills are not for the faint of heart! .. or am I just looking for another reasons to go back?! ;D
When you hike around the island observing all the peculiar formations and weird plants – you probably can’t avoid thinking (if you are of the curious type like me) how all of this came into being. Tick off a day/half day, and take the bus (takes several hours one way) to visit São Vicente with it’s volcanic Caves and Volcanism Center to learn more about the island. And also enjoy breathtaking views when the bus are zigzagging up/down the roads passing Encumeda.
When leaving this island I was filled with new energy, got my inner strength back again…and best of all – happy as a lark! Much thank’s to the wonderful nature experiences – but also all the wonderful people I met – you really made my travel awesome! Obrigado(a)!
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