13 September 2014

Levada dos Cedros - P.R. 14

The Levada dos Cedros has one of the most handsome sources in all the Madeira's levadas. However, as strange as it may seem, this path is not as visited as its nearest neighbours, in Rabaçal valley. Hidden deep in Fanal, this hike is, nevertheless, a pleasurable one, taking you deep into the Laurissilva forest.
The departure point to Levada dos Cedros source, nearby the ER 209 (Regional Road).
 
Description:
Departure position:
Lat:   32º49'33"N
Long: 017º09'29"W
Altitude: 870 mts
Source (arrival) position:
Lat:    32º47'57"N
Long: 017º08?39"W
Altitude: 910 mts
 
Distance: 5.4 kms
Time:       aprox. 1h30m
The round hike (from departure to departure) will take you about three hours on the trail and nearly eleven kilometres of walking.
 
Wooden bridge in Levada dos Cedros...
The always luxurious vegetation is a constant presence, as we proceed deeper into the Laurissilva, heading to the source of the levada.
The remote and luxuriant source of Levada dos Cedros, deep inside the primeval forest of Fanal. A well-kept Garden of Eden, rightfully deserving a visit and the 5.5 kms long approach march.
Pictures made with Nikon D40X with Nikkor 18-55mm kit lens and Nikon Coolpix P7100. Tripod Sirui T005 for the last picture.
Post-processing of the converted Nikon NEF Raw to TIFF files in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, ver. 4.1.