At 0800 hrs we left the Quinta do Lorde marina with Leonard and Carola from S/V Arearea in their hire car direction Queimadas near Santana, one of the starts of the beautiful Caldeirao Verde Levada walk.
The west/ northwest of the island has plenty of rainfall giving rise to luscious green rainforests, whereas the southeast is arid and desert-like.
From the 16th century up until the 1940's, an elaborate network of aqueducts , known as Levadas, has been constructed, contouring around the sheer mountainsides to bring the abundant rainfall in the northwest to the southeast of the island in order to irrigate the land.
This walk is some 14 kms long with almost no gradient and took us around 4 1/2 hours to complete.
The day started with a light drizzle but later cleared up. All in all, a magnificent walk.