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Joined Leonard, Carola and Corinne in their hire car for the Levada walk from Ribeiro Frio to Portela. Instead going to Portela, we reversed the route once the trail left the levada to descend to Portela as otherwise we would have needed to take a taxi back to the car. The round trip walk took around 4 1/2 hours.
The levada has been relatively recently renovated with new stainless steel sluice gates to control the water flow in the levada.
The whole walk is along a newly rebuilt concrete conduit - not as picturesque as the older versions but, no, doubt more practical.
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The last part of the levada trail winds in and out of short tunnel sections cut into the rock.
During the walk, several birds perched quite close to us - these proved to be the colourful Madeira Chaffinch.