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Local 4x4 Tours @ Ponta do Sol

Ponta do Sol, Portugal

Experience hosted by Luis

7 hours
Includes food, drinks, transportation
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English, French, Portuguese

What you'll do

The experience begins downtown Ponta do Sol, near the beach and supermarket where you can buy your last snacks and drinks for the journey. The first hour we will go upstream Ponta do Sol river, that will take us to a "levada" walk, where we will find a hidden waterfall. In the second hour we go up the mountain to do the sheperd's tour and be delighted with wonderful landscapes, wildlife and pure Nature. The third hour will be spent on preparing traditional food and drinks for a gastronomic experience, in a old sheperds shelter. The last 3 hours of the tour will be spent mostly in the Laurisilva endemic forest, in the north side of the island, which will take you to to the heart of the island and it's origins. For the end of this experience, I will take you back to the south coast for an amazing sunset.
Other things to note
Be prepared for adventure and some adrenaline. I'm going to be telling some stories about these landscapes and ecological value, the way older generations built these roads and water channels.
The experience begins downtown Ponta do Sol, near the beach and supermarket where you can buy your last snacks and drinks for the journey. The first hour we will go upstream Ponta do Sol river, that will take us to a "levada" walk, where we will find a hidden waterfall. In the second hour we go up the mountain to do the sheperd's tour and be delighted with wonderful landscapes, wildlife and pure Nature. The third hour will be spent on preparing t…

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What's included

  • Food
    Local meat, handmade tradicional bread and local farmers potatoes
  • Drinks
    Spring water
  • Transportation
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Thu, 15 Apr
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Fri, 16 Apr
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Sat, 17 Apr
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Meet your host, Luis

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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I'm Luis and I was born and raised in Ponta do Sol, Madeira. Since I was a child I used to go to the local mountains of Ponta do Sol with my father to watch for the cows we have there, so I know these mountains as the palm of my hands. I've been driving this Polaris Crew 4x4 since 2016 doing guided touristic tours in Lisbon and Madeira island more recently. Driving is a passion for me, as I also am a co-pilot of my brother in rallies in Madeira, so I guess that makes me a very experienced and careful driver, always looking for my passengers safety and confort.
I'm Luis and I was born and raised in Ponta do Sol, Madeira. Since I was a child I used to go to the local mountains of Ponta do Sol with my father to watch for the cows we have there, so I know these mountains as the palm of my hands. I've been driving this Polaris Crew 4x4 since 2016 doing guided touristic tours in Lisbon and Madeira island more recently. Driving is a passion for me, as I also am a co-pilot of my brother in rallies in Madeira, so I guess that makes me a very experienced and c…
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Where you'll be

We will be in some restricted areas where only shepards have access, like I do. We will see where most of the spring water comes from that suply local agriculture and domestic use. We will also have oportunity to experience a bit of the way locals do banana farming, like I also do.
Maria Joao
February 2021
A fantastic experience from beginning to end. Luis is a great driver and very knowledgeable of the area. The cooking experience in the forest was a fantastic experience. Luis was happy to get wet in a waterfall to help us look for an endemic bird. Totally worth it.
A fantastic experience from beginning to end. Luis is a great driver and very knowledgeable of the area. The cooking experience in the forest was a fantastic experience. Luis wa…
Grace
January 2021
This was the most incredible tour of Madeira! We saw mountains, forests, waterfalls, ancient ruins & so much more. Luis is an incredible, knowledgeable host and an amazing chef to boot - the local garlic salt espetada lunch was better than many what I've had in many restaurants here. Luis shares his deep local experience of the Ponta Do Sol area on this tour and you seriously can't beat the views (the pictures in the description don't compare). I've been on another off-roading experience and this one was way better - it's definitely worth heading over to ponta do sol for a day you'll never forget!
This was the most incredible tour of Madeira! We saw mountains, forests, waterfalls, ancient ruins & so much more. Luis is an incredible, knowledgeable host and an amazing chef to…
Natalia
January 2021
It is a beautiful thing to experience the efforts of someone who has perfected their craft. We booked this on a whim and are still staggered by the experience. Honestly, the barbecue alone was worth the price, and that's saying something coming from a couple who rarely pays more than 10 Euro for any meal. Luis has literally thought of everything. Bring warm clothes and hiking shoes and a big appetite. And be prepared to see way, way more than is advertised. Usually, promoters overstate what they are offering, and one leaves feeling a little cheated. We felt that we had our money's worth at 3 hours in... to an 8 hour adventure. And adventure is the key word here. If you've read this far, just book it. Stop overthinking, and book now!
It is a beautiful thing to experience the efforts of someone who has perfected their craft. We booked this on a whim and are still staggered by the experience. Honestly, the barbec…
Jake
November 2020
Luis was extremely warm and welcoming, providing a fantastic experience to places you might not otherwise get to see around the island. You can feel how much he cares for and connects with his home. I can't recommend this tour enough!
Karol
September 2020
Definitely recommend to everyone. Our day with Luis was much better than we expected. Lot of beautiful landscapes and few surprises on the road.
Nicky
August 2020
Just an amazing trip. Book now for sure. Luis is an amazing host, kind, knowledgeable and fun. You see parts of Madeira that you can’t do yourself. You will NOT be disappointed. Food exceptional, views amazing, learnt loads about the island. When we return we will be back in touch with Louis for another fantastic unique memory of this absolutely beautiful place.
Just an amazing trip. Book now for sure. Luis is an amazing host, kind, knowledgeable and fun. You see parts of Madeira that you can’t do yourself. You will NOT be disappointed. Fo…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests of all ages can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

What to bring

Clothes for warm and cold wearther

Hiking shoes and slippers