Walking in the Island of Madeira: The Levadas


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The levadas are channels built to distribute water from the mountains to the fields


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Usually they have a path alongside used for construction, inspection and repair, but these are not designed for tourists!


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Many are safe and easy to follow

Some are spectacularly dangerous


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The path runs underneath this waterfall, the ledge is narrow and unprotected In the next phot the levada is cut into the cliff level with the top of this waterfall - you can see it more clearly towards the top left of the picture below


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There are two distinct types of walking on Madeira: The levadas, with paths running level alongside the water channels that distribute water from the mountains to the terraces and villages


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These often still pass through the terraced market gardens they were designed to serve


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