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We were picked up by Luis at 0830 on Saturday 12 Nov as scheduled in the comfortable 4x4. Our trip was to be to Machico where we stopped for photographs and coffee. From here we followed an old mountain route set up by community farmers to get from the south to the north of the island going to Porto da Cruz and a visit to the rum factory and Casa du Rum. On to Santana to see the quaint old thatched houses where we visited one. Time for lunch at Cantinho da Serra and a superb old Madeiran traditional 3 course meal with wine for only 12 Eu each. Returning via Faial, Ribeiro Frio fish farm and then up to Pico do Areeiro 1818 m high, the highest point on the island. We then headed back down to Funchal arriving at 1630, an excellent day out. Throughout the day Luis gave us a lot of interesting information about the island and often stopped to show us various plants and fruits. There were several beautiful scenic stops for photographs as well. The narrow steep roads and tracks realised the necessity of a 4x4 and Luis handled the vehicle well as we were never concerned about his ability. Luis spoke English very well, was always polite and ready to answer our questions, he also took some photographs with his mobile and promised to email them to us. A trip I would not hesitate to recommend.
Very fine trip with Luis from Lido Tours on 2 trips, 06. and 07.08.16. Louis was a very good guide and in very good mood. He take some samples of trees, berries and flowers and told about it. Thank you Luis.
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