Canyoning is an exciting and challenging way to slowly explore steep streams or watercourses and has been offered in Madeira since 1989. Vertical and water obstacles require various different techniques, including climbing, jumping, abseiling (rappelling) and swimming. Descending the region’s abundant streams shows the island at its purest and most natural form. During the summer, the streams on the north side of the island are more appealing, since their currents are stronger. In the winter, streams on the south side are recommended, since they are not as steep and their currents are not as strong. Ribeiro Frio and Ribeira das Cales were the first streams to be explored and equipped but this sport is currently offered in many other locations, including Ribeira da Pedra Branca, Ribeira da Hortelã, Ribeira do Passo, Ribeira do Inferno and Ribeiro Frio. The International Canyoning Meeting, RIC Madeira, is held on the island each year. Madeira is already an important location for this sport. For this activity, we advise always using the services of a company that specialises in providing this type of sport.

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