The Lost Valley – Tour Description
The Lost Valley Running Tour is made for more experience runners seeking for some elevation gain in the forest scenery.
The tour starts at the bottom of Chão da Ribeira valley, running for 1km along the road surrounded by farming lands as a warm up for what’s coming next.
After this warm up, you have the big climb of the day. You’ll climb 800m of elevation gain with lots of steps through a humid and dense laurissilva forest for about 2,5km in zig-zags till you get to the runnable Vereda do Fanal trail.
In this trail you start seeing some ancient laurel trees which makes this area of Fanal very special.
Once you reached Fanal, it’s time to face the technical downhill back to the valley of Chão da Ribeira. This trail is technical but very fun for the downhill lovers.
Reaching down the valley you just have to run 1km more to go back to the car.
|Meeting Location||Pickup at Hotel / Apartment / House / Meeting Point|
|Meeting Time||The pickup start at 8:30am and will be scheduled individually|
|Included||Personal Accidents and Liability Insurances Photos Pick up / Drop off Certified Guide|
|Not Included||Meals Running gear|
The Lost Valley track is a loop of 12km and about 1.000m elevation gain/loss. The terrain is made of rocky steps, dirt, sometimes muddy and paved trails down the valley.
The uphill in this tour is a bit challenging and the downhill is very technical with lots of rocky steps, very slippery when wet.
If you just want to run an easier trail on a nearer area you might have a look at Fanal Ancient Forest Running Tour. If you want to combine this forest run with a high mountain tour, try The Peaks Quest Running Tour.
Car Trip (from Funchal) – 45 minutes
Start Point – Chão da Ribeira
1km flat trail along the road to warm up
2,5km challenging uphill through Vereda das Voltas
4,5km mostly flat running in Vereda do Fanal
3km technical downhill to Chão da Ribeira through Vereda da Cavaca
1km uphill by the road till the starting point
End Point – Chão da Ribeira
Car Trip (to Funchal) – 45 minutes