Pico Ruivo (video)

Pico Ruivo, Madeira Island, by Joel Sérgio Pereira

Pico Ruivo – Madeira Island from Joel Sérgio Pereira on Vimeo.

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Pico Ruivo is the highest peak on the Madeira Islands. It can be reached only by foot, usually either from Pico do Arieiro (3rd highest) after a strenuous hike, or from Achada do Teixeira with a shorter, easier trail. There is an additional trail leading west to Encumeada. Just below the summit is a hut offering simple accommodation and drinks.

Pico Ruivo is 1862 meters (6107 ft) high [1] and provides some of the most incredible views of the island from coast to coast, but unpredictable weather conditions can make it quite dangerous

Here is a snapshot of the video:
Pico Ruivo - Madeira Island

Momentaneo – Awesome Video of Madeira

Up to now this is one of the top most beautiful videos of Madeira Island that I came across on the Web. This video is entitled “Momentâneo” made by Filipe Gomes from Madeira.

Momentâneo from the one line design on Vimeo.

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This video is for sure a homage to Madeira Island. Obrigado (Thank You) Filipe for making this and share it with us.

Here is a snapshot of the video:
Madeira Island

Madeira Nature … a Festival of Colors and Biodiversity

Madeira … a Portuguese archipelago, that is the outermost region of the European Union, has a very high green biodiversity, and in combination with the ocean, mountains and sky it creates a real festival of colors.

Rainbow at BalcoesRainbow at Balcões (Photo by Alan)

Madeira is known as the “Flower Island“, but instead it would be more fitting to call it “The Green Pearl of the Atlantic Ocean” with its 13,010,405,091,801 type of green colors it holds. If you do not believe it, then come over to Madeira and count the colors green yourself.

Cascadas en la levada do Caldeirao VerdeCascades of the Levada do Caldeirao Verde (Photo by Rafael Fresno)

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Pico Ruivo Time-lapse – Madeira

An excellent (time-lapse) video made by Hugo Câmara (photographer) …. 1862 meters (6107 ft) high above the clouds … Pico Ruivo.

Pico Ruivo, the highest peak on the Madeira Islands, which usually one could reach via Pico do Arieiro (a strenuous hike), but that path is temporary closed due to repair. Advice is to do it from Achada do Teixeira. Contact an official guide and/or Madeira Walking organization for details.

Madeira … Walking About

We found another great (private) video about Madeira Island, filmed and edited by Dmitry Semaev.

Short interview with Dmitry Semaev:

Why the video?
“I have been to Madeira for 4 times, I’m one of those Madeira Island’s fans. Because of many stuff.”

What film equipment did you use?
“I used a Canon 7D, Lumix GH1, Gligetrack, Zoom H2.”

What do you think of Madeira?
“Madeira is one of the comfortable area to leave. It’s warm calm etc. quite safe. There are lots of gorgeous things to see. Welcome.”

Raizes de um Povo – Roots of a People

We need to learn the past …. to understand the present … and prepare for the future.

raizesdeumpovo

This magnificent project, created by Eduardo Costa Audiovisual Productions, aims an encounter with the valuable past, the Folklore and Ethnography of the archipelago of Madeira. It portraits in terrific details the daily life and activities the small nation in the past, but in some places still present-day culture and profession.

The project “Raízes de um Povo” (Roots of a People) is a 13 documentaries about 25 minutes. Each county of Madeira will have its own documentary. There will be a dedicated version for the Christmas period on Madeira. The main objective is to produce a true and accurate reference that guarantees historical consistency and validity.

What visitors really want?

The German television company WDR has broadcast at the beginning of this month in their weekly travel program Wunderschön! (Beautiful!), a 90 minutes report of Madeira “Blumeninsel im Atlantik” (Island of Flowers), presented by Tamina Kallert.

WebTV Madeira “Blumeninsel im Atlantik” (90 min. German)

Although it is in German and 1 hour and a half long … it is worth to watch this webTV program.

One thing I noticed when watching this German travel report ….. from it you can learn what visitors want to see and visit. Remember, this is a 1 hour and a half long TV program, so it should cover the most important attractions and things-to-do that a German traveler will be looking for in Madeira. I got a good impression of what that is … but I leave it up to you to find it out yourself. I am curious if you come to the same conclusion as I did.

After watching the TV report one will learn that all the attractions that were covered by the German Wunderschön! group had one thing in common …. they all missed one characteristic …. namely “modern”. Talking in Internet-terms … if you could tag all the attractions mentioned in the TV program … the word “modern”, “new-flanged” or “futuristic” would not be one of them. In the German travel coverage I missed things like modern entities such as Story Center, Casa das Mudas, Madeira Magic, Santana Theme park, trip with one of the catamarans, double deck buses, shopping malls/centers, and also none of the modern hotels were mentioned.

My conclusion is that visitors prefer to experience the old-fashioned. Searching for old traditions and typical things that they do not get to see in their home country or have been lost during the modernization. Just ask a Madeira visitor to name the characteristics of Madeira …. and you will hear most of them mentioning the same subjects that were covered in the German TV program. This is a lesson that one can learn from.

My advice to (future) entrepreneurs on Madeira: learn first the Madeiran (old) culture …. search for images of (lost) traditions …. and if you can restore (part of it) back …. then you will be a winner in the area of tourism.

What happened exactly?

Could this phenomenon happen? is maybe one of the most asked questions when looking at the (awful) images that took place last Saturday here on Madeira.

There was no tropical storm … no hurricane …. no cyclone … no devastating hard winds … no tsunami-like waves. Just lots of rain …. plus the fact that …. Madeira is an island!

So how could this happen?

But first …. I am only looking for scientific or climatological explanation … and not political reactions. I do not want to hear/read politics …

My thoughts are the following:
Madeira was plagued by bad weather during the week before. On Saturday 20th of February the combination of heavy rainfall and winds over 60mph saturated the higher mountain regions, plus the fact that there was also snow in that area and the sudden increase of temperature, … caused an immediate swelling of the mountain streams, … resulting in walls of water and mud cascading down the slopes towards the southern coast. The abundance of water could not be handled by the drains and catch basins.

What do you think?

Madeira Waterworks

Filmed yesterday … edited in the evening and uploaded at midnight. Result …. a dramatic film (thanks to the music added by Youtube) of the fury of the waves at the marina of Lugar de Baixo.

It is just as spectacular as the New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Funchal (that will take place in a few days).

So here is another event next to the Fireworks on Madeira …. the Waterworks.