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high on the plateau the waters gather for the descent to sea level
here they cascade freely before being conducted by the levada complex

"The Lakes of Madeira
This is a walk unlike any other. Many of our guests tell us it is the walk they have enjoyed the most. Deep in the valley of western plateau, you will marvel at the lakes and rock pools, that over millions of years have been carved out by the waters as they rush towards the sea, forming magnificent waterfalls and cascades. In summertime fring your costume and enjoy a cool crisp swim in these crystal clear and invigorating mountain waters. You will experience a diversity of walking terrain from the flatness of the levadas to the gradients of the mountains tracks, as we make our way up the valley. From forest trekking, along unmarked routes, to scrambling up to the oldest levada in the west of the island. An unforgettable experience."

courtesy of http://www.madeira-tourist.com/page0/page13/page13.html

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