Ocotea Trail Drive Yourself

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Have a great day exploring the Madeiran countryside on these cool buggies. No people, remote, stunning.


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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    • Activity Level Challenging
    • Group Size Medium Group
    All about the Ocotea Trail Drive Yourself.

    A great way to spend half a day in nature, visiting places that are otherwise only accessible on foot. This trail will take you back through time as you will drive through one of the remaining primary forests in the world (UNESCO World Heritage-listed Laurisilva Forest).  You just have to drive the TRAIL4FUN buggy and follow your guide’s vehicle up in the mountains, stopping off at fantastic viewpoints. Mud, dust, puddles and magnificent sights are something to experience and something you won’t forget. It’s worth booking! Limited availability, so book now to avoid disappointment!

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Qualified staff
    • Taxes
    • Waterproof-suit
    • Pickup & drop-off in the city of Funchal and for private tours only.

    We can still pick you up upon an extra charge for hotels out of the city (€ per vehicle) or, if you have your car, we can set the time and meeting point in Porto da Cruz.

    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Pickups and drop-offs outside of Funchal (check the prices).
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    1. 09:00 & 14:30 Hotel Pick-up (Departure time)

      A member of our staff will pick you up at the indicated place and confirm your voucher identification. You can present either a paper or an electronic ticket for this activity. The tour will begin as soon as we finish collecting tour members.

    2. When Every day (morning and afternoon)

      Year-round, except on 25 December and 1 January

      Morning: 09:00 – 11:30

      Afternoon: 14:30 – 17:00


    3. Departure Point and Time Confirmed by email
    4. Duration 2:30
    5. Trip Specifications Distance & Altitude
    6. Requirements Very important


      Driving licence valid in the European Union.

      Do not drink alcohol before driving.

      Not recommended if you are pregnant and are prone to heart disease, epilepsy, and back problems.

      The participants must wear the seat belt and keep their limbs inside the vehicle.

      Before you start, check you have your seat belts fitted.

    7. What do you need to bring? Don't forget

      Comfortable shoes, camera or GoPro, sunglasses and a coat or a jumper if it gets cooler.

      If possible, use old clothes during the event.

      Extra clothes to change afterwards.

    8. Good to Know Activity level

      Those with limited mobility may find it challenging. Possibility of driving through puddles of mud, but this is part of the fun, so bring extra clothes to change afterwards. Drivers can change during the circuit to give everyone a chance to enjoy driving a buggy.

      Your guide will give you an introduction, and you will get a quick lesson with attention to detail on the safety aspects.

      The price is not per person, but per buggy (two persons).

    9. Our Expertise Why us?

      We pick you up from the place you are staying at and drop you off when finished. There are comfort breaks. It’s easy to book. Our staff are qualified.  We take you to various sites we know you will want to explore.  Our fundamental principles are the comfort, safety, and flexibility of both our guests and personnel.

    10. 12:30 - 17:30 Hotel Drop-off (Return Time)
    11. Please Note The order of the itinerary as shown above may be subject to change and/or affected by local conditions.
    12. Product Add-ons Items you can add to this Tour

      To make the most of your holidays in Madeira, go through our add-on options visible on your cart, at the time of booking this tour.

      These are the items that you can add to this tour:

      Child 0-2,99-years FREE seats if previously informed €0

      Child 3-9,99-years old (-50%) €65

      1 x Traditional drink €3

      Wondering what else you can do while you are here?

      If your goal is to escape the bustling crowds and experience solitude in the mountains, consider driving in the renowned Dust & Mud trail. This trail offers unparalleled views of Funduras, traverses dense laurel-tree forests and allows you to get close to Nature. We finish at a bar house nestled in the valley of Porto da Cruz to enjoy one of our local drinks. Click here for more information!

    TRAIL4FUN is the real sightseeing experience as you drive a 4×4 buggy yourself on different terrain. It’s a fun way of going to places that would otherwise only be accessible on foot, with orientation and local information.

    First, you will have a short lesson about how it works. Next, just follow your Guide’s vehicle directions, to places you won’t typically see on tourist circuits.

    We want you to have a unique experience with us so if there’s anything you would like us to include such as a stop for meals, special route or birthday arrangements, please let us know.

    Both quad bikes & buggies are known as all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s) due to the fact they can travel off-road.

    Buggies have side by side seats.

    The average Circuit duration is 2h30 minutes. However, the Circuit can take a bit longer. You go at your own pace.

    Yes, but if there is a specific place you wish to visit, not included in our Circuits, ask us in advance, and we will try our best. Bear in mind that some roads aren’t available for 4×4.

    Yes, after 10/15 minutes in most cases we assure the buggy will feel like “a natural extension of your body”, easy and fun to drive.

    All first-time travellers are required to take a 15-minute onboard training session until everyone feels comfortable and is ready to go by themselves. Training time is part of the overall circuit time. Once you learn to drive a buggy and as long you follow our safety procedures, we assure you will have a great time riding a buggy.

    Yes.  Pregnant women and people prone to heart disease, epilepsy and back problems will not be allowed to ride a TRAIL4FUN buggy. We also reserve the right of refusing the allocation of our vehicles to anyone suspected of being under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other substance and any Psychophysical conditions which could impair a person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle.

    Within the law, all passengers must be over 7.

    An adult or guardian must accompany children under 18 and sign a responsibility statement.

    The trail is inaccessible to wheelchair users.

    No, we offer trips in Portuguese, English and French. Other languages on request.

    Our staff are the back-bone to each successful service. We look for people who are not only qualified and experienced, but who are also passionate and love what they do.

    Yes, just send us an email with your needs and will do our best to find the best solution to your company or group event.

    Besides our tours for mainland travellers, we also offer great value options for people who travel by cruise ships. You can choose one of the existing tours or create your own customised itinerary. Get in touch to arrange your tour!

    Yes, these cars are very resistant and can handle more than they seem to. Our buggies are quick to start, very agile and automatic, easy and fun to drive.
    The perfect solution to Madeira narrow trails.

    Our Buggies will do 40 km/hr

    We have 2 seats and 4 buggies.

    Persons with 1,90 m (6’3ft) fit into the buggy easily.

    One of the great things about Booking-madeira.com | TRAIL4FUN is that we have no minimum requirements for our tour to run, so we will still go ahead if just one person has booked (the price is per buggy).

    You must be 18 years old and have a valid car driving licence.

    Prices for the buggies are quoted per vehicle/ 2 persons.

    Yes, we provide raining suits.

    To drive a Buggy, you must be 18 years old and present a UE valid driving licence. You must also have a passport or ID card.

    For TRAIL4FUN services, you must be over 7years old (An adult or guardian must accompany children under 18).

    Yes, TRAIL4FUN prices include insurance, covering civil responsibility, driver and occupants insurance.

    Yes, we can provide baby seats when requested free of charge. Please let us know in advance, so we can make sure you have them available.

    Please remind that we do require that all passengers must be over 7. An adult or guardian must accompany children under 18 and sign a responsibility statement.


    If you are planning to drive a buggy, we advise you to wear tennis shoes or other closed-toe shoes.

    Don’t forget to bring a coat or a jacket. Sometimes it’s a colder climate up at the top, and you’ll be under the shade of trees. If possible, use old clothes and as there is a possibility of driving through puddles of mud, bring extra clothes to change afterwards. Make sure you take your sunglasses, GoPro or Camera.

    At the moment, we have two meeting points – at your hotel (we can pick you up and then drop you off at the end when requested), and at Porto da Cruz (If you are driving your car. Look for our map).

    For hotels in Funchal, Caniço, Santa Cruz, Machico and Porto da Cruz: For all tours, we will collect you and drop you off at your hotel.

    For other hotel locations: Please note there maybe be an extra charge for such pick-ups and drop-offs. Click here for location details and prices.

    If you have your car, please select that option, and we will set the time and the meeting point in Porto da Cruz.

    Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map, and emergency phone number.

    Our vehicle will have a clear card (a banner) with the TRAIL4FUN company logo on the windscreen and, in case of being a group, the name of the group printed on it. Our driver will also have a list with the passenger’s name.

    Open all year round: 9:00-12:00; 14:00-17:00; daily

    Except for the 1st of January and Christmas Day, the 25th of December.

    If you are happy with the service you receive, it’s customary to tip your driver and guide. This is entirely at your discretion.

    Madeira island holidays are the ideal getaway all year round. Madeira weather in coastal areas is temperate and mild with no great extremes-although the temperature can drop the higher you go on the island so, whatever time of year you visit, be sure to bring warm clothes when visiting the mountains. Obviously, rainfall is higher in the winter, and you’ll probably need to pack a raincoat or umbrella. Madeira’s average temperatures range from 18C in winter to 25C in summer, with sea temperatures being nearly the same due to a warm Gulf Stream that surrounds the Island all year round, 18C to 22C.

    You may reserve online or at the following number + 351 913211323.

    Please make a reservation as soon as possible, as the number of buggies is limited to 4 buggies/ 8 persons each time.

    Please arrive 15 minutes earlier than your scheduled Circuit time for standard document procedures.

    Should you need to re-schedule a booking you have already made, we will always do our best to help.

    If the reservation is cancelled at least 10 days, before the activity date, then a full refund will be given minus 5 euros transaction charges.

    No reservation fees refunds will be made for no-shows (30 minutes) or failure to produce relevant documents.

    We reserve the right to cancel a booking for reasons beyond our control, such as the weather. We will do our best to notify you as soon as possible and do everything we can to offer an alternative date or time. In the impossibility to reschedule, we will refund the full amount paid.

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