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There might be taller and more powerful waterfalls in Madeira, but Risco Waterfall definitely looks impressive.
Name in Portuguese
UNESCO World Heritage status
Map of the site
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This waterfall has two major cascades of comparable height. Water slides down along the nearly vertical cliff, at some places forming a free fall in the air. At the base of the upper cascade is a small, beautiful lake with blue-green colored water – Lagoa do Vento. Also at the base of the lower cascade is a small pool which is surrounded by stones.
Waterfall is located in the unique laurisilva – relict subtropical rainforest. A similar forest was common in Southern Europe 15 – 40 million years ago. Now it has been preserved mainly in the Azores, Canary Islands, and Madeira. Rain here is frequent, the forest often is covered in mist. Thanks to the wet climate Madeira has numerous waterfalls.
Risco Waterfall can be accessed by walking the beautiful Levada do Risco – one of the most popular tourist trails through the pristine forest leading along the water channel. One should go early in order to enjoy the beautiful sights in solitude.
Wonders of Madeira
Macaronesian islands – the Azores, Canary Islands, Cabo Verde, and Madeira – are like messengers from a better, brighter, and more interesting world. Madeira represents almost all (without archaeological heritage which is present only in the Canary Islands) of their beauty: mountains, beautiful scenery, subtropical forest, and wealth of European architectural heritage.
Some of the most fascinating and awe-inspiring natural monuments are waterfalls or locations where a river abruptly changes its elevation.
Wonders of Europe
The heritage of Europe is diverse and endlessly interesting. Incomparably rich is the wealth of European historical architecture, but this part of the world has exciting natural heritage and archaeological heritage as well.