Didn't realise that this is close on 150 years old now but was aware it is a worldwide unique experience that really must be tried by any visitor to Madeira.
It is a 2km ride in a wicker two seater seat, pushed and pulled by two costumes drivers who know what they are about. Just let them do their job and try not to back seat drive things!
The ride is 30 Euros for a couple, and allow a tip at the bottom for the drivers (not sure what they really call themselves but I don't think 'mules' seems fair on them!
The ride is simply unique, very enjoyable and safe. It has a moderate thrill but safety is high and after more than a century I think we can assume they know what they are up to.
Half way down you get photographed and by the time you reach the bottom, conveniently by a shop, your photo is ready for you to buy (10 Euros), quite an impressive turnaround.
Very enjoyable and I simply don't think you can go to Funchal without making this trip.
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