The main complex in Machico is the Intermediate Volcanic Complex, which occupies the central body of the county. This complex is crossed by the Machico - Seixal fault as well as other smaller faults that run parallel to it.
It can then be inferred that, in Machico, the dominant Complex is also the one that is most submitted to greater structural control.
The dikes studied present an E-W direction, being very evident in the region of Ponta de São Lourenço.
Geological Map of Madeira, Sheet B (Brum et al, 2012, adapted)
Machico has a varied landscape due to the existence of weather resistant flows that originated some of the highest peaks. These contrast with the deep V-shaped valleys where it is possible to observe rolled blocks of various dimensions, which demonstrate the high capacity during torrential periods. In the valley of Machico, highly weathered flows predominate, alternating with levels of pyroclasts that contribute to the valley’s U-shape. Due to its permeability, these formations favour groundwater extraction in the county, where the aquifer has good productivity but is very localized.
It should also be noted that Machico is the most geodiverse municipality of the autonomous region and is managed in partnership between SRARN (Secretaria Regional do Ambiente e Recursos Naturais) and the Municipal Project- Ecos Machico, which in its municipal network of Ecosites, discloses the many spaces of natural and scenic value as well like the local fauna and flora.
Geocaching is one of the most fascinating activities to develop in recent times and has captured the attention of people all over the world.
Geocaching combines physical activity, leisure and adventure while adding mystery and strategy to discover the hidden caches.
It is very common to come across someone looking for a cache while on a walk, as the “game” is usually set among natural surroundings.
There are over 500 caches in Machico alone. To discover them, visit the official geocaching website www.geocaching.com and register. Once online, learn the rules and head off to discover the geocaching universe. Leave your unique tag in the caches or create your own.
VisitMachico® hopes you enjoy yourself and thanks you for respecting the rules and acting in a responsible way, especially by not leaving litter or harmful material to the environment behind.