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Let me tell you about the epic journey waiting for you in Sao Miguel, the gem of the Azores known as the Green Island. From our cozy accommodation on the north coast, we’ll set out to explore this natural wonderland. We’re talking about crater lakes that’ll leave you speechless, coastlines so steep they’ll make your heart race, and beaches with sands as dark as the night sky. As we wander through tea plantations that you won’t find anywhere else in Europe, we’ll reach a hidden gem nestled deep within the Furnas valley and enjoy the rejuvenating hot springs after a day of exploration. Ready to embark on an unforgettable journey? Pack your bags, lace up your boots, and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!

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  • The middle of the Atlantic

    Trek around the iconic Sete Cidades lake and discover the legend of Atlantis symbolized by the Bridge of the 7 Arches

  • Sweet agricultural vibes

    VIsit tea and pineapple plantations for a taste of tradition before ascending to island’s most astonishing crater lake

  • Explore a nature reserve

    These volcanic islands boast untouched fauna and flora that amazes locals, tourists and scientists

Itinerary

Explore Sao Miguel's stunning landscapes, from iconic crater lakes to lush forests teeming with life. Immerse yourself in local culture as you visit pineapple plantations and traditional tea estates. Each day offers a new adventure, from traversing ancient water routes to discovering hidden waterfalls. With comfortable accommodations and expert guides leading the way, this tour promises a perfect blend of relaxation and exploration in the breathtaking Azores archipelago.

  • Home to Ponta Delgada and the capital of the Azores, Saõ Miguel boasts 3 unique crater lakes which you’ll discover on this week-long journey. On your first day, you’ll meet your guides at the airport and they will transfer you to Capelas, a village on the north coast. You’ll get to your accommodation for the next 4 nights — a hotel in Vale do Navio boasting a refreshing swimming pool. Get some rest and get to know your guides and group on the first evening.

    Accommodation: Hotel Vale do Navio in Capelas 4*
    Meals: Not included

    City Hall in Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal. Ponta Delgada City Hall with a bell tower in the capital of the Azores. Portugal, Sao Miguel. Town Hall, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal
  • A magnificent day awaits as you discover the emblematic Sete Cidades lake. The hike begins at Lagoa de Canario, with its grandiose view of Lakes Azul and Santiago. Follow a path along the crater edge around the lake. Viewpoints of the Azul and Verde lakes dot the trail, before descending to the village of Sete Cidades nestling at the bottom of the Caldera. Take your time to enjoy a drink in one of the village’s terrace bars (at your own expense) before setting off again over a bridge with 7 arches, symbolizing the 7 cities of the lost continent of Atlantis, said to be buried beneath these two lakes. Begin a slow final ascent to reach the Vista do Rei site and its breathtaking view over the vast Caldeira de Sete Cidades before returning to your accommodation.

    Walking: 5 hours
    Elevation + 400 m, – 650 m
    Accommodation: Hotel Vale do Navio in Capelas 4*
    Meals: Continental breakfast, picnic, hotel dinner

    Azores Sao Miguel Miradouro da Vista do Rei - Sete Cidades - aerial drone view
  • This lesser-trodden hike takes you along the Water Road, an ancient route used to supply water to the town of Lagoa. The route takes you through a dense, wild forest dotted with tunnels, aqueducts, old stone bridges and the levada, up to the “Window of Hell” waterfall — a vertical wall rich in springs, where it’s possible to observe newts (salamander family) in various life cycles. The trail then returns to pastures and views of the south coast. Return to accommodation.

    Walking: 5 hours
    Elevation: + 510 m – 645 m
    Accommodation: Hotel Vale do Navio in Capelas 4*
    Meals: Continental breakfast, picnic, hotel dinner

    Old Stone Water-conduit Bridge
  • Start off the day with a visit to a pineapple plantation. Brought back from South America in the 19th century as a decorative plant, pineapple cultivation quickly established itself as an economically interesting alternative to the cultivation of oranges. Continue on to Ponta Delgada, characterized by Baroque architecture, narrow streets, beautiful churches partly built of lava stone, and a sumptuous marina. Afternoon will be devoted to the island’s most astonishing crater lake: Lagoa de Fogo. The ascent begins by crossing a forest of pittosporum and eucalyptus before following a levada to the lake’s southern shores. The caldera , which encloses this crater lake at an altitude of 578 m, is the youngest caldera on the island: 15,000 years old! Listed as a nature reserve, it is home to endemic plants and a favorite nesting place for many birds.

    Walking: 3 hours
    Elevation: +/- 500 m
    Accommodation: Hotel Vale do Navio in Capelas 4*
    Meals: Continental breakfast, picnic, hotel dinner

    Lagoa do Fogo and green valley on San Miguel island
  • Today you’ll be delving into the history of the island as you discover the tea plantations on the north coast. But first, head to the beautiful beach of Praia da Viola. With its black sand and cliffs teeming with watercourses, it was a focal point of local life. Make sure to check out the lava stone water mills that are now overgrown but bear witness to a very active past. Continue on foot along a country road to the tea plantations. Unlike anywhere else in Europe, tea is still grown here, picked, and made using traditional methods. After discovering the family-run factory, enjoy a tea tasting experience! Your guides will transfer you to Furnas, a small village with undeniable charm, nestled in a green setting and best known for its volcanic activity: fumaroles, bubbling mud, sulfurous hot springs, etc. Settle in for 3 nights in this enchanting scenery.

    Walking: 3.5 hours
    Altitude difference: + 100 m /- 400m
    Accommodation: Residencial Vista do Vale
    Meals: Continental breakfast, picnic, dinner in Tony’s

    Mesmerizing view of a tea plantation near the lake in Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal
  • Depart on foot from the village, then climb a shady path to the Pico do Ferro, a panoramic viewpoint over the Furnas valley. Descend to reach the shores of the lake and its impressive solfataras and fumaroles releasing large quantities of sulfur. This geothermal system has always been used by locals to cook foods such as cozido, a typical local stew. Continue along a path around the lake, lined with lush vegetation. Those wishing to do so can visit the Furnas Monitoring and Research Center (entrance fee payable on the spot). Return to the village to enjoy another of its exceptional attractions: the Terra Nostra botanical garden. Born at the crossroads of the great maritime routes, it is home to century-old trees, tree ferns, exotic plants and sulfurous rivers. At its heart, a gigantic geothermal pool and two natural jacuzzis invite you to take a relaxing dip (entrance included). To round off this amazing day, taste the cozido cooked on the lakeshore that very morning.

    Walking: 4 hours
    Elevation: + 450 m – 450 m
    Accommodation: Residencial Vista do Vale
    Meals: Continental breakfast, picnic, dinner in Banhos Ferreos restaurant

    Note: Depending on dates and group size, rooms may be spread over several houses in the village. Some rooms have shared bathrooms (1 for 2 rooms).

    Terra Nostra botanical garden with untouched flora at Furnas, Azores, Portugal
  • This morning travel to Faial da Terra at the south-eastern tip of the island. For a long time, this village made its living from whaling and farming. Along the river, through the forest, discover exuberant and endemic vegetation. After lunch, you’ll drive to Povoçao, where the island’s first inhabitants settled. Follow a coastal path that links Povoação to Ribeira Quente. Arrive at the beautiful beach of Ribeira Quente for a unique swimming experience—the existence of underwater hydrothermal springs makes the sea water tepid. Transfer back to Furnas.

    Faial da Terra:
    Walking: 2.5 hours
    Altitude difference: + 400 m /- 400 m

    Povoçao / Ribeira Quente:
    Walking: 3 hours
    Ascent: + 400 m /- 400 m
    Accommodation: Residencial Vista do Vale
    Meals: Continental breakfast, picnic, dinner in Tony’s

     

    Small village Faial da Terra between rolling hills in warm afternoon light on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores
  • Your guides will transfer you to Ponta Delgada airport where you can catch your flight.

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Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 8 days of hiking in emblematic and less-known locations
      • 7 nights of accommodation in hotels
        • 4 nights at the Vale do Navio 4* in Capelas
        • 3 nights at Residencial Vista do Vale
      • Meals during the tour
        • 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 6 dinners

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to and from Ponta Delgada, San Miguel
      • Accommodations before or after the tour
      • Single occupancy (additional fee)
      • Meals on day 1 and 8
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • These walking holidays in the Azores are an incredible option for relatively fit hikers with some previous experience. You can expect 3 to 5 hours of walking daily with an average ascent/descent of 100 to 650 meters. These hikes offer a perfect balance of challenge and enjoyment, suitable for those looking for a moderate level of adventure.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Duffle bag to pack all of the things you need for the tour
      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items you need in a day (around a 25-40L bag)
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (min. 1L capacity)
      • Clothes for everyday activities and restaurant
      • Shoes for everyday activities and hotel
      • Hiking boots with good ankle support
      • Hiking socks
      • Hiking shorts
      • Hiking T-shirts
      • Undershirt or long-sleeved shirt
      • Trekking trousers
      • Light fleece jacket
      • Light, simple Gore-Tex jacket
      • Raingear (suit, cape or poncho)
      • Waterproof overtrousers —optional
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Water and windproof rain jacket
      • Swimwear***
      • Sandals for swimming
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Quick-drying towel
      • Double skin, set of adhesive dressings, disinfectant pads
      • Elastic adhesive tape (6 cm wide, Elastoplast type)
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Sunhat or cap
      • Scarf
      • Pocket knife
      • Waterproof money pouch
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    ***Caution: The iron bath at Terra Nostra leaves orange marks, so make sure you bring an old or colored bathing suit

    The weather in the Azores, including Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel Island, is characterized by its mild, oceanic climate. While the temperatures are moderate and stable (mostly 25-26°C (77-79°F)), weather can be quite changeable, with rapid shifts from sunshine to rain and back again. It’s advisable to be prepared for changing weather conditions when visiting the islands. Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and pricing

      • For this group adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 8:1.
      • It takes a minimum of 3 people for this tour to operate.
      • Solo travelers are welcome!

    Walking holidays in the Azores can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel most people fly into João Paulo II Airport (PDL), which is approximately 10 minutes away. From there, you can rent a car from various rental agencies available at the airport or take a shuttle service to reach your destination.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or accommodation.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance.

    With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more. Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. For more information on travel recommendations and restrictions in Sao Miguel, Portugal please refer to the official website of Portugal or TripPrep.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 2 months (60 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to sixty (60) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund.
      • For cancellations thirty-one (31) to fifty-nine (59) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of sixty percent (60%) of the total price.
      • For cancellations sixteen (16) to thirty (30) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total price.
      • For cancellations seven (7) to fifteen (15) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total price.
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund.
      • Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
      • Any cancellation or modification must be communicated as soon as possible and must be sent by written confirmation.
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