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Walking Inside Volcanoes

The volcanic structure of the island of São Miguel has bestowed it with overwhelming beauty; vast craters housing gleaming lakes, hot mineral springs and lush rolling valleys. Located on the eastern side of the archipelago, the island is made up of six volcanic complexes and municipalities. Our suggested itinerary takes you on a self-guided walking tour of São Miguel, using a route-book for guidance, and passing through areas of geological interest. It is also possible to extend the itinerary by 7-nights, taking in other volcanic points of interest such as the lava caves: Gruta das Torres on Pico; Furna do Enxofre on Graciosa; and Capelinhos on Faial, the site of the last volcanic eruption in the Azores.

7 Nights

Guide price from £968 per person based on 2-sharing

Flights from London Gatwick to Ponta Delgada, São Miguel. 4-nights Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, Furnas B&B. 3-nights Azoris Royal Garden Hotel, Ponta Delgada B&B. All transfers included for hotels and walks. Six half-day, self-guided walks including a guidebook for the walks with trail descriptions and maps. Grading of Walks: 1 for Easy and 2 for Medium.

Day
1

Arrive at Ponta Delgada airport and transfer to your hotel.

Day
2

Furnas Lake: Today you will walk to Furnas Lake (9.2km / 3 hours) where you will visit the Monitoring & Research Centre (entrance included) – a local project initiated to protect the ecosystem of the valley and improve the quality of the lake water. Afternoon transfer back to Ponta Delgada with stops at viewpoints and a tea plantation.

Day
3

Furnas - Lomba do Cavaleiro: This 8.4km (3½ hours) walk descends a track between green pastures until you reach a small stream. The trail then passes through a wood of Australian cheesewood, acacias and vinhática, crossing over a wooden bridge and following the stream as far as Ribeira Quente (opportunity to swim), where the trail ends. Grade 1.

Day
4

Furnas - Salto do Prego: This 5km (2 hours) walk takes you past woods, orchards, the Salto do Prego waterfall where it is possible to swim, a deserted watermill and the deserted village of Sanguinho, uninhabited since 1970. Grade 2.

Day
5

Furnas - Ribeira Funda: This 7.5km (3 hours) walk takes you to the North coast of the island. Take in the contrasting landscape passing by dense vegetation, running streams, waterfalls and wonderful sea views as you walk down towards the beach of Praia da Viola. Grade 2. At the end of the walk, transfer by taxi to your hotel in Ponta Delgada. You will visit a panoramic viewpoint en route as well as a tea plantation.

Day
6

Ponta Delgada - Lagoa do Fogo: This 15km (4-5 hours) walk will follow a route along a Levada (a derivation channel) passing through mountains and valleys. You will head to the spectacular Lagoa do Fogo ‘Fire Lake’ - one of the most beautiful crater lakes in the Azores. The walk ends at a beach where you will have the opportunity to swim in the Atlantic waters. Grade 2

Day
7

Ponta Delgada - Sete Cidades: This 7.5km walk (2 hours) passes the Vista do Rei viewpoint which offers the best panoramic view over Sete Cidades and the surrounding area before heading down to the lakes. Sete Cidades is an extinct volcano crater of 40 sq.km, within which are two magnificent lakes, one deep blue colour and the other emerald green. Grade 1.

Day
8

Transfer to Ponta Delgada airport for your return flight to the UK.

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