5-Day Azores Nature Lovers Hiking
Welcome to the Green Island: Upon your arrival at Ponta Delgada International Airport you’ll be met by a driver and brought to your centrally located hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore the cobblestone streets of the Azores’ largest town. Relax on the areas volcanic black sand beaches, visit the local market, or visit the baroque lava stone church of Senhor Santo Cristo.
Lagoa do Fogo, locally known as the ‘Lake of Fire’ is a volcanic crater lake in the mountains of Sao Miguel. Hike down into the crater on dirt paths surrounded by woods of eucalyptus. Enjoy amazing views of the coastline and stop along the lake’s shore for a picnic lunch. Before returning to Ponta Degada, take a dip in the Caloura natural hot springs.
Start today’s hike from the parish of Faial da Terra, and rises up to the old, lost village of Sanguinho. Here you will find old building and traces of traditional farming, along with a panoramic view of the village below. The highlight of the day will be a stop at the magnificent Salto do Prego waterfall, famous for its fresh, glittering, crystalline water.
Today is a shorter hike to the Sete Cidades area of the western part of the island. Walk along beautiful trails at the top of a former volcanic crater and see the various lakes and wetlands that have formed in the valley below. The highlight of the trail is a stop at Mata do Canário, which is one of the most photographed parts of the island.