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Azores: São Miguel / Lagoa do Fogo Hiking Trip

1. Azores: São Miguel / Lagoa do Fogo Hiking Trip

Explore the impressive landscapes and amazing panoramas on a hiking trip to São Miguel. Bathe in the natural pools in the stunning Lagoon of Lagoa do Fogo. Start your trail on a short dirt road, from where you will reach a small stream (about 2 km), reaching another relatively more open area, with several springs and wide declivities, that will lead you to Lagoa do Fogo. Bathe in the Natural Pools of Lagoa / Caloura, in the cozy Thermal Baths of Caldeira Velha, or in the Grandiose Waterfall of Salto do Cabrito. Get stunning panoramic views of Lago do Fogo (on one side) and the north coast of the island of Sao Miguel (on the other) while traveling along “Cumeeira Norte”. Pass through several small streams surrounded by incredibly green and untouched forests, before reaching the characteristic pumice-stone beach of the lagoon. Enjoy a pleasant picnic lunch of regional products. Return to the starting point while enjoying another perspective of the South Coast and the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the Bathing Zone of Caloura, or Agua D’Alto Beach, where you can practice snorkeling.

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Sao Miguel: Caldeiroes Canyoning Experience

2. Sao Miguel: Caldeiroes Canyoning Experience

After either gathering at the meeting point or being collected from your accommodation, you will make your way to Parque da Ribeira dos Caldeirões, located in the north-east part of the island. It takes around 45 minutes to drive from Ponta Delgada. The half-day tour takes approximately 3 hours. During this time you will have the possibility of doing rappels, jumps, slides and rock slides. The highest rappel will be 15 meters, with the highest jump being around 6 meters. There will be some time for the equipment distribution with the help of your guides, before you take a short hike in order to approach the stream followed by a security briefing. On average it is about a 20 to 35-minute hike, depending on the pace of the group. Throughout the full-day option you will stop for a picnic, later finishing the tour by returning back to town by car.

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Azores: Ribeira da Salga Canyoning Adventure

3. Azores: Ribeira da Salga Canyoning Adventure

Whether you're an experienced traveler or first-time adventurer, have a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a canyoning adventure in Ribeira da Salga. Visit one of the most astonishing places in the northeast part of the island of Sao Miguel, located between Lomba de S.Pedro and Salga parishes. Start your adventure with a quick security briefing and equipment distribution.  Afterward take a half-hour hike towards the location where you'll be able to jump, slide, and rappel down gorgeous water streams into crystal-clear natural pools. The highest rappel can go up to 16 meters, and the highest jump up to around 8 meters. If you are uncomfortable about jumping other options are available.

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São Miguel: Sete Cidades and Crater Lakes Hike

4. São Miguel: Sete Cidades and Crater Lakes Hike

Start with pickup from your accommodation on São Miguel. First, visit two of the most spectacular viewpoints on the island at Grota do Inferno and Vista do Rei. Then, hike to Miradouro das Cumeeiras and admire fantastic views of the ridge and crater lakes below. After the first portion of the hike, rest and have a picnic lunch in the small village of Sete Cidades. After lunch, walk by the stunning Lagoa Verde (Green Lagoon), up towards the viewpoint of Vista do Rei. Enjoy more time to admire the beautiful crater lakes and surrounding landscape from this perfect vantage point. Continue towards the Natural Thermal Pools of Ferraria or Mosteiros Beach. Enjoy some time to rest in the pools or swim in the Atlantic, depending on weather conditions. Finally, be returned to your accommodation on the island.

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Terceira Island: Walking Trails Hiking Tour

5. Terceira Island: Walking Trails Hiking Tour

Terceira offers a varied range of hiking options, from the forested hills in the center to the lava fields along the north coast. The rural center of the island is fun for hiking too, with the 1,000-meter-high volcano of Lagoa Negra being covered in forests. Like the other Azores, there are many birds, flowers, and exotic plants in this region. These are all enchanting, even those which are not endemic to these islands. Your guide will take you through the best sites on these trails, and when possible will also explain to you some of the local vegetation and its impact on nature. You will have all of the best breathtaking views pointed out to you, some of which you might not have noticed on your own.

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Azores: Canyoning in Salto do Cabrito

6. Azores: Canyoning in Salto do Cabrito

Relax and disconnect in a beautiful setting in this morning canyoning adventure in Salto do Cabrito. Explore the natural side of São Miguel Island hiking and canyoning through lush forests and cool streams.  Meet the guide in central Ponta Delgada or arrange pick up from your accommodation and travel in an air-conditioned van 20 minutes to Salto do Cabrito. Hike 30 minutes to the stream where an experienced guide will give a security briefing and distribute all the equipment needed for the activity. Once suited and ready to go, spend a few hours exploring the pools and waterfalls. For those who dare, there will be an opportunity to finish the tour with a 4-meter jump. A zipline is also available for those who'd prefer flying to jumping.

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São Miguel Island: Full Day All-in-One Tour

7. São Miguel Island: Full Day All-in-One Tour

This tour gives you the unique opportunity to get to know São Miguel island as much as possible during a short stay. The tour will start early going in direction to Vista do Rei where you can enjoy the view over the Sete Cidades Lakes. From there the tour will take you up into the mountains to enjoy the view over the gorgeous Lagoa do Fogo. Then you will venture back down the mountains for a visit to Caldeira Velha, a protected nature reserve, where you will have the option to enjoy a bath in the warm water from a waterfall. The journey will then take you to the viewpoint of Santa Iria where you can see the gorgeous northern coast. Following the coastal views, you will visit the Gorreana tea plantation and its factory, where you can taste two different kinds of tea: black and green. The tour will continue on where you will be able to enjoy the amazing view over Furnas’ valley, and a stop will be made at Pico de Ferro’s viewpoint. Arriving in Furnas Village you will see some volcanic phenomena, known as fumaroles. You will then be able to have some lunch and eat the delicious famous Cozido das Furnas (or Furnas Stew), a gastronomic dish of Azores. After lunch, a stop in the Furnas Lake to see how the famous stew is cooked, then take a walk near the beautiful lake. Returning to Ponta Delgada and passing by Vila Franca do Campo, the first capital of São Miguel, located in the south coast, a last stop will be made at Ermida da Nossa Senhora Paz to enjoy the view to the famous Ilheú da Vila Franca. The tour will finish at your hotel or at the harbor.

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Terceira: Azores Half Day Hike

8. Terceira: Azores Half Day Hike

This is the perfect tour for nature lovers. It's a hike in a trail located in the north side of Terceira Island, and it's one of the most beautiful hikes in the Island, because of the panoramic views variety. Along the trail and on your right side always ocean view and several bays, and on the same trail at the same time on your left, there're beautiful volcanic landscapes. Average takes 2:30 minutes, lenght 4km, and it's considered an easy trail.

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From Angra: 3-Hour Volcano Tour

9. From Angra: 3-Hour Volcano Tour

Discover the volcanos and volcanic caves of Terceira Island on this geology lover's guided tour. Visit Algar do Carvão, Furnas do Enxofre and Gruta do Natal with an expert guide. Meet your guide and driver for pick-up at your hotel and head to the first stop on the tour — the inactive Algar do Carvão. Visit it from the inside and discover its small lake and fascinating geological formations. Next head to Furnas do Enxofre, a small strip of land with 20 fumaroles expelling white vapor into the air. You'll also see native flora like the Azores juniper and the Azores blueberry. Top off your tour with a visit to Gruta do Natal (Christmas Cave), a system of caves known as a lava tube, full of spectacular volcanic formations.

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Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Hiking Tour to Sete Cidades

10. Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Hiking Tour to Sete Cidades

Explore the Sete Cidades lake, one of the most famous and legendary lakes on the island of São Miguel, on this guided hike. During the 11-kilometer hike, you will have the opportunity to learn about the volcanic formation of São Miguel and hear the legendary love story behind the formation of the lake from your naturalist guide. After getting picked up from your hotel in Ponta Delgada, head to the starting point and begin your 7-hour hike. Stop along the way to visit the picturesque Sete Cidades village and explore the surrounding volcanic region. Half-way through your hike, sit down to a delicious picnic lunch with a sandwich, cake, fruit, water, and juice. After the walk, drive along the south coast and stop in Ferraria, a delightful ocean bathing area, where you can soothe your muscles with a relaxing dip in the heated volcanic waters before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Azores

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 56 reviews

It was an amazing hike and tour of Lagoa del Fogo!! Marica was wonderful ! Super easy going and cheerful. She took us up to the lake where we had the sandwiches they prepared for us and even a gluten-free option for my daughter. The hike is 3 hours going up and 1 hour going down. You need hiking shoes. Intermediary level. Great experience !!

We had an amazing day. Our guide, Mario, was lovely, patient, well informed and a pleasure to spend the day with. All the island highlights are included in the tour, you get a really good feel for the place when you are only on the island for a short time. Well worth the long day!

Nice, spontaneous and enthusiastic group of people. Experienced and made it a lovely experience. Recommended!! Often the activities done are highly recommended, but this was a special one! Do you like adventure and challenge, but you don't have to go to the bottom? To do

It was just great! The guides were really nice and super amusing! The tour was a complete success through and through! I can only recommend it to anyone who is into action and water fun!

A wonderful half day canyoning with some great jumps in a beautiful setting. The guides were a lot of fun and created a good atmosphere