9. From Ponta Delgada: Guided Walking Tour to Salto do Cabrito
From the first electrical plants of the island, dating from the 19th century, to the clear pits where you can wash both body and soul; from bubbling waterfalls to leafy branches shading the soil on the paths; from suspended iron bridges over streams and visions of light in hidden spaces – all of these luxurious and incredible images can be captured.
On this interesting easy circular hike, our guide will give interesting information about the water resources of São Miguel island. This is a great opportunity to be in contact with nature and at the same time discover how it becomes very useful in our lives. We will pass by curious places, such as an old hydroelectric power station, a hydro power plant or also fumaroles where you can cook dishes under the hot volcanic ground.
The first part of the trail is to descend on a dirt path with lush nature until you reach the Hydroelectric Power Station of Salto do Cabrito. This is where we will enjoy the waterfall and have some time to take pictures.
Then we will go up some stairs with a very steep slope and on the way, we will pass an iron walkway. For those who fear heights, be prepared to overcome this challenge! However, it is a footpath that is definitely worth it. We walk very close to the stream and feel the vibrant nature.
On the way, we will pass by the iconic former Hydroelectric Power Station. The use consisted of a dam designing an artificial lake with the capacity to store water at night to be turbocharged during the day. The dam, still in use today, has a maximum height of 11m, was built in masonry, and was remodeled in 2005 in its maneuvering organs and reinforced with an interior concrete wall to consolidate the structure to prevent water infiltration that occurred.
Then, it is time to return to the starting point. At the end of this experience, we will drop you back in Ponta Delgada.