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Ponta Delgada Hiking

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Sao Miguel: Caldeiroes Canyoning Experience

1. 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. Get the chance to do rappels, jumps, slides, and rock slides. Start your adventure by trying your first decent, abseiling alongside a waterfall of around 5 meters. Continue your way down the river on an exciting water slide (toboggan), followed by the first jump of around 2 meters in height. Then enjoy wading through the river as you approach the second abseil of around 7 meters which ends in a natural pool. 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. During the full-day option, you will stop for a picnic, and later finish the tour by returning back to town by car.

Azores: São Miguel and Lagoa do Fogo Hiking Trip

2. Azores: São Miguel and Lagoa do Fogo Hiking Trip

Explore the impressive landscapes and amazing panoramas on a hiking trip to São Miguel. In the area of “Lagos”, start the trail on a dirt road that will get considerably steeper for the first 3 km, at which point you will meet an irrigation channel that will lead you to Lagoa do Fogo. Wander along an easy path through the forest, where soon you will find yourself hiking inside the crater, with its massive walls of greenery all around you. Reaching the shores of this famous lake, take a break and enjoy a picnic lunch of regional products with a view. Setting off once more, continue upwards slightly for better views of the lake and then head back down to the starting point through another steep and winding trail, with views of the south coast and the Islet of Vila Franca do Campo along the way. 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.

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

3. 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.

Azores: Canyoning in Salto do Cabrito

4. Azores: Canyoning in Salto do Cabrito

Relax and disconnect in a beautiful setting on a 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 your guide in central Ponta Delgada or choose to be picked up directly from your accommodation. Travel by air-conditioned van for 20 minutes to Salto do Cabrito. Start with a 30-minute hike to the stream where your 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. Wade down the river and reach several waterfalls where you'll abseil or zip-line down a deep canyon surrounded by the amazing nature of this volcanic area. The highest rappel can reach up to 16 meters and, unlike other canyons, there won’t be any required jumps. To end the adventure, opt for a 4-meter jump at the last waterfall. A zipline is also available for those who'd prefer flying to jumping. Note: It is recommended that you are in good physical shape as this tour includes climbing a steep “staircase”, walking on unstable terrain, muddy slopes, and small uphill and downhill scrambles. However, you don’t need to know how to swim. The safety of our clients of is of our utmost priority and so do not recommend this activity for persons weighing more than 120kg.

Azores: Ribeira da Salga Canyoning Adventure

5. 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.

From Ponta Delgada: Vista do Rei to Sete Cidades Guided Trek

6. From Ponta Delgada: Vista do Rei to Sete Cidades Guided Trek

One of the best ways to explore São Miguel Island is on a guided trek. Immerse yourself in nature and admire the views on this walk between Vista do Rei and Sete Cidades. Take plenty of breaks along with stops at Vista do Rei Viewpoint, Lomba do Vasco Viewpoint, and more. Start with pickup from select hotels in Ponta Delgada and head to the start of the trek at the Vista do Rei Viewpoint. From there, follow the unpaved track that starts on the western side of Cumeeira da Caldeira until you reach the Escalvado Viewpoint and then the village of Sete Cidades. Continue along the trail, admiring the volcanoes Caldeira Seca and Caldeira do Alferes. From the Lomba do Vasco Viewpoint, look toward the northwest coast of the island including the four inlets of Mosteiros. Reaching the road that connects Sete Cidades to Várzea, take the path back to Sete Cidades.

Sete Cidades: Half-Day Walking Tour

7. Sete Cidades: Half-Day Walking Tour

Take in stunning panoramic views over a few different lakes as you embark on a half-day hike. Explore Sete Cidades lake, Canário lake, Empadadas and more along the way. Learn about local geology, history, culture and discover the hydrographic basin of Sete Cidades volcanic complex. Along the trail, you will come across numerous lakes, with different characteristics and it is here that we find the highest point of Sete Cidades, Pico das Éguas. Get a briefing next to Lagoa do Canário and follow the trail and enjoy Lagoa das Éguas, Pico das Éguas and Lagoa Rasa. Hear about the importance of watercourses for the municipality of Ponta Delgada and the endemic vegetation that exists in this place from your guide. Pass by Lagoa do Canário and Grota do Inferno viewpoint and discover interesting facts about the Caldera of Sete Cidades and the lagoons that compose it. Have you heard about the legend of Sete Cidades lake? On this walk, you will also have the opportunity to stop at the Vista do Rei viewpoint, probably the most famous in this municipality.

Ponta Delgada: 2-Hour Guided Walk Along the Serra Devassa

8. Ponta Delgada: 2-Hour Guided Walk Along the Serra Devassa

Walk along the spectacular Serra Devassa and admire breathtaking landscapes and panoramic views. Follow along this circular trail with an expert guide and learn the geological history of the area. Start your adventure near the forest of Lagoa do Canário and follow the rugged trail up into the mountains. Travel across the spectacular mountain range of Serra Devassa with stops at Pico das Éguas, the highest point of this route. Here, marvel at the volcanic cone with a serene lake inside. Circle around the Lagoa Rasa and continue on the path that goes back to the starting point. Along the trail, capture incredible photos of the unique landscape shaped by volcanos. Hear the fascinating geology, social and historical history of Sete Cidades from your expert guide and keep a look out for the diverse flora and fauna native to this incredible location.

From Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades Walk, Tasting and Kayaking

9. From Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades Walk, Tasting and Kayaking

Be picked up in your accommodation in Ponta Delgada and head towards Sete Cidades. Once in Sete Cidades, start your adventure with a walking tour from Miradouro da Vista do Rei to Sete Cidades Village. As you follow the walking trail, you’ll see views of the Green and Blue Lakes, Sete Cidades Village, Caldeira Seca, and Caldeira do Alferes. Stop at the Lomba do Vasco viewing point and see views of the northwest coast of São Miguel island. The walking tour will conclude at the village of Sete Cidades, where you can taste local products in a typical wood oven house. After your visit, you’ll head to the Blue and Green Lakes of Sete Cidades, where you’ll enjoy kayaking around the lakes. After kayaking, you’ll be driven back to Ponta Delgada, where you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation.

From Ponta Delgada: Guided Walking Tour to Salto do Cabrito

10. 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.

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4.8 / 5

based on 60 reviews

LOVED the full day tour with our amazing guide, Joao. He was very attentive and always made sure we were comfortable and having a good time. Doing the tour on our first day on the island was the perfect way to get familiar with the island so we could plan for the remainder of our week. Joao was very knowledgable about Sao Miguel and offerred so many interesting tidbits we otherwise would not have learned. Loved all the stops we made and never having to worry about parking or driving. The Furnas stew was delicious and loved that Joao joined us at the table while we dined. Also loved meeting the other people on the tour!! Amazing experience!

It was really exiting experience!! The whether is so nice and out 2 guides were so kindness and helpful!! After the hike we were visit Caldeira Velha, it was so nice hot bath!! Thank you so much our 2 guides and great tour member~ If you visit ponta delgada? You must experience this hike tour!

Because it was foggy, our wonderful guide Arturo gave us the option of biking around Sete Cidades instead. We really enjoyed that activity and the subsequent visits to the neo-gothic local church and cafe for delicious pastries. This is an excellent company for your island tours.

It was our first time canyoning and it was really fun. Even if the jump took a bit of effort, it's worth it. Was a great experience, gladly again. Thank you Bruno & Ricardo :)

Very fun experience. Fun and different way to see landscape on Sao Miguel. Very safe and so much fun!