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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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Ponta Delgada: Canyoning Experience

2. Ponta Delgada: Canyoning Experience

Canyoning is the sport of travelling down a river situated in a canyon by a variety of means including scrambling, floating, swimming, and abseiling. The canyon you'll visit has a mystical atmosphere and is situated within a rainforest among spring water from the mountain. The experience starts with a briefing about all of the necessary logistics and safety. You will then be provided with all equipment and warm up by walking along a short trail until reaching the start. The descent starts by scrambling down the stream, having fun in this watery playground where you'll have the opportunity to try out jumping (optional), sliding, rappelling, and abseiling down the waterfalls. At every obstacle, there will be a guide explaining everything you need to do and helping you. Along the stream, there will be some jumps, which get higher as the course progresses. The highest one is about 6 meters tall. Nothing is mandatory, so if you don't feel comfortable jumping, don't worry. You can still participate in the tour and have lots of fun. At the end of the tour, photos and videos will be sent directly to your e-mail free of charge.

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Lagoa do Fogo Half-Day 4WD Tour from Ponta Delgada

3. Lagoa do Fogo Half-Day 4WD Tour from Ponta Delgada

Explore one of the largest lakes in the Azores on a 3-hour tour of the Lagoa do Fogo by 4WD vehicle. After hotel pickup, first, stop at Pico da Barrosa viewpoint and enjoy panoramic views of Lagoa do Fogo. Surrounded by native trees and beautiful flowers, the lake is best accessed and appreciated by off-road vehicles, getting you to more remote and picturesque areas. During the tour, you will stop at a variety of interesting locations en route, with highlights including the Calderas of Ribeira Grande. See the fumaroles, geysers and a wonderful waterfall of the warm, iron water. Finally, visit the city of Ribeira Grande and taste local liqueurs.

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Half Day Tour Sete Cidades UTV

4. Half Day Tour Sete Cidades UTV

São Miguel is the biggest island of the archipelago, at 62.1 km in length and 15.8 km at its maximum width. One of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, it showcases the Green and Blue Lakes, which according to legend, were formed from the tears of a shepherd and a princess who shared a forbidden love. This tour takes you around the crater of the volcano of Sete Cidades, with breathtaking views of the lakes and sea, travel off roads that offer moments of great thrill and adrenaline. You will also enjoy the viewpoints of Pico da Cruz and Cumeeiras. The date of the tour can be changed depending on weather conditions, at no cost to the customer. 

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Ponta Delgada: Historical Walking Tour

5. Ponta Delgada: Historical Walking Tour

Meet with your tour guide at 2:00pm at the tourist office in Ponta Delgada in the city center. You will be briefed with great information about the history of Ponta Delgada, to provide you with some context to what you will be about to see. The iconic monument of Portas da Cidade will be how you begin learning about the many facets of Ponta Delgada over the centuries. The Mother Church of Sao Sebastiao is next, which is one of the oldest and most important buildings in town. You will then ease along the picturesque cobblestone streets of the city center, while the tour guide provides great information along the way. Uncover some of the best works of art that are present in Ponta Delgada, some of which are easily missed by tourists. You will then advance to visit the exquisitely designed botanical garden of Santana, home of many peculiar tree species. You can enter a normally inaccessible area of Igreja do Santo Cristo, and get up-close with the statue that began the largest religious procession in all of Portugal.

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Azores - Sanguinho the Lost Village Tour

6. Azores - Sanguinho the Lost Village Tour

The "Sanguinho" is a rural village where you'll found about twenty houses uninhabited since the beginning of the 70s. About 200 people lived there, who abandoned it because of the lack of comfort, difficulties of access and emigration. The route is made up of a dirt road, with a high slope, with steps and hydraulic passages. It presents an average degree of difficulty and has an extension of 6 km. Along the way you can admire the various perspectives of the parish of Faial da Terra, as well as a rich and exotic vegetation. In the "Salto do Prego", where a forest of incense and acacia predominates, you can find a beautiful waterfall and take a dip. Continuing, the trail progresses by a descent until arriving again at the locality of Faial of the Earth. The site of the "Sanguinho" owes its name to the strong presence of the endemic plant of the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands, called "sanguinho" (scientific name, Frangula azorica).

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Ponta Delgada Food Tour: Azores for Foodies

7. Ponta Delgada Food Tour: Azores for Foodies

Meet your local guide downtown and join a small group on a relaxed-pace tour through Ponta Delgada. Taste a progressive menu consisting of delicious food and refreshing drinks, including local fruits, jams, cheese, organic honey, fish and meat, soda and beer, and end with a homemade desserts. This 3-hour culinary walking tour of Ponta Delgada will take you through the charming 500-year-old cobblestone streets to artisanal eateries, centuries-old recipes, and modern foods. Gain knowledge about the ingredients, produces and gastronomical traditions of the Azores, while learning how these mysterious islands combine breathtaking nature, Mediterranean foods, American fruits, and Asian spices to craft a unique culinary culture.

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Full-Day 4x4 Nordeste Azores Tour from Ponta Delgada

8. Full-Day 4x4 Nordeste Azores Tour from Ponta Delgada

The Nordeste is one of the lesser-known destinations of Portugal, yet it remains one of the most beautiful areas of São Miguel Island. Spend a day exploring the area in a 4x4, traveling along the coast to Ribeira Grande and Porto Formoso, among others. The the 4x4 will climb to one of the highest peaks on the island: the Pico Bartolomeu. From here, you can see the highest mountain on the island, the Pico da Vara. After marveling at the sight, drive along the famous Tronqueira Mountain Trail to one of the oldest parts of the island, ending in Povoação Village.

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Azores: Sete Cidades, Green Lake and Blue Lake Tour

9. Azores: Sete Cidades, Green Lake and Blue Lake Tour

You will be picked up from the cruise ship terminal and then, following the southern coast, leave Ponta Delgada and head towards the Pico do Carvão viewpoint where you can admire the breathtaking scenery of the north and south coasts. Continue to the Canary Lake viewpoint where you will have the first view of the crater of the Seven Cities Volcano and the majestic mountains that form the crater rim. Then, head towards the viewpoint of the King's view, perhaps the most famous viewpoint in Azores. After, its time to drive into the interior of the volcano, admiring the winding road that leads to the small pond of Santiago. Next, make a brief stop at the Parish of Seven Cities to breathe in the fresh air of a parish that gives you a sense of peace. Then, its time to drive back to Ponta Delgada for your last stop at a pineapple plantation. On the way, contemplate the magnificent road surrounded by hydrangeas, plantains, azaleas and other flowers characteristic of Azores.

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São Miguel: Blue and Green Lakes Tour for Cruise Passengers

10. São Miguel: Blue and Green Lakes Tour for Cruise Passengers

Take part in an amazing full-day shore excursion exploring Azore's nature. Enjoy a combined tour leading you to the breathtaking views of Sete Cidades volcano and the mysterious beauty of Lagoa do Fogo & Caldeira Velha Natural Park and Thermal Pool. Begin following the southern coast of Ponta Delgada towards the Pico do Carvão viewpoint. Witness beautiful scenery and admire the North and South Coasts. From the Canary Lake viewpoint, the first view to the Seven Cities Volcano and the majestic mountains that form the crater rim awaits you. Hit the road towards the Vista do Rei viewpoint. Drive into the interior of the volcano admiring the winding road that leads to the peaceful Sete Cidades parish, stopping at Pico das Freiras viewpoint for another beautiful landscape image. A pause on Seven Cities parish to breathe the fresh air of a place giving a sense of peace. Stop in Ribeira Grande Town. Explore the charming city center and take part in a free taste of traditional liquors. Start the ascent to Lagoa do Fogo Volcano, a leisure stop to explore Caldeira Velha Natural Park & Thermal Pool. Discover the thermal pools, and hot springs, naturally heated by the heat. A beautiful warm waterfall flowing to a natural swimming pool. See lush tropical vegetation and have access to the interpretation center. The perfect occasion to have a thermal experience to complete a perfect day. Admire the stunning view from Lagoa do Fogo's viewpoint, for the first time, this viewpoint reveals his mystic, mysterious, and magnificent turquoise waters lake. Last stop at Pico da Barrosa at 850 meters above the ocean for a view of most of the western part of São Miguel island. Contemplate the magnificent road surrounded by hydrangeas, Plantains, azaleas, and other flowers of the Azores. Begin your descent to the south coast, direction to Ponta Delgada/cruise ship harbor.

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What people are saying about Ponta Delgada

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 342 reviews

Wow what a memorable tour this was! We cannot stop talking about it. Our guide Joao (John) was something else. He fluently speaks 6 languages, very professional, knowledgeable and funny! Not only he showed us the main sites but he also took us off the beaten track! I definitely recommend this tour 100%. Will be back next year and go on another trip with Joao.

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 can definitely recommend this canyoning experience. Our guides were the best guides you can imagine. They're experienced and make sure you have a great time. The canyoning itself was also very nice with jumps, slides and two rappels. If you want to go canyoning in Sao Miguel, this is the place to be!

I had the best guide for the trekking, it was a spectacular experience and I would like to be able to repeat it. It is a beautiful circular route, with the most beautiful end, Lagoa do Fogo.

Magnificent views, detailed explanations and a friendly guide who cares for travelers. I highly recommend