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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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Full-Day 4x4 Nordeste Azores Tour from Ponta Delgada

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

3. 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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Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo Tour

4. Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo Tour

Explore Sete Cidades and the Vista do Rei on this full-day guided tour. Begin bright and early for plenty of time to take in panoramic views, relax in thermal baths and try local liqueur. Depart from your accommodation in Ponta Delgada and head north to start your adventure. Pass by multiple viewpoints located at Pico do Carvão, Lagoa do Canário, Grota do Inferno and the Vista do Rei. Enjoy views over the two volcanic crater lakes of Sete Cidades, and visit the parish located between the lakes. After lunch, visit the Vieira Ceramics Factory located in the city of Lagoa. Then go to the viewpoint at the top of Lagoa do Fogo, for stunning views over the lake. On the journey down the mountain, stop to enjoy the thermal baths in Caldeira Velha. Next, visit the Mulher do Capote factory, and taste Portuguese liqueurs. Continue to Santa Barbara beach in Ribeira Grande. To conclude the trip, visit the pineapple plantation located at Fajã de Baixo in Ponta Delgada, before being dropped off at your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Ribeira Grande

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 !!

Great day, nice guide, good and safe car driver

We had a great day and we saw so many beautiful landscapes. The guide Felipe was very friendly and told us a lot. He was also a good and safe car driver. It was really fun to drive around in a Land Roover. Thanks!

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