The activity starts with a drive by the south coast of the island, being possible to see amazing views over the hills, green pastures and the Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, a volcanic formation that is considered a natural reserve by the Government of the Azores. Then, we enter the collapsed volcano of Furnas, one of the places where we can contemplate the volcanic manifestations, such as the hot springs and the calderas. After passing by Furnas, we exit the volcanic crater an enter in the Povoação, the first settlement of São Miguel. This trail begins in the parish of Faial da Terra, lasts approximately 3h30m and extends for 4,5 kms. Initially, it raises to the place of Sanguinho, that got its name from the abundant endemic with the same name (Frangula azorica), by a steep path, with a breathtaking view over the parish and the ocean. Then, the trail continues through a forest of Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica) and some other species, such as the Ginger Lilys (Hedychium gardnerianum) and the Australian Cheesewood (Pittosporum undulatum) to the waterfall Salto do Prego, in one of the most beautiful places of the island. This is the perfect stopover for picnic lunch and also for bathing in the crystal-clear waters of the waterfall. The return is done along the path parallel to a stream that flows from the waterfall to the parish of Faial da Terra, through lush vegetation. The return to Ponta Delgada includes a confort stop in the village of Povoação, being possible to try the local pastry, specially the ''Fofas" from Povoação. On the way back to Ponta Delgada , we cross to the north coast, being possible to see the only tea fields in Europe, the hills and the landline of the north coast, passing by Ribeira Grande , the second biggest city of the island and then crossing back to south coast, through the narrower part of the island, with just 8 km. After a brief drive in the south coast, the activity ends with the arrival in Ponta Delgada.
(good physical. cond.)
(until 18 years must be accompanied by parents or guardians, , or bring a written permission).
The performance of the activities are subject to weather conditions and logistics.
09h00 - Picos de Aventura
10h30 - Beginning of the trail in Faial da Terra
12h00 – Stop for picnic lunch
14h00 - End of the trail
14h30 - Paragem na vila da Povoação
16h00 – Arrival at Ponta Delgada and end of activity
Footwear suitable for walking (Hiking boots), comfortable clothing, light jacket, extra t-shirt or sweatshirt, snack, water, swimsuit, towel, backpack, sunscreen and hat.
Walking poles , and gaiters (Winter).
Price Per Person
Children (from 6 to 11 years) : 27.50 €
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