Explore the ancient world of volcanoes on foot. Track the origins of Pico, Faial and Sao Jorge Islands and experience nature at its finest. This is a package that lets you explore some of the best trails in the Azores, such as the Caldeira do Santo Cristo or the Pico Island vineyards, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This is a package for hikers!
Day 1 | Arrival and hiking in Capelinhos and Horta city tour (FD)
Day 2 | Whale and dolphin watching (HD)
Day 3 | Climbing Pico Mountain (FD)
Day 4 | Hiking in Caminhos de Santa Luzia (FD)
Day 5 | Hiking in Caldeira do Santo Cristo (FD)
Day 6 | Hiking in Faja de Sao Joao (FD)
Day 7 | Hiking in Pico do Pedro (FD)
Day 8 | Departure
Day 1– Faial Island
Arrival and hiking in Capelinhos and Horta city tour. Lunch included. Boat trip to Pico Island (20 minutes) and transfer to the hotel.
Hiking in Capelinhos and Horta City Tour - Full day
Extension: 7 Km | Duration: 3 Hours | Degree of difficulty: Medium
Drive by jeep or van towards Caldeira, a big volcanic crater with beautiful views over the sea and Pico Island too. Short drive to Capelinhos Volcano and its surrounding area. The endemic vegetation is amazingly well preserved and it’s a constant during the trip. Once we reach the area affected by the eruption, we will visit the volcano’s interpretation centre and go up to the lighthouse, from where we will have a very wide view over all the new part of the island which was added by the last eruption of 1957. The views over the black volcanic rocks and sand are extremely beautiful, contrasting with the deep blue of the ocean. After the visit we will have our lunch. In the afternoon we continue our tour in Horta city and visit the famous Marina and Peter’s Café.
Day 2 - Pico Island
Pick up at the hotel. Whale and dolphin watching (3 hour trip). Free lunch and afternoon.
Whale and Dolphin watching - Half day
During this activity you will have the opportunity to watch some of more than 25 cetacean species that can be found in the Azores. Although nature offers no guarantees, whales and dolphins are regularly seen during our half day tours, along with turtles, seabirds and other marine life.
Before the boat trip our biologists give you a briefing to explain which cetacean species can be observed, safety measures aboard, how we respect the animals and rules of observation at sea as well as some historical facts. During the tour each passenger is required to wear a life vest (except on our catamaran). Futurismo also provides rain coats and trousers if necessary.
Day 3– Pico Island
Pick up at the hotel. Climbing the highest mountain of Portugal - Pico Mountain - 2351m of altitude. Picnic lunch included. Return to the hotel.
Climbing Pico Mountain – Full day
Extension: 10 Km | Duration: 6.5 Hours | Degree of difficulty: Challenging/Technical
The climb starts at Casa da Montanha (Mountain House), at 1200m high and goes up all the way until we reach the very top of the mountain, where we stop for lunch. From there, if it’s not too cloudy, we can have amazing views over 4 of the other islands around. This trail is extremely technical because most of the way is very steep and rocky. Not recommended for people with knee or ankle problems.
Day 4 – Pico Island
Pick up at the hotel. Hiking in Caminhos de Santa Luzia. Picnic lunch included. Boat trip to São Jorge Island and transfer to the hotel.
Hiking in Caminhos de Santa Luzia - Full day
Extension: 10.5 Km | Duration: 3.5 Hours | Degree of difficulty: Medium
This hike takes place in Santa Luzia and goes through some of the Pico Island vineyards which are classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Along the hike, you will notice some marks of the old horse wagons that were used to transport the wine that was produced there, as well as some interesting geological phenomena. The visit to a local alembic and to the Wine Museum complete the day.
Day 5 - Sao Jorge Island
Pick up at the hotel. Hiking in Caldeira do Santo Cristo. Picnic lunch included. Return to the hotel.
Hiking in Caldeira do Santo Cristo – Full Day
Extension: 9 Km | Duration: 5 Hours | Degree of difficulty: Medium/Technical
The hike starts at Serra do Topo (about 700 m high) and goes down slowly until we get to the astonishing Caldeira do Santo Cristo. This downhill is quite technical because it is steep, therefore it requires more attention and focus to avoid slipping or falling. Great views over the coast and Terceira and Graciosa islands. Time to bath in the big natural lagoon. After picnic lunch, we continue for 4 km more, until Faja dos Cubres. Not recommended for people with knee or ankle problems.
Day 6 - Sao Jorge Island
Pick up at the hotel. Hiking in Faja de Sao Joao – Faja dos Vimes. Picnic lunch included. Return to the hotel.
Hiking in Faja de Sao Joao – Full Day
Extension: 10 Km | Duration: 4.5 Hours | Degree of difficulty: Medium/Technical
The walk starts at Faja de Sao Joao and goes up all the way till Lourais village featuring great views over Pico and Faial Islands. After passing Lourais, we start a different kind of path, as we start descending to Faja dos Bodes and then to Faja dos Vimes - one of the few places in the Azores with coffee production. The last part of the downhill is also a bit technical as we find a waterfall, rocky places and some water courses on the way. Reaching Faja dos Vimes, there is a break to taste the local coffee and see the local handcraft before we go back to Velas. Not recommended for people with knee or ankle problems.
Day 7 – Sao Jorge Island
Pick up at the hotel. Hiking in Pico do Pedro - Faja do Ouvidor. Picnic lunch included. Return to the hotel.
Hiking in Pico do Pedro - Faja do Ouvidor – Full Day
Extension: 17 Km | Duration: 5 Hours | Degree of difficulty: Medium
This walk starts at Pico do Pedro, goes up to the highest point of the island (Pico da Esperanca, 1053m) and then we go slowly down to the beautiful Faja do Ouvidor. There, we have the opportunity to have a quick swim in a natural swimming area as a way to end our hike. This trail is quite long but not difficult because it is never very steep. It has beautiful sightseeing over Sao Jorge Plateau and Pico Island.
Transfer to the airport and departure.
Visiting Capelinhos Volcano
Watching some of the 25 cetacean species that can be found in the Azores
Climbing Portugal’s highest Mountain
Hiking in the beautiful Fajas of Sao Jorge Island
3/25/2019 - 5/24/2019
5/25/2019 - 9/30/2019
10/1/2019 - 10/31/2019
Transfers hotel | airport / harbor | hotel
Transfers to the activities
Boat trips Faial | Pico & Pico | S. Jorge
English speaking guide
Lunch on the full day activities
Lunch on days 2 and 8
Our guides speak a variety of languages so that we can offer our guests a more personalized service. Languages spoken include English, Portuguese, German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Scandinavian languages, Bulgarian and Estonian.
Picnic lunch on days 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 – baguette sandwich or salad, cupcake or energy bar, fruit, water and juice.
Lunch in local restaurant on day 1 – starter, fish or beef, dessert and drinks included.
*Vegetarian options on request (24h before the trip)
Bring comfortable light clothes, sweater, raincoat, walking boots or shoes, swimming suit and towel, hat, sunblock, backpack and bottle of water to refill.
The weather or sea conditions may restrict the activities therefore the order of the itinerary may be switched so that guests can take the most enjoyment of their trip.
Horta - Hotel Horta
Located in Horta, 26 miles from Pontas Negras, Hotel Horta features free WiFi access and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar.
Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV.
You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property.
The hotel also provides bike rental. Horta Airport is 5 miles away.
Horta - Pousada Forte da Horta
Just an 8 minute walk from the beach, The Pousada Forte da Horta is set in a 16th century fortress with a view of Horta Bay and Pico island. This Pousada features air conditioned rooms, a swimming pool, and a regional restaurant. Most of the rooms offer a view of the marina.
Classified as a National Monument since 1947, the Pousada Forte da Horta offers modern rooms with cable TV and a minibar. Each private bathroom is stocked with a hairdryer and bathrobe.
A breakfast buffet is served daily on the poolside veranda terrace. Guests may taste fried pork, tuna and passion fruit pie in Pousada Forte da Horta’s restaurant.
The swimming pool area is furnished with sun beds, tables and parasols. Indoors, there is a lounge with various seating areas and a bar with a piano.
The 24-hour reception offers car rentals and free on-site parking. The Horta Airport is just 5.4 miles from the Pousada Forte da Horta.
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