The scenario for this adventure is the island of São Miguel, the biggest of the 9 islands that compose the Azores Archipelago.  This adventure lets you discover both the most popular and remote places of the island in an active way, with a focus on authentic experiences, and a close relationship with nature and quality time.

Overview map

Day 1: Welcome to Ponta Delgada - Azores

Upon arrival, your guide will meet you at the airport, and take you to your accommodation in Ponta Delgada, the biggest city in the Azores. After a short time to relax, it´s time for a short informative walk around Ponta Delgada. Apart from learning about local history, architecture and culture, it will also be time to share some impressions about the upcoming week of adventure. A visit to the local market is also included.

Day 2: Route to Pristine

Today, we hike to one of the most pristine locations on our island - Lagoa do Fogo. The trail begins on a dirt path that climbs through woods of eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), incense (Pittosporum undulatum) and Ginger lily (Hedychium gardneranum).  The trail then continues along a levada (about 2 kms) until you reach a wider area, with large slopes on both sides going to the margins of Lagoa do Fogo. During the ascent, there are several places where you can enjoy a magnificent view of Vila Franca do Campo and its Islet. The stopping for lunch is made along the shores of the lake, with the possibility to swim in the most pristine lake of San Miguel. The return to the initial point is made by a path that traverses an area covered in endemic vegetation, flowing into an area of pastures, as we descend in altitude. Return to Ponta Delgada includes a visit to the bathing area of Caloura harbor.

Day 3: Off Road Safari Sete Cidades + Ferraria

Departure from Ponta Delgada in the direction of Vista do Rei viewpoint. On the way, we have the opportunity to see smaller lakes, such as the Empadadas Lake and the Canary lakes, before reaching the viewpoint where you will find the magnificent Lagoa das Sete Cidades. After driving through the unpaved road that encircles the top of the volcanic structure, descent into the town of Sete Cidades and little stop next to the Church of St. Nicholas. We will enjoy lunch at Sete Cidades on a traditional restaurant. In the afternoon, there's still time to visit the Ferraria thermal area with the chance for a swim in a naturally heated swimming pool (depending on the weather conditions). The return will be made by the southwest side of the island. 

Day 4: Canyoning adventure

The interior of São Miguel hides waterfalls and streams that you can explore actively while canyoning. Walking in water, jump into crystal clear water pools, slide between rocks shaped by the flow of the stream and challenge the waterfalls flowing from the top. These are the ingredients for moments of adrenaline and fun, in a genuine water park created by nature.

In addition to the hike in the water, abseiling (about 8 meters), jumps and slides, the challenge extends the waterfalls with about 20 meters, in a closed area of the stream. All safety gear included.

Day 5: Mountain Bike + Terra Nostra Park

Today we explore the magical valley of Furnas. The bike tour is developed in a circular route (10,5 kms) which starts in Furnas village and follows to calderas area by Lagoa das Furnas, where locals cook in the ground. We then continue through the dirt road that surrounds the lake, until reaching the highest point of this tour - Pico dos Milhos - where we can admire the parish. The descent is made by secondary paths leading back to the point of beginning. After lunch in a restaurant in Furnas village (the food cooked in the ground), it is time to visit Terra Nostra Park. This is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens of the 18th century, where one can find species of flora from different regions of the world. After a brief guided tour by the garden paths, we recommend a thermal bath in the outdoor pool. After this moment of relaxation, the return to Ponta Delgada is made by the North coast of the island, including a stop at the local tea factory, a unique place in Europe.

The descent is made by secondary paths leading back to the point of beginning. After lunch in a restaurant in Furnas village (the food cooked in the ground), it is time to visit Terra Nostra Park. This is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens of the 18th century, where one can find species of flora from different regions of the world. After a brief guided tour by the garden paths, we recommend a thermal bath in the outdoor pool. After this moment of relaxation, the return to Ponta Delgada is made by the North coast of the island, including a stop at the local tea factory, a unique place in Europe.

After a brief guided tour by the garden paths, we recommend a thermal bath in the outdoor pool. After this moment of relaxation, the return to Ponta Delgada is made by the North coast of the island, including a stop at the local tea factory, a unique place in Europe.

Day 6: Whale and Dolphin Watching + Vila Franca Islet

Discover the magnificent South coast of the island of São Miguel, watch dolphins and whales in their natural habitat, taste the flavors of our land and visit a unique nature reserve: this is the experience we propose. The trip will be a true expedition because we are invited, not only to know the natural habitat of magnificent cetaceans, as well as the islet of Vila Franca do Campo, one of the most exclusive bathing areas of the island (due to access by sea) and classified as a Nature Reserve since 1983. Our shelter is in Vila Franca do Campo (East of the island), for a typical lunch served at local restaurant. The return to the starting harbor is made along the south coast of the island.

Day 7: Departure back home

At the established time, transfer to the airport and depart back home. Till the next time!