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Geotourism

Volcanism is the genesis of Azorean life. Rich in geological diversity, it will amaze you and make shiver with its stunning nature.

Climb with us to the higher points of this world where you can witness the metamorphosis of the planet from the front row.

About Geotourism

The power of earth energy

The volcanic origin of the Azores islands created mountains and valleys covered by rich and varied vegetation, lagoons of unique beauty, fumaroles, hot thermal waters, and absolutely amazing and breathtaking waterfalls.

Great mountain ranges submerged in the ocean formed the volcanic islands of the Azores and the visit we make to the Azores Volcanological and Geothermal Observatory will introduce you to the charms of the Earth’s energy power.

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How geology formed the Azores

Geology has influenced Azorean History and people for almost six centuries. We managed to observe this influence at various levels, such as, for example, in the geographical occupation of the islands, in the use of natural resources, in traditions, in religion, in emigration, and even in tourism, it is an increasingly noticed reality.

Natural monuments

In São Miguel, it is possible to dive into the depths of the Earth by visiting Gruta do Carvão, the natural pools of hot water and iron in Furnas and Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande. Gruta do Carvão is a place classified as a natural monument. It is a lava tunnel with a wide variety of geological formations as a result of volcanic activity on the island of São Miguel.

It is always accompanied by a guide who explains the formation of the cave, in addition to the certified guide of Futurismo.

Undoubtedly a must-visit, especially if you like geology it is a great educational experience. Futurismo Azores Adventures offers guided tours to discover and experience the best that the nature of the Azores has to offer.

The volcanoes of the Azores

The effects of the strongest eruptions are still very visible. One of the most emblematic took place in 1957 on the island of Faial, in the so-called Capelinhos volcano, and ended on October 24, 1958. Ashes, sands, and the tower of an old lighthouse remain there today.

Years later, in August 2008, Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Center opened. It tells the story of how it all happened. It is definitely a place to visit. On other islands, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Algar do Carvão cave, on Terceira island, and the Torres cave, on Pico island.

The earth releases energy

The Azores Archipelago is of volcanic origin and is considered by many geologists to be a case study. Earthquakes of low intensity occur on all islands with some frequency. Most of the time they are not felt, and there is no record of material damage. It is just the Earth releasing energy.

If you want to relax, you can also opt for thermal treatments at Ferraria thermal baths in São Miguel and at the Carapacho thermal baths in Graciosa. There are many options for excursions when we talk about geotourism in the Azores.

Why Futurismo

  • Azores Travel Experts

    Largest tour operator in the Azores with 30 years of experience

  • Environmental Education

    At Futurismo, we think that educating and raising awareness among the young ones is very important for the future

  • Friendly Help

    We’re here to make your experience incredible. Reach us by phone, email, or WhatsApp

  • Helping Social Solidarity Institutions

    Apart from being a responsible tour operator, we also have a social commitment with many local organizations

  • Tours Geotourism in Sao Miguel island

    The Basics

    Are the Azores a good geotourism destination?

    Azores is an incredible geotourism destination thanks to its great geological diversity.

    I have never done geotourism before, is it a problem?

    No, you do not need experience for this tour. Our guide will be here with you to explain everything.

    What is Geotourism?

    Geotourism is a kind of tourism that presents the geographical character of a place, including its environment, aesthetics and culture.

    What is the best season to do Geotourism in the Azores?

    If you want to really enjoy the thermal waters of Caldeira Velha, we recommend to come during the wintertime, when the air is a bit colder.

    The Experience

    Fascinated by geology? The Azores archipelago has incredible potential when it comes to geotourism. The volcanic landscapes are the ex-libris of the region. If you love nature tourism, take the opportunity to learn more about the archipelago’s geological heritage.

    On the island of São Miguel, dive into the depths of the Earth on a visit to the Gruta do Carvão, the largest lava tunnel known on the island of São Miguel.

    Have a unique experience in the natural hot water and iron pools in Furnas and also in Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande. These are experiences not to be missed in direct contact with virgin waterfalls.

    The origin of the Azores

    With our geotourism activity that covers two different programs, you can expect a bath of knowledge about the volcanic origin of the islands of the Azores.

    Guided tours

    When visiting the Gruta do Carvão, the Futurismo guide will always be with you, in addition to the specialist from the Ecological Association “Amigos dos Açores”, an association created some years ago by a caving workgroup, whose objective is to study the volcanic cavities from the island of S. Miguel.

    Complete Geotourism Program

    If you have the opportunity to book a full day, opt for the super complete program, which includes a guided visit to the Gruta do Carvão, a guided visit to the OVGA – Azorean Volcanological and Geothermal Observatory, lunch at a local restaurant and to end the day in a relaxing way, you still have the opportunity to get to know the very famous natural SPA – Caldeira Velha, with the possibility of bathing in the warm, iron waters.

    1. Find the perfect tour for you and book it

    Choose between our 60+ spectacular activities on the amazing Azores and book it online or in any of our stores.

    2. Email confirmation

    Receive a confirmation email with the reservation details.

    3. “The Day”

    Enjoy your experience with us. We will be pleased to welcome you and to make your tour the most fullfilling and memorable to you.

    Note: Unexpected limitations

    Keep calm. You can cancel absolutely for free your bookings until 48h before the activity date*and, if the weather conditions don’t allow us to do the activity safely, we’ll cancel it and contact you suggesting an alternative date or provide a full refund.

    * Check the Cancelations Policy within every tour page for additional info

    Plan your Geotourism tour

    What’s included in this Activity?

    Every program has a detailed “What’s Included” section right after the tour description. Please check it out

    What if it rains? Does Futurismo provide rain jackets and trousers for the rain?

    All the included equipment is presented per tour. Please check it out on the “What’s included” section.

    Is there anything I need to bring with me for this tour?

    Please check the “What to bring” section on each tour program. There you’ll find all the recommendations we have for you, specifically for that program.

    What to wear on a Geotourism tour?

    We recommend to wear comfortable light clothes and shoes, and bring a waterproof raincoat.

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    F.A.Q.s about Geotourism

    Are there any pickup and drop off locations I can use?

    Yes, please check the Departure and Return section presented on every tour.

    Can I cancel my tour reservation and have a full refund?

    Yes, you can check our detailed cancellation and refund policies per tour on each tour page, under “Good to Know” section

    Can I take my camera with me during this activity?

    Yes, but be aware that your material will be under your responsability.

    How can I book this activity?

    You can select any tour within our website and get your booking confirmation on your email immediately. Alternativelly, you can visit us on our shops or get in touch with us by phone, email or send us a message on social media (Instagram and Facebook)

    How long is a Geotourism tour?

    Please check each tour duration info.

    I am pregnant but I would like to do this activity. Is it possible?

    We recommend that you consult your physician first because of the thermal baths in some tours.

    Is this an adventure kind of tour?

    It is a great adventure, but not physically demanding.

    What if the weather isn’t ok?

    If the weather doesn’t allow to do this activity safely, we will cancel it and suggest na alternative date.

    What is the best weather to do Geotourism in Azores?

    Some rain can be nice to be at the perfect temperature at the thermal baths.

    What is the minimum number of participants?

    Please check the minimum number of participant for each tour inside the program’s page.

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