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Hiking in Faial da Terra - Salto do Prego - full day


This 4.5km hike (3 miles) is one of the most beautiful in São Miguel Island. If you had to choose one hiking tour, this would be the one. Indeed, during this activity, you will see incredible natural sights like the amazing waterfall where you can take a dip if you don’t mind the cold. 

Many locals love this hike. You will surely understand why when you will discover its wild beauty!  Faial da Terra is a small village belonging to Povoação, located in the South East of São Miguel island.This trip will lead you to a hidden gem which is the waterfall known as Salto do Prego. 

From Ponta Delgada, we will pick you up and take you to the Eastern end of the island to go on this amazing adventure! On the way, we will stop at Povoação, the first village to be populated on the island.

Our walk starts on a steep narrow road that leads us to Sanguinho – a village that has been abandoned since the early 70’s and is now being restored.

The rest of the trail is in the woods, with a lot of short up and downhill stretches between very dense and beautiful vegetation. This is really a walk in which you can feel all the green nature around you! Upon reaching Salto do Prego waterfall, we will have the opportunity to go for a dip before having a light meal. 

On the way back, we will follow a different trail but with the same characteristics. When we finish the trail, we will have time to relax and for some free time to drink something fresh and sometimes to mingle with locals. 

Note: The order of the places where we go depends on several factors such as the path and weather conditions.

4.5 Km


Ponta Delgada - Povoação - Faial da Terra - Ponta Delgada


This hike is not recommended for people with knee/joint problems. Please let us know if you have any of these conditions.


  • comfortable light clothes
  • Sweater, raincoat
  • Walking boots or shoes
  • Hat, sunscreen, backpack, warter, snacks
  • Swimsuit & towel (summer time)


Light picnic meal: generally a sandwich, water, fruit, juice, and a cake.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will I be able to swim in the waterfall?
A: If you want, you can go for a dip once we arrive at the waterfall. However, the temperature of the water might be a bit too cold for swimming during the winter time.

Q: How far is Faial da Terra from Ponta Delgada?
A: Faial da Terra is located on the East end of the island. It takes about 1h20m to go there without stopping.

Q: Is the hike really hard?
A: This hike has a medium level difficulty because of uneven dirty paths and uphill/downhill parts. If you have any physical restriction please let us know.

Q: I am allergic to some food, will the picnic lunch be adapted to my needs?
A: We will always try to adapt to your diet. Please let us know of any food restriction or allergies when booking the tour.


Price per adult


Price per child

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This program includes
  • – Guide
  • – Walking stick
  • – Stop in Povoação village
  • – Stop at Salto do Prego
  • – Light meal (sandwich, cake, fruit, water, juice)
  • – Pick up and drop off in the center of Ponta Delgada, spots to be designated. Other areas can increase the value of pick up to be confirmed with our services
  • – Insurance (personal accident & liability)
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